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McKeon said negotiators met last week to work out agreements on amendments. Top defense authorizers held a news conference Monday afternoon to announce they have a deal on the NDAA.
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.
As the contours of a potential two-year budget agreement have emerged in advance of a Friday deadline, those outside the talks are expressing displeasure with both sides perhaps a sign that a deal really is close.
With all the enthusiasm and energy to get rid of the flawed system that Medicare uses to pay physicians, why isnt it gone yet?
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., are grown-ups, and it looks as though they are reaching a deal to avoid another government shutdown crisis provided superpartisans dont block it.
With gridlock gripping Washington, D.C., and preventing action on even simple fronts, its hard to see how Congress and the president will agree on good climate action policy. But the need is clear. Examples of extreme weather occurrences seem to be constant. Between the devastating typhoon in the Philippines and the wildfire- and flood-ravaged American West, it is clear that we are continuing to experience the devastating consequences of global climate change. The timing of international inaction could not be worse, as the need for specific reduction targets remains great.
Even in an era when denial-of-service attacks and cyber-theft are all too common, the security of one particular website HealthCare.gov has garnered significant public and congressional scrutiny.
Provider groups have often raised the specter of physicians shutting their door to Medicare patients as a possible consequence of the perpetually looming Medicare physician payment cuts. But administration officials and the independent Medicare Payment Advisory Committee say the problem is not as dire as some suggest.
Here we go again. First there were across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequester. Then came the government shutdown. Finally, we barely escaped a national default when Congress passed a short-term deal to increase the debt ceiling. And just when most Americans thought it was over, we find ourselves in another possible budget showdown, facing new fiscal deadlines early next year.
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.
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.
The answer is 178 and a half hours.
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.
Since being named to the bicameral budget conference committee this fall, New York Democrat Nita M. Lowey has used her position on the 29-member panel to push the concerns of not only Democrats but appropriators from both sides of the aisle.
Growing up as the son of a scientist, I learned the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education at an early age. My father was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and nearly every year, I received a chemistry set for Christmas to spur my interest in science and math.
Following a string of state-level initiatives to raise minimum wages, Democrats in the Senate are salivating over the prospect of a national wage hike. Beginning with President Barack Obamas 2008 campaign, in which he repeatedly pledged to increase the federal minimum wage on an annual basis, this issue has remained on the back burner throughout Obamas presidency until now, when the administration is in desperate need of a distraction. The current incarnation of the proposal would put a double burden on U.S. businesses at a time when the economy needs them to thrive.