October 2, 2013
Re "Congress fails to stop shutdown," Oct. 1 A sect of the Republican Party has again flexed its political muscle and effectively shut down the government because it doesn't feel it necessary for those without healthcare insurance now to be able to obtain it. This group has been unwilling to work with President Obama since he has been in office - if he says yes, they vote no; if he says up, they vote down. These lawmakers' concern has never been about what's right for the nation, but only about how to thwart the president whenever possible.
October 11, 2013 |
The government shutdown won't shut down the New York City Marathon, but it could shift things around a little. Race organizers are working on a plan to move the event's staging area, currently set for Fort Wadsworth, a federally operated facility on Staten Island, the Associated Press reported. With about 45,000 runners expected to participate in the Nov. 3 race, officials did not say where they might place an alternative staging area. They said they did not believe the starting line would be affected.
October 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had a muted initial reaction to the federal government's shutdown. Major U.S. stock indexes bounced back in early trading in New York, a day after they lost about 1% as the U.S. House, Senate and President Obama dug in for yet another seemingly intractable Washington fight. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 62.82 points, or 0.42%, to 15,192.49 about an hour after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 rose 10.91 points, or 0.65%, to 1,692.46.
September 30, 2013 |
The president's Affordable Care Act may be unpopular, and Americans may be wary about raising the debt ceiling - but shut down the federal government? Polls show that Americans don't want that to happen, and our readers' opinions reflect that. As the government appears headed for a shutdown on midnight Tuesday - with Congress deadlocked on a spending bill that would keep federal agencies running but delay the implementation of Presidential Obama's healthcare reform law for one year - most readers are expressing disbelief at the dysfunction in Washington.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire. But doing so requires some explaining given the long track record that the Koch brothers have of supporting conservative Republican causes. In a letter sent to Senate offices Wednesday , the company's president of government and public affairs, Philip Ellender, said claims that Koch Industries pushed for a shutdown are “erroneous or misleading.” “Koch believes that Obamacare will increase deficits, lead to an overall lowering of the standard of healthcare in America and raise taxes,” Ellender wrote.
October 3, 2013 |
President Obama has canceled his long-planned trip to Southeast Asia because of the government shutdown, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday night. The president was scheduled to leave Saturday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Indonesia and the East Asia Summit in Brunei. "The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government," Carney said. "This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S. exports and advance U.S. leadership and interests in the largest emerging region in the world.