Look for a loud, raucous debate on immigration reform

Look for a loud, raucous debate on immigration reform

Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what’s sure to be a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Already negotiators are cautioning […]

Democrats, Republicans closing in on immigration bill deal

Democrats, Republicans closing in on immigration bill deal

A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say. That path to citizenship, however, is likely to take at least 15 years for many, longer than envisioned […]

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington’s fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber. Four Democratic senators facing tough re-election […]

Senate Democrats promise something rare: An actual federal budget

Senate Democrats promise something rare: An actual federal budget

Democrats are looking to make new revenue part of the Senate’s first budget in almost four years, which will be released soon after the start of President Barack Obama’s second term. Obama has pushed for a “balanced approach” to solving the nation’s financial woes, including more tax revenue. Republicans for years have complained bitterly that […]

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

A deal worked out by U.S. Senate leaders to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” was far from any “grand bargain” of deficit reduction measures. But if approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, it could help the country steer clear of recession, although enough austerity would remain in place to likely keep the economy growing at […]

America’s do-nothing Congress skips town with critical work unfinished

America’s do-nothing Congress skips town with critical work unfinished

Congress packed up and left town Thursday, starting a five-week recess that comes after a year of few accomplishments and lots of partisan gridlock. Oops. Our mistake.  The inhabitants of Capitol Hill call the annual August break “district work periods,” a piece of spin designed to give the impression that lawmakers are back home taking […]

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress heads home for Christmas but the holiday gift it left for Americans is an almost-certain tax hike for the new year. As predicted by the tea party-controlled Speaker, House Republicans defeated a two-month extension of reduced payroll taxes on Social Security and extension of unemployment benefits. Then House member started packing for the trip […]

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