Congress

In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington after a two-hour meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and Senate leaders. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Outlaw shutdowns? That might make Congress worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite […]

10/28/2013

House passes $8.2 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats united Wednesday to overwhelmingly pass an $8.2 billion House bill mapping out plans for dams, harbor, river […]

10/23/2013

The U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Short-term debt deal won’t mask big barriers ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand […]

10/16/2013

The sun rises behind the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House supports back pay for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it supports House legislation to give back pay to federal workers furloughed during the current partial government shutdown. The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a […]

10/04/2013

Members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US Treasury warns of harm from debt default

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department warned Thursday that the economy could plunge into a downturn worse than the Great Recession if Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit and the country defaults […]

10/03/2013

Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Obama, lawmakers meet on shutdown’s 2nd day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conferred with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there were no signs of progress toward ending […]

10/02/2013

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Obama said a government shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama focuses on military as government shuts down

WASHINGTON (AP) — As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he’ll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible. In his sole […]

09/30/2013

With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as Senate Democratic leaders blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Schumer, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among […]

09/27/2013

(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

USPS seeks 3-cent increase for first-class mail

WASHINGTON (AP) — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter. The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the […]

09/25/2013

Women link arms and sit in a circle to block the intersection of Independence Avenue SE and New Jersey Avenue SE outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, to protest Congress' inaction on comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Advocates turn to Obama for action on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, advocates are intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to act unilaterally to stop deportations or grant legal status to some of the 11 million people now […]

09/13/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dems change the subject: Look, over there, a messy budget fight!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pressure off for now on Syria, Democrats are eager to return to Washington’s regularly scheduled gridlock. Pitched debates loom on the government’s budget and its debt — never flattering endeavors that […]

09/11/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing with members of the House of Representatives on the situation in Syria, at the Capitol, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama: I might lose congressional vote on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would […]

09/09/2013

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