By Sean Lengell | 02/06/14 04:44 PM
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked proposals to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, the latest in a series of Democratic attempts to advance the issue and a setback for President Obama. Democrats, who have tried repeatedly to advance the bill since late last year, vowed...
By Joel Gehrke | 02/06/14 02:01 PM
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., plans to push for a constitutional convention after he retires in the hopes that the drafting process would produce a smaller federal government. "I'm going to be involved with the Convention of States. I'm going to try to motivate so that that happens. I think that's...
By Sean Lengell | 02/04/14 05:15 PM
Congress gave final approval for a massive, long-term farm bill, ending a bitter two-year partisan debate over funding for agriculture subsidies, crop insurance and the food stamp program. The measure, which the Senate passed Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, will cost about $100 billion a year over...
By Michael Barone | 02/04/14 12:21 PM
Here's some shocking political news from New Jersey, and it has nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge. The news, from philly.com, is that Rep. Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with an unnamed Philadelphia law firm. No big scandal here, though the...
By David M. Drucker | 02/04/14 08:50 AM
Sen. Marco Rubio cast doubt on the prospects for immigration reform passing Congress this year, despite a renewed effort by House Republicans to address the issue.
By Susan Ferrechio | 02/03/14 07:39 PM
The Senate moved forward Monday on long-awaited legislation to authorize farm spending, voting to end debate on the measure so that the chamber can vote on final passage Tuesday. Two years in the making, the $1 trillion bill ends a decades-old policy of providing taxpayer subsidies directly to...
By Sean Lengell | 01/30/14 04:56 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to put the brakes on a push to give the White House authority to fast-track free trade deals, putting himself at odds with the administration and many in his own party. The Nevada Democrat's stance also pours cold water on two pending major free trade...
By Zack Colman | 01/30/14 03:36 PM
The measure passed 67-32, with 14 Republicans crossing the aisle to vote in favor and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the lone opposing Democrat. But whether that's the "strong" number Democrats were seeking to coax House Republicans into putting the bill on the floor remains to be seen.
By Associated Press | 01/30/14 09:22 AM
The Arizona Legislature is poised to quickly approve a special $6.8 million appropriation that will let the state's child welfare agency to hire 192 new workers right away. The Senate and House of Representatives have scheduled votes Thursday on identical bills authorizing the spending.
By Charlie Spiering | 01/29/14 03:39 PM
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., blasted the farm bill on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday just before the House voted to pass it, lamenting that the Senate removed most of the reforms passed by the House.
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/29/14 03:27 PM
Should U.S. oil drillers be allowed to export crude oil? Or should the federal government force drillers to sell their crude domestically?
By Susan Crabtree | 01/29/14 02:04 PM
Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat, has withdrawn his support for a new Iran sanctions bill after President Obama reiterated his threat to veto it in the State of the Union speech Tuesday night. The president has repeatedly said any new threat of sanctions would derail the six-month...
By Stephen Ohlemacher | 01/28/14 02:51 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama's choice to become U.S. ambassador to China embraced several criticisms of that country Tuesday, agreeing that China wants to dominate Asia and is a regular violator of human rights. Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Max Baucus said he wants to...
By Steve Doty | 01/27/14 08:44 AM
Despite Senator Mark Warner's (D-Va) strong approval ratings, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie believes he's the right choice for Virginia voters in this year's Senate race.
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