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Congressional Democrats, sensing a shift in political momentum, said Wednesday that they were closing in on legislation to temporarily head off deep across-the-board spending cuts, convinced that once federal furloughs and layoffs begin next month,
The bipartisan deals we made in 2011 have cut discretionary spending by almost $1.5 trillion for fiscal years 2013 to 2022 memo to her colleagues from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Jan. 24, 2013 Over the past two
If you thought Republican presidential hopefuls were insane to refuse to raise their hands during a 2011 primary debate when asked if they'd support a deficit-reduction deal with $10 in spending cuts to $1 in tax increases, look at Washington today.
Provisions in the No Budget, No Pay bill that is headed to the Senate floor would impound lawmakers' salaries if Congress doesn't approve a budget by April 15. For most of the upper chamber, the loss of the $174,000 annual salary would be no hardship.
As if the federal budget process isn't confusing enough, now we get the fog of partisan war created by the charges and countercharges flying between congressional Democrats and Republicans. Republicans accuse the Democrats who control the Senate of
Sen. Patty Murray is very worried that Republicans in Congress will shut down the federal government later this winter, when the feds' spending authorization runs out, in order to force deep and unwise cuts in federal spending. We can deal with the
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can't pay its own bills. ... I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit. Obama'
FoxNews.com Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is trying a new strategy to get the Senate to pass a budget, saying lawmakers should not increase the debt ceiling until the Democrat-controlled chamber finally passes a spending plan. Congress will have to
Democratic leaders have had little time to craft a new position for their party since passing a tax deal Tuesday that will raise $620 billion in revenue over the next ten years. The emerging consensus, however, is that the next installment of
New Jersey's construction unions would gain a stronger hand competing for jobs rebuilding the state's infrastructure damaged by superstorm Sandy under a bill proposed by the state's top Democratic lawmaker, who is a labor leader. The bill proposed by