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Reid retreats on obstruction of votes on jobless bill

Reid retreats on obstruction of votes on jobless bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid retreated Friday from his refusal to allow votes on Republican-backed changes in legislation resurrecting benefits for the long-term unemployed. A spokesman said Reid is “absolutely willing for the Senate to consider a reasonable number of relevant amendments from Republicans.” The spokesman, Adam Jentleson, did not specify a number or describe […]

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

The Republican-led House voted overwhelmingly Friday to bolt new security requirements onto President Barack Obama’s health care law, with 67 Democrats breaking ranks to join with the GOP. It was the first skirmish of what is certain to be a long and contentious election-year fight. The vote was 291-122 with Republicans relentlessly focusing on “Obamacare,” […]

Congressmen claim Snowden’s leaks endangered U.S. troops

Congressmen claim Snowden’s leaks endangered U.S. troops

Two congressmen say a classified Pentagon report on former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden asserts that most of the documents he took concerned current military operations. “The vast majority of the material was related to the Defense Department, and our military services,” not NSA operations, House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers said in an […]

Congressional retreat on pension cuts for disabled vets

Congressional retreat on pension cuts for disabled vets

A massive spending bill taking shape on Capitol Hill is likely to repeal a recently enacted pension cut for disabled veterans. Capitol Hill aides said Wednesday that the $1 trillion-plus omnibus spending bill measure will reverse a 1 percentage point cut to annual cost-of-living increases that was inadvertently applied to more than 63,000 veterans who […]

Delay in agreement on extending jobless benefits

Delay in agreement on extending jobless benefits

One day after clearing a key Senate hurdle, legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits stood at a crossroads on Wednesday with gridlock beckoning from one direction and the prospect of compromise from the other. After a day of mixed signals, Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed any action on the measure until Thursday, saying he wanted […]

Unemployment fight first battle of an election year

Unemployment fight first battle of an election year

The struggle in Washington over whether to renew expired jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed is as much about providing aid to 1.3 million out-of-work Americans as it is about drawing the first political line of an election year. Tuesday’s unexpected vote in the Senate removing one obstacle to a three-month extension of aid attracted […]

Uh oh. Former members of Congress want their jobs back

Uh oh.  Former members of Congress want their jobs back

Some former members of Congress are hoping 2014 will be the year of the comeback. Congress may have public approval ratings hovering near record lows, but several Republicans who once served in the House are trying to recapture their old seats. Among Democrats, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, who was bounced from office two decades ago […]

Finishing up a $1.1 trillion government spending bill

Finishing up a $1.1 trillion government spending bill

After weeks of secretive work, senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to put the finishing touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would lay to rest last year’s budget battles. The goal is to finish writing the mammoth measure this week in anticipation of House and Senate votes before a Jan. 15 deadline […]

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