By Susan Ferrechio | 12/17/13 08:00 AM
The federal government this year made significant cuts to important services and programs while at the same time wasting $30 billion on frivolous expenditures like the "pillownauts" study NASA conducted to learn the effects of lying in bed all day, a new watchdog report shows.
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/12/13 07:44 PM
There's been a political shift among House Republicans, and it helped the GOP pass a budget deal with overwhelming support that might have never seen the light of day earlier this year. In a 332-94 vote, the House approved a measure that would spend $1.014 trillion in 2014 and restore over the...
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/11/13 04:49 PM
Typically vocal Republican conservatives don't like the bipartisan budget deal Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced yesterday, but they seem resigned to the likelihood that it will pass the House on Thursday. "I don't think there is going to be a fight," Rep. Raul...
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/11/13 12:10 PM
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has put his chief of staff on leave without pay Wednesday after learning police had looked over the staffer's home in relation to child pornography allegations. Here is Alexander's statement: “I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s...
By David M. Drucker and Susan Ferrechio | 12/10/13 07:36 AM
A proposal to raise various government fees to offset sequester-driven budget cuts is at the heart of a pending Congressional budget deal, though some are warning lawmakers that higher fees is another way of saying tax increase.
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/09/13 03:48 PM
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., on Monday introduced the "Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications and Mobile Wireless Devices Act," which would outlaw most cellphone calls during commercial domestic flights.
By David M. Drucker and Susan Ferrechio | 12/09/13 05:52 AM
The House on Monday kicked off its last work week of the year with lawmakers still needing to approve a budget bill to keep the government running after Jan. 15 while softening budget cuts that are squeezing domestic and military spending. The Senate also returns Monday after a two-week...
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"She did what we in the newspaper business call burying the lead," wrote Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Joseph Gerth. "She was more than halfway through her four-minute speech before she told us why we were standing there." That rocky start - and all it says about Grimes' organizational...
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/06/13 11:45 AM
President Obama's freshly cut nuclear deal with Iran faces new challenges in the Senate, where lawmakers, including fellow Democrats, are intent on imposing tougher economic sanctions on Iran despite warnings that they could derail diplomatic efforts.
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/04/13 03:04 PM
Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday battled over the whether the new health care law will destroy or improve a popular Medicare program during one of four House hearings this week into the troubled Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act slashes $716 billion from Medicare over the next decade,...
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/03/13 10:08 AM
Just a week away from its Dec. 13 deadline, lawmakers will have little time in their post-Thanksgiving legislative session to negotiate the kind of major budget deal they'd need to end the federal government's crisis-driven management style.
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/03/13 08:50 AM
Even as Obamacare struggles in the court of public opinion, the new health care law will face another legal threat Tuesday when a group of small-business owners and others argue in federal court that they should be exempt from the tax credits and financial penalties created under the law.
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/03/13 05:21 AM
The Department of Homeland Security, the agency charged with protecting the federal government from cyber attacks, is itself vulnerable to such threats because its own outdated computers lack even the basic protections needed to fend off hackers, a new report shows.
By Susan Ferrechio | 12/02/13 06:19 PM
House investigators want to know when President Obama realized he could not uphold his repeated promise that "if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor" under the new health care law. House Government and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Monday wrote...
By Susan Ferrechio | 11/29/13 07:54 AM
Congressional lawmakers headed home for Thanksgiving dinner with many of them still dwelling on a farm bill that remains unfinished because of a significant partisan divide that threatens the chances of the bill passing before Congress adjourns in December. "Don't hold your breath," Rep. Frank...
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