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Inside Politics Archive: September 2013


  • Navy Yard shooting survivors will not be furloughed

    Workers who were in the building affected by the Navy Yard shooting will not be furloughed if the government shuts down. Published September 30 2013

  • Congress passes bill to ensure troops get paid

    A shutdown may be imminent and Congress may be able to agree on little, but on Monday they at least found common ground in ensuring that the nation's troops get paid. Published September 30 2013

  • Duncan warns of shutdown impact on schools

    Joining a chorus of Obama Cabinet members condemning the funding stalemate between Congress and the White House, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday warned that the looming government shutdown would hurt American students. Published September 30 2013

  • Conservative group demands no money for Obamacare, 'no matter what'

    With the government moving toward a shutdown, a conservative political action committee is urging voters to contact their members of Congress to demand that they oppose all funding for Obamacare, "no matter what." Published September 30 2013

  • Two-thirds of uninsured to sign up under Obamacare: Survey

    A new survey says two out of every three uninsured Americans plan to acquire medical insurance by January instead of paying a fine for flouting the individual mandate tied to President Obama's health care law. Published September 30 2013

  • Tea party: Obama will talk to Iranians but not to GOP leaders

    The head of a national tea party group likened Obamacare to prohibition and said that it is "ridiculous" that President Obama will talk to the Iranians but declines to talk to congressional Republicans, who are clamoring to put his signature domestic achievement on hold for at least a year. Published September 30 2013

  • GOP faults Obama ahead of shutdown

    Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon said Monday that President Obama has been missing in action in the ongoing negotiations over spending that has pushed the nation to the brink of a government shutdown. Published September 30 2013

  • Alabama GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus says he will not seek another term in 2014

    Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama is calling it quits next year at the end of his current term in Congress. Published September 30 2013

  • Sen. Susan Collins breaks from GOP's Obamacare strategy

    Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, said Sunday she rejects her party's strategy to tie a strike against Obamacare to the year-end spending debate, signaling a break that, if it grows, could prove disastrous to the GOP. Published September 29 2013

  • GOP bristles as Obama talks with Iran but not them

    After President Obama announced Friday he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first communication between a U.S. president and the leader of the Islamic republic, Republicans pointedly noted that Mr. Obama hasn't called House Speaker John A. Boehner this week. Published September 27 2013

  • Romney opposes House GOP strategy for killing Obamacare

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, has come out against the House Republican push to link the defunding of Obamacare to a possible government shutdown. Published September 27 2013

  • Sen. Harkin: Tea party 'temper tantrums' hurt good governance

    Sen. Tom Harkin said Friday that the tea party movement is trying to create "confusion and chaos" in the ongoing debate on Capitol Hill in hopes of pushing their minority view on Congress and bolstering their chances of winning more power in the next election. Published September 27 2013

  • Sen. Charles Grassley supports Cruz plan to defund Obamacare, opposes cloture vote

    The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday that he supports Sen. Ted Cruz's strategy for defunding Obamacare. Published September 27 2013

  • Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: Government shutdown would not hurt the GOP

    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Congress should try to avoid a government shutdown, but if Congress fails to reach an agreement over the next three days, then the shuttering of government would not hurt Republicans. Published September 27 2013

  • Texas Democrat: Sen. Ted Cruz 'can't be president'

    Rep. Joaquin Castro said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz has made the political polarization in Washington worse since he arrived and that Mr. Cruz's filibuster showed that he can't be president. Published September 27 2013

  • Sen. John McCain: Sen. Ted Cruz's Obamacare plan is 'impossible'

    Sen. John McCain said Friday that he has never seen the Republican party so divided, and that Sen. Ted Cruz's plan to defund Obamacare is "impossible" as long as Democrats control the White House and the Senate. Published September 27 2013

  • Shutdown or no, Obama's Asia trip is still a go

    With the prospects growing of a government shutdown on Tuesday, the White House said Thursday that President Obama has no intention of postponing a week-long trip to Asia that begins Oct. 6. Published September 26 2013

  • Top GOPer breaks with Ted Cruz on Obamacare funding fight

    A top Senate Republican said Thursday that he will not support Sen. Ted Cruz's approach to defunding Obamacare because he thinks the GOP would be better off forcing red-state Democrats to cast a vote on whether to fund the health care law. Published September 26 2013

  • Senate Democrat Joe Manchin breaks with White House on Obamacare delay

    Sen. Joe Manchin apparently has broken with fellow Democrats on Obamacare Thursday, saying that he would support a one-year delay in health care law's individual mandate, a central tenet of the new law. Published September 26 2013

  • Club for Growth targets Sen. Mark Pryor over spending

    An influential anti-spending group is launching a new round of attacks against Sen. Mark L. Pryor, saying the Arkansas Democrat is trying to hide the liberal voting record that he has compiled in support of the Obama administration's agenda. Published September 26 2013