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House sends $4.5 billion school-lunch bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives passed on Thursday and sent to President Barack Obama a bill that boosts funding for the school lunch program by $4.5 billion through…

The Caucus: Napolitano Backs Immigration Bill

Secretary of Homeland Security says legislation would help focus resources on deporting dangerous criminals. Read more……

Reid "confident" Senate to consider START soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed confidence on Thursday the U.S. Senate would debate the New START nuclear treaty with Russia this year, as he gave no sign…

House passes child nutrition bill

Dems overcome an 11th-hour procedural hurdle to approve a measure the first lady has championed. Read more……

Barton: I’ll work to repeal ‘Obamacare’

The Texas Republican says he’s willing to show up on Saturdays — and his colleagues should be, too. Read more……

DeMint: I won’t stir GOP primary pot

He’s privately reassuring colleagues that he won’t endorse any primary opponent against them. Read more……

Senate deal on tax votes falls apart

Reid: Plan scrapped after a Republican objects. Read more……

Republicans cool to "do not track" Web plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans, who will control the House of Representatives in January, greeted the idea of Internet “do not track” legislation coolly on Thursday, expressing concern that hindering advertiser…

GOP deficit panel members split

Group may not reach the 14-vote threshold. Read more……

Senator McCain says too soon to end military ban on gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican warned on Thursday it might be too soon to end the U.S. military’s ban on gays, as the party geared up to block President…