In a gambit to avoid the most controversial pitfalls that could end a 51-year streak of annual passage, the top defense lawmakers from the House and Senate announced a deal on a $632.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, even before the Senate had passed its version of the Pentagon policy bill.
For Democrats especially, any talk about cutting billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is uncomfortable and certain to create internal strife. But negotiators on the farm bill believe theyve found a way to make about $8 billion in savings from the program palatable for most Democrats.
Its no secret that Mark Pryor is in a difficult race for a third term in Arkansas. The Democratic senator will likely face GOP Rep. Tom Cotton in a must-win race for Republicans, if they want to recapture the majority.
Wall Street Journal: Washington isnt the only place waiting to see if there is a budget deal. Troops in Afghanistan are also hoping a Congressional deal can come together this week to roll back, at least temporarily, the across the board spending cuts known as sequester.
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Some constituents of House Democrat Ann McLane Kuster expressed frustration during a community meeting last month after she refused to speak about last years deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
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State Sen. Bert Johnson declared his candidacy on Monday for the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., in Congress.
This time there is a rock-solid excuse, but the sense of a continuing snub is sure to linger: Most members of Congress will not have any opportunity to socialize with the president this year.
Rep. Renee Ellmers remains defiant after Democrats slammed her over the weekend for calling the 2010 health care law the real war on women.
Members of Congress who have gone along with the idea that they should get insurance through Obamacares system of exchanges are getting a stronger dose of medicine than they bargained for.
The post office in the Russell Senate Office Building will close at the end of 2013, as the Senate consolidates its postal services.
A longtime staffer at the Ohio Democratic Party, David Duffey, died on Dec. 4.
With all the enthusiasm and energy to get rid of the flawed system that Medicare uses to pay physicians, why isnt it gone yet?
In these days of legislative gridlock, there is a tendency to look back at the good old days when lawmakers all got along because they shared a whiskey at the end of the workday and socialized on D.C. weekends rather than returning home.
The answer is 178 and a half hours. The question is: Whats the maximum amount of time it could take to secure the confirmations of all six prominent nominees President Barack Obama wants to get on the job in the new year?
Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen, a Democrat, has dropped his bid to challenge Republican Rep. Lee Terry in Nebraskas 2nd District, according to a national Democratic source.
Law enforcement agencies made more than 1 million requests for wireless phone information last year, according to data provided by wireless companies to Sen. Edward J. Markey.
Tight as the legislative calendar may be for the Houses last week in session before the holiday recess, Republican leadership is expected to carve out some time before Friday to bring up a resolution honoring the life of Nelson Mandela.
Ashland City Council member Kelly Westlund, a Democrat, will announce Tuesday her bid to challenge to Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., in the 7th District.
The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote this week to eliminate taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns.
Turns out Americans without employer-based health insurance might not be the only ones hit with higher insurance premiums.
Thirteen months after Election Day, the politically active nonprofits that spent more than $300 million in the 2012 campaigns without disclosing their donors are back in the news.
In one of the last red-state bastions of appreciation for appropriations, Sen. Thad Cochrans decision to seek re-election sets up a unique test for hard-line conservative groups that have targeted incumbents over the past few cycles.