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House Preparing New Proposal on US Fiscal Standoff

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks away from the microphone during a news conference after a House GOP meeting, Capitol Hill, Washington, Oct. 15, 2013.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks away from the microphone during a news conference after a House GOP meeting, Capitol Hill, Washington, Oct. 15, 2013.
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Congressional efforts to reopen the U.S. government and avoid a debt default have been thrown into chaos by a last-minute proposal emerging from the Republican-led House of Representatives, an effort that has caused a Senate plan that was nearly finalized to be put on hold less than two days before the United States risks insolvency.
 
The Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders were expected to announce a bipartisan deal Tuesday that would restart federal funding and raise the nation’s borrowing limit into early next year, but the measure reportedly contained no priorities sought by House Republicans, prompting the caucus to mount a last-ditch effort to forge a package of their own.
 
While it is not yet clear whether the House will be able to pass any measure Republicans may settle on, the mere possibility of House action caused Senate Republicans to pull back from the all-but-completed deal with their Democratic colleagues.
 
Senator John Thune (R-SD) said the House should be given time to work its will.
 
“The House decided they could move something. And so we are obviously interested in seeing what they can get," he said.
 
News reports say the House initiative mirrors Senate provisions to reopen the government and remove the threat of debt default for several months, but House Republicans are reportedly also considering measures to limit President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, something the White House and congressional Democrats have long ruled out as non-negotiable amid the partial shutdown.
 
“Extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to torpedo the Senate’s bipartisan progress with a bill that can’t pass the Senate — can’t pass the Senate and won’t pass the Senate," said an outraged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the chamber floor.
 
Fellow Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) was equally angered by the turn of events.
 
“It is just a shocking reminder that no balanced, bipartisan reasonable outcome in the Senate is safe from the House Republicans and Speaker Boehner jerking the wheel to the right and driving off the road," Coons said. "This is just a reckless, stunning reversal.”
 
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) acknowledged the House action could cut in half the time Congress has to solve the fiscal impasse. But he had a message for Democrats: work with Speaker Boehner in good faith.
 
“You should be, for the good of the country, trying to help John Boehner," said Graham. "I am really getting to the point of disgust with some of my Democratic colleagues for making this harder for the country than it needs to be.”
 
But Graham’s call is falling on deaf ears. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Republican actions have made Democrats more determined than ever to hold firm against Republican conditions for a fiscal deal.
 
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. The Treasury says the United States risks default unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by Thursday.

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by: sam cadora from: usa
October 17, 2013 3:01 PM
I am extremely fed up... I'm sick of the blame game also. I am very dissatisfied with the performance of our president. he acted like a big baby. I did not want the debt ceiling raised one penny. my grandchildren are going to have to pay this money back. and I'm really going to be upset if I hear that the president and family goes on another vacation courtesy of the taxpayers before his term is up


by: LIES from: USA
October 15, 2013 5:10 PM
VOA, why do you show pictures of LYING mouthpieces, Jay Carney and Catherine Ashton and the like?? PAID, LYING, mouthpieces!!!


by: The Matrix from: Washinton D.C.
October 15, 2013 4:59 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a message from the architects of the Matrix: EVERYTHING IS OK.


by: JKF from: Great North
October 15, 2013 4:57 PM
House Speaker John Boehner needs to manup and take charge of the situation; if he does not, not only is he going to be responsible for the destruction of the Republican Party, but he will be responsible for once again pushing the US economy into a recession. It is incredible that he is allowing a small group of extremists, in his own party, to hold all US citizens hostage and deny them critical services; in addition it now appears that he is such a weak minded person, that he will allow the US, and potentially the entire World, to slide into another recession. Already a great number of US companies are in severe distress, because the US gvmt is not processing its payments, nor is the US gvmt accepting goods and services which are clogging warehouses, for which the companies are failing to pay their suppliers for lack of payments. Never mind that numerous child related services are not being provided, and large numbers of people are lacking some essential support programs. History will clearly point to House Speaker John Boehner as an icredibly shortsighted, weak, and incompetent person, on whose shoulders rests most, if not all, the blame for this debacle, that he instigated and created!


by: Joke from: USA
October 15, 2013 4:56 PM
White House Propaganda Brain Washing Secretary Jay Carney lies to reporter's question at the White House on Oct. 15, 2013, regarding talks between Republicans and Democrats lawmakers on the partial government so-called "shutdown" and looming debt default.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 15, 2013 12:31 PM
What does it really matter now what we read on the screen, on the papers and see from the box office if all they do is make sure only one side of the story is heard all the time. Do the polls matter either? Keeping silence does not mean concession to the evils, but instead of one wasting time writing only for it to be thrown into the trash bin can be frustrating. So if 74% speak out, it may not be true representation of the totality, and if 53% refuse to agree, it may as well be muffled truth. What to believe? The president has refused to play along except to his rigid policy; and the matter is worsened by a press that must see the president succeed whether he is right or wrong. We see a new face of American democracy in the American press. Congrats VOA for unfair reporting!

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