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House right-wingers want three-year freeze on federal pay

House right-wingers want three-year freeze on federal pay

House conservatives want to extend to a full three years the current freeze on cost-of-living pay increases for the nation’s 2 million civilian federal workers. They say that blocking a modest raise proposed by President Barack Obama for the last nine months of this year will save $11 billion over the long run and that […]

Obama slams Republicans over delay of Hagel nomination

Obama slams Republicans over delay of Hagel nomination

President Barack Obama is criticizing Senate Republicans for delaying the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense. The president said his opponents are using politics while the nation is still in a war in Afghanistan. Obama called Hagel, who is a former senator and Vietnam veteran, “eminently” qualified for the job Thursday and […]

Senate Republicans force delay on Hagel confirmation

Senate Republicans force delay on Hagel confirmation

By delaying a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, Senate Republicans have forced Leon Panetta to remain on the job he is eager to give up. But they’ve also given the White House an opportunity to cast the GOP as obstructing President Barack Obama’s assembly of a second-term national security team. Senate […]

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

Senate Dems to GOP: Forget your stupid games on Hagel

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday he will press ahead with a vote on Chuck Hagel‘s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republicans demands for more financial information from President Barack Obama’s choice as setting an unprecedented standard. In a letter, Sen. Carl Levin provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the GOP […]

No budget, no pay: An incredible idea whose time has come?

No budget, no pay: An incredible idea whose time has come?

In an earlier era, a move like the one engineered by House GOP leaders to pass a “no budget, no pay” measure probably would have been stopped in its tracks. But with Congress’ approval ratings in the gutter, House lawmakers pushed aside questions about fairness and constitutionality and tacked the idea on to an unpopular, […]

Congress headed for more conflict over budget

Congress headed for more conflict over budget

The nation’s sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes and House Republicans vow to speed up their plan to balance the federal budget with spending cuts alone. The Republicans’ new approach would require even deeper cuts in social programs than […]

New Republican House marked more for weakness than power

New Republican House marked more for weakness than power

Celebration doesn’t seem to be high on the agenda as House Republicans, their majority renewed by the voters last fall, lay the groundwork for another challenge to President Barack Obama over federal spending. And no wonder. Their annual retreat this past week in Williamsburg had scarcely begun when they were told that disapproval ratings for […]

Republicans to skip Obama inaugural, head out of town

Republicans to skip Obama inaugural, head out of town

For many Republicans, this is a good weekend to get away from it all. With hundreds of thousands of Democrats traveling to nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremonies, Republicans and supporters of last fall’s GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, are leaving town for sunny vacation destinations and company conferences or staying indoors and […]

Republicans wants to change laws to control elections

Republicans wants to change laws to control elections

After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win. From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state’s popular vote all of its Electoral […]

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as ever. Infighting has penetrated the highest levels of the House GOP leadership. Long-standing geographic tensions have increased, pitting endangered Northeastern Republicans against their colleagues from other parts of the country. Enraged tea party leaders are threatening to knock off dozens of Republicans who supported a measure […]

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