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Renewing unemployment benefits stalls in Senate

Renewing unemployment benefits stalls in Senate

Efforts to renew emergency federal jobless benefits for 1.5 million Americans stalled in the Senate on Tuesday when Democrats and Republicans rejected each other’s proposals. Both sides vowed to keep looking for a compromise, but it appeared unlikely they would find one before next week’s Senate recess. “It is extremely important that we act, and […]

The $1.1 trillion budget deal: Too many trade-offs?

The $1.1 trillion budget deal: Too many trade-offs?

The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget […]

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 […]