October 3rd, 2013
08:15 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: "Reckless Part" Of Speaker Boehner's Caucus Responsible For Lack Of Clean Vote To Fund Government

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) blamed a “very hard, reckless part of his caucus” as the reason for why Speaker John Boehner has not called for a vote on a clean continuing resolution to fund the government and put a halt to the government shutdown, which is in its third day. He told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that “we have the votes” from Democrats and Republicans to pass a clean bill to end the “self-inflicting wound that the country doesn’t need.”

“And the reason [Speaker John Boehner] hasn’t had a vote… is because you have this very, hard, reckless part of his caucus that is driving the train. He is listening to them. And because of that small minority, he’s not letting the full people’s House have a vote. I mean that’s the way democracy is supposed to work. And so I talked to people of all political affiliations and they are totally confused about why the Speaker will not allow a vote. In fact, it turns out they actually changed the normal House rules to prevent us from bringing up a motion to ask for the vote. They put it in the hands of only the Republican leader. That is not the way the House is supposed to work.”

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October 3rd, 2013
08:01 AM ET

Government Shutdown Could Affect Food Safety

No deal is in sight with the Congressional meltdown and subsequent government shutdown, but hundreds of thousands of workers are being forced to stay home as Washington continues to squabble.

“Instead of starting their day at the office, these furloughed workers are manning the picket lines,” reports CNN’s Rene Marsh.

Hundreds of food safety inspectors have been furloughed at the Food and Drug Administration's headquarters in Maryland, reports CNN’s Brian Todd.

“That means people who watch out for the safety of our eggs, produce and seafood, several hundred of them furloughed,” he says. “It does increase the risk of food-borne illness and some kind of an outbreak.

“Empty hallways at the Centers for Disease Control as well,” says Marsh.

C.D.C. Spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds is concerned for the center’s experts.  “What is it that might be happening that we're just not going to catch as soon as we normally would?"

According to Reynolds, the C.D.C. can't support its annual flu program because of the shutdown,  just as the season approaches.

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October 3rd, 2013
07:56 AM ET

Government Shutdown: GOP Moderates Huddle As Conservatives Set Agenda

A small but growing group of House Republicans is increasingly worried about the fallout from the government shutdown and say it's time for Speaker John Boehner to allow a simple vote on a spending bill, CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Defunding Obamacare can wait for now, they say.

"I'm trying to be optimistic but at the same time I have a really, really tough time when people are out of work and they can't pay their bills," Rep. Michael Grimm of New York told reporters Wednesday. "Though it might be a political loss for us ... this is an untenable situation."

Rep. Scott Rigell, whose Virginia district is home to a significant number of military members and civilian contractors, was one of the first to publicly break away.


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October 3rd, 2013
06:36 AM ET

No End In Sight To Government Shutdown After 'Unproductive' White House Meeting

After weeks of talking past each other, congressional leaders and President Barack Obama talked to each other Wednesday evening – only to emerge evidently no closer to a deal to halt the government's budget stalemate, CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

The White House meeting, coming a day after the start of the federal government shutdown, served at least one purpose, in that key players in the debate gathered together in the same room for over an hour: Obama called it "useful," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it was "worthwhile," and House Speaker John Boehner cast it as a "polite conversation."

But while the sides talked, there was no indication they agreed on anything or even shifted their views.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for instance, went so far as to call it "unproductive." Neither side discussed any potential compromises, with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden doing most of the talking and Boehner making clear he won't go forward with a "clean" funding bill – with no Obamacare amendments – a GOP congressional source said.


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