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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls him 'quintessential champion of the common good'
Bill moves onto House of Representatives for a second vote before President Obama expected to sign into law
Aides for Senate leaders Reid and McConnell optimistic that they can reach deal, despite House GOP's failure to do so
Even if America puts a band-aid on the budget this week, bigger battles loom large for policymakers
President says he still holds hope for progress in 'the next few hours'
Both sides call meeting productive, but White House says 'no specific determination' for way forward
Hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed while an array of government services have stalled
Jack Lew says it would be 'reckless' and 'dangerous' to let Oct. 17 deadline lapse
Five ways Washington could deal with political gridlock, fiscal chaos and the looming debt ceiling
Speaker says House, Senate should conference on budget; Democrats resist efforts to trim health care law
Local Florida leaders rejected the civil rights leader after he thanked Fidel Castro, Yaser Arafat and Moammar Ghadafi
In his live address, President Barack Obama reflected on Nelson Mandela's legacy