12/10/13 11:04 AM
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — An effort to clear a national backlog of veterans benefits claims is making things worse in Minnesota. County veterans services directors say it now takes as long as nine months to process claims that previously took about 90 days, the St. Cloud Times reported. The...
12/10/13 10:52 AM
(www.businessweek.com) U.S. budget negotiators are nearing a deal to trim automatic spending cuts that might break a three-year cycle of failed fiscal talks in Washington, but entitlements are still a sticking point for Republicans.
12/10/13 10:48 AM
(www.thefiscaltimes.com) The public has experienced so many fiscal crises this year that it remains highly skeptical Congress will actually reach a budget accord to head off another government shutdown in mid-January when the current stop-gap spending measure is scheduled to expire.
12/10/13 10:25 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn went without a paycheck for months to make the point that lawmakers needed to pass a pension reform bill. Now he's seeking to make sure the successful effort will pay off for his re-election bid. In the message, Quinn says "the pension crisis was the biggest fiscal challenge...
12/09/13 02:58 PM
(washington.cbslocal.com) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared before Kentucky's most influential agricultural group on Saturday to explain his vote against a proposed new farm bill, saying the legislation had been overtaken by a too-generous food stamp program that overshadows actual...
By Michael Barone | 12/09/13 02:12 PM
Last Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech on economic inequality that I never got around to commenting on. Fortunately, Daily Caller blogger Mickey Kaus has saved me the trouble with a brilliant blog post.
By David M. Drucker and Susan Ferrechio | 12/09/13 05:52 AM
The House on Monday kicked off its last work week of the year with lawmakers still needing to approve a budget bill to keep the government running after Jan. 15 while softening budget cuts that are squeezing domestic and military spending. The Senate also returns Monday after a two-week...
By Brian Hughes | 12/08/13 10:21 AM
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky,. on Sunday ripped President Obama for creating a “perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” as the White House presses lawmakers to extend jobless benefits set to expire for 1.3 million workers on Dec. 28. Paul slammed Obama's latest push on jobless benefits, saying...
By Associated Press | 12/07/13 12:49 PM
Illinois legislators had electoral politics on the mind when voting on a bill to address the state's pension crisis.
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...
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