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Omnibus Spending Bill

We May Finally Get a Senate Worthy of Being Called "Great"

Sean Theriault | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Sean Theriault

Is this passage of a $1.1 trillion bill a sign of what we can expect from the Republican-led Senate that will take charge Jan. 3?

Elizabeth Warren: An Honest and Courageous Woman in a Cowardly and Centrist Democratic Party

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Wall Street may have won today, and will probably win again tomorrow, but at least we all have Elizabeth Warren to defend the people of this country from those who'd bet the farm and get the farm back when they inevitably lose the bet.

Ali Watkins

Congress Just Tried To Legislate Against Torture, But Don't Get Too Excited Yet | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Good news, CIA critics: Buried in a tiny provision in the crowded omnibus spending bill that just passed through the Senate is language ...

4 Ways Congress Just Screwed Up Pensions

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.14.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

When the Senate approved the omnibus spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down, it also delivered a blow to some retirees who collect pensions. In a little-discussed provision of the bill, certain multi-employer pension plans were given the go-ahead to reduce pension checks to current recipients by up to 60 percent. Didn't see that coming, did you?

Sabrina Siddiqui

Democrats Must Choose Next Year: Lap Dogs Or Guard Dogs? | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday's failed rebellion over the omnibus government funding bill offered two radically different models for the Democratic Party ove...

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Elizabeth Warren represents a new politics in which, by challenging the power of the oligarchy, she has the potential of reclaiming the white working class for Democrats and uniting them with the coalition of professionals, single women, gays and minorities who elected Obama.

Obama Hails Budget Compromise, Citing Needed Ebola Funds

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes) WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a budget compromise that many of his fellow ...

The Best Government Wall Street and the Billionaires Can Buy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The past few days have provided vivid evidence that the U.S. government has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street and other wealthy special interests and no longer a government of, by, and for the people.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Government Stays Open As Congress Advances Poison-Pill Spending Bill | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least Democrats will have eggnog to wash down the poison pills they swallowed on Thursday as the House narrowly passed a government f...

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...

Michael McAuliff

Deal To Fund Government On Verge Of Collapse | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and a handful of Republicans rebelled against the government funding bill Thursday, with a possible government shutdown loomin...

Cromnibus, McConnell and Campaign Finance

Meredith McGehee | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

Soon to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues his efforts to weaken campaign finance law. Check out my latest video.

Congress To Grant Obama Bulk Of Ebola Funding Request

Associated Press | Andrew Taylor | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be awarded the bulk of his $6.2 billion request to fight Ebola in Africa, a senior member of the Senat...

Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion Government Spending Bill

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through the end of September. ...

Boehner Supports Funds For Troubled Company, Despite Solyndra Outrage

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday defended giving government funds to a nuclear enrichment company that recently announced...

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

BY ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thurs...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Boehner: No New Regulations Needed After West Virginia Spill | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that no new regulations are needed after a chemical spill in West Virginia last week le...

Michael McAuliff

Dems See Big Wins In Disinfected Government Spending Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - House Republicans are threatening to reject the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extension deal approved by the Senate, according t...

Joshua Hersh

Congress Pushes State Department Over Misused American Tear Gas In Spending Bill | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 omnibus spending bill released Thursday morning includes tough new language about the way American tear gas has been used again...

Jason Linkins

Congressional Earmark Addicts Find New Ways To Get Their Fix | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the election season -- actually, during what seems like every election season, along with whatever "seasons" occur in the intervening periods b...

Weekly Pulse: Egg Salad Surprise! Congress Votes to Clean Up Food Supply

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger It's a Christmas-week miracle! The Senate, in a vote that astonished everyone, brought the Food Safe...

Congress Poised to Call Novice Teachers "Highly Qualified" and Allow Concentration in Poor, Minority Schools

John Affeldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Affeldt

Buried deep in the nearly 2,000 page Senate omnibus appropriations bill that Harry Reid pulled Thursday night was an amendment slipped in on Tuesday t...

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...

Howard Fineman

Tea Time: New Era Of Leadership Begins With Blocked Spending Bill | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new, more Republican Congress won't arrive in town until next month, but the Tea Party Era unofficially began on the Hill Thursday n...

John McCain To Tea Party: 'Grab Your Pitchforks'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pulled out the rebellious rhetoric Thursday morning, telling Tea Partyers to "grab your pitchforks" against the bipartisan ...