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October 16th, 2013
11:48 PM ET

Rep. Steve King: "I would rather keep this going"

Republican Congressman Steve King spoke to Anderson on his way into the House to vote against the deal ending the government shutdown. He referred to this budget battle as "the last tool in the tool box" before Obamacare went into effect.
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October 16th, 2013
11:45 PM ET

Rep. Salmon: "My beef is with the way government is running"

It was not just Democrats taking shots at the Republicans during this budget battle, some in the GOP are lashing out at members of their own party. Anderson spoke to Republican Congressman Matt Salmon, who acknowledged he did not agree with everyone in his party, but he still called them "the good guys."

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October 16th, 2013
11:43 PM ET

Rep. Israel: "It's better to kick the can, than stomp on the can"

Democratic Congressman Steve Israel weighs in on the Senate's vote to end the government shutdown. With the end of this budget battle in sight, Rep. Israel tells Anderson he looks forward to debates with Republicans on other issues, including Medicare, jobs, immigration and "balancing the budget responsibly."

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October 16th, 2013
11:41 PM ET

Sen. Graham on what Republicans left on the table

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has been venting frustration with the small amount of leverage his party had heading into this budget deal. On Twitter he wrote, "To say we as Republicans left a lot on the table would be one of the biggest understatements in American political history." Sen. Graham spoke with Anderson and Dana Bash.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Government Shutdown
October 16th, 2013
07:26 PM ET

AC360° 411: End in sight, waiting for votes on Capitol Hill

Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper will be reporting live from Capitol Hill tonight as the Senate and House get ready to vote on the new deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Do both chambers have enough votes to get it passed? Join us at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for our breaking news coverage.

October 16th, 2013
01:04 AM ET

Sen. Heitkamp: "The middle class is getting crunched and we need to deal with this problem"

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke to Anderson about the effort to strike a deal to reopen the government and avoiding a debt default. She said both parties share responsibility for the current situation. When it comes to voting on a solution, she says it comes down to "whether the House and Senate can play nice together."


Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown
October 16th, 2013
01:02 AM ET

Rep. Lankford: "Main St. is already feeling this, Washington doesn't seem to get the message"

Lawmakers are running out of time to strike a deal before the debt ceiling deadline. Anderson spoke with Congressman James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma. He discussed how he sees Americans getting hurt by the shutdown and by the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to reaching a deal to fund the government, Rep. Lankford said Republicans are "trying to rebuild trust with the President."

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October 16th, 2013
12:54 AM ET

AC360 Exclusive: Wounded Warrior Project steps in during government shutdown

The government shutdown is causing serious anxiety for many military veterans who receive disability and G.I. Bill benefits, along with military families who rely on survivor benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs warned it will not be able to pay those benefits if the government stays closed through the end of month. Now the Wounded Warrior Project is stepping in.  Executive Director Steve Nardizzi announced exclusively on AC360 a $20 million fund to help thousands of veterans and their families cover expenses unpaid during the government shutdown.

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October 16th, 2013
12:52 AM ET

Washington whiplash: "It's like Mogadishu on the Potomac"

That's how Democratic strategist Paul Begala describes the Congressional Republican caucus. This after the House dropped plans to vote on a budget deal, with time running out before the debt ceiling deadline. Anderson took a look at what lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are saying about the impasse and spoke to Begala and Republican consultant Alex Castellanos

 

It is hard to explain just how politicians created the situation we are currently in. But Alex Castellanos got creative trying. He compared the budget battle to "bunny sex." That led to a very colorful discussion on the budget that also included Paul Begala and Dean Clancy, the Vice President of Public Policy for Freedom Works.

 

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Filed under: Alex Castellanos • Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown • Paul Begala
October 16th, 2013
12:43 AM ET

Rep. Becerra: "You should not be playing political games with other people's money"

Congressman Xavier Becerra was in the Oval Office today for a meeting between the President, Vice President and the House Democratic leadership. He says he is confident lawmakers can pass a budget deal, as long as "Republicans don't put up procedural barriers." Rep. Becerra went on to say the Democrats are willing to negotiate anything and everything once the government is up and running.


Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown
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