Senate GOP plans to strip away Obama’s policies

Senate GOP plans to strip away Obama’s policies

Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. The all-GOP Congress — Republicans also have a commanding majority in the House — gives the powerful Senate committee heads […]

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

GOP lament: What is Ted Cruz doing?

One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year’s 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said it was a strategy without an end game. And that sniping came from Cruz’s fellow Republicans. The 43-year-old Texas freshman in a political hurry — […]

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new immigration policy. The vote late Saturday night was 56-40 in favor of the measure, which funds nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end […]

Republicans in House match Truman years

Republicans in House match Truman years

Republicans will hold at least 246 House seats come January, according to election results Saturday, giving the GOP a commanding majority that matches the party’s post-World War II high during Democratic President Harry S. Truman’s administration. The GOP retained control of two seats in runoffs in Louisiana, expanding the advantage for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, […]

Democrats complain of drop in outside spending

Democrats complain of drop in outside spending

Environmentalists, labor and women’s groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day. Democrats, already in the minority, are in jeopardy of losing at least a […]

Democrats face fading hopes for House elections

Democrats face fading hopes for House elections

Democrats’ high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality. The question now is not whether Republicans hold the House — that’s a given. Rather, it’s how many seats could the GOP add to its majority on Election Day? And how close could it get to its post-World […]

Expect more votes from Congress on Syria

A showdown looms when lawmakers return to the Capitol after midterm elections

Expect more votes from Congress on Syria

As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama’s Mideast war strategy isn’t in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And […]

Congress’ mission: Take little action, go home

Votes are set on largely futile measures designed to pack a political punch

Congress’ mission: Take little action, go home

Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task — act fast to keep the government open and then race home to campaign. After a five-week summer break, lawmakers face a shortened September session with a tight must-do list: Pass a temporary spending bill to fund federal departments and agencies through mid-December and extend the […]

In the end, voters ‘keep the bums in’

Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings, it's still an incumbent's world

In the end, voters ‘keep the bums in’

A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to “keep the bums in,” with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. With less than 10 weeks to […]

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

The law, dubbed "Obamacare," remains divisive, vilified by Republicans

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch. In an ad released this week, two-term Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor says he voted for a law that prevents insurers from […]

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