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Louisiana Can Make Difficult Decisions, Why Can't Washington?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Dominik Knoll

Broadly speaking, policymakers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic well-being and security of our country. It is urgent that we put in place a plan to stabilize the debt as a share of the economy and put it on a downward path.

The Past Wasn't Always So Easy

Jack Gardner | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Jack Gardner

When you look at today's problems thru the 1787 lens -- or that of 1864 or 1942 -- and consider the truly herculean challenges our ancestors were able to overcome for our benefit, it seems as though we should be able to do better.

Michael McAuliff

Two GOP Senators Battle 'Bizarre' Tea Party Demand | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two prominent old-line Senate Republicans threw down the gauntlet to their more conversative colleagues on Tuesday, challenging them to ...

Congress Finally Cleaning Up Unfinished Business

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A dispute over budget cuts that threaten dozens of smaller control towers with closure slowed Senate progress Tuesday on legislatio...

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats' Budget: Read The Details | Sam Stein | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moments after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced his federal budget blueprint, Senate Democrats unveiled thei...

Obama Presses Congress To Find Short-Term Fix

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to pass another short-term mix of spending cuts and tax changes while they hash out a ...

New GOP Goal Denounced As 'Ryan On Steroids'

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that inc...

Governing: I Wish We Could Get Our Leaders to Collaborate by Paying Them for Results

Suresh Kumar | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Suresh Kumar

I am encouraged that some legislators have proposed pay for results via a "no budget, no pay" provision as the modus operandi for the next three months. Why not make this the norm going forward?

Pentagon Considers Backup Plan In Case Of Congress Fail

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare ...

Fiscal Cliff or Bunny Slope?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Superstorm Sandy was a disaster brought to us by Mother Nature. The fiscal cliff is being brought to us by human nature. Which will be worse? Time will tell.

Key Decision Could Fix 'Big Mess,' But...

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide t...

Automatic Spending Cuts Already Wreaking Havoc On Troops' Kids

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business

* Native American schools forced to seek bank loan * Jan. 2 automatic spending cuts target some groups early * Congress ...

For Barney Frank's Legacy: Pass the Mulvaney Amendment

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the House can vote to cut military spending now, that will make it more likely that military cuts can replace domestic cuts in the big deal.

Congress Gearing Up To Face Yet Another Showdown

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A budget showdown for the ages could begin after this year's election and stretch well into 2013 – despite the threat that an...

No Work, No Pay

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics
Ami Bera, MD

If Americans struggling to make ends meet can make tough decisions to balance their books, why can't Congress?

Amid Perpetual Gridlock, Some In Congress Turn To 'Legislative Scream'

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Even the top sponsor of a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't – or won't – pass a budget blueprint adm...

Saki Knafo

Should Homeless People Be Sheltered Or Diverted? Obama Budget Renews Debate | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

Every night, homeless shelters across the country turn away thousands of people seeking beds -- and not just because they're full, though they often a...

Obama Document Likely To Reveal Insights Into Re-election Strategy

Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

By Alister Bull WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama unveils his annual budget next month, the blueprint will reveal a lot about his re-elec...

Senate Considering Measure That Could Force Draconian Cuts

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday voted against changing the Constitution to require a balanced budget as Congress hit yet another dead end i...

Clock Ticking For Congress To Avoid Draconian Cuts

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Politicians of both parties outdo each other vying for the approval of seniors, but their inability to compromise on the federal bu...

House Takes Up Controversial Amendment

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With the federal government racking up deficits of more than $1 trillion a year and lawmakers paralyzed by political differences, t...

Government Funding Measure To Avoid Shutdown Announced

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bundle of spending measures for the ongoing budget year, blending cuts to NASA and co...

Why Congress Should Get Paid on Commission

Kelly Moore | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Kelly Moore

Clearly, Congress needs some motivation. So let's pay them on commission. If they don't produce, they don't get paid. If the current state of affairs is any indication, we'd save a lot of money.

Budget Politics Continued

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

TO TERRY - In fact, according to certain senators, Congress will never pay for government. This morning, Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, appea...

Congressional Intervention In Western Wolf Protections Seen As New Precedent

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 06.14.2011 | Denver

BILLINGS, Mont. — The White House is poised to accept a budget bill that includes an unprecedented end-run around Endangered Species Act protect...