By Meghashyam Mali | 12/07/13 11:43 AM
President Obama on Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits set to expire by year’s end, saying that failing to do so would deal a blow to the economy and millions of struggling families. “For many families, it can be the difference between hardship and catastrophe,” said...
By Susan Crabtree | 12/06/13 04:01 PM
The White House stressed the importance of passing a new round of unemployment insurance before Congress leaves on its holiday break next week but did not insist that it be part of any budget deal lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finalizing. Unemployment benefits for nearly 1.3 million people are...
By Sean Lengell | 12/06/13 02:01 PM
As if Congress hasn't failed enough this year to ingratiate itself with the public, the price of a gallon of milk is at risk of doubling in early 2014 if lawmakers don't pass a long-delayed farm bill by year's end. The 2008 farm bill expired last year without a replacement, though coverage for...
By David M. Drucker | 12/06/13 12:15 PM
House lawmakers and staff are having significant problems enrolling in Obamacare and may miss their sign-up deadline on Monday, according to a House official who asked the Obama administration to help deal with the problem. House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Strodel notified lawmakers'...
By Washington Examiner staff reports | 12/06/13 12:11 PM
Both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill want to avoid a second government shutdown that could haunt them in the 2014 midterm elections, and they are racing to reach a budget deal that would avoid it before Congress adjourns for Christmas. The parties have been here before. But this...
By Zack Colman | 12/06/13 11:54 AM
As lawmakers ramp up efforts to kill a key wind energy incentive that expires at the end of the year, the wind industry is concentrating on winning concessions in a potential federal tax-code overhaul.
By Sean Lengell | 12/06/13 11:53 AM
There has been no shortage of energy on Capitol Hill this year, as extreme partisanship has fueled bitter and protracted battles that have kept lawmakers constantly in the news. But despite the noise, Congress has failed to advance many of its core agenda items, including the most basic of...
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 Tim Mak | 12/06/13 11:43 AM
Elizabeth Warren has said repeatedly that she isn't running for president in 2016. But fellow Democrats apparently don't hear her. Progressives hoping to pull the Democratic Party further to the left still see Warren as a potential standard-bearer for their cause.
By Andrew Taylor | 12/06/13 09:32 AM
With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.
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