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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Senate to vote on two versions of balanced budget amendment

The Senate next month will vote on two versions of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:26 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 11/29/2011

‘Majority’ of Republicans likely to back payroll tax cut extension, McConnell says

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted Tuesday that most Senate Republicans will back an extension of a one-year payroll tax cut for employees, although GOP lawmakers differ with Democrats on how to pay for the measure.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:52 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Hoyer predicts second term for Obama; jokes that GOP debates are ‘helping us greatly’

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday predicted that President Obama will win re-election next year regardless of who Republicans select as their nominee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Toomey, McCaskill to call for permanent earmark ban

A bipartisan duo in the Senate is planning to introduce legislation that would permanently ban earmarks, the practice of securing funding for lawmakers’ pet projects.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Rob Portman plans corporate tax reform legislation

A member of the bipartisan “supercommittee” has unveiled plans to move forward on corporate tax reform.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Payroll tax holiday fight to open with Senate vote this week

Senate Democrats will force a vote on a measure to extend a payroll tax holiday for workers and expand it to some employer.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:05 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Barney Frank’s retirement: What it means for House Financial Services panel

Frank’s retirement will most likely mean a scramble for the top Democratic spot on the committee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:28 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 11/28/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Payroll tax fight heats up; room-naming for Giffords aide

The week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:28 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Republicans hail news of Berwick resignation

Congressional Republicans hailed the news that the embattled head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will resign early next month.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:30 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/23/2011

House to vote next week on dedicating room to slain Giffords staffer

The House will vote next week on a measure naming a meeting room of the Capitol Visitor Center after Gabe Zimmerman, the Gabrielle Giffords staffer who was slain in January’s shooting in Tucson.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 11/23/2011

Supercommittee failure: How should Congress move forward on the debt?

The failure of the debt supercommittee has left Congress with plenty of unfinished business.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:19 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Should congressional leaders have unconditionally backed the supercommittee?

Supercommittee never got a pledge from party leaders to back whatever proposal they came up with.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:16 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Senate panel to examine ‘perils’ of balanced budget amendment

As the Senate readies to vote next month on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a Judiciary subcommittee announced plans to hold a hearing.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:34 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Occupy Wall Street and conservative leaders: No love lost

Conservative activist leaders said today that Occupy Wall Street presents a negative contrast to the tea party movement.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Conservative groups hail supercommittee failure, keep up pressure on taxes

Leaders of conservative groups on Tuesday had a message for Congress: the supercommittee’s failure wasn’t necessarily a failure.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:37 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Supercommittee failure: Lawmakers vow to work against defense cuts

Immediately after the debt supercommittee’s admission of failure, some legislators in both parties said they will try to undo scheduled defense budget trims.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Despite last-minute huddles, supercommittee appears headed toward failure

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:50 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Why is the supercommittee making its announcement today?

According to the August debt-ceiling deal, the panel has until midnight Wednesday to reach a deal. So why is the supercommittee making its announcement today?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 11/20/2011

Debt supercommittee a ‘huge blown opportunity,’ Hensarling says

With the bipartisan debt supercommittee set to throw in the towel as early as Monday, the panel’s co-chairman on Sunday called the group’s anticipated failure a “huge blown opportunity.”

By Felicia Sonmez and David A. Fahrenthold  |  11:15 AM ET, 11/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/18/2011

McKeon: Military must plan for ‘worst-case scenario’ on defense cuts

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Friday issued another warning to members of the bipartisan debt supercommittee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Giffords’ office urges supercommittee to give Congress a pay cut

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) may not be back to work on Capitol Hill yet, but her influence is still being felt.

By Beth Marlowe  |  03:08 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Balanced budget amendment falls short in the House

The House fell short of approving a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution with the required two-thirds majority.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:17 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Supercommittee ‘painfully aware’ of deadline, Hensarling says

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)says the panel is prepared to meet through the weekend in the hope of working out a deal.

By Felicia Sonmez and David A. Fahrenthold  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 11/18/2011

Balanced budget amendment vote could see lowest Democratic support ever

Friday’s vote could be historic, but for unexpected reasons.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:38 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Supercommittee likely to meet through the weekend

Another day of closed-door huddles, another day with few signs of progress from Congress’s debt supercommittee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:32 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Pelosi mocks Perry’s debate request

The House minority leader was ready when asked about the Texas governor’s letter challenging her to a ‘public debate.’

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:45 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Leaders skeptical of supercommittee success

Congressional leaders are feeling less confident that debt supercommittee will reach a deal within the next six days.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:02 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 11/17/2011

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) pits Yahoo, Google against U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Legislation which would punish companies for posting pirated content online has pitted Silicon Valley against Hollywood and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

By Beth Marlowe  |  11:52 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Pelosi on supercommittee: ‘I don’t hear anything that sounds big and bold’

The House Minority Leader said Thursday the panel has shown little sign that it will reach agreement on a far-reaching plan to tackle the country’s long-term debt.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:34 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Energy secretary testifies on Solyndra (Live video)

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:35 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Congress gives final approval to first pieces of Obama jobs bill

The House has agreed to the first modest elements of President Obama’s $447 billion jobs package to receive Congressional approval.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Insider trading to be examined by Senate panel next week

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold the first-ever hearing on how insider trading laws apply to Congress.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:55 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Supercommittee GOP co-chair walks back comments on revenue

Jeb Hensarling walked back his statement that the GOP members of the panel have “gone as far as we feel we can go” on new tax revenue.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:45 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Bipartisan Congressional coalition urges struggling supercommittee to ‘go big’

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers Wednesday urged the supercommittee to “go big,” and come up with a deal to cut as much as $4 trillion from the nation’s borrowing over the next 10 years.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Reid, Boehner talk ‘supercommittee’

There was no indication from either side that any progress had been made as the bipartisan panel faces a deadline seven days away.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:02 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/16/2011

Senators, Hoyer to hold news conference urging supercommittee to “go big” (Live video, tweets)

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/16/2011

On tax reform, Congress says one thing but does another

When it comes to enacting tax legislation, lawmakers often make things more complicated, no matter what they pledge.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Supercommittee co-chair says Republicans have made their best offer

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:28 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/15/2011

War on Christmas? Senators choose ‘Secret Santas.’

“Supercommittee” debt proposals? Agency funding? China trade policy? Nope, the big news out of the weekly caucus luncheons was a little Christmas merrymaking.

By Paul Kane  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 11/15/2011

The supercommittee has plenty to say — if we can understand what they’re talking about

A primer for the whole new vocabulary of obscure wonk-words unleashed by the supercommittee talks.

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  03:11 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Hoyer: Rick Perry ‘pandering to the tea party’

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer panned Rick Perry’s plan to cut congressional salaries and budgets in half as a less than serious proposal.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:56 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Supercommittee Republicans heading ‘in wrong direction’ on revenue, Hoyer says

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer argued that by proposing to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, the plan goes too far “in the wrong direction” on revenues.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:46 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Negotiators approve spending package

House and Senate negotiators agree on a spending bill that funds the government through December 16, and that also funds five agencies through fiscal 2012

By David Fahrenthold  |  11:48 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Debt-panel failure would result in ‘devastating’ defense cuts, Panetta says

The secretary of defense said the cuts triggered by the supercommittee’s failure would create a “substantial risk” that the country’s defense needs might not be met.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:35 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/14/2011

House Majority Leader Cantor declines to speculate on supercommittee

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Millionaires receive billions in federal ‘welfare,’ Coburn says

The super-wealthy are receiving billions of dollars in federal benefits, according to a report released Monday by the office of Sen. Tom Coburn.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:44 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 11/14/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Supercommittee hits crunch time; another government funding battle

A look at the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:18 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/13/2011

Supercommittee hasn’t ‘given up hope,’ Hensarling says

The co-chairman of Congress’s special debt “supercommittee” said Sunday that the panel’s 12 bipartisan members remain hopeful they can reach a deal before the Nov. 23 deadline.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Sen. Lindsey Graham: If supercommittee fails, cut congressional pay

If the debt supercommittee doesn’t meet its deadline, Congress should take a 10 percent pay cut, says Sen. Lindsey Graham. Would it make a difference?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:35 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Debt supercommittee success might still be a failure (Part 2)

Could Congress snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when it considers a debt supercommittee plan?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:54 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Balanced budget amendment to come up for House vote next week

The House will vote next week on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) office announced Thursday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:14 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Pennsylvania senators rescind Paterno Medal of Freedom support

Pennsylvania’s senators announced that they are rescinding their support for the nomination of ex-Penn State coach Joe Paterno for a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Debt supercommittee leaders say talks continue, but so do divisions

Even as leaders of Congress' special deficit reduction supercommittee worked to assure the public that the panel’s private negotiations remain productive, there was little sign Thursday that the panel had broken an impasse that has the group divided over taxes.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:53 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Dover mismanagement requires congressional action, some lawmakers say

Key lawmakers are pushing for congressional action following a report of “gross mismanagement” of the remains of the war dead.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:10 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Republicans: Supercommittee ball now back in Dems’ court

Senate Republicans say their delegates to the debt “supercommittee” had made a credible offer rejected by Democrats.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:09 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 11/09/2011

GOP supercommittee shift on revenue a ‘breakthrough,’ Durbin says

Even as other Democrats pan the supercommittee proposal, the No. 2 Senate Democrat welcomed the Republican “revenue” offer.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:04 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 11/08/2011

GOP lawmaker rebukes Obama for Netanyahu comments

A freshman House Republican is calling for President Obama to apologize for a private conversation he had with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at last week’s G-20 summit in which both leaders were caught by a “hot” microphone criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:57 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 11/08/2011

GOP supercommittee recommendations not ‘substantial,’ Kerry says

With the bipartisan panel’s deadline looming, the Democrat takes aim at Republicans’ latest revenue proposal.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:08 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 11/08/2011

Bloomberg urges Congress to allow Bush-era tax cuts to expire

Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday called on members of Congress to allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire on schedule at the end of next year, a move marking a reversal for the independent New York City mayor, who last year urged the cuts to be extended.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:44 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 11/08/2011

Eric Holder testifies on “Fast and Furious” before Senate Judiciary Committee (Live Video)

Attorney General Eric Holder will testify Tuesday morning on “Operation Fast and Furious,” among other matters,

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:54 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Schumer, on whether supercommittee will fail: ‘I didn’t say that’

Hours after making a grim prediction about the chances that a special joint committee will succeed in drafting a plan to tackle the country’s debt, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) softened his assessment of the panel’s odds, telling reporters that the path forward depends on Republicans’ position on tax increases.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:14 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 11/07/2011

A first: Senate to hold full debate on sliver of Obama jobs plan

The Senate has agreed to proceed to a full debate on a measure to repeal a tax provision that both parties believe would burden government contractors.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:37 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Van Hollen: ‘We’ve got a ways to go’ until supercommittee agreement

A Democrat on the bipartisan joint committee tasked with trimming the country’s debt said a compromise remains elusive ahead of the panel’s Nov. 23 deadline.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:17 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 11/07/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Supercommittee trudges on; Senate to take up withholding, veterans measures

A look at the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:54 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 11/04/2011

House ethics panel to probe allegations against Rep. Laura Richardson

The House Ethics Committee announced that it is launching an investigation into allegations against Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Ca.)

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Next for Obama jobs bill: tax credits for hiring veterans

Senate Democrats say the measure will be the next piece of the president’s jobs package they will try to advance.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:07 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Hensarling: supercommittee negotiations continue

He said he holds “high hopes and tempered expectations” for the group’s chances for meeting its legal mandate and coming up with a $1.2 trillion in cuts to the debt.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:32 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Congress holds rare appropriations conference

Seeking to avoid showdown,House and Senate appropriators gathered to to work out differences on a spending measure.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:18 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 11/03/2011

House Dems urge secretaries of state to protect voting rights

One year out from the 2012 election, House Democrats are joining the newly ramped-up battle over voter ID laws.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:46 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Protesters sit in at Mitch McConnell’s office

Group wants to lobby the Senate minority leader to support some of President Obama’s jobs proposals.

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  03:21 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Boehner calls Grover Norquist ‘some random person’

Is anti-tax activist Grover Norquist a major force in the Republican Party? Not to hear House Speaker John Boehner tell it.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 11/03/2011

If not for Obama, unemployment would have been at 15 percent, Pelosi says

House minority leader argues that joblessness would have hit 15 percent if the president hadn’t carried out his economic agenda.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:53 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 11/02/2011

As Cain visits Capitol Hill, House Republicans play down harassment allegations

Businessman Herman Cain was greeted on the Hill on Wednesday afternoon by a host of House Republicans who dismissed the harassment allegations he faces.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:38 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Cain takes no press questions at House meeting on health care

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain took no questions from reporters on Capitol Hill today as his campaign continued to battle sexual harassment allegations.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:33 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Democrats, the debt supercommittee and defense cuts

Have Democrats let an opportunity slip in the debate over the country’s debt?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 11/02/2011

John Boehner on whether the country is better off under Obama: ‘Are you kidding me?’

The House speaker had some choice words when asked if the country was better off under Obama.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:15 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Bowles to supercommittee: ‘I’m worried you’re going to fail the country’

Ex-W.H. chief of staff Erskine Bowles had a blunt warning Tuesday for the supercommittee tasked with tackling the country’s debt.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:40 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Panetta likely to face criticism on Iraq at closed-door congressional briefing

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, briefing Congress members behind closed doors tonight, is likely to hear from critics of U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:44 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Senate releases outline of 2012 calendar

For the first 36 weeks of the year, the chamber will be in session for only 22 weeks, or less than two-thirds of the time.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:52 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Senate approves $182 billion spending bill for some government agencies

The $182 billion appropriations measure that lays out spending through next September.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/01/2011

House Democratic leaders to huddle at White House this afternoon

House Democratic leaders are expected to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden the same day the debt supercommittee is holding a meeting.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Social issues return to fore with ‘In God We Trust’ resolution

The House will make a brief detour from its economic agenda when it considers a measure “reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:10 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 10/31/2011

‘Common ground’ vs. ‘compromise’: Which route should the debt supercommittee choose?

Which route should the debt supercommittee choose?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:20 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/31/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Herman Cain visits the Capitol, and the debt supercommittee meets again

The big event this week on the Hill: Businessman Herman Cain’s visit on Wednesday to a meeting of the Congressional Health Care Caucus.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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