Members of the 114th Congress in the House chamber this week in Washington, D.C.

House changes how bills are evaluated

Jan 8, 2015
"Dynamic scoring" of bills sounds boring, but it’s actually a big deal.
Posted In: Congress, scoring, CBO, Fiscal policy
The U.S. Capitol.

Weekly Wrap: Comsumers, Congress and commodities

Dec 12, 2014
A discussion of highlights from the week's news.
Posted In: consumers, Congress, commodities
Rep. Steve King, center, R-Iowa, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speak with a reporter at the Capitol as the House of Representatives continues a temporary recess on Dec. 11 in Washington.

Why D.C. is up in arms about derivatives ... again

Dec 11, 2014
On the spending bill chopping block: A section of the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reform bill. So what does it do exactly?
Posted In: Congress, budget, congressional budget, Derivatives
The US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Congress' long to-do list may make it more productive

Dec 8, 2014
Lame-duck sessions of Congress are shouldering more of the workload.
Posted In: Congress, lame duck, productivity
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the next chairman of the House Way and Means Committee.

Why temporary tax breaks remain temporary

Dec 3, 2014
Money, and an inability to compromise.
Posted In: Taxes, the house, tax credits, Congress
The U.S. Capitol building is pictured. To keep the government funded beyond Dec. 11, Congress is considering an omnibus spending bill that would solve the problem for nine months and affect every agency except the Department of Homeland Security.

Congress’ latest fiscal buzzword: ‘Cromnibus’

Dec 1, 2014
Hybrid word combines “omnibus” spending bill and a continuing resolution, or “CR” – two funding stopgaps.
Posted In: Immigration, Congress, government spending
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen attends a Nov. 7 session of an international symposium on central banking  in Paris.

Avoiding the 'regulatory capture' trap

Nov 21, 2014
The Senate grills the president of the New York Fed about perceived coziness with the banks and people it oversees.
Posted In: The Fed, Federal Reserve, regulatory capture, Banks, Congress
Flowers are in bloom as people walk past the U.S. Capitol building.

Even congressmen get hazed

Nov 12, 2014
Congress is back in session on Wednesday after the mid-term elections.
Posted In: Congress, work place, transition, politics

The new common ground for Congress: trade

Nov 5, 2014
More on the two major trade deals being negotiated by the Obama Administration.
Posted In: negotiations, Congress, Obama congress
Congress, you're looking lovely today.

Lame duck Congress still has plenty to do

Nov 5, 2014
The government must pass a spending bill by mid-December.
Posted In: government funding, Congress, lame duck