Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., claims one GOP leader acted in a disrespectful manner toward President Barack Obama during a meeting over the government shutdown.
“This isn’t a question of the House and Senate differing. This is not even a question of Republicans and Democrats differing. This is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government,” said Rangel.
A crowd has converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn’t know when the government shutdown will end and says it’s up to President Barack Obama to start negotiations.
House Republicans have scheduled a vote on legislation backed by some of the chamber’s top Democrats to give federal workers furloughed in the ongoing partial shutdown their missed pay when the government reopens.
Rep. Peter King is charging that tea party-backed members of the House Republican Caucus are trying to “hijack the party.”
Some tried yelling. Others tried shaming. But by the time tea party freshmen Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee spoke on the chamber floor again Friday, other Republican senators had settled on ignoring them.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said that the Republican-controlled House’s move to defund Obamacare has good intentions, but the action doesn’t have the ability to actually block the implementation of federal health care.
House Republicans are considering substantial budget savings, curbs on the Obama administration’s environmental agenda and other items as the price for extending the government’s ability to borrow money.
In a blistering warning to congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama said it would be the “height of irresponsibility” for lawmakers to cause another economic crisis just five years after the collapse of the nation’s financial system.