A workable budget plan

(Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

Rep. Scott Rigell offers a sensible alternative to the sequester.

Time to junk the Budget Control Act

As a result of the BCA, we are making ourselves less safe and allowing the debt to balloon.


Why the D.C. area risks losing its allure to millennials

(Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

A high-level civic group is focusing on how to protect the region’s attractiveness for Generation Y.

Senate to vote on NDAA conference report in shadow of Obama veto threat

Only two Senate Democrats on the conference committee -- Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) -- signed off on the conference report.

Obama: ‘There’s still a path’ to a long-term budget deal

Obama compared those who care deeply about protecting unborn lives to his own equally strong feelings about reforming the nation’s gun laws.

National defense authorization compromise is done, but Dems aren’t backing it

Dems are against how Republicans elected to meet Obama’s military budget requests through discretionary funding, instead of tackling the sequestration caps.

Mitch McConnell wants to get started on a two-year budget plan

The Kentucky Republican said he would like to move on to negotiations to resolve as many fiscal issues as possible before the end of this year.


Jonathan Aberman: As sequestration looms, it’s our time to shine.

Instead of reacting to external political forces, let’s jump up and take the lead.


How states and localities are filling the gaps left by Washington’s gridlock

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

Federal paralysis forces state and local governments to assume more responsibilities, including for taxes.

Van Hollen on government shutdown: Patients will be turned away from NIH

With shutdown looming, NIH chief Francis Collins and Chris Van Hollen recalled the damage federal health-care institutes suffered in 2013.