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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 , Harry Reid , 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 , Harry Reid , Senate

Monday - 08/27/2012, 03:41pm 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 , Harry Reid , budget , stopgap funding , continuing resolution

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

Contempt of Congress issue may fizzle after vote

>Time appears to be limited for the House to pursue a criminal contempt case against Holder or a civil case to compel President Barack Obama's administration to turn over subpoenaed documents. A contempt citation against Holder presumably would expire when the current Congress ends in January.

Tags: Eric Holder , Justice Department , Congress , House , Barack Obama , Fast and Furious

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 02:56am EDT

Talks fail to resolve Holder contempt issue

Obama administration officials and House Republican staff members Tuesday failed to resolve a document dispute that could lead to a precedent- setting contempt of Congress vote Thursday against Attorney General Eric Holder.

Tags: Eric Holder , House , Barack Obama , Fast and Furious , Darrell Issa , Justice Department

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 08:27pm EDT
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