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What happens if the U.S. government shuts down?

A US government shutdown is looming. Congress is struggling to pass a stopgap budget measure that would keep the doors open beyond the fiscal year, which ends at midnight September 30. But with congressional bickering in full swing, and the deadline less than four days away, there is increasing anxiety…

Treasury Secretary explains: The debt ceiling only allows U.S. to pay for spending Congress has already approved

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Wednesday the US government will have no more flexibility to juggle spending and meet its obligations after October 17, under a statutory debt cap. Lew told Congress that, after months of maneuvers to meet government commitments without added borrowing, those “extraordinary measures” will be exhausted…

Senate Leader Harry Reid: There’s no filibuster going on now

The US Senate faces a Sunday showdown over whether to keep government running, but bickering over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is bringing federal agencies dangerously close to a shutdown. A fractured Congress is struggling to approve a stopgap spending bill that keeps government doors open after the…

Pentagon warns soldiers they might not be paid on time because of Congress

The Pentagon warned its workforce on Monday that it is preparing for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to break a political impasse. If US government agencies are forced to shutter, American troops around the world would stay on the job and some civilian employees would be ordered on…

War on Science continues: plan to create science laureate falters in Congress

What began as a seemingly nonpartisan proposal to name an honorary unpaid Science Laureate of the United States in the same vein as the US Poet Laureate has fallen on the rocks of partisan rancor in Washington. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI)…

If Congress says no, can Obama strike Syria?

Among the many questions the Obama administration has been unable or unwilling to answer regarding its plans for military strikes in Syria is what happens if Congress refuses to authorize the use of force…  …

Syria opposition ‘disappointed’ but thinks Congress will OK strike

Syria’s main opposition bloc said Sunday it was disappointed with US President Barack Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress for action against the regime, but said it believed lawmakers would OK a strike. “We had a feeling of disappointment. We were expecting things to be quicker, that a strike…

White House sends resolution to Congress asking for approval on Syria strikes

The White House formally asked Congress Saturday for authorization to conduct military strikes in Syria in a draft resolution framing a narrow set of operations, in a bid to ease fears of another open-ended war. The document says support from Congress, requested by President Barack Obama in a stunning development…

Republicans already split on how to address Syria vote

While President Barack Obama said on Saturday he would ask Congress to sign off on a strike against the Syrian government, Republican lawmakers had mixed reactions to the plan, with House Homeland Security Committee chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY) accusing Obama of sidestepping his duties as commander-in-chief. “He should not…

Treasury chief: U.S. to hit debt ceiling in mid-October

The US will hit its statutory debt ceiling in mid-October, raising the chance that the government will be forced to default on its debts, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday. In a letter to Congress, Lew urged legislators to raise the limit from the current $16.7 trillion, saying to not…

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