Chris Van Hollen

Job seekers checking out companies at a job fair. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. […]

12/27/2013

The United States Capitol in Washington DC

Congress targets fed workers’ pensions for savings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top lawmakers have found easy prey in their hunt for savings for Congress’ budget deal: Federal workers’ retirement programs, which are notably generous compared to the norm in private industry. Most federal […]

12/16/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, discusses the unfinished work of Congress and the struggle for Republican and Democratic budget negotiators to reach a compromise, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. She is joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year’s deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes of a “grand bargain” long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and […]

12/05/2013

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Obamacare dispute sends gov’t to brink of shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hours before a threatened government shutdown, the Senate has the next move Monday on must-do budget legislation that has fueled a bitter congressional dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. […]

09/30/2013

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CBO: Obama budget cuts deficits $1.1T by 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s budget would trim projected federal deficits by $1.1 trillion over the coming decade, using nearly $6 in higher revenues for every $1 in reduced spending to achieve it, Congress’ […]

05/17/2013

US Representative of Ohio and House Speaker John Boehner (AP photo)

Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday.

12/18/2012

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