By Sean Lengell | 12/10/13 08:08 PM
House and Senate negotiators are poised to punt work on a long-term farm bill to the new year, as House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas submitted legislation Tuesday to extend current crop subsides for one month through January. The 2008 farm bill expired last year without a...
By David M. Drucker | 12/10/13 04:52 PM
Bipartisan negotiators were closing in on budget deal Tuesday, although the talks remain delicate and sources familiar with the haggling were hesitant to predict that an agreement would be reached before Congress adjourns for the year. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash.,...
By Tim Mak | 12/10/13 04:25 PM
Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to skeptical members of Congress on Tuesday to hold off on imposing new economic sanctions on Iran for at least six months while the Obama administration continues nuclear negotiations with Tehran. "Six months will fly by so fast, my friends," Kerry said,...
By Rebecca Berg | 12/10/13 02:48 PM
Republican Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, has been bracing for a primary challenge in 2014. His re-election campaign built up a war chest of nearly $7 million. He spearheaded a "Keep Texas Red" campaign to promote Republicans throughout the state. It looked at first if the strategy had worked,...
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.
12/10/13 12:21 AM
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is warning Congress that failure to act on a defense policy bill before year's end would create more uncertainty for the military and undercut the nation's commanders. Ramping up pressure on House and Senate leaders, the Pentagon on Monday appealed for...
By Tim Mak | 12/09/13 06:41 PM
Republicans and Democrats working out the Pentagon's annual policy bill said Monday that they had reached an agreement on a stripped-down version of the bill over the Thanksgiving recess and presented it to their colleagues with one message: Take it or leave it. Leaders on the House and Senate...
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.
12/09/13 01:51 PM
(thehill.com) Despite signs lawmakers could finalize a deal this week, most Americans are bracing for another shutdown.
By David M. Drucker | 12/09/13 01:01 PM
Lawmakers and staff who had trouble buying insurance because of technical glitches in their local exchange were told late Friday to contact the payroll office by the close of business Monday.
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