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Delay of federal Sandy relief package to squeeze state budgets

Jan 3, 2013
A $60 billion Sandy relief package passed the Senate in December, but House leadership reneged on its pledge to pass the bill before the end of the session.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, Congress, natural disasters

U.S. still awaits a final fiscal cliff deal

Jan 1, 2013
The Senate deal permanently raises income taxes for individuals making more than $400,000 a year. It delays -- for just two months -- most of those automatic spending cuts that were set to kick in. And it includes a number of other provisions to stave off the most pressing aspects of the fiscal cliff.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Taxes, Congress

Would 'earmarks' have helped fiscal cliff talks?

Dec 31, 2012
'Bridges to Nowhere' and other pork-barrel spending used to be the grease for deal-making in Congress.
Posted In: Congress, earmarks

Time for Plan C? Fiscal cliff solution stalls

Dec 21, 2012
It was called "Plan B" -- a way to avoid some of the tax increases that are part of the fiscal cliff without putting together a broad bipartisan deal before the New Year.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Washington D.C., Congress, Boehner

Life after congress: Political headhunters

Dec 12, 2012
Not all lawmakers at the end of their term are ready for retirement. An executive recruiter talks about how these "former electeds" make their way into the private sector.
Posted In: headhunting, Congress

Scrooge visits Congress: Looking at the gift rule

Dec 4, 2012
Ethics rules lay out how much holiday cheer members and staff can have on lobbyists' dime.
Posted In: Congress, ethics, holidays, Washington D.C.

Americans want compromise on fiscal cliff

Nov 15, 2012
When it comes to the fiscal cliff, Americans do not give Republicans or Democrats a mandate on the issue.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Taxes, budget deficit, Congress

A balance sheet of 'political capital'

Nov 7, 2012
President Obama and House Republicans both say they have it, but who has more?
Posted In: Barack Obama, Congress, fiscal cliff

Congress nears stop-gap spending measure

Sep 12, 2012
But six-month extension leaves government agencies unsure how to plan.
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Congress returns from summer break

Sep 10, 2012
Despite the looming "fiscal cliff" and an expiring farm bill, don't expect a lot of action on Capitol Hill.
Posted In: Congress, lame duck session

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