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Congress' first post-election task: Avoid fiscal cliff

Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution - but only "under the right conditions."

Tags: Congress , House , John Boehner , Barack Obama , budget ,

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 09:45am EST

Senators call for bipartisan push to prevent sequestration

Six senators sent a letter to their Senate leaders asking for a bipartisan effort to end the threat of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts due to take effect in January.

Tags: sequestration , budget , recession , Leon Panetta , Senate , Mitch McConnell , deficit reduction , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 08:13am EDT

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year -- Sept. 30. Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a "fiscal cliff," budget experts warn.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , sequestration , John Boehner , CR , USPS , postal reform , cybersecurity , Susan Collins , Jolie Lee , Amanda Iacone , Jack Moore

Monday - 09/10/2012, 06:47pm EDT

Democrats urge immediate repair of Capitol Dome

Senate Democrats are calling for $61 million to fix the U.S. Capitol Dome, which has fallen into disrepair and has at least 1,300 cracks in it. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) calls the state of the dome a "national embarrassment."

Tags: Charles Schumer , Congress , U.S. Capitol , John Boehner , Senate

Monday - 08/27/2012, 03:41pm EDT

GSA freezes feds' 2013 travel per diem rates at 2012 levels

Per diem rates for work-related federal travel in 2013 are frozen at 2012 levels, according to the General Services Administration. GSA sets the allowances for lodging, meals and other incidental expenses for federal employees who must travel for work. The standard per diem rate is $123 ($77 lodging, $46 meals and incidental expenses).

Tags: GSA , per diem , hotel , Nancy Pelosi , Eleanor Holmes Norton , travel

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 02:50pm EDT

Senators sound defense budget alarm in North Vegas

A trio of Republican senators sounded the alarm over billions of dollars' worth of "catastrophic" and "draconian" military budget cuts set to take effect in January, telling an audience Monday that more time was needed for negotiations.

Tags: John McCain , Lindsey Graham , Kelly Ayotte , Senate , sequestration , defense budget , budget , DoD

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:02pm EDT

Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation

The Senate failed Thursday to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage, despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults on American computer networks.

Tags: cybersecurity , President Barack Obama , Senate , Congress , technology , John McCain , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 03:23pm EDT

Debate over private sector role stymies Senate cyber bill

A battle over the role companies should play in keeping the U.S. safe from cyber attacks threatens to kill cybersecurity legislation in the Senate

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Senate , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 07:59am EDT

Reid, Boehner announce stopgap spending deal

The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John Boehner are aimed at averting any chance of a government shutdown this fall. The leaders said an official vote on the bill won't come until September.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , John Boehner , budget , stopgap funding , continuing resolution

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 04:56pm EDT
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