Congress’ goal: Cut budget, block Obama at every turn

Congress’ goal: Cut budget, block Obama at every turn

In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run both the House and Senate […]

Not much Congress can do about Cuba policy

Not much Congress can do about Cuba policy

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress. His initiative faces some strong resistance among lawmakers and opened fissures in both parties. Criticism came mostly from Republicans, who say the new policy rewards Cuba’s decades-long policies of repression, human rights abuses and […]

Congress ends another do-nothing term

Congress ends another do-nothing term

The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. “Thank God it’s over,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said as he left the Capitol late Tuesday. How’s this for a legacy? Just over 200 bills […]

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

$1.1 trillion spending bill finally clears Congress

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new immigration policy. The vote late Saturday night was 56-40 in favor of the measure, which funds nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end […]

A look at those leaving Congress

A look at those leaving Congress

Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired TV’s “Alpha House,” a founding firebrand of the tea party, one of the shorter-term senators and a few dozen others this week as another session of bickering winds down. As they end their careers, many lawmakers of […]

Opposition to spending bill grows

Opposition to spending bill grows

Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like. Two items are particularly toxic to Democrats whose votes will be needed to pass the measure, neither of which was disclosed until […]

Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill angers right-wing

Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill angers right-wing

A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy because it fails to challenge President Barack Obama’s immigration policy and many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments. Another provision drawing fire would allow pensions […]

Policy differences threaten spending bill

Policy differences threaten spending bill

Ahead of Congress’ midnight Thursday deadline, snags caused by policy differences are holding up a $1.1 trillion, government-wide spending bill, including a provision that could lead to pension cuts for more than 1 million retirees and a plan to relax new regulations on some risky financial products. The massive measure is the main piece of […]

Congress and its last-minute cram session

Congress and its last-minute cram session

Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover business into two weeks, while also seeking to avoid a government shutdown. Their to-do list includes keeping the government running into the new year, renewing expired tax breaks for individuals and businesses […]

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