Oversight

The Spirited and Strange Lawmakers Leaving Congress Soon

The Capitol will lose some of its most memorable characters, from the longest-serving representative in history to a conservative firebrand who used her brief service to become a household name.

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Retroactive Mass Transit Benefit Boost Heads to Obama’s Desk

Federal employees riding public transportation will now receive same tax break as drivers.

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Former Staffer to Oversight Subcommittee Chair Sues, Alleging Sexual Harassment

According to court documents filed Monday, the congressman "regularly drank to excess" and admitted to another employee that he had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about a staffer.

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The 113th Congress Ends its Session Quietly

Senate approves a tax bill and several Obama nominees, but can't finish a terrorism insurance measure.

CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf seeks to clarify how his agency handles the inherent uncertainty of budget estimates.

Embattled CBO Director Defends Calculation of Economic Uncertainties

Some Republican ‘supply siders’ want more dynamic scoring of budget changes.

FCC Plans Giant Fine of Sprint for Bogus Phone Charges

The cell-phone company billed customers for services they never asked for, according to an investigation by federal regulators.

Obama Wants to Close Guantanamo. Will a GOP Senate Let Him Do It?

The president's ability to fulfill his campaign pledge could depend on which side wins an intra-party debate.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, tried to attach a postal reform bill to the $1.1 trillion spending package.

How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

Democrats blocked their own chairman’s last ditch effort, aides say.

Tom Coburn: The Senate-Stalling Republican No One Hates

Cruz and Coburn have both blocked bills and slowed adjournment. So why does one have so many enemies and the other so few?

Democrats' Depressing New Reality in the Spending Deal

The divisions that were on full display during the debate over a $1 trillion spending bill may become the norm in 2015.

Senate Approves Massive Spending Measure

Action means most agencies will get full fiscal year funding.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expected a final vote on the $1.1 trillion spending package Monday morning.

Senate Buys Time for Spending Negotiations

Members approve a short-term continuing resolution to avert a shutdown.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., predicted the measure will pass quickly.

Eyeing the Exits, Senate GOP Expects Swift Spending Bill Passage

Lawmakers will wrap up the 113th Congress in a matter of days.

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