112th United States Congress http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25519/all en UPDATE 3-Democrats urge Obama to be ready to bypass Congress on debt cap http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-3-democrats-urge-obama-be-ready-bypass-congress-debt-cap <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Democrats seek to avoid replay of 2011 fight</p> <p>* Republicans show no willingness to back down</p> <p>* Does 14th Amendment empower president to lift ceiling?</p> <p>By Rachelle Younglai and Richard Cowan</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Top Democratic senators urged President Barack Obama on Friday to be ready to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval in order to avert a damaging debt default.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-3-democrats-urge-obama-be-ready-bypass-congress-debt-cap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Economy of the United States Entertainment Environment Health Politics United States Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:45:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733441 at http://www.globalpost.com Senior Democrat says US Senate will finally pass a budget this year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/senior-democrat-says-us-senate-will-finally-pass-budget-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Thomas Ferraro</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. lawmaker said on Sunday that he and fellow Senate Democrats, for the first time more than in three years, intend to meet Republican demands to finally pass a U.S. budget.</p> <p>Senator Charles Schumer, the chamber's No. 3 Democrat, said, however, that the spending plan will include proposed new revenue despite Republican warnings that they won't go along with more any tax hikes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/senior-democrat-says-us-senate-will-finally-pass-budget-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Economy of the United States Entertainment Environment Government Health Politics Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:30:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736936 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-US House Republicans seek vote to extend debt limit to May 19 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-us-house-republicans-seek-vote-extend-debt-limit-may-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* House vote seen taking place on Wednesday</p> <p>* Lawmaker salaries in escrow if budget deadline missed</p> <p>By David Lawder</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the House of Representatives said they aim to pass on Wednesday a nearly four-month extension of the U.S. debt limit, to May 19.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-us-house-republicans-seek-vote-extend-debt-limit-may-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Economic policy Economy of the United States Health Labor Social Issues United States debt-ceiling crisis United States public debt Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:15:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737377 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-U.S. borrowing bill gets final passage without familiar drama http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-suspension-us-debt-limit-wins-final-congressional-appr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Obama expected to sign measure into law</p> <p>* Measure marks Republican retreat from confrontations, for now</p> <p>* Legislation postpones spending, tax fights for a few months</p> <p>* Republican leader votes no, complaining it contains no spending cuts</p> <p>By Thomas Ferraro</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-suspension-us-debt-limit-wins-final-congressional-appr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Economy of the United States Government Social Issues United States United States House of Representatives Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:45:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742250 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Boehner says hopes to avert scheduled U.S. spending cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/update-1-boehner-says-hopes-avert-scheduled-us-spending-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, expressed hope on Wednesday that automatic spending cuts could be averted if President Barack Obama quickly comes up with an alternative.</p> <p>Boehner made the comments a day after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he expects the across-the-board cuts, known as sequester, to begin on schedule on March 1.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/update-1-boehner-says-hopes-avert-scheduled-us-spending-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business John Boehner John Boehner United States House of Representatives Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:30:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5754801 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Obama puts fresh pressure on Republicans to avert spending cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/update-1-obama-apply-fresh-pressure-republicans-avoid-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Little movement seen toward compromise on halting cuts</p> <p>* Administration feels it has upper hand in budget debate</p> <p>* Pentagon to release plan for furloughs this week</p> <p>* Commission proposes $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction</p> <p>By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130219/update-1-obama-apply-fresh-pressure-republicans-avoid-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Barack Obama Business Education Entertainment Environment Government Health Labor Law Politics Presidency of Barack Obama Social Issues Technology United States United States House of Representatives Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:15:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5760004 at http://www.globalpost.com Amid US budget battle, another likely missed deadline http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/amid-us-budget-battle-another-likely-missed-deadline-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leaders of a divided Congress acknowledged their failure to avert across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday, with lawmakers and the White House trading blame for the doomsday scenario that may lie ahead.</p> <p>The only related actions of substance Thursday appeared to be votes on competing Senate bills, one sponsored by Democrats and the other by Republicans, to replace the indiscriminate budget austerity, which both sides wanted to avoid when it was baked into law in 2011, with targeted spending cuts and revenues.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/amid-us-budget-battle-another-likely-missed-deadline-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Entertainment Environment Health John Boehner Politics Social Issues United States House of Representatives AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:00:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770143 at http://www.globalpost.com Sequester: How the US got its crippling budget cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/sequester-how-the-us-got-its-crippling-budget-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The sequester -- that devilish package of reckless and arbitrary budget cuts to US government spending that was not designed to actually go into effect -- is finally upon us.</p> <p>Friday was the deadline to reach a deal that averts the reductions, but no such bargain has been crafted. The White House blames Republicans, Republicans blame President Barack Obama and the American people point the finger at all of Washington.</p> <p>Here is how Congress and the White House got to this point:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/sequester-how-the-us-got-its-crippling-budget-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics United States United States House of Representatives AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:00:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771510 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama signs order for $85 bn in budget cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/obama-signs-order-85-bn-budget-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Washington, Mar 2 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama reluctantly ordered the launch of $85 billion in budget cuts over the remainder of fiscal year 2013 after efforts by the White House and Congress to avert them failed.</p> <p>Late Friday, Obama formally authorized the massive spending reductions that are known as the "sequester" and which stemmed from the Budget Control Act of 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/obama-signs-order-85-bn-budget-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Barack Obama Business Entertainment Environment Government Health Labor Law Politics Social Issues United States Agencia EFE Mon, 04 Mar 2013 02:16:56 +0000 Agencia EFE 5772473 at http://www.globalpost.com Both sides 'optimistic' about averting US shutdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/both-sides-optimistic-about-averting-us-shutdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leaders from both sides of the bitterly divided US Congress said Tuesday they were optimistic about a funding bill that would avert a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.</p> <p>President Barack Obama has been pushing for a deal in recent days by calling several Republican lawmakers, the White House said, as negotiators eye a March 27 deadline for a deal to see the government funded through fiscal year 2013.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/both-sides-optimistic-about-averting-us-shutdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics Presidency of Barack Obama United States House of Representatives AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:17:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774326 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Obama lunches with budget hawk Ryan, deal still far off http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/update-1-obama-continues-outreach-budget-meet-more-lawmakers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Obama discusses deficit reduction with Paul Ryan</p> <p>* Senate Republican notes "impasse" on taxes</p> <p>* Tax reform, entitlements part of broad discussion</p> <p>By Richard Cowan and Roberta Rampton</p> <p>WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction deal when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives' leading fiscal conservatives.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/update-1-obama-continues-outreach-budget-meet-more-lawmakers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Barack Obama Barack Obama Business Entertainment Environment Fiscal policy Health Labor Politics Politics of the United States Social Issues United States United States House of Representatives Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:30:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5776168 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama lays on charm in Congress http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/obama-lays-charm-congress <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Barack Obama Tuesday launched an unusual mission to woo lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but budget clashes with Republicans underscored the difficulty of striking a grand deficit bargain.</p> <p>Obama trekked up Pennsylvania Avenue for the first of three visits, flashing a big smile as he went into lunch with Democratic senators, to push his vision for a balanced deal on taxes and spending and other top priorities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/obama-lays-charm-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Education Environment Health Labor Politics Politics of the United States Social Issues Technology United States AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:00:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5781698 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama lays on charm in Congress http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/obama-lays-charm-congress-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Barack Obama Tuesday launched an unusual mission to woo lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but budget clashes with Republicans underscored the difficulty of striking a grand deficit bargain.</p> <p>Obama trekked up Pennsylvania Avenue for the first of three visits, flashing a broad smile as he went into lunch with Democratic senators, to push his vision for a deficit cutting deal based on more tax revenue and spending cuts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/obama-lays-charm-congress-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Education Environment Government Health Labor Politics Social Issues Technology United States AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:32:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5781734 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama huddles with Republicans on budget http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/obama-huddles-republicans-budget <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Barack Obama courted his Republican critics Wednesday in a bid to break a stalemate over sharp budget differences, with his main political rival calling the meeting a good start.</p> <p>Several Republican congressmen emerged from the meeting -- Obama's second on Capitol Hill in as many days -- describing it as respectful and worthwhile, but the rival sides remained far apart on key fiscal issues.</p> <p>"Frankly I think it was productive," House Speaker John Boehner said after Obama's 90-minute meeting, his first with the 232-strong House Republican caucus since 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/obama-huddles-republicans-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Barack Obama Business Environment Government Health Labor Politics Social Issues United States AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:46:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5782802 at http://www.globalpost.com Congress OKs stopgap, broader budget battle begins http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/congress-oks-stopgap-broader-budget-battle-begins <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US lawmakers approved a funding stopgap Thursday that prevents a government shutdown, but their clash over budget blueprints signaled a contentious debate over the future of federal spending.</p> <p>A trio of key votes bookended the action in Congress ahead of a two-week congressional recess, the most urgent one being on the so-called continuing resolution, a $1.2 trillion appropriations measure that will keep the doors of federal agencies open through September, the end of the fiscal year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/congress-oks-stopgap-broader-budget-battle-begins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 112th United States Congress Business Health John Boehner Labor Social Issues Technology United States House of Representatives AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:15:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5790562 at http://www.globalpost.com