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Full coverage: The U.S. government shutdown

With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government. The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House, but had not closed since then.

  

  • Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on downgrade watch over debt fight

    Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on downgrade watch over debt fight

    WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade because of the standoff over raising the nation's debt limit. The company said it still believed the debt limit would be raised soon, but the "political brinkmanship" was risking a default. ...

  • Government shutdown ruin your vacation? Don't blame the rangers

    Government shutdown ruin your vacation? Don't blame the rangers

    WASHINGTON — "It’s not our fault," says National Park Service Ranger George Durkee of the government shutdown that has closed parks, ruining vacations and pilgrimages to monuments such as the WWII memorial.  Durkee, president of the Ranger Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, is pleading with the...

  • Senate leaders put budget talks on hold as Boehner struggles in House

    Senate leaders put budget talks on hold as Boehner struggles in House

    WASHINGTON – Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House. Top Republicans portrayed the pause as an effort to save Boehner’s influence...

  • Live blog: House GOP breakdown stalls Senate shutdown compromise

    Live blog: House GOP breakdown stalls Senate shutdown compromise

    Negotiations over a Senate plan to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit have been placed on hold while the House tries to cobble together its second plan of the day. After Democrats and conservative House Republicans critiqued a deal floated by House GOP leadership, Speaker John...

  • House budget offer crumbling, faces conservative opposition

    House budget offer crumbling, faces conservative opposition

    WASHINGTON – An attempt by House Republicans to put forward a new budget proposal was crumbling as soon as it emerged Tuesday, panned by party conservatives and attacked by the White House and congressional Democrats. House Speaker John A. Boehner outlined the offer as a last-ditch effort to resist...

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