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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

Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , Ben Cardin , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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House GOP payroll tax plan includes federal pay freeze, retirement changes

House Republicans unveiled their plan for extending the payroll tax cut Friday, which includes proposals to extend a federal pay freeze and makes changes to federal employees' retirement.

Tags: federal pay freeze , House , Senate , Congress , retirement , payroll tax cut , Jack Moore

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:02pm EST

Cutting deficits harder than just talking about it

Lawmakers are poised to spend $120 billion or so to renew a Social Security tax cut that averaged just under $1,000 per household this year.

Tags: Barack Obama , budget , Joe Biden , supercommittee , Robert Reischauer , Congressional Budget Office , Howard McKeon , social security tax cut

Sunday - 12/04/2011, 12:10am EST
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