News / USA

White House: Republicans Will 'Do the Right Thing'

Furloughed U.S. federal workers hold and prepare signs calling for an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington, Oct. 9, 2013.
Furloughed U.S. federal workers hold and prepare signs calling for an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington, Oct. 9, 2013.
VOA News
With the U.S. budget crisis in its ninth day, the White House says it believes Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will "do the right thing" and pass legislation to lift the debt limit and reopen the parts of the government that are closed.

White House spokesman Jay Carney also said Wednesday President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Department and budget office to find an immediate legal fix for paying benefits to military families, which have been cut off during the government shutdown.

Related video Watch from VOA's Zlatica Hoke:

Impasse Perists Between Obama, Boehner on Budgeti
X
October 09, 2013 5:33 AM
Rival political parties in Washington are continuing their rhetoric about government funding, raising worldwide concerns that the impasse may lead the United States to default on its debt for the first time in history. For the past week, U.S. President Barack Obama has been urging Republicans to stop jeopardizing the U.S. and global economy. Speaker of the House John Boehner has remained adamant that Democrats must modify the government spending plan to include more Republican preferences.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner had criticized the administration for withholding the payments. He said Congress gave the Pentagon authority to continue payments in a law signed before the October 1 shutdown.

The partial government shutdown is a result of Congress's failure to pass a temporary spending bill.  Congress is also at an impasse over extending the government's borrowing authority after October 17, when the United States will not be able to pay all its bills.

Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and overhauling the 2010 health care law before boosting the borrowing authority and returning the furloughed civil servants to work. Democrats want Congress to first end the shutdown and extend the debt limit.

Meanwhile, a new public opinion poll indicates only 5 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job.  

The Associated Press/GfK poll also found 62 percent of the 1,200 surveyed blame Republicans for the partial U.S. government shutdown.

But President Obama does not fare well either, with only 37 percent approve of the job he is doing.

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Christmas Gains Popularity in Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
by: JKF from: Great North
October 09, 2013 8:03 AM
The continued negative antics of a small minority of extremists is having a serious impact on the credibility of the US Congress, and even beyond it. It brings into question the entire republican constitutional system, in that a few misguided malcontents can hijack the US gvmt and hold it hostage. These misguided extremists are starting to have a very negative impact not just on the US, but even US allies, potentially they may end up causing another global recession. Pres. Obama won the election, he is the rightful President, and as such he needs to be allowed to govern and ensure that the US gvmt is not causing negative impacts in the US and beyond. It is unfortunate that the US founding fathers did not predict that a handful of misguided extremists in Congress could shut down and deny services to the US public, like food inspections; had they forseen such possibility, surely they would have put the required safeguards in the US constitution. Unbelivable situation, a few extremists are hurting even the families of recently fallen soldiers, totally cruel and evil people!


by: Gull from: d.c.
October 09, 2013 7:36 AM
most americans blame republicans in the poll mentioned because the pro-obama media lapdogs won't have it any other way.


Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid