GOP infighting delays budget vote

There were significant differences between the day-old proposal in the House and the one unveiled Wednesday by Senate Republicans.

GOP infighting delays budget vote

A battle between GOP defense hawks and fiscal conservatives prompted the GOP chairman of the House Budget Committee late Wednesday to delay a vote on his party’s budget blueprint. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., called off a vote on a move by GOP leaders to loosen restrictions on using war funding to skirt tight limits on […]

A bi-partisan push to change Medicare payments

Because seniors vote in disproportionately large numbers, criticism by AARP could make it harder for some lawmakers to support the package.

A bi-partisan push to change Medicare payments

Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that’s vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday. Many of the tentative plan’s details had already been disclosed by lobbyists, legislators and congressional aides. Some particulars were […]

Resistance to giving Obama new war powers

Resistance to giving Obama new war powers

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance in a vote to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants despite international outrage over video of militants beheading their captives and burning one alive. War authorizations are among the most difficult issues confronting members of Congress. Several Democrats will be reluctant to […]

Deficit cuts? What deficit cuts?

Deficit cuts? What deficit cuts?

President Barack Obama’s budget is relying on a series of familiar accounting tricks to show $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over a decade, an amount that would shrink by almost half if they were excluded. But so-called “pay-go” rules officially require tax cuts and new spending on the mandatory side of the ledger to be […]

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama’s budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also will contain what amount to opening bids for some long-shot compromises. Republicans have already dismissed much of Obama’s initiatives, spelled out in his State of […]

Any future out there for Democrats?

Any future out there for Democrats?

Congressional Democrats are in retreat in more ways than one this week. As Democratic senators gather in Baltimore to talk strategy and lick election wounds, their party faces diminished powers in Congress, GOP dominance in many states and a shrinking pool of potential candidates for future elections. In the November elections, Democrats lost their eight-year […]

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. Supporters of manufacturers added a provision that would create public-private partnerships to accelerate the transition of new technologies from basic research to […]

Senate GOP joins anger over spending bill

Senate GOP joins anger over spending bill

First it was objections by House Democrats that stood in the way of passage of a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill. Now it’s the Senate Republicans’ turn, specifically Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. The two lawmakers demanded a vote Friday night on a proposal to cut funds from the bill that […]

Senate: Next stop for spending bill

Senate: Next stop for spending bill

It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following. The smart money’s on old school types such […]

Opposition to spending bill grows

Opposition to spending bill grows

Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like. Two items are particularly toxic to Democrats whose votes will be needed to pass the measure, neither of which was disclosed until […]

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