More Sean Lengell Articles

  • 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,...

  • Supreme Court won't hear appeals on gay bias and campaign finance cases

    The Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal by a New Mexico photography studio that refused to take wedding photos of a same-sex couple. In another significant denial, the court also Monday rejected a challenge to a longstanding ban on campaign contributions by corporations. Both rulings...

  • Critics attack Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion that the Internet will safeguard against campaign corruption

    Critics of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion that struck down overall limits on campaign contributions say he was wrong to assume the Internet is a sufficient substitute for government regulation. Roberts, who wrote the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v....

  • 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....

  • House Dems push back on administration's proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

    Several House Democrats have urged the Obama administration to reconsider proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. While typically it's Republicans who rail against White House health care provisions, more than a half-dozen Democrats took to the House floor Thursday to complain about...

  • Lawmakers look to stop patent abuse

    Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to stop "patent trolls" from harassing businesses and inventors, with optimism high that legislation will pass this year. With wide bipartisan support, the House has approved a patent reform bill aimed at stopping the so-called trolls -- patent-holding...

  • Nancy Pelosi: Democrats won't jump to take advantage of new campaign donor limits

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested that her Democratic Party won't actively take advantage of new rules allowing individuals to donate more money to political campaigns, calling such a move "exploitation" of the electoral system. "Just because the ante is raised for everyone does not...

  • Supreme Court strikes down limits on campaign contributions

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the overall limits that wealthy donors can contribute to political campaigns, a victory for anti-regulation conservatives who saw the caps as a serious restriction on free speech rights. The justices, in a 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federation...

  • Steny Hoyer: Momentum is growing for permanent Medicare 'doc fix'

    The No. 2 House Democrat says bipartisan momentum is building in Congress to permanently fix a flaw in a federal payment system that annually threatens cuts to doctors who treat Medicare patients. "There's more serious momentum" this year for a long-term fix, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of...

  • Congress delays Medicare cuts to doctors

    Congress passed legislation to temporarily stave off looming cuts to doctors who treat Medicare patients, hours before the current government pay structure was to expire.

  • Rep. Mike Rogers won't seek eighth term

    Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee and a staunch defender of U.S. spying programs, said Friday he won't seek re-election this year. The Michigan Republican said he will tackle a new profession once his term expires in January — talk radio host. "Clearly...

  • Critics open fire on Common Core education standards

    Growing opposition to the Common Core academic standards for the nation's public schools is threatening to slow down and derail the initiative. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia voluntarily adopted at least some of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a state-led effort to...

  • House votes to restore looming cuts to Medicare doctors

    The House passed legislation Thursday to temporarily stave off upcoming cuts in Medicare payments to doctors after a last-minute scramble by party leaders to secure enough support. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hopes to pass the measure before a...

  • Conservative House Republicans push jobs bill

    A group of conservative House Republicans introduced a comprehensive job-creation bill Wednesday designed to ease federal regulations and weaken organized labor's influence — longstanding GOP bugaboos the party says have hurt the economy. The Republican Study Committee measure also aims to...

  • Supreme Court justices appear divided on Obamacare-Hobby Lobby case

    The Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on a potentially landmark case addressing whether businesses can opt out of a key Obamacare provision on religious grounds. The case centers on whether businesses have religious rights, as two for-profit corporations are contesting an Affordable Care...



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