The common perception of the Congress is that lawmakers can no longer work across party lines to get anything done, and that dysfunction was demonstrated again as the Senate deadlocked over a jobless benefits bill on Thursday, as Democrats came up one vote short in their quest to force action …
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Republicans for a second day seized on a Congressional Budget Office report about the economic impact of the Obama health law, as Democrats strongly criticized the news media coverage of the report’s findings about the health reform changes.
At a hearing of the House Budget Committee, CBO Director Doug Elmendorf …
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Raising questions about the economic impact of the Obama health law, the latest “Budget and Economic Outlook” from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office was seized on by Republicans on Tuesday, as GOP lawmakers argued it was clear evidence that the law needs to be repealed.
“Health Care Law May Result …
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The U.S. Senate is ready to give final approval on Tuesday to a major farm bill that will set out farm and food stamp policies for the next five years, at a cost of almost $100 billion each year.
At 959 pages in actual bill text, and another 186 pages …
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It’s hard to write something that can upstage the Super Bowl and all of the TV ads that ran during the big game, so let’s delve into the world of federal budget details and find a few things that Uncle Sam is spending money on in 2014.
As always, no …
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As millions of Americans get ready for the Super Bowl on Sunday evening, not many will be thinking about tax policy and non-profits as the players run out on the field, but the NFL officially classifies itself as a tax-free non-profit, avoiding millions in potential federal taxes each year.
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In major legislation, the Congress is often very particular about how much money certain agencies and departments will get for specific programs. But then there are times when lawmakers just make it an undetermined amount.
The phrase that gets used is, “such sums as may be necessary.”
The compromise Farm …
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Instead of focusing on what the President said or how both parties reacted to the 2014 State of the Union Address, I wanted to again pull back the curtain on some of the other happenings in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol, before, during and after the speech.
1. Getting …
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Here are the remarks of President Obama, as prepared for delivery by the White House.
EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY
January 28, 2014
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
State of the Union Address
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
As Prepared for Delivery –
Mr. Speaker, …
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White House officials have made no secret in recent days that President Obama will use the State of the Union Address to say that he is ready to use “executive actions” to push forward on a variety of issues; that has spawned criticism from Republicans who argue the President might …
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