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Boehner: GOP will pass 'responsible' debt bill

Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will "do its job" and pass legislation to lift the nation's borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 12:48pm EST

Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 09:39pm EST

More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens

A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government. "The American dream is in peril," said House Speaker John Boehner, re-elected to his post despite a mini-revolt in Republican ranks.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 06:28pm EST

Lawmakers 'committed' to postal reform in new Congress

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said they were committed to working together to pass postal reform legislation in the new Congress. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe renewed his call for congressional action, saying the agency faces an "unsustainable" financial path.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 06:06pm EST

Obama signs cliff deal to boost taxes on wealthy

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that boosts taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while preserving tax cuts for most American households.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 12:01am EST

'Fiscal cliff' deal restores mass-transit subsidy

The bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" reinstates parity between the parking and mass-transit subsidies. The mass-transit subsidy was reduced in 2011 to $125 even as a similar subsidy for parking benefits was increased to $240 a month.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 06:47pm EST

Mica to take over new Government Operations subcommittee

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is consolidating two subcommittees that oversee major agency functions, such as procurement and technology, into a new panel. No news yet on who will be the ranking members.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 03:33pm EST

Over the fiscal cliff: Soft or hard landing?

The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to prevent the nation from going over a Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff." The legislation is now in the hands of the House, which is expected to vote on it Tuesday or Wednesday; if the House approves, it would go to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 08:08am EST

Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president's $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies, which is still less than last year's $80 billion budget.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 03:07am EST

House won't vote before midnight on 'cliff' deal

The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff." House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day.

Monday - 12/31/2012, 04:03pm EST

Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:22pm EST
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House to return to session Sunday evening

The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year.

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 03:03pm EST

Obama to fly to home early as 'fiscal cliff' looms

With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 11:05pm EST

Some urge Boehner: let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 11:11am EST

Texas Rep. Hall to be oldest US House member ever

When Ralph Hall was elected to the U.S. House in 1980 at the age of 57, he had already served in the Navy in World War II, built a successful business career and served in Texas' state government for many years.

Monday - 12/24/2012, 04:05pm EST

Cliff poses tiny dollar gap, wide political ravine

When it comes to resolving their "fiscal cliff" impasse, the dollar gap between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner is tiny in federal terms. That masks a monumental political ravine the two men must try to bridge, with most of the burden on the now-beleaguered Boehner.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 10:30am EST

House OKs federal pension hike as part of fiscal-cliff alternative

The House approved a bill Thursday requiring federal employees to contribute more toward their retirement as part of a broader deal to avert the the so-called fiscal cliff. The 2012 Spending Reduction Act is nearly identical to a measure passed by the House last spring.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 07:12pm EST

Congress clears way for DoD civilian workforce cuts

Congress has cleared the way for a $633 billion defense policy bill that includes mandated reductions to the Defense Department's civilian and contractor workforces. Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee, tasked with reconciling competing versions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, included in the final report the automatic workforce reductions that opponents say would result in about 36,000 job losses.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:56pm EST

Watchdog to examine EPA use of alias emails

A government watchdog is looking into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson's use of alias email accounts to conduct official business.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:06pm EST

House OKs DHS audit, lightens GAO load

The House this week approved a handful of bills aimed at improving federal financial management and oversight of government operations. Two of the bills one requiring the Homeland Security Department to pass a complete financial audit and the other lightening the mandatory caseload of the Government Accountability Office have already been passed by the Senate and head to the president's desk for his signature.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:41pm EST
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