The House of Representatives got more support than expected to pass a resolution reopening the government and raise the debt ceiling on Wednesday night. Every Democrat voted for it, and nearly 90 Republicans.
As President Obama hosted another debt ceiling press conference on Friday and outlined his opposition to a balanced budget amendment, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a case for why the amendment is needed.
As the August 2 deadline gets closer, it now appears that the partisan divide over the national debt ceiling between President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress and Republican lawmakers is widening.
Under pressure from critics, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia described his not mentioning slavery in his proclamation declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia, a “major omission”.