More Sean Lengell Articles

  • 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...

  • House Ukraine bill excludes controversial IMF reforms

    House lawmakers on Friday introduced bipartisan legislation to aid Ukraine and levy sanctions against Russia for its invasion and disputed annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. But unlike a similar Senate bill, the House version doesn't include controversial International Monetary Fund...

  • House Republicans want Justice Department to provide details of IRS probe, possible interview with Lois Lerner

    Two Republican leaders of the House's investigative panel have asked the Justice Department to hand over information regarding its probe of the Internal Revenue Service's illegal targeting of conservative groups. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dated Thursday, House Oversight and...

  • Supreme Court set to hear Obamacare contraception case

    The Supreme Court is set to address whether businesses can opt out of Obamacare because of religious objections, in a new challenge that addresses the constitutionality of the president's health care law. The case also amps up the debate of whether corporations are "people" with the same...

  • Senate's top cop calling it quits

    Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer, the chamber's top law enforcement official, will step down this spring after seven years on the job, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday. "Terry has spent 47 years of his life dedicated to law enforcement at the federal, state and city level...

  • Ted Cruz: DOJ's refusal to appoint special IRS prosecutor 'height of hypocrisy'

    The Justice Department refused Sen. Ted Cruz's request for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's illegal targeting of conservative groups, a decision the Texas Republican said was hypocritical and politically motivated. The DOJ is already investigating the tax...

  • Nancy Pelosi: Obamacare is a 'winner' for Democrats

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday marked the fourth anniversary of the passage of President Obama's health care law by calling it a "winner" for Democratic candidates running in congressional swing districts. "You have to ask them, the member, but I believe that it's a winner,"...

  • State officials rail against Senate plan to extend unemployment benefits

    State officials say a Senate proposal to restore unemployment insurance benefits to more than 2 million long-term jobless would do more harm than good, warning that some states may ignore the legislation if it's passed into law. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies, in a letter...

  • Congressional Black Caucus condemns Paul Ryan's poverty comments

    The Congressional Black Caucus has taken Rep. Paul Ryan to task for comments he made about poverty in U.S. "inner cities" and invited the Wisconsin Republican to address the group.



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