Latest on the Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Fight

Friday, October 11, 2013

U.S. Capitol Building. (Orhan Cam/Shutterstock)

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith discusses the latest GOP proposal to temporarily end the standoff over raising the debt ceiling and if the Democrats and White House will accept.


Tamara Keith

Comments [13]

Mike from Massapequa

It is apparent that this Congress does not care about how their inability to negotiate and compromise is impacting the Economy and the lives of individuals. I would propose that there should be a law in place to get the Congress and the President to do their job and pass a Budget and to address the Debt Ceiling.

I would propose the following law:

If a budget is not in place by its due dated both Houses of Congress will be sequestered in the capital and must stay there until a budget is passed

Senators, Congressmen and the President will have their salary and benefits suspended if a Budget is not passed by its due date.

All funding and political contributions will be suspended to all political Parties until a budget is passed and the Debt Ceiling is addressed

Oct. 13 2013 08:14 AM


"RUCB_Alum --- you do like to hear yourself type..."

No more than some others here.

Oct. 11 2013 07:01 PM

RUCB_Alum --- you do like to hear yourself type, don't you?

Oct. 11 2013 12:09 PM
The Truth from Becky

This President has brought an awareness to the House, Congress and Senate, to the political process as a whole. Division has always existed.

Oct. 11 2013 11:33 AM


It's a free country so you are entitled to your out-of-touch opinion. The rest of us will go on believing that the nation was severely injured when SCOTUS decided Bush v. Gore. Obama has been trying to restore some of what we lost, but a GOP Congress has attempted to block him at every turn.

The GOP is actively trying to ruin what they cannot rule. We'd be better off without them.

Oct. 11 2013 11:12 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

In 1197 days and 55 minutes, the Most-Divisive-President-In-History ...WILLFULLY divisive, pitting American against American.... will slither out of the White House.

Historic indeed.

Oct. 11 2013 11:06 AM


Why do you seek to enable the Congress' acting out - "Here-Do this!" "Here-Do that!" rather than putting the blame squarely where it belongs?

It's a dangerous game that the GOP is playing. They need to pass the CR without conditions. And *if* (god forbid it) the nation is attacked during the shutdown, how the House will try to duck out on their culpability. (Think I am being alarmist? Look what cutting $450M from the State Dept security budget did for our diplomats in Benghazi.)

The GOP-led House has shutdown the government (voluntarily) in order to keep 45 million Americans from having a market place to buy health insurance.

You might think that is worth the shutdown but I (and most other Americans) do not.

390 days and the House will pay the price.

Oct. 11 2013 10:51 AM
Soldier's Father from Westchester, NY

@ Joyce: You need to check your facts. First, the Amber Alert system is not shut down, as it is run by the individual states; the only part shut is the updating of the Federal website which provides general info on the program (NOT info on breaking alerts). Second, the President did not shut down the Federal government; the Congress did, by refusing to provide funds by adopting a budget or continuing resolution. Third, the President and SecDef are following the laws passed by Congress over the years in determining what has to be shut down when Congress fails to provide funding.

Oct. 11 2013 10:36 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"should Obama and the Secretary of Defense step down?"

Bravo !!!!!
It's the Clown Prince who is playing vicious politics with the 17% (selective) shutdown.
It's the Democrat party which was caught by some in the media telling him to "maximize the pain". If only the leftist media would be honest about all of this.
President 51% is a guy who hates his fellow Americans in the opposition party more than our enemies. He will talk to Rouhani, but not congressional republicans.

Oct. 11 2013 10:36 AM
Joyce from NYC

Given the role of Obama's shutting down of the Amber Alert in the Avonte Oquendo dissappearence, and the fact that Obama has been choosing to shut down things that will hurt Citizens (including death benefits for military, despite Congress passing that), should Obama and the Secretary of Defense step down?

Oct. 11 2013 10:25 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

@ Ed: It's not the President's economy; it's OUR economy that the Republicans are threatening.

Oct. 11 2013 10:04 AM


"...some Republicans are willing to watch President Obama's economy go right through the floor."

And us with it. Some great Americans right there, eh?

Oct. 11 2013 09:28 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I thought that the president wouldn't negotiate at all, and that the Republicans would slowly give in. (I'm not sure if the president if more attached to insurance for all, or to the expansion of abortion.) But the president might negotiate after all since some Republicans are willing to watch President Obama's economy go right through the floor.

Oct. 11 2013 08:06 AM

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