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As expected, GOP slams Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget

As expected, GOP slams Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget

Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama’s new $3.9 trillion budget as nothing more than a Democratic manifesto for this fall’s congressional campaigns, but the fiscal plan is taking hits from another quarter too — anti-deficit groups. Obama on Tuesday sent lawmakers a 2015 budget top-heavy with provisions that have little chance of becoming law. They […]

So much for changes in federal flood insurance program

So much for changes in federal flood insurance program

Less than two years after Congress approved a landmark bill to overhaul the federal flood insurance program, lawmakers are poised to undo many of the changes after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp increases in premiums. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday night that would allow sellers to give their subsidized, below-market insurance […]

For her, one term in Congress was more than enough

For her, one term in Congress was more than enough

It took barely a year in Congress for Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod to decide that she could do more for her California constituents by serving in county government. She’s one of 38 House members, including six from California, not to seek re-election in November, and during her single term, she grew frustrated quickly with the […]

Deja vu? U.S. has a new debt limit to face

Deja vu?  U.S. has a new debt limit to face

The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October’s government shutdown and debt crisis. The new cap on borrowing is expected to be about $17.2 trillion. It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers to keep the government functioning until Congress further raises […]

Republicans attempt to justify their immigration ‘principles’

Republicans attempt to justify their immigration ‘principles’

House Republican leaders plan to outline broad immigration principles, including legalization for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally, to the GOP rank and file as they look to revive long-stalled efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House GOP leaders will measure the willingness of party members to […]

Will Obama’s proposed retirement savings play work?

Will Obama’s proposed retirement savings play work?

Even proponents of President Barack Obama’s new retirement savings program readily concede it won’t be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won’t be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest. Yet the Obama administration is […]

Congressional wrecking ball threatens foreign policy

Congressional wrecking ball threatens foreign policy

By design or accident, it is increasingly clear that the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy is a nuclear agreement with Iran. Whether Obama can succeed, however, now depends on Congress staying out of the negotiations. Over the last few weeks, 16 Democratic senators have supported a bill that would impose new sanctions […]

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 […]

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