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Vets benefits bill expected to win initial Senate approval

Vets benefits bill expected to win initial Senate approval

A sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans seems ready to clear an initial hurdle in the Senate. Yet the election-year measure faces an uncertain fate as Republicans try to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it. The legislation, which sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says would cost […]

Issa calls Obama an ‘imperial’ President

Issa calls Obama an ‘imperial’ President

His party divided, Rep. Darrell Issa, the chief Republican attack dog, is calling on the GOP to abandon government-backed solutions and instead unite against President Barack Obama’s “imperial presidency.” The California congressman said during a rare New Hampshire tour that he’s not interested in running for the White House, but wants to play a key […]

Dems step up pressure for immigration vote

Dems step up pressure for immigration vote

House Democrats are determined to cast an election-year spotlight on Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage and overhauling immigration laws. To try to accomplish that in the GOP-controlled House, Democrats are planning to rely on an infrequently used, rarely successful tactic known as a “discharge petition.” It requires the minority party — in this […]

Doc Hastings retiring from Congress

Doc Hastings retiring from Congress

Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who represented central Washington for two decades and was a key voice in public lands and energy policy, announced Thursday he’ll retire at the end of the year. As chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Hastings recently took on the Endangered Species Act, calling for an overhaul of […]

The tea party is steaming mad at Mitch McConnell

The tea party is steaming mad at Mitch McConnell

The tea party is teeing off on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Matt Bevin, who is challenging McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, seized on the senator’s vote Wednesday to move ahead on legislation to increase the nation’s debt limit, describing it as a blank check for President Barack Obama. The tea party-backed businessman […]

Senate approves debt limit increase

Senate approves debt limit increase

Legislation to raise the federal debt limit and prevent a crippling government default cleared Congress on Wednesday with an awkward assist from top Senate Republican leaders who were forced into a politically treacherous vote engineered by tea party favorite Ted Cruz. The Texas Republican’s maneuver forced several GOP colleagues, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of […]

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