SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Nation/World

September 24, 2013

Blame already being cast over budget fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before a budget deadline arrives, leaders from both parties are blaming each other — and some Republicans are criticizing their own — for a government shutdown many are treating as inevitable.

The top Democrat in the House says Republicans are "legislative arsonists" who are using their opposition to a sweeping health care overhaul as an excuse to close government's doors. A leading tea party antagonist in the Senate counters that conservatives should use any tool available to stop the Affordable Care Act from taking hold. President Bill Clinton's labor secretary says the GOP is willing "to risk the entire system of government to get your way," while the House speaker who oversaw the last government shutdown urged fellow Republicans to remember "this is not a dictatorship."

The unyielding political posturing on Sunday comes one week before Congress reaches an Oct. 1 deadline to dodge any interruptions in government services. While work continues on a temporary spending bill, a potentially more devastating separate deadline looms a few weeks later when the government could run out of money to pay its bills.

"This is totally irresponsible, completely juvenile and, as I called it, legislative arson. It's just destructive," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday.

The Republican-led House on Friday approved legislation designed to wipe out the 3-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve. But the House's move was more a political win than a measure likely to be implemented.

Across the Capitol, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he would keep the health law intact despite Republicans' attempts, in his words, "to take an entire law hostage simply to appease the tea party anarchists."

One of those tea party agitators, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, showed little sign on Sunday that he cared about the uphill climb to make good on his pledge to derail the health care law over Obama's guaranteed veto.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Nation/World

Local News
  • Police/Fire Peabody Monday A caller on Lynnfield Street reported a male in hospital garb was walking along the road near the YMCA at 3:20 p.m. Atlantic Ambulance and Lynn police also responded to the scene, and officers reported the man was taken to an Upham Str

    April 23, 2014

  • 140421_SN_MSP_PATRIOTS_09 PHOTO GALLERY: Danvers Alarm List Company's Patriots' Day salutes Every year, the re-enactors of Danvers Alarm List Company honor the seven local men lost at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. Members of the company toured seven monuments around Danvers and Peabody — which was part of Danvers in the revolutionary era — and fired three shots at each site with their flintlock muskets. The seven men who died were Henry Jacobs Jr., Benjamin Deland Jr., George Southwick Jr., Samuel Cook Jr., Ebenezer Goldthwaite, Perely Putnam and Jotham Webb. The 11 re-enactors were Henry Rutkowski of Salem, who led the group, portraying Revolutionary Capt. Levi Preston; Jim Witham of Essex; Donald Hayes of Lowell, the Rev. Dr. Bert White of Pembroke, a United Methodist clergyman who lead prayers at each site; Daniel Cripps of Lakeville; Skip Wiley of Danvers; Mark Richardson of Somersworth, N.H.; Jim Driscoll of Danvers; Bill Buttimer of Beverly, William Clemens of Danvers and his son Billy Clemens, also of Danvers.

    April 22, 2014

  • Longer year eyed for Bentley SALEM: Tutors also a key part of elementary school plan longer year in bentley vision

    April 22, 2014

  • Algonquin Gas details pipeline plans SALEM -- Documents recently filed with the federal government illuminate Algonquin Gas' plan to build a natural gas pipeline from Beverly Harbor to the Salem Harbor Station site. The 16-inch, 1.4-mile long pipeline will eventually bring up to 115,000

    April 22, 2014

  • Steve Flanagan reflects on daughter's race

    MARBLEHEAD -- Steve Flanagan is celebrating an epic Boston Marathon run by daughter Shalane that, while she didn't win, exceeded expectations. Shalane finished seventh, according to the Boston Athletic Association. Her time of 2:22.02 made her the to

    April 22, 2014 5 Stories