Paul Kane

Washington, D.C.

Senior congressional correspondent and columnist

Education: University of Delaware, BA

Paul Kane has covered Congress since 2000, when he started at Roll Call with a beat focused on the Senate. He started with The Washington Post in 2007, covering the 2008 financial crisis and the Obama-Republican fiscal wars. He began writing a regular column, @PKCapitol, on Congress and its interactions with the Trump administration in 2017. He's covered Washington's response to the global pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, two impeachments and now writes about the Biden administration's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
Latest from Paul Kane

Debt ceiling bill passes House, moves to Senate as deadline nears

Lawmakers are rushing to avoid a disastrous June 5 default after weeks of touch-and-go negotiations.

May 31, 2023

Debt limit deal clears 1st hurdle as McCarthy works to tamp down dissent

The deal struck by President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy would raise the debt ceiling for two years — past the 2024 elections — while trimming spending.

May 30, 2023

McCarthy, Biden race to woo lawmakers to pass debt ceiling package

Republican and Democratic negotiators are spending Memorial Day trying to cement enough support to pass a deal to raise the debt ceiling and trim federal spending.

May 29, 2023

This low-profile committee could sink or save the Biden-McCarthy deal

Kevin McCarthy agreed to add three far-right conservatives to the Rules Committee in order to win enough votes to become House speaker. That trio now holds the fate of this legislation in their hands.

May 28, 2023

McCarthy’s salesmanship to conservatives to be tested with debt deal

President Biden declared that the final deal must be something he and the House speaker "can sell to both sides." McCarthy faces the tougher test.

May 27, 2023

Debt ceiling negotiators race to cement deal before June 5 deadline

Even if congressional Republicans and the White House reach an agreement to avert catastrophic default soon, they need time to put it into action.

May 26, 2023

White House, GOP appear closer to deal to avert debt ceiling crisis

Negotiations between the White House and congressional Republicans have yet to find a certain path to avoiding default.

May 25, 2023

Democrats’ worry grows over White House approach to debt talks

House Democratic lawmakers are voicing frustration over President Biden’s approach to negotiating a debt ceiling deal with Republicans.

May 24, 2023

GOP unites in brinkmanship over default, rejecting Biden compromises

Several House Republican lawmakers have begun casting doubt on the Treasury Department’s deadline for averting a financial crisis.

May 24, 2023

Biden and McCarthy agree to restart bipartisan debt ceiling talks

Negotiations have been strained between the White House and Congressional Republicans as the clock ticks toward a potential June 1 deadline.

May 21, 2023