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Obama to Congress: Cash needed now for roads and bridges

Obama to Congress: Cash needed now for roads and bridges

America’s roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge…

Partisan gridlock saps energy efficiency outcome

Partisan gridlock saps energy efficiency outcome

Days after President Barack Obama touted executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency, a bill with similar goals is expected to fall victim to partisan gridlock in the Senate. A…

Health care law helps on childbirth medical bills

Health care law helps on childbirth medical bills

The health care law has opened up an unusual opportunity for some mothers-to-be to save on medical bills for childbirth. Lower-income women who signed up for a private policy in…

White House wants more data privacy laws

White House wants more data privacy laws

The White House is asking Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans’ data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of…

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress gets back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. Forget immigration, a tax overhaul, stiffer…

Not everyone benefits from minimum wage increases

Not everyone benefits from minimum wage increases

Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the…

House sets contempt vote on former IRS official

House sets contempt vote on former IRS official

A House committee is voting on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. The…

Republican budget: Massive cuts in aid to poor

Republican budget: Massive cuts in aid to poor

A budget plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget breezed through the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, but its sharp cuts to…

Congress helps doctors avoid Medicare reductions

Congress helps doctors avoid Medicare reductions

Congress once again has given doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees. A 64-35 Senate vote Monday…

In Congress, mostly Democrats represent the rich

In Congress, mostly Democrats represent the rich

Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It’s a label that has stuck for decades, and you’re hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the…