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Omnibus Bill Is Like Throwing Gasoline On The Fire

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

For 40 years, Republicans and some Democrats have been demanding an end to the ban on crude oil exports. The omnibus bill lifts that ban just as the world community meeting in Paris agreed that emissions released from fossil fuels must be lowered if the planet is to escape incineration.

Congress May Have A Big Christmas Gift For McDonald's This Year

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

Republicans in Congress have been trying for months to roll back one of the most liberal reforms to labor law in the Obama era, and they may finally h...

Division Over Riders Forcing Congress To Edge Of Government-Funding Deadline

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There is no end in sight for Congress. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have resigned themselves to the fact that they will need to pass a sho...

Paul Ryan: Congress May Not Meet Government Funding Deadline

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) admitted on Monday that Congress may not meet the December 11 deadline to fund the government. In an in...

Flawed 'CRomnibus' Spending Bill Hurts Latino Families and Workers

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 02.21.2015 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Beyond recklessly rolling back the financial protections of Dodd-Frank, Congress tacked on several other policy changes to the spending bill that threaten the lives and livelihoods of working families.

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.

Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Negotiators from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are in Washington this week for a new round of talks which they hope will lead them closer to agreement on the trade deal. President Obama has called passage of TPP a "high priority."

Sabrina Siddiqui

Harry Reid Muscles Nominees Through In Final Days As Senate Majority Leader | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is using his last days at the helm of Congress' upper chamber to push through some of Preside...

Who You Callin' Massive? The 'CRomnibus' Actually Cuts Discretionary Spending to Historic Lows as Share of GDP

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

True, the CRomnibus, the nickname of the bill to fund the federal government through next September, runs to over 1,600 pages. But I suspect most readers will associate the "m" word with massive amounts of government spending, and that's just plain wrong.

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...

House Passes Spending Bill Slashing Funding For Wall Street Oversight

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

By Emily Stephenson and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday p...

House Republican Spending Bill Seeks To Block Obama's Carbon Rules

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday ratcheted up efforts to stop the...

Ted Cruz Dreams Up Another Defund Obamacare Fight, To No Avail

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), notorious for his hours-long speech that led to the government shutdown in October, hoped to name a new target ...

Spending Bill: FEC Budget Still Below 2010 Levels

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 14, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investig...

Negotiators Reach Agreement On $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Negotiators in the U.S. Congress have reached agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill for consideration this week in...

Christie Says Shutdown Would Be 'A Failure'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told CBS News he doesn't think Republicans should force a government shutdown. "I think there's gotta be a solut...

'Monsanto Protection Act' Set To Expire

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

The so-called Monsanto Protection Act is set to expire, and will not be included in a bill designed to avert a government shutdown, according to a sta...

Ryan Grim

The Monsanto Protection Act Is Back | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will include an extension of the so-called Monsanto Protection Act in the spending bill designed to avert a government...

Cliff Hanger: The President's Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

Robert Reich | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Hands off Social Security. If the Republicans are willing to raise tax rates on high earners but demand more spending cuts in return, the president should offer larger cuts in defense spending and corporate welfare.

GOP Lawmakers Hold Spending and Tax Bills Hostage With Anti-Environmental Riders

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Once again Congress is facing hard deadlines for must-pass legislation. And once again, GOP leaders are holding up the process with anti-environmental riders.

Elise Foley

GOP Senators Threaten To Derail All Bills That Don't Cut Debt | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Republican senators led by David Vitter of Louisiana sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Thursday tha...

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 ...

Elise Foley

Cornyn, Thune Plan Assault On Health Care In Spending Bill Fight | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans who requested millions of dollars worth of earmarks in the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011 are now calling ...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: House Will Pass COBRA Subsidies, State Aid | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that the House would return to the debate over COBRA subsidies and aid to state governments when Congr...