By Charlie Spiering | 02/14/14 08:09 AM
Sen. Ted Cruz judged his Republican colleagues harshly after he forced the Senate to meet the 60-vote threshold to pass a clean debt ceiling measure. "[I]t has become apparent to me, the single thing that Republican politicians hate and fear the most, and that is when they are forced to tell...
By Andrew Taylor | 02/14/14 08:00 AM
Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line. Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line.
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/14/14 07:16 AM
There was an audible gasp in the Senate gallery this week when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted “aye” to cut off a potential GOP filibuster of critical legislation to raise the $17.2 trillion debt ceiling.
By Paul Bedard | 02/13/14 12:30 PM
The public is not happy with the House GOP leadership's passage of a “clean” debt ceiling increase, preferring it to include big spending cuts just as the Republicans had promised before switching gears. What's more, a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds the public supportive of even bigger...
By associated press | 02/13/14 09:18 AM
Colorado lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on whether greenhouses that grow marijuana should be treated as agricultural property for tax purposes.
By Jonathan Lemire | 02/13/14 08:20 AM
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his first budget proposal Wednesday, revealing that the nation's largest city has a surplus but warning that it still faces stark fiscal challenges due to the expired labor contracts of all 150 municipal unions.
By Donna Cassata | 02/13/14 08:14 AM
Matt Bevin, who is challenging McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, seized on the senator's vote Wednesday to move ahead on legislation to increase the nation's debt limit, describing it as a blank check for President Obama.
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/12/14 04:08 PM
The Senate Wednesday approved legislation to raise the nation's debt limit, clearing the bill for President Obama's signature and setting aside the contentious debate over the nation's borrowing habit until well after the critical 2014 election. The vote was 55-43 on final passage of the...
By Meghashyam Mali | 02/12/14 02:16 PM
The White House on Wednesday hailed a House vote passing a “clean” bill raising the debt ceiling as a “victory” for the economy and expressed hope that Republicans would avoid future fiscal battles.
By Jim Kuhnhenn | 02/12/14 08:19 AM
It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority — the hard-line stand that brought President Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. On Tuesday, it abruptly vanished, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to...
By Sean Lengell | 02/12/14 06:19 AM
Despite strong bipartisan support in Congress to undo a recently passed cut to military pensions, a debate between the House and Senate over whether to offset the cost of restoring the benefits has muddied its path for progress. The Republican-led House on Tuesday easily passed a measure to...
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/11/14 06:21 PM
The House Tuesday narrowly voted in favor of increasing the nation's $17.2 trillion debt limit, relying on a majority of Democrats to carry the measure to passage after a nail-biter of a roll call. Republicans have been struggling for days to come up with an agreement among themselves that...
By Sean Lengell | 02/11/14 04:55 PM
House Speaker John Boehner's decision Tuesday to hold a vote on a "clean" bill to raise the nation's borrowing limit is his latest brush with influential conservative groups.
By Sean Lengell | 02/11/14 02:06 PM
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday he expects at least 180 of 199 available Democrats to vote in support of the House Republicans' "clean" bill to increase the debt ceiling. But the Maryland lawmaker chastised House Speaker John Boehner's approach that requires Democrats to...
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