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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 , John Boehner , tax , Senate , House , budget , social security tax cut , Social Security

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

Obama gives recess appointment to CMS head

The administration says the move to install Donald Berwick was critical for progress. Republican lawmakers are livid that the appointee will not face immediate scrutiny.

Tags: Barack Obama , Donald Berwick , CMS , recess appointment , Chuck Grassley , AFL-CIO , Philip E. Coyle III , Joshua Gotbaum , Senate , Rachel Stevens

Wednesday - 07/07/2010, 07:19pm EDT

Congress dodges one crisis, now on to the next

One crisis averted, on to the next. The day after Congress managed to avoid a government shutdown — again — Republicans and Democrats stared ahead Tuesday at major fights over spending that underscore a deep divide that's sure to define the fast-approaching national elections.

Tags: Congress , budget , House , FEMA , Senate , Dick Durbin ,

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 09:38pm EDT

Reid not sure Congress can avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it's possible there will be a government shutdown at the end of this month.

Tags: Harry Reid , Jim Moran , Gerry Connolly , Congress , House , Senate , budget , shutdown , The Hill

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 05:43pm EDT

Weekend session possible after failed House CR vote

A six-week continuing resolution did not pass the House in a vote today. The government runs out of funds on Sept. 30 if Congress does not pass a bill. What's more, lawmakers face a shortened deadline to sort out 2012 funding Congress will be in recess all next week.

Tags: budget , appropriations , Congress , House , Senate , Harry Reid , Jim Moran , shutdown

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 06:51am EDT
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