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2chambers: December, 2011

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/30/2011

McConnell names Kyl, Crapo, Barrasso to payroll tax conference committee

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has tapped three Senate Republicans to serve on the payroll tax cut committee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 12/29/2011

2chambers hits the campaign trail

While Congress is away, the bloggers will play – on the campaign trail, that is.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:35 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Arlen Specter, stand-up comic

The former Pennsylvania senator tries his hand at comedy in a Philadelphia club.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:37 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Will the payroll tax conference committee be ‘Supercommittee 2.0’?

The mandate of the payroll tax conference committee is similar to that of the bipartisan “supercommittee” that failed to tame the debt in the fall.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:31 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Obama to ask for increase in debt ceiling

President Obama will ask for a $1.2 trillion raise in the federal borrowing limit by the end of the week.

By Felicia Sonmez and Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Congress’s next battle: The same fight it’s been waging all year

The players may be different, but the battle is only the latest iteration of a fight that has been playing out in Congress all year.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Some GOP freshmen call on House to pass Senate payroll package

A handful of Republican freshmen are calling for the House to approve the two-month payroll tax package passed by the Senate last week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:52 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Payroll tax fight: What McConnell left unsaid is key

The next step in the battle hinges not on what McConnell said, but what he left unspoken.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Payroll tax fight: Who were the House GOP’s seven ‘no’ votes?

Seven GOP lawmakers voted against rejecting the Senate plan on Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:54 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 12/21/2011

How the Republicans lost the upper hand in payroll tax debate

Democrats viewed the battle as a political one, while Republicans approached it from a policy perspective.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:55 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 12/20/2011

House in session ‘as necessary’ over holidays as payroll tax fight remains unresolved

With the final battle of the 112th Congress still unresolved, the House adjourned today leaving in limbo the fate of the payroll tax holiday extension.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:50 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Committees, once blasted by lawmakers, now back in vogue in payroll tax debate

If so many lawmakers thought the supercommittee was such a bad idea, why is the notion of a conference committee suddenly so attractive?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:57 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Payroll tax cut debate in the House (Live video, tweets)

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Payroll tax cut compromise further divides GOP

For the second time in a month, Republicans are deeply divided over one of the most pressing pieces of unfinished business facing the 112th Congress.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:10 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Democrats ramp up pressure on House GOP ahead of payroll tax vote

Democrats are seeking to put GOP lawmakers on the spot by launching robocalls in 20 districts across the country.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/18/2011

Boehner: House Republicans oppose Senate payroll tax deal

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday said that he and other House Republicans are opposed to the two-month payroll tax cut deal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Saturday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:42 AM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 12/17/2011

House Republicans not sold on payroll tax cut package

Some say the two-month deal would give Democrats the upper hand in round 2 of the tax-cut battle.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:15 PM ET, 12/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 12/17/2011

Keystone pipeline fight will continue even if administration denies permit, GOP says

The battle over the Keystone XL oil pipeline is only beginning, Senate Republicans said Saturday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:33 PM ET, 12/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Senate Democrats see short-term loss, long-term gain in payroll tax deal

Democrats on Friday acknowledged that the deal handed Republicans a victory on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline but argued that the short-term package would put Democrats on offense come the new year.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:19 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Insider trading bill to come up for House vote next year, Cantor says

A bill on insider trading among members of Congress will receive a vote in the House next year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:40 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 12/16/2011

GOP brand’s dip in polls due to Republican presidential contest, Sessions says

The Republican Party’s brand has taken a hit in recent polls, but it’s not Congress’s fault, says Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:01 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Government funding bill that will avert shutdown passed by House

The House today passed a bill that would keep the government running through next September.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Keystone pipeline emerges as main sticking point in payroll tax talks

GOP insistence on tying the Keystone pipeline to the tax cut extension grows firmer.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:48 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Goebbels would be ‘very proud’ of Democratic ‘propaganda,’ West says

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” Allen West told reporters.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:27 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Boehner on millionaires’ surtax: Dems ‘didn’t give anything up because they never had it’

House Speaker John Boehner dismissed reports that Democrats have dropped their push for a surtax on millionaires.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:58 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Pew poll may be a warning for congressional Republicans in payroll tax fight

As House Republicans mull their options in the payroll tax/government shutdown debacle – and potentially move forward with a plan to pass a funding resolution and then head out of town – a new Pew poll released Thursday morning may give them pause.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 12/14/2011

White House pushes for stop-gap funding measure as shutdown looms

The White House late Wednesday called on Congress to approve a short-term resolution to keep the government running past Friday, as efforts to pass a payroll tax cut extension and a broader funding measure have devolved into an eleventh-hour game of political chicken.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:45 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Balanced-budget amendments fall short in Senate

The Senate on Wednesday rejected two competing versions of a balanced-budget amendment.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Boehner invites Obama to deliver State of the Union on Jan. 24

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday invited President Obama to deliver his State of the Union before a joint session of Congress on Jan. 24.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:28 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 12/13/2011

House passes GOP payroll tax package amid White House veto threat

The House on Tuesday passed a bill packaging together an extension of the payroll tax cut with several GOP-favored provisions including one that would speed up a decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, setting up a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the measure.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:53 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Roy Blunt on the tea party: ‘I hope that six months from now they’re not disappointed’

The newly-elected Senate Republican conference vice-chairman and 15-year Capitol Hill veteran said he’s ‘very much inclined to be a next-chapter guy instead of a last-chapter guy.’

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:46 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 12/13/2011

White House threatens to veto House payroll tax cut bill

The White House has threatened to veto a GOP-authored bill that would link the extension of a payroll tax cut that Obama has sought to other Republican priorities.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and David Nakamura  |  03:05 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/13/2011

In blow to tea party, Blunt nabs Senate GOP leadership spot

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) bested Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Tuesday afternoon to win the No. 5 spot in Senate GOP leadership, a race that had become a proxy battle between the Republican Party’s tea-party and establishment wings.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:24 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Dem senators push back on Sebelius ‘Plan B’ decision

The decision to block the unrestricted sale of the morning-after pill to those under 17 has met with opposition from some congressional Democrats.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/13/2011

House payroll tax measure can pass with GOP support alone, McCarthy says

The chief vote-counter for House Republicans said he expects a bipartisan vote but that his party can pass a payroll tax measure with GOP support alone, if need be.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Compromise spending measure not yet ready to be unveiled

A compromise spending measure that would keep government funded through next September will not be unveiled late Monday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:14 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Boehner: House GOP payroll plan will pass ‘with bipartisan support’

House Republicans’ plan to couple an extension of the payroll tax holiday with a measure that would speed up a decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline will pass “with bipartisan support,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) predicted Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:52 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Lawmakers call for repeal of ethanol subsidies

A bipartisan group of House members is calling for the elimination of ethanol subsidies as a deadline for renewing the tax credit looms at the end of the month.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 12/12/2011

GOP payroll tax cut package vote set for Tuesday

The vote Tuesday on extending the payroll tax cut will be the latest test of House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:20 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/12/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Payroll tax, government shutdown deadlines loom

A look at the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/11/2011

Graham says watchdog agency ‘something out of the Stalinist era’

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/11/2011

Keystone pipeline ‘probably not going to sell,’ Graham says

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted Sunday that Congress will pass an extension of the payroll tax holiday before the month is out – but that neither the Democrat-favored “millionaire surtax” nor a GOP-backed provision on the Keystone pipeline will be included in the final deal.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 12/11/2011

GOP payroll tax plan will get ‘significant’ Democratic support, McConnell says

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted Sunday that the payroll tax package unveiled by House Republicans on Friday will receive “significant” support among congressional Democrats when it comes up for a vote this week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:21 AM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 12/10/2011

Gingrich remarks on Palestinians ‘divisive and destructive,’ Levin says

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman slams Gingrich for calling Palestinians an “invented” people.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:46 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/09/2011

House GOP formally unveils payroll tax package

House Republicans unveiled legislation that would couple an extension of several high-priority items with provisions aimed at rounding up conservative support.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Federal worker union opposes House GOP payroll tax plan

The president of the largest independent federal union urges the House to oppose a payroll tax package that would freeze federal workers’ pay.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:22 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Gallup poll shows anti-incumbent sentiment at all-time high

A new Gallup survey shows that more than three-quarters of registered voters think most members of Congress do not deserve to be reelected – the highest such number in the 19 years that Gallup has asked the question.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:18 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/08/2011

House moves to prevent future EPA farm dust regulations

Democrats say the Republican measure targets farm dust regulations that don’t exist.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Democratic, Republican payroll tax cut extension plans both blocked by Senate

The Senate blocked consideration today of plans from both sides of the aisel to extend the payroll tax holiday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:29 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Senate blocks Richard Cordray confirmation to head consumer watchdog agency

Senate Republicans filibuster the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead his consumer watchdog agency.

By Ylan Q. Mui  |  12:10 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 12/08/2011

New House GOP payroll tax proposal ties extension to Keystone pipeline project

The GOP proposal would couple an extension of the payroll tax holiday with a pipeline measure that President Obama has threatened to veto.

By Felicia Sonmez and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:59 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Obama to meet with House Democratic leaders on Thursday

The closed-door huddle comes as Congress enters the final stretch of a heated debate over the payroll tax cut, a government-funding bill and other high-priority measures.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:41 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 12/07/2011

REINS bill to expand congressional power over executive regulations passed by House

The measure would increase Congress’s authority over the executive branch by making any major regulations subject to congressional approval.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:38 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/07/2011

House to be in session next week as shutdown deadline approaches

Extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance and a measure to keep the government running past Dec. 16 are all on the agenda.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Paul Ryan on payroll tax holiday: ‘Holidays come, holidays go’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) argued Wednesday that the one-year payroll tax cut enacted by Congress last year “was never meant to be permanent” and has not been effective in stimulating the economy.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Senate Dems says Obama would delay Hawaii vacation for payroll deal

The president told Senate Democrats that he will delay his Hawaii vacation if needed to ensure extension of the payroll tax cut.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:32 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Boehner says House Republicans are having ‘good conversations’ about their own payroll tax plan

Speaking after a closed door meeting of House Republicans, Boehner said “good conversations” are ongoing among Republicans about how best to pay for the tax cut, which has been urged by President Obama and Democrats.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Rick Perry to hold Capitol Hill event, closed to press

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will address the Congressional Health Care Caucus -- reporters not welcome.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:29 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Occupy Wall Street police response should be investigated by DoJ, Nadler says

The House Democrat called on the DoJ to investigate allegations of excessive force by New York Police Department officers against Occupy Wall Street protesters.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:38 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Roy Blunt to challenge Ron Johnson for Senate leadership spot

Senate Republicans have a leadership fight on their hands.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Senate Republican filibuster blocks Obama D.C. Circuit nominee Caitlin Halligan

The vote blocking Caitlin Halligan’s appointment marked the second time that Republicans have filibustered an Obama judicial nominee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Senate showdown expected Tuesday over D.C. appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan

A controversial nominee by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will face a cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:51 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Senate Democrats unveil scaled-back extension of payroll tax holiday

President Obama urged congressional Republicans to approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday, avoiding a middle-class tax hike.

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Paul Kane and William Branigin  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 12/05/2011

House Republican introduces payroll tax ‘opt-in’ plan

Americans could continue to have the tax cut, but each year a taxpayer opted for the cut would push retirement age back a month.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:21 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/05/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Democrats keep up payroll tax pressure; Cordray up for a vote

A look at the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 12/04/2011

Harry Reid to introduce payroll tax cut compromise Monday, Conrad says

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to introduce a compromise measure to extend the payroll tax cut, according to a key Senate Democrat.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:07 AM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Payroll tax debate no longer a matter of ‘pay-fors’

Think the congressional debate over extending the payroll tax is simply a matter of how to pay the cost of doing so? Think again.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:37 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Payroll tax cut must pass before holidays, Pelosi says

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leaders in both parties say the tax cut extension is a must-pass measure.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Jesse Jackson Jr. investigation to continue, House ethics panel says

The House Ethics Committee announced today that it will continue its probe into allegations against Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 12/01/2011

House sergeant at arms Bill Livingood to retire

Bill Livingood, the longtime sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives, will retire at the beginning of next year.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:35 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 12/01/2011

At grant hearing, Republicans accuse Obama administration of bias against Catholics

HHS denied a grant to a Catholic group that won’t refer human trafficking victims for abortion and contraceptive services.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:12 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 12/01/2011

House votes to end public funding for presidential campaigns

By Ben Pershing  |  03:13 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 11/30/2011

McCain jokes about Long Island; not funny, says Schumer

The two senators got into a scuffle Wednesday after McCain cracked a joke at Long Island’s expense.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:27 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 11/30/2011

GOP payroll tax cut proposal includes federal pay freeze, benefit reductions for high-earners

Senate Republicans unveil plan for tax-cut extension, which Congress must address before year’s end.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:25 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Boehner suggests supercommittee ‘trigger’ could be re-worked

Defense cuts could be revised, Boehner suggested in a shift from his previous stance.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 11/30/2011

House to vote on dedicating room to slain Giffords aide

The House will vote Thursday on dedicating a room to Gabe Zimmerman, a slain staffer of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:26 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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