District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray had what his spokesman calls a “cordial” telephone conversation with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following their confrontation on the steps of the Capitol.
House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at the White House and Democrats over the stalemate in the continuing government shutdown.
President Barack Obama said in an interview that he has done everything in his power to work with the Republican Party since being in office.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law.
Compromise elusive, Republicans and Democrats engaged in finger-pointing Monday just hours before the first government shutdown in 17 years, driven by an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
A one-year delay in key parts of the nation’s health care law and repealing a tax on medical devices has been imposed by the Republican controlled House.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his chamber will reject a new House Republican plan to avert a partial government shutdown.
A Democratic aide said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is “guardedly optimistic” that his chamber will approve limited military strikes next week against Syria.
In a radio interview in which he lamented the GOP filibusters and a gridlock in Congress, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hopes Republicans who oppose the president do so “based on substance and not the fact that he’s an African-American.”
His second-term agenda on the line, President Barack Obama urged his most ardent supporters to mount a summertime show of support that can rival any opposition Obama and Democrats may face from constituents next month. “We’ve got to get folks activated and involved,” Obama declared.