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Omnibus Bill

When You Weren't Paying Attention Congress Shook Up The Student Loan Market

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business

Some 42 million Americans could become less likely to fall behind on their student loans -- and get better customer service -- thanks to a new measure...

House Passes Tax Extenders Legislation Despite Democratic Objections

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

Over protests from most of their Democratic colleagues that the bill was not paid for, House Republicans passed a package of tax extensions on Thursda...

Omnibus Bill Shows Trade Deals Can, In Fact, Rewrite U.S. Laws

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A short provision tucked into the 2,009-page government spending bill will remove labels telling consumers where their beef and pork com...

Mitch McConnell Loses Campaign Finance Budget Fight

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A controversial proposal to allow unlimited financial coordination between candidates and political parties that was pushed by Senate Ma...

Why Congress Plans To Extend Tax Breaks For NASCAR Tracks, Horse Racing

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

American Pharoah may not have won Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" award, but horse racing scored a different type of victory on Tuesda...

Pelosi Throws Cold Water On Tax Extenders Bill As Talks Run Down To The Wire

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) came out swinging Friday against a massive tax extenders package Congress is hoping to pas...

House Averts Government Shutdown -- For 5 Days

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a deadline looming in less than 12 hours, the House laced up its can-kicking shoes Friday and passed a bill that will give congress...

Senate Extends Deadline Again To Prevent Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate decided by a unanimous voice vote Thursday to keep the government open for five more days, preventing a shutdown -- for now a...

House Democrats Reject Republican Spending Bill Offer

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

House Democrats have reportedly rejected Republicans' first offer of a bill to fund the government past Dec. 11, raising the specter of a government s...

Provision Killing Net Neutrality Threatens Must-Pass Spending Bill

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have tucked an anti-net neutrality rider into a government spending bill that would block the Federal Communications Commiss...

Ali Watkins

Thanks To Ted Cruz, John Kerry Gets A Deputy | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state Tuesday night, giving chief diplomat John Kerry a desperately needed dep...

Sabrina Siddiqui

John Boehner Claims There's No 'Wall Street Giveaway' In Omnibus Bill | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) scrambled Thursday to defend a plan to subsidize risky Wall Street derivatives trading. The controve...

Zach Carter

Congress Prepares Empty Assault On Government Porn | Zach Carter | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

If you thought Congress would fend off a government shutdown without implementing three meaningless riders targeting government porn, well: You though...

Matt Ferner

Congress Just Gave Historic Support To Medical Marijuana, Hemp | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress. Included in the federal spending bill re...

Sam Stein

Sorry Acela Elites, This Budget Deal Is Not For You | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Amtrak riders who live in the infamous Acela corridor lost out in the bipartisan budget deal reached between House and Senate approp...

WATCH: Howard Fineman Tells Keith Olbermann 'The Tea Party Won This Round'

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Howard Fineman appeared on Keith Olbermann Thursday to discuss the GOP's newfound opposition to the "omnibus" spending bill, which contains millions o...

Unethical Behavior, Lack of Transparency and "Greed" Can Thwart Financial Reform

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Congress will eventually pass financial reform legislation. But long after the nuances are better understood and loopholes closed, diligent enforcement and ethical business practices will ultimately foretell if it is successful.