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Boehner, Reid: The Guys Who Won't Budge

Boehner could end the shutdown tomorrow; Reid leaks emails in cutthroat move

(Newser) - The government shutdown is dragging on thanks in no small part to two men: John Boehner and Harry Reid. Boehner, the Washington Post points out, could almost certainly pass a clean CR and end the shutdown if he wanted to—but he'd have to rely on a coalition of...

White House Meeting on Shutdown Yields ... Zilch

No progress made as Obama talks with congressional leaders

(Newser) - The sure sign that this evening's meeting of congressional leaders and President Obama at the White House didn't amount to much: Afterward, John Boehner used the words "nice" and "polite" to describe the conversation, reports Politico . (He used identical language back in March to describe an...

Obama to Host White House Shutdown Summit

Meanwhile, he's also meeting with business leaders

(Newser) - With Congress apparently not even trying to negotiate an end to the government shutdown, President Obama has invited John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell to a White House meeting this afternoon, the New York Times reports. But from the sound of it, Obama doesn't have a...

Surprise! Senate Rejects House Spending Bill 4th Time

Getting used to no progress on solving shutdown yet?

(Newser) - Stop us if this sounds familiar: The Senate today rejected a House spending bill that sought to throw a monkey wrench into ObamaCare. If you've lost track, that makes the fourth time it's happened in the latest shutdown drama, reports CNN . Harry Reid's Senate Democrats rejected the...

Senate Torpedoes House Bid to Defund ObamaCare

Ball back in Boehner's court

(Newser) - The Senate has voted 54 to 46 to reject House amendments to the continuing resolution—including the one that would delay ObamaCare. The vote split evenly along party lines, and increases the odds of a government shutdown, the Washington Post reports. As Slate points out, this is the second time...

Shutdown Countdown: What to Expect

Ball now in Senate's court, but not for long

(Newser) - Washington is braced for the first government shutdown in 17 years, which will happen at midnight tonight unless lawmakers manage to break the deadlock over funding and hammer out a deal. Here's what to expect from a day of drama in DC:
  • The House has passed legislation to delay

House GOP Mulls New Route to Avoiding Shutdown

ObamaCare fight could be tied to debt-limit measure instead

(Newser) - Now that the Senate has voted to open debate on a bill to fund the government, Harry Reid can remove its measures to defund ObamaCare before returning it to the House. But that doesn't mean the GOP is giving up on the fight. John Boehner could approve the bill,...

It's Shutdown Week, and Nobody Trusts Anybody

Your guide to the next round in Washington's endless fiscal wars

(Newser) - Washington has eight days left before the continuing resolution funding the government runs out, and this latest round of brinksmanship might be the worst yet, for a simple reason: None of the major players like or trust each other anymore, the Hill observes. Here are the relationships at play:
  • President

Cruz Asking Republicans to Block Bill They Support

He's trying to keep Senate from restoring ObamaCare funding as shutdown looms

(Newser) - The political theater in DC in regard to the looming government shutdown and the fight over ObamaCare has resulted in this weird logic: Ted Cruz wants his fellow Republicans in the Senate to block a bill they support. Politico and New York lay it out: The House has sent to...

Yes, NSA Spying Is a Big Deal

 Yes, NSA Spying Is a Big Deal 

Yes, NSA Spying Is a Big Deal

Your liberties are disappearing even if you haven't noticed, Elizabeth Goitein argues

(Newser) - Half of America seems outraged by the NSA's surveillance activities. But the other half seems to be heeding Harry Reid's advice to "just calm down." A court approved this stuff, and Congress knew about it, so what's the big deal? "The most obvious answer...

Democrats Did Kill the Filibuster

 Did Kill the 

Democrats Did Kill the Filibuster

Wall Street Journal: It lives in theory but is dead in reality

(Newser) - So Harry Reid didn't exercise the "nuclear option" and thus kept intact Republicans' ability to filibuster presidential appointees, right? Wrong, declare the editors at the Wall Street Journal . Consider the filibuster dead in those situations—because what's to stop Democrats from making the same threat to kill...

Filibuster Lives: Senate Skirts 'Nuclear Option'

Most Obama picks will go through

(Newser) - The Senate's little version of the Bay of Pigs is over, and this one won't end with nukes, either. After much hemming and hawing and stern pronouncements, both sides reached a deal to avoid a showdown over filibuster rules , meaning Harry Reid won't use the so-called "...

It&#39;s Filibuster Showdown Time
 It's Filibuster Showdown Time 

It's Filibuster Showdown Time

No deal reached to avert Senate rule change

(Newser) - A historic showdown in the Senate is looming after a rare, closed-door meeting of all but two of the 100 senators failed to produce a deal to avoid a change to the chamber's rules. Unless lawmakers can hammer out a deal this morning, a vote this morning on the...

Reid, McConnell Feud Startles Chummy Senate

Senate leaders get personal over filibuster rules, 2014

(Newser) - Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have spent a combined 60 years in the Senate, and they've generally had an amicable relationship—but no more. Sticking points include the Democrats' attempt to oust McConnell in 2014; a super PAC led by former Reid aides is working against the minority leader...

Reid Blasts Senate: It 'Doesn't Work'

Dems look to use nuclear option to (kind of) kill the filibuster

(Newser) - Harry Reid says he's ready—no really, he means it this time—to use the so-called " nuclear option " to reform the filibuster. Reid says that unless Republicans allow him to move forward on a host of Obama administration nominees, he'll use a parliamentary maneuver to change...

Reid May Go 'Nuclear' to Reform Filibuster

Senate leader considers changing rules for nominations in July

(Newser) - Those who think abuse of the filibuster has gotten out of hand in DC should keep an eye on three upcoming Obama nominations, reports Greg Sargent at the Washington Post . If Republicans use the tactic to block the president's picks to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the labor...

Senate Trying to Fix Airport Budget Cut Debacle

Obama administration says it's open to 'Band-Aid measure'

(Newser) - Some Senate Democrats broke rank yesterday and started working on legislation that would provide a quick fix to the rampant flight delays the sequester budget cuts have inflicted on travelers. Right now, the FAA is applying the across-the-board cuts, well, across-the-board, furloughing air traffic controllers at busy and remote airports...

Reid Pulls Weakened Gun Control Legislation

Promises to reintroduce after an indefinite 'pause'

(Newser) - Given that the gun legislation moving through the Senate had been stripped of pretty much every reform advocates considered meaningful, Harry Reid today yanked what remained from consideration, reports the Hill . But he promised the Senate would revisit the proposal to tighten background checks after this indefinite "pause and...

Reid: We're Going to Break Gun Filibuster on Thursday

Democrats think they have the votes to start Senate debate on gun laws

(Newser) - Harry Reid set the first showdown vote in Congress on President Obama's gun-control drive for Thursday as a small but growing number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning. "We're moving forward on this bill," said Reid. In...

Sens. Paul, Cruz: We'll Filibuster Gun Control

Republicans deliver warning to Harry Reid

(Newser) - If Harry Reid goes forward with a possible gun-control measure, he'll face a filibuster, say three Republican senators. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee have penned a letter to the Senate majority leader, saying, "We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve...

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