Feb 10, 2014 — When Congress hits its debt ceiling at the end of the month, don't expect another big confrontation. House Republicans don't have the appetite for it and can't even agree on what points to negotiate.
Jan 31, 2014 — Consensus might be hard on the issues of the debt ceiling and immigration, where the Tea Party wing has little in common with Speaker John Boehner and his allies in the House leadership.
Oct 17, 2013 — After two weeks of not working, furloughed employees are expected to be back at the job Thursday. But that might not be that simple.
Oct 16, 2013 — With hours left before the country tops its borrowing authority, the Senate-crafted, bipartisan measure moves to the chaotic lower chamber. Party leaders are hoping to pass it with a coalition of votes from Democrats and Republicans. The bill — which makes no major changes to the new health care law — would end the first government shutdown in 17 years and avert a default.
Oct 15, 2013 — The House tried twice to craft a proposal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, but both failed to find traction within the GOP. Now, the Senate has restarted talks of its own. The bottom line, however, is that with just hours to go before the U.S. tops its borrowing authority, there's no solid plan on the table.
Oct 11, 2013 — With the partial government shutdown in its 11th day, there's much speculation about a possible break in negotiations between the White House and Republicans. But despite the noise, very little seems firm.
Oct 10, 2013 — Many of those in the potentially pivotal group are from competitive congressional districts and differ from their GOP colleagues in important ways.
Oct 4, 2013 — The day centered on a quote attributed to an unnamed source. But one thing President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could agree on: Nobody's winning in Washington.
Oct 1, 2013 — Congress went down to the wire Monday night but still failed to compromise on a spending bill, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
Sep 30, 2013 — Surveys conducted in the past week or so by Pew, CNN and Gallup show that more Americans think a shutdown would be the fault of Republicans rather than the president.