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2chambers: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Senate Democrats take aim at House Republican spending bill, state-by-state

Senate Democrats on Friday unveiled their latest critique of House Republicans' spending plan, breaking down what they contend would be the state-by-state impact of the GOP spending cuts in an interactive map.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 4, 2011; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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House Republicans take action to defend Defense of Marriage Act

Updated 4:10 p.m. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Friday that the House will take action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a little over a week after President Obama instructed the Justice Department to no longer defend the...

By Felicia Sonmez and Ben Pershing  | March 4, 2011; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Senate Democrats release government funding proposal; votes likely next week

Senate Democrats on Friday introduced their plan for keeping the federal government funded through September, with a vote on the measure as well as a House-passed proposal expected to come as early as next Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 4, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Mitch McConnell: White House spending proposal 'unacceptable'

In his first public remarks since Thursday's bipartisan, bicameral meeting between congressional leaders and the White House, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim at the administration's proposed $6.5 billion in spending cuts.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 4, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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House Republicans: We'll cut $2 billion a week until Democrats propose spending plan

Ahead of Thursday afternoon's meeting between congressional leaders and the White House on keeping the federal government funded, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced on the floor that until Democrats release their own long-term spending proposal, the House will continue to pass short-term measures cutting spending at the rate of $2 billion per week.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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House votes to repeal '1099' tax-reporting requirement in health-care law

The House on Thursday approved a measure that would repeal the unpopular 1099 tax-reporting requirement for small businesses included in the national health care law.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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House Democrats mum on spending cuts; Republicans say more stopgap measures possible

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stood her ground Thursday ahead of a meeting between congressional leaders and Vice President Joe Biden, saying that Democrats stand ready to work with Republicans on funding the federal government but also making the case that her party has already met Republicans halfway on making cuts.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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10 Senate Democrats back balanced budget measure

An amendment offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would have "expressed the sense of the Senate" in support of a balanced budget amendment fell just short of passage on Tuesday, but it garnered the backing of nearly a dozen members of the Senate Democratic caucus, many of whom are up for re-election in 2012.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Biden to talk spending with congressional leaders today

Vice President Biden will meet with bipartisan, bicameral congressional leaders Thursday afternoon to discuss the way forward on keeping the government funded through the end of the fiscal year, Senate aides from both parties said Thursday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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House budget chairman Ryan: More stopgap spending measures possible

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that it's possible that Congress will take up more stopgap government funding measures instead of a longer-term one when a resolution keeping the government running expires later this month.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 3, 2011; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama signs two-week government funding resolution into law

President Obama has signed a stopgap measure to keep the government funded through mid-March, averting a federal shutdown -- at least for the time being.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 2, 2011; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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George W. Bush, Dick Cheney visit the Capitol for Bill Frist portrait unveiling

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was in the Capitol Wednesday for the unveiling of his official portrait. Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were also on hand for the event. Below is our pool report on the gathering, which took place in the Old Senate Chamber, the chamber in which the Senate used to meet from 1810 to 1859 but which is now used mostly for ceremonial events.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 2, 2011; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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House to test reusable dishware

A pilot program that would test the feasibility of using reusable dishware is in the works in one of the House cafeterias.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 2, 2011; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Senate vote averting federal shutdown for now; Obama calls for long-term budget negotiations

The Senate on Wednesday approved a stopgap measure that would keep the federal government funded through March 18, sending the bill on to President Obama for his signature.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 2, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee to vote against stopgap government funding plan

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee announced Wednesday morning that he will vote against a stopgap measure to keep the government funded through March 18 because it does not make deep enough cuts to federal spending.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 2, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Senate passes Libya resolution

The Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Moammar Gaddafi as well as new steps against the Libyan leader, including the possible establishment of a no-fly zone over Libyan territory.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Senate moves to prohibit lawmakers and president from getting paid during shutdowns

The Senate on Tuesday approved a measure that would prevent the president and members of Congress from receiving their salaries during government shutdowns.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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House passes stopgap funding to avert federal shutdown

The House on Tuesday approved a stopgap measure that would keep the federal government funded through March 18 and cut $4 billion in spending by targeting programs that President Obama has already marked for elimination.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Reid: Senate Democrats will approve stopgap funding, sidestepping federal shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that Senate Democrats will agree to a measure that would keep the federal government funded for two weeks while enacting $4 billion in cuts, a move likely to avert a government shutdown this Friday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Bernanke: House GOP spending plan would have minimal effect on economic growth

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the House Republican plan to cut $61 billion across federal agencies through the end of September would have only a slightly negative impact on the country's economic growth, lowering gross domestic product by one- to two-tenths of a percentage point this year.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Boehner: White House late to weigh in on government funding to avert shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that if the White House had weighed in earlier on a short-term proposal to keep the government funded past Friday, it might have been possible to reach an agreement with House Republicans.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Hoyer: 'Premature' to speculate whether Rep. David Wu should resign

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that it is "not appropriate at this time" to discuss whether Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) should resign in the wake of a stream of reports detailing the seven-term congressman's erratic behavior in the run-up to the November midterms.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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House Democrats split on two-week government funding measure

House Democratic leaders are at odds over a Republican-sponsored measure that would keep the government funded for two weeks while enacting $4 billion in cuts, many of which are favored by President Obama.

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 1, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Darrell Issa investigating committee spokesman regarding e-mails

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House oversight committee, has launched an investigation into whether his spokesman improperly shared e-mails from reporters with another journalist who is writing a book.

By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane  | February 28, 2011; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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House Republicans pledge to defend Defense of Marriage Act

Less than a week after President Obama ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, House Republicans pledged that they will work to protect the law, which bans the recognition of same-sex marriage.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 28, 2011; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Northeastern senators make play for high-speed rail funds rejected by Florida

Ten senators from northeastern states on Monday requested that $2.4 billion in funding for high-speed rail rejected by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) be redirected to rail projects in their states.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 28, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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House Republicans dispute report that federal spending plan would cost jobs

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Monday pushed back against a report projecting that House Republicans' proposed government funding measure would result in significant job losses, saying that the report does not distinguish between private- and public-sector jobs.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 28, 2011; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Planned Parenthood, Susan B. Anthony List put up dueling ads

The anti-abortion rights advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List is going up with $200,000 in TV and radio ads backing six Republican freshmen who voted earlier this month in favor of an amendment that would bar federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 28, 2011; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The week ahead on the Hill: Shutdown averted?

The House and Senate are back in session Monday after a week-long President's Day district work period during which Senate Democrats and House Republicans traded criticism and counter-proposals, then appeared to approach an agreement on keeping the federal government funded through the middle of March. With four days left until the measure currently funding the government is set to expire, lawmakers have little time to forge a compromise. Here's a look at what's ahead this week on that and other issues:

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 28, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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In latest sign shutdown may be averted, Conrad says GOP plan is 'acceptable'

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) on Sunday tentatively signed onto a stopgap measure put forth by House Republicans that would keep the government funded through mid-March, a move that further decreases the likelihood of a government shutdown Friday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 27, 2011; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Senators Lieberman and McCain discuss potential military option in Libya

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley in a pre-taped interview from Cairo to discuss the uprising in Libya.

By Emi Kolawole & Felicia Sonmez  | February 27, 2011; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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Boehner: Congress has 'moral responsibility' to tackle debt, cut spending

In a speech Sunday evening to the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will frame the current debate on federal spending as a moral question, not just an economic one.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 27, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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