Special coverage: U.S. government shutdown
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled his plan to attend an APEC summit in Indonesia's Bali because of the U.S. government shutdown impasse, the White House said on Thursday.
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Obama cancels stops in Philippines, Malaysia in upcoming Asia visit due to gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled planned stops in the Philippines and Malaysia in his upcoming trip to Asia, due to the government shutdown at home, the White House said Wednesday.
Obama spoke by phone Tuesday night with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak respectively about the cancellation of his planned visits to the two Southeast Asian countries during his planned trip to Asia, citing the ongoing government shutdown, the White House said in a statement. Full story
U.S. House GOP leader urges Obama to negotiate over budget, Obamacare
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's refusal to work in a bipartisan way has led to the first partial government shutdown in 17 years, said U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday, who insisted a key part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, should be delayed for one year.
"It's time for the president and Senate Democrats to put partisanship aside and sit down at a table so we can work out our differences," the No. 2-ranking House Republican said during a press conference Thursday.Full story
Obama pins gov't shutdown to GOP opposition to Obamacare
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (Xinhua)-- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the government shutdown is not about spending, but solely due to the Republicans' obsession with dismantling his signature health care law.
In a speech at Maryland, Obama said the only thing preventing the federal government from reopening is that House Speaker John Boehner won't hold a yes-or-no vote on a Senate-passed bill because Boehner doesn't want to anger the "extremists" in his party.Full story