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White House promises veto of GOP spending bill

The White House on Monday vowed to veto a House spending bill for the Justice Department, NASA and several other agencies, charging its GOP authors with violating last summer's budget pact and cutting programs like legal aid to the poor too deeply.

Tags: Congress , House , Justice Department , NASA , budget , Barack Obama ,

Monday - 05/07/2012, 11:28pm EDT

House ready to OK GOP budget, rejects rival plans

After rejecting a bipartisan compromise and President Obama's budget Wednesday, the House prepares to vote on a Republican plan that calls for an extension of the federal pay freeze through 2015, increased federal retirement contributions and a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Senate , Barack Obama , James Lankford , Medicaid

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 07:44am EDT

Highway bill fails to clear hurdle in Senate

The government's power to spend federal Highway Trust Fund money on transportation programs and to levy federal gas and diesel taxes that support the trust fund are due to expire March 31.

Tags: transportation bill , Harry Reid , Congress , Senate , House , Highway Trust Fund

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 05:26pm EST

Congressional offices receive mailed threats

Some congressional offices outside Washington and media organizations have received threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance that was tested and proved to be harmless, the FBI and the Senate's top law enforcement officer said Wednesday

Tags: Terrance Gainer , Congress , FBI

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:06pm EST

Obama formally seeks agency-consolidation authority

President Barack Obama has officially asked lawmakers for the authority to consolidate and reorganize federal agencies as part of a first-step in merging several agencies related to business and trade. If Congress approves the legislation, Obama has said his first step would be to merge several business- and trade-related agencies into a single Cabinet-level department.

Tags: OMB , management , Jeffrey Zients , federal reorganization , Commerce Department , Orrin Hatch

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 04:47pm EST

Payroll tax negotiations reopen: Are feds' pay and benefits safe?

Negotiations to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more kicked off on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with both sides optimistic of an agreement despite last year's bitter battles over President Barack Obama's jobs proposals.

Tags: Congress , Barack Obama , Mitch McConnell , tax , Senate , House , budget , social security tax cut , Social Security

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 06:38pm EST
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