Politics

8:52am

Sun September 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Shutdown Standoff: 'How Dare You,' And Other Views From Congress

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 12:10 pm

The federal government remains on track to miss a midnight Monday deadline to fund its operations. Chambers of Congress sharply disagree over a temporary funding bill. Here, the Capitol is seen Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law.

The House bill would avert the budget deadline at midnight Monday by funding the U.S. government into December. But it also includes a one-year delay of Obamacare — a provision that Democrats and some Republicans say has no place in a stopgap funding bill.

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8:02am

Sun September 29, 2013
Politics

The Ins And Outs Of A Shutdown

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 11:22 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

For more on the budget standoff, we're joined now by NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: Sounds like this is happening, Mara. Are we on our way to a government shutdown?

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5:43am

Sun September 29, 2013
Politics

House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 11:22 am

The lights are on at the Capitol as the House of Representatives works into the night Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. It would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making the legislation a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.

The ball is back in the Senate's court now, with fewer than 40 hours until a government shutdown begins.

The House bill does three things. First, it's a temporary measure to keep government operations funded through the middle of December.

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3:04pm

Sat September 28, 2013
It's All Politics

My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can)

In friendlier times, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry participate in a 2011 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. At the time, O'Malley was chairman of the Democratic Governors Association; Perry was chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Now they're in a spat over Perry's efforts to lure Maryland businesses to Texas.
Alex Brandon AP

Rick Perry wants your business.

The Republican governor has been turning up in other states, touting the wonders of Texas and promising business owners they'll find lower taxes and more manageable regulation there.

"It does help get the word out to business leaders that may be frustrated," says David Carney, a longtime consultant to Perry. "Going in person can get literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of free media coverage."

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1:07pm

Sat September 28, 2013
The Two-Way

House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 8:52 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives at the Capitol on Saturday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Updated at 12:24 a.m. ET Sunday

The House voted early Sunday to tie government funding to a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare, sending the dispute back to the Senate, where it is certain to get a frosty reception. The House measure also repeals the Affordable Care Act's tax on medical devices.

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9:26am

Sat September 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Women's Health Groups Sue Texas Over Its New Abortion Law

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:08 am

Women's health clinics have sued the state of Texas over its new abortion law, which they say will close more than a third of abortion providers in the state. Here, advocates for and against the bill are seen outside the Texas Capitol in Austin in July.
Eric Gay AP

More than a dozen women's health care clinics have filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas, seeking to revoke parts of a controversial health law that puts new restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.

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7:57am

Sat September 28, 2013
Politics

Showdown Over The Shutdown

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

Congress needs to approve a budget by midnight Monday — at which point the U.S. government is set to shut down. Weekend Edition Sunday host Scott Simon talks with Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review about the GOP and looming potential government shutdown.

7:57am

Sat September 28, 2013
Simon Says

Dr. Seuss Suited For The Senate; Shakespeare, Not So Much

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, read from Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss during a 21-hour talking protest on the Senate floor.
PR Newswire

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is an educated man. But like a lot of well-educated people who run for office, you might not detect it by the quotations he deployed over his 21 hours holding the floor of the U.S. Senate.

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3:44am

Sat September 28, 2013
It's All Politics

In Washington's Fiscal Tango, Obama's Lacking A Dance Partner

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act on Thursday in Largo, Md. In the latest fiscal fight with Republicans, the president is lacking a partner to make a deal with — or even to vilify.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Top White House aides constantly refer to a "civil war" in the Republican Party.

They sometimes use the phrase with near delight, reveling in the tensions that threaten to pull apart the GOP. But for President Obama, the divided opposition creates a major problem: He has neither a partner to cut a deal with nor a high-profile adversary to vilify.

That situation stands in stark contrast to previous fiscal standoffs.

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3:43am

Sat September 28, 2013
Politics

With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 3:21 pm

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, express frustration on Friday after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of language crafted by House Republicans to defund Obamacare.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

As expected, the Senate passed a bill Friday to keep the government funded through mid-November — without stripping any funding away from the president's health care law.

Now the action returns to the House, where Republicans earlier in the week tied the measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act. With the threat of a shutdown looming three days away, the question is now, what will the House do?

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