Majority Leader Reid drew condemnation for deals he struck to win passage of legislation for the biggest overhaul of the U.S. healthcare. Reid effectively bought senators' votes by packing the measure with provisions for their states
The Senate voted Thursday to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, a massive increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year.
"Everyone enrolled in these plans must pay a monthly abortion premium (p. 41, lines 5-8), and these funds will be used to pay for the elective abortion services."
“I would have less of a voice and I would have less respect if I voted for things I didn’t believe in because of pressure from the leadership,” DeFazio said. Obama himself has taken notice, saying “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,”
The expenses racked up by U.S. lawmakers traveling here for a conference last month included one for the "control room." Besides rooms for sleeping, the 12 members of the House of Representatives rented their hotel's fireplace-equipped presidential s
Lawmakers funded 10 more Boeing Co C-17 transport planes than the Pentagon asked for, at a cost of $2.5 billion. Kept alive the troubled VH-71 presidential helicopter despite the Pentagon's objections. Includes 1,720 earmarks costing $4.2 billion for
Must-pass legislation that wraps up the bulk of the remaining congressional agenda besides health care was expected to easily clear a Senate hurdle in the wee hours of Friday.
Washington soon could come to the aid of California, New York and other cash-strapped states that face the need to raise taxes or cut spending again next year to balance their books. The House of Representatives took the first step late Wednesday
The House narrowly approved a short-term, $290 billion increase in federal borrowing power, setting the stage for a major fight over national fiscal policy in 2010. It also included short extensions of the USA Patriot Act, and several other expiring
Conservative leaders are eager to turn Tea Party anger into election-year cash – and to do that, they’re launching a flurry of new political action committees aimed at collecting small-dollar donations from newly engaged anti-tax, anti-spending activ
While you’re correct that trying to engineer an industry that’s one-sixth the size of the U.S. economy is indeed very complicated, such complexity – far from excusing Congress’s ignorance – should be Exhibit A in a criminal indictment.
Last week, in the name of protecting the little guy from Wall Street, the House passed HR 4173 to increase the little guy’s false sense of security in the financial system. This bill will greatly increase the powers of the Federal Reserve, which too
The House of Representatives passed legislation Friday designed to bring the most sweeping rewrite of financial regulation since the New Deal era following the Great Depression. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 would, amo
Rod Jetton, the former Missouri House Speaker, fired a state lawmaker from his committee chairmanship in 2007 because the lawmaker had changed a bill in order to end a state ban on gay sex -- or what Jetton called "deviate sexual intercourse."
A bipartisan coalition in the House voted late Thursday to make it easier for corporations to engage in complex derivatives trades without government restrictions, eroding the reach of proposed regulations to govern Wall Street.
The House voted Thursday to approve half a dozen spending bills contained in one large package, as the chamber races to complete its work before adjourning for the year.
A top official of the Bowl Championship Series says there are more important things for Congress to worry about than pressing for a playoff system for college football. But lawmakers were taking a crack at it anyway Wednesday. A House panel was to
During the knock-down-and-drag-out 2008 election we heard all about Sen. John McCain’s infamous temper. Today, we caught another glimpse, this time on the Senate floor. And on video! Visibly peeved at Sen. Max Baucus, both about time regulations and
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with a former staffer when he recommended her earlier this year to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana, a spokesman said.
Inner City Broadcasting, owns 17 commercial stations nationwide faces a possible financial collapse because of pressure by Goldman Sachs and GE Capital to repay nearly $230 million in debt and they want a bailout.
If you don’t back a copyright treaty being negotiated in secret, you must want to destroy Hollywood, its blockbuster movies and all the jobs they create. At least that’s the message from the Motion Picture Association of America.
The Senate began a debate Monday over the future of health care in America that's likely to go on for weeks, but behind the scenes, lawmakers are struggling to resolve an even more explosive issue: how to pay for all their [desires.]
n the past, members of Congress never have been particularly eager to remind the public that they regularly vote to raise the ceiling on the national debt, which now exceeds $12 trillion. That's $12,000,000,000,000. The debt has more than doubl
Sharlet's book "The Family" is an investigative look at a secretive group of fundamentalist Christian lawmakers in Washington, D.C. In a recent interview with NPR's Terry Gross, he broke the news that The Family's influence in Uganda is rife.
Alan "Money" Mollohan controls the purse strings of the Dept of Justice--the same DoJ that is investigating Mollohan for earmarking $150 million for family and friends.
An entertaining report of the political machinations that led to Ron Paul's "End the Fed" getting passed out of committee over Chairman Frank's and the Fed's objections in no small part courtesy of FireDogLake.com.
Progress toward tighter U.S. financial regulation faltered in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as a House committee postponed a pivotal vote and Republicans on a Senate committee aired stubborn opposition. The setbacks came as lawmakers streamed out
StimulusWatch.org was built to help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend.Entered By: Jean Carbonneau
In the official record of the House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. That was no accident. Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten by Washington lobbyists
Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the $700 billion US financial-industry bailout, said the program will "almost certainly" result in a loss to taxpayers. (Well, DUH. Taxpayers weren't the primary beneficiaries) "We need to temper or