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  • Eliminating marriage penalty in family tax issues, simplifying education credits just makes good sense

    There are countless blessings for those starting a family, but the financial responsibility can be a challenge for any working parents.

  • VIDEO: House Rules Committee approves presidential lawsuit

    In a party line vote Thursday afternoon, the House Committee on Rules approved a resolution to sue the President Obama "for failing to faithfully execute the law."

  • Congress won't give Obama what he wants to handle border crisis

    Not only is President Obama not going to get the $3.7 billion he wants to deal with a surge of migrant children on the southern border, he'll be lucky if he gets anything soon. Unresolved tension over immigration reform and the usual partisan bickering over new spending have tied Capitol Hill...

  • Is Greta Van Susteren right? Should House Republicans cancel the August recess? 'We're here. Where's Harry?'

    Congress is about to leave the nation's capital for its traditional August recess. Since it's an election year, the month back home is especially important to members of the House of Representatives.

  • House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. The vote in the Rules Committee was...

  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays. Both...

  • Lesson for lawmakers: Don't be AWOL when oversight is required

    Of all the duties members of Congress have, oversight might be both the most important and the least attractive.

  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at...

  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Programs that would be merged include food stamps, cash welfare, housing...

  • Talks on fixing Veterans Affairs are now just angry tweets

    Despite bipartisan agreement that Congress must act quickly to help end significant wait times and neglect of patients at the nation's Veterans Affairs hospitals, lawmakers have reached a serious impasse that threatens to derail a deal just days before the August recess.

  • Deja vu as spending bills take a back seat to partisan politics

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters he expects Congress to pass a stopgap "continuing resolution" in September that would keep the government funded until late this year.

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hits Capitol Hill to drum up support for conservation program

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is making the rounds on Capitol Hill in hopes of swaying lawmakers to fully fund and permanently reauthorize a 50-year-old conservation program that expires next year.

  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution...

  • GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top GOP senator on the...

  • Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for. "It...



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