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End to FAA mess in sight

August 2, 2011 The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration could end on Tuesday if Senate leaders are successful in winning support for a House bill that would extend the agency's funding through mid-September. The House passed the stopgap FAA measure several weeks ago over the objection of Democrats, who said that...

Senate poised to approve debt deal, send it to president

August 2, 2011 The Senate is expected on Tuesday to easily approve the deal raising the federal debt ceiling, sending the hard-fought bill to President Obama before the end of the day Tuesday, aides and senators said. The Senate vote, followed quickly by Obama signing the bill, will bring an anticlimactic end to...

House plans to recess without funding FAA

August 1, 2011 The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration will drag on until September because Republican leaders are planning to adjourn the House for its August recess without waiting for a bill to fund the agency from the Senate. The Senate is preparing to pass a clean stopgap funding bill on...

Senate will defeat Boehner plan after House vote Thursday night, Reid says

July 28, 2011 The Senate will take up, and vote down, House Speaker John Boehner's bill to raise the federal debt ceiling immediately after its anticipated House passage Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said. "As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up...

Reid, Boehner unveiling dueling debt plans

July 25, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will lay out details of his new plan to raise the debt ceiling past November 2012, and cut the deficit by $2.7 trillion at a 2:30 p.m. news conference, his office announced on Monday. Reid may start floor action on the bill later in...

No debt deal in sight after White House meeting

July 23, 2011 With no deal in sight for a resolution to the looming economic crisis, President Obama met with Congressional leaders in a brief session Saturday morning, a last-ditch effort to prevent default on the nation's debt. It was business-casual at the White House, even as both parties looked to brainstorm stopgap...

Senate votes down GOP 'cut, cap and balance' plan

July 22, 2011 The Senate voted 51 to 46 on Friday to kill the House-passed "cut, cap and balance" bill, clearing the way for Congress to consider another measure to raise the federal debt ceiling with negotiations at a critical point before the Aug. 2 deadline. It remains to be seen if the...

House Republicans, White House discussing $3 trillion budget deal

July 21, 2011 The White House and House Republican leaders are discussing a large deal to raise the debt ceiling that would include about $3 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years, according to several congressional aides. The aides, who declined to be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly, said the...

Senate to vote Friday on cut, cap and balance' bill

July 21, 2011 Instead of a Saturday vote on the House-passed "cut, cap and balance" bill, the Senate will vote on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced. The measure is expected to be voted down on a mostly party-line vote. The expected defeat of the bill will clear the way for...

House GOP considers short-term debt-limit extension

July 21, 2011 With the August 2 deadline for a deal on raising the debt ceiling almost out of reach, House Republican leaders are mulling a short-term debt-limit extension, leadership aides said. As President Obama and congressional leaders scrambled to resolve the impending debt crisis, House aides suggested such a plan could buy...

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