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House votes to overturn net neutrality

House votes to overturn net neutrality

The House of Representatives voted on Friday to overturn “net neutrality” rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet, setting the stage for a clash with the Senate and President Barack Obama. The House voted 240-179 in favor of a Republican-backed resolution that seeks to block the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The […]

Senate Dems kill GOP climate change ban

Senate Dems kill GOP climate change ban

Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican effort to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming, as House Republicans prepared to pass a bill to block the agency from reducing climate-altering pollution. In a 50-50 vote, the Senate rejected a measure by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and […]

Report due on sub-prime mortgage mess

Report due on sub-prime mortgage mess

A Senate subcommittee is nearing completion of a long-awaited report on the role Wall Street banks played in creating complex securities that fueled the meltdown of the housing market, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which has been in the works for months, will include potentially […]

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

The House is moving toward passage of a sweeping aviation bill packed with controversial safety and labor provisions. A final vote on the Republican-drafted bill is expected on Friday. It provides a blueprint for Federal Aviation Administration programs for the next 3 1/2 years while cutting the agency’s budget by about $4 billion. The bill […]

Discrimination against Muslims rampant in U.S.

Discrimination against Muslims rampant in U.S.

Muslims in the United States face ongoing discrimination and violence in actions that threaten basic freedoms in the nation, a US Senate hearing was told Tuesday. The hearing was called to discuss protecting the civil rights of American Muslims, just weeks after another panel hotly debated the threat posed by homegrown Islamists. Democratic Assistant Senate […]

Republicans shift gears on housing market ‘reform’

Republicans shift gears on housing market ‘reform’

House Republicans plan to introduce eight bills on Tuesday that would each take a small step toward pushing taxpayer-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of business, according to congressional aides and lobbyists. The GOP strategy of using a bite-sized approach to ease the government out of the mortgage system seems to be […]

Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents. Now, as Congress careens toward a budget impasse, government insiders wonder if another shutdown is imminent — and whether Republicans again […]

Geithner: GOP spending cuts mean job losses

Geithner: GOP spending cuts mean job losses

Republicans’ bill to slash federal spending this year would hurt efforts to spur growth and create jobs, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Saturday. He was asked at a press conference following a Group of 20 meeting for his reaction to House approval of measures that will cut spending by about $61.5 billion from current […]

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House passed sweeping legislation early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations. The 235-189 vote to send the bill to the Senate was largely along party lines and defied a veto threat […]