Putin: Obama was right to skip summits

Russian President Vladimir Putin says President Obama did the right thing by skipping two summits in Asia to deal with a budget crisis and the shutdown of the federal government.

By Anne Gearan October 8, 2013

McConnell ‘not interested’ in last ditch talks to avert sequester

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he has not heard from Vice President Biden and that he has little interest in trying to recreate the hectic last-minute deals that the two have crafted since December 2010.

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery February 12, 2013

Debt limit deal passes Congress

Congress gave final approval Thursday to a plan to temporarily suspend the legal limit on the national debt, permitting the Treasury Department to keep borrowing and lifting the threat of a government default until early August.

House votes to suspend debt limit

The measure, which would set aside the legal debt ceiling and allow the government to borrow as needed to meet spending obligations through May 18, was adopted on a 285 to 144 vote.

By Rosalind S. Helderman January 23, 2013

Reid says he’s pleased with House GOP’s ‘clean debt ceiling bill’

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (R-Nev.) praised House leaders Tuesday for moving ahead with a bill that would give the government borrowing authority into May, without demanding deep spending cuts in return. He said Democrats will discuss in coming days how to deal with a House provision, attached to the bill, that would require […]

By Rosalind S. Helderman January 22, 2013

Club for Growth won’t oppose debt-ceiling suspension

The anti-tax Club for Growth will not oppose House Republicans' plan to suspend the debt ceiling for four months, bolstering the legislation's chance at passage.

By Rachel Weiner and Rosalind S. Helderman January 22, 2013