Senate set to break FAA deadlock

Senate set to break FAA deadlock

The Senate is poised to pass legislation ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has cost the government about $400 million in uncollected airline ticket taxes and idled thousands of workers. A bipartisan compromise reached Thursday cleared the way for the Senate to approve a House bill extending the FAA’s operating […]

The dirty dozen: A ‘super congress?’

The dirty dozen: A ‘super congress?’

The nation’s bills are being paid and Congress has bolted the hothouse of Washington, one debt limit deadline beaten and another ahead for a dozen yet-to-be-named lawmakers. They might want to hold off making Thanksgiving and Christmas plans. For the six Republicans and six Democrats, the toughest-to-swallow items on the deficit-cutting menu await. This group, […]

Obama’s curse: The Bush tax cuts

Obama’s curse: The Bush tax cuts

Time and again during his presidential campaign, Barack Obama was unequivocal: “We are going to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.” But when the chips were down, now-President Obama blinked and backed away. Twice in less than nine months, Obama has shelved his pledge in deadline-pressing negotiations with congressional Republicans. Obama […]

Obama’s debt-deal signature averts default

Obama’s debt-deal signature averts default

The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26. Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later. Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces […]

FAA standoff costs could exceed $1 billion

FAA standoff costs could exceed $1 billion

The congressional standoff that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration has some curious math. Lawmakers risk losing more than $1 billion in revenue from uncollected airline ticket taxes in a quarrel between Senate Democrats and House Republicans who are demanding a $16.5 million cut in rural air service subsidies. The shutdown is less […]

Giffords adds to debt-limit drama

Giffords adds to debt-limit drama

The total number of votes on the historic debt-limit bill was 430. One vote was more memorable than any of the others. Seven months after she was shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House on Monday to cast her vote. Thunderous applause and emotional hugs from her Republican and Democratic colleagues […]

Right-wing issues warning on debt deal

Right-wing issues warning on debt deal

Conservatives are warning of lasting political consequences as the Republican presidential field offers conflicting positions on the debt-ceiling compromise. Some activists likened the political impact of the high-stakes fight over the nation’s borrowing limit to the debate preceding the invasion of Iraq. And interest groups promised that each presidential contender’s position would be remembered, particularly […]

Senate up next to pass debt-limit extension

Senate up next to pass debt-limit extension

With just hours left before the national debt bumps against its ceiling, emergency bipartisan legislation to allow the government to borrow more faces one final test in the Senate. Expected passage there sends the bill to President Barack Obama, averting a potentially disastrous, first-ever government default and making a down payment toward taming out-of-control budget […]