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Obama Won't Tolerate Wall Street Gifts, Treasury Secretary Says

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday warned Congress against attempting to slip financial deregulation efforts into must-pass ye...

The Congressional Art Of Negotiating Without Any Leverage

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As conservatives push to use an upcoming spending bill to block Syrian refugees from coming into the country, the far right is running ...

Conservative Group Urges Republicans To Embrace Extra Spending For Year Ahead

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

A prominent conservative group led by a former top House GOP staffer is urging Republicans to welcome additional government spending in three key dom...

Paul Ryan Threatens To Use Power Of The Purse Ahead Of Potential Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) left the door open on Tuesday to allowing controversial riders to be added to a forthcomi...

Paul Blumenthal

Wealthy Donors Are Throwing Way More Money At The Republican Party This Year | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is taking full advantage of the new campaign contribution accounts and limits slipped into the omnibus budget bill ...

Samantha Lachman

Conservatives Grudgingly Praise Warren, Pelosi For Opposing 'Wall Street Giveaway' | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some conservatives have acknowledged that they have ideologically more in common than they would like to admit with Sen. Elizabeth Warre...

Who Shot John: The Story of How $777,600 Contribution 'Limits' Ended up in the Omnibus Bill

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

It took just a little while to determine who was responsible for this extraordinary rip off of the American people. But thanks to the excellent work of campaign finance reporters who dug out the story, the fog is now lifted on who did the dirty work.

Senate Passes Short-Term Funding Measure To Avoid Government Shutdown

AP | DAVID ESPO & DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nomin...

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...

GOP Could Bring Back Dollar-For-Dollar Cuts

The Hill | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) on Friday said it would be “wise” for Republicans to follow a rule next year that would require any hike to the debt ceilin...

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...

Sam Stein

No One Wants To Take The Blame For The Omnibus Campaign Finance Rider | Sam Stein | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing a tough election landscape this year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had to go deep in the red, ending the electora...

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...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Seek To Strip Big Hug For Rich Donors From Omnibus | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage at a provision slipped into the omnibus government funding bill that would expand the amount weal...

Dana Liebelson

Spending Bill Measure Could Give States Millions In Extra Dollars To Teach That Premarital Sex is Wrong | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

The spending package unveiled by Congress this week includes a new measure that allows states to get more federal funding -- potentially totaling mill...

Kate Sheppard

Congress Stuffed Some Coal In Its Omnibus Package | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abro...

Kate Sheppard

Sage-Grouse Species Get Thrown Under The Omnibus | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The $1 trillion omnibus spending agreement released by congressional lawmakers on Tuesday night ultimately managed to avoid including a...

Cromnibus Stop?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell Aims To Roll Back Campaign Finance Laws | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to use a massive appropriations bill to loosen campaign finance rules. The Republican leader...

Jumping On The Cromnibus

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.

Meals On Wheels Says It's Happy With Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The budget Congress just passed restores funding that was cut away last year from nutrition assistance for poor senior citizens. The ...

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...

Kate Sheppard

Spending Bill Protects Inefficient Light Bulbs And Money For Coal Abroad | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The omnibus appropriations bill that House and Senate leadership announced Monday evening would block the Department of Energy from impl...

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Budget Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long-time unemployed, forci...