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  • GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When House Republicans pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big spending cuts across a wide swath of programs, including Medicaid, food and farm aid and eliminating subsidies for Amtrak and airline flights...

  • Steny Hoyer says he hasn't smoked pot

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer denied he ever smoked marijuana after hinting otherwise during his weekly briefing Tuesday with reporters. The Maryland Democrat, when asked about legislation to decriminalize marijuana that passed the Maryland legislature on Monday, said he supported the...

  • GOP defends policies as female-friendly

    During the weekly House GOP leadership news conference, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and two senior female Republicans criticized congressional Democrats' push for more federal regulations that they argue would guarantee that women receive "equal pay" for doing the same work as men.

  • Rep. Steve Scalise's role in pushing flood bill seen as tryout for whip run

    Rep. Steve Scalise played a crucial role in whipping votes for a flood insurance bill that split congressional conservatives, drawing notice on Capitol Hill at a time when ambitious House Republicans are jockeying for leadership positions in 2015.

  • Two advocacy groups enter the battle over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    The fate of the bailed-out mortgage businesses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely won't be resolved for years, but at least two new advocacy groups are staking out positions in the looming battle over U.S. housing finance. One new 501c(4) organization, the Coalition for Mortgage Security,...

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. "As many Americans...

  • Jack Kingston: Washington entangles local schools with 'competitive' grants funded by parents' tax dollars

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Capitol Hill Tuesday to justify the president's 2015 budget request before my committee. In addition to the usual overspending and generally wasteful nature of the federal involvement in our local schools, the Obama administration's penchant for...

  • Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed "to restore...

  • Unemployment benefits extension clears Senate but faces challenges in House

    The Senate on Monday evening passed legislation to temporarily extend long-term unemployment benefits that expired late last year, though the bill faces a rocky path in the House. The upper chamber approved the measure 59-38, with six Republicans siding with Democrats to support the measure,...

  • Married 'Duck Dynasty' congressman Vance McAllister caught on tape kissing aide, asks for forgiveness

    Rep. Vance McAllister, the freshman House member from Louisiana who won his seat in a special election after receiving the support of "Duck Dynasty" stars Phil and Willie Robertson, "was caught in video surveillance two days before Christmas passionately embracing and kissing one of his...

  • Senate panel to meet again to discuss patent reform measure

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Senate version of a patent reform bill will continue to be discussed at a committee meeting this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee will “mark up” the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, or Senate Bill 1720, at an executive business meeting...

  • The week ahead in economics: finance, regulation and hiring

    Finance and financial regulation will be main features this week in Washington. On Tuesday, officials at some of the biggest regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will testify before the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing,...

  • House Republicans this week tackle budget plan while Senate Dems push paycheck fairness

    The House this week will vote on a ten-year Republican budget plan while the Senate debates a bill that Democrats believe will lead to more equal wages for male and female workers. Neither bill has a shot of ever clearing Congress, but both parties are looking to appeal to their base by...

  • Obama: Republican budget would shrink opportunity

    President Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead.

  • Darrell Issa wants Elijah Cummings to disclose talks with Lois Lerner's attorney

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked the panel's top Democrat to disclose communications between his office and the lawyer for former IRS official Lois Lerner, who faces contempt charges before the committee. In a letter to ranking member Rep....



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