By Sean Lengell | 09/16/13 01:23 PM
House Republicans are proposing significant cuts to the government's food stamp program, amping up the debate over whether the increasingly used program is a magnet for freeloaders or a vital safety net for the poor and unemployed.
By Sean Lengell | 09/19/13 06:47 PM
The Republican-led House on Thursday narrowly passed legislation that calls for broad spending cuts and tighter eligibility restrictions to the nation's food stamp program, as Democrats complained the measure would kick millions of needy Americans off its rolls and deeper into poverty. The...
By Sean Lengell | 09/19/13 01:55 PM
The blame game on Capitol Hill over who ultimately is responsible for keeping the government funded past September heated up Thursday as House Speaker John Boehner tossed the political hot potato back to the Senate where he said "it belongs." The House is expected on Friday to pass along party...
By Sean Lengell | 09/19/13 05:03 AM
The Republican-led House on Thursday is poised to approve legislation that calls for broad cuts and tighter eligibility restrictions to the food stamp program, setting up a fight with the Senate, where ruling Democrats say the proposal would hurt the poor and struggling workers.
By Sean Lengell | 09/18/13 01:31 PM
A senior House Democrat left the door open that his caucus would consider a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded past September at the Republicans' preferred rate so long as it doesn't include a provision to defund or delay Obamacare. But House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier...
By Sean Lengell | 09/17/13 06:38 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday vowed to move forward with legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers but said he doesn't have enough support yet to hold a vote. The Nevada Democrat said in light of the fatal shootings at the Washington Navy Yard Monday that killed 13,...
By Sean Lengell | 09/17/13 02:59 PM
The House's No. 2 Democrat on Tuesday said the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13, including the shooter, likely won't push Congress toward passing gun control legislation. "I think it will bring up debate. Whether it will bring up action is problematic," Minority Whip...
By Sean Lengell | 09/16/13 06:55 PM
The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee said Monday that a Republican-crafted bill that calls for spending cuts and tighter eligibility restrictions to the food stamp program will hold back efforts to pass a long-term farm bill. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., accused House GOP...
By Sean Lengell | 09/16/13 05:29 PM
The Capitol tightened security Monday in response to the possibility that suspects from Monday morning's fatal shootings at Washington's Navy Yard are still at large, with the Senate in partial lockdown for part of the afternoon. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer announced in the late...
By Sean Lengell | 09/13/13 04:53 AM
Rep. Justin Amash, at 33, is among the youngest members of Congress. But the ambitious Michigan Republican has emerged as one of Capitol Hill's loudest and most authoritative voices against U.S. military action in Syria, helping shape the anti-war debate while raising his political profile.
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