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U.S. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the day October 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the government shutdown going into the fifttenth day and the deadline for raising the debt ceiling fast approaching, Democrats and Republicans may come to an agreement soon on passing a budget. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate Reaches Deal To End Shutdown, Lift Debt Ceiling

With hours left for Congress to finalize and pass legislation before the United States’ borrowing authority expires, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., formally unveiled a plan Wednesday that will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7.

10/16/2013

The Cliff House Restaurant perched above Ocean Beach. (Cliff House)

San Francisco’s Cliff House Closed Again After Attempt To Defy Shutdown

The famed Cliff House restaurant has been forced to shut its doors for the remainder of the federal government shutdown, after it defied orders by reopening earlier this week.

10/09/2013

The Cliff House Restaurant perched above Ocean Beach. (Cliff House)

San Francisco’s Cliff House Closed Due To Government Shutdown

San Francisco’s famous Cliff House restaurant on Thursday joined other popular attractions that closed as a result of the federal government shutdown.

10/03/2013

National Park Service Sells Pieces Of Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz, Other Bay Area National Parks To Close If Government Shuts Down

With Congress in a stalemate over the budget, a federal government shutdown could begin Monday night that would close national parks, including popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, a parks spokeswoman said.

09/30/2013

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. (Jewel Samad/Getty Images)

House Minority Leader Pelosi Strongly Endorses Military Strike On Syria

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters in San Francisco on Wednesday to strongly endorse a military strike on Syria and to clarify what that would entail.

09/04/2013

Shark fins in a bag await delivery at a wholesale warehouse in Hong Kong (Laurent Fievet)

Federal Rule Could Upend Californias’ Shark Fin Ban

Several members of Congress representing coastal states are voicing concern about a proposed federal regulation that could pre-empt state bans on buying or selling shark fins.

06/28/2013

Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Optimistic About Congress Passing Immigration Reform

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in San Francisco Friday she was optimistic that Congress could soon pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

06/21/2013

San Francisco City Hall

SF Supes Urge Congress To Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Bill

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on Tuesday urging the inclusion of same-sex couples in any immigration bill as a message to Congress.

06/04/2013

Coast Guard crew members aboard a HH-65C Dolphin helicopter. (U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Bay Area Lawmaker Concerned About Coast Guard Cutting Bridge Patrols

East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell said he’s tired of the “whack-a-mole” approaching to trying to fix the budget.

05/01/2013

Leon Panetta. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Interview: Monterey’s Leon Panetta On Public Service, Bin Laden, Congress Inaction

After spending 16 years in congress, along with stints as director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and – most recently – Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta says it has been “a hell of a ride, as they say, for the son of Italian immigrants.”

04/02/2013

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