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Another legislative standoff looms

December 7, 2011 Congress moved closer to another legislative standoff on Wednesday, with Senate Democrats warning that a House Republican threat to leave for Christmas without a deal on extending an employee payroll tax holiday, would backfire politically. Senate Democrats and President Obama will remain in town until the extension passes, and would...

Aides: Kerry deficit proposal on table; failure announcement still expected

November 21, 2011 What Democrats called a "last ditch" super committee offer made Monday by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, remained on the table Monday afternoon, but committee aides in both parties still expect the panel to declare failure within hours. GOP aides and lobbyists described Kerry's offer as informal. It is not on...

GOP aide mocks Democrats' super proposal

November 11, 2011 A day after super-committee Democrats floated a plan to cut $2.3 trillion over 10 years from the deficit, as posted by National Journal, Republicans on Thursday circulated a cheeky, annotated version drafted by a GOP aide. Noting the Democratic plan includes $650 billion worth of tax increases, the GOP version...

Democrats deny walking out of super committee talks

November 9, 2011 Republican claims that Democrats "walked away from the table" in super committee talks Tuesday night are false, Senate Democrats said on Wednesday. A GOP aide to a committee member told reporters that Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., "handily rejected" an offer from Sen. Pat...

Leaders join deficit-reduction talks, aides say

November 4, 2011 The super committee's talks are now primarily occurring at the leadership level, according to several committee aides, involving House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and their staffs. The three congressional leaders are working with super committee members to...

Super committee hears from previous deficit panel chairs

November 1, 2011 Amid reports of deadlock and just a week after the group's Democrats and Republicans released competing plans, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction convened for its fourth public policy hearing on Tuesday afternoon. On the docket: testimony from leaders of past deficit-reduction groups, including former Congressional Budget Office Director...

Senate confirms Bryson as new Commerce secretary

October 21, 2011 The Senate confirmed John Bryson as Commerce secretary Thursday night on a 74-26 vote. Some Republicans had objected to his nomination because he was a founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and a clean energy advocate. Bryson's focus on alternative fuels "seeks to increase drastically the price of electricity...

Occupy Wall Street demonstration at Senate offices ends in arrests

October 11, 2011 The Occupy Wall Street movement hit Congress on Tuesday, with six arrested after dozens of demonstrators staged a short protest in the Hart Senate Office building. The now-national effort has mostly targeted financial institutions, but it has also taken aim at the political system. Hundreds of protesters descended on Washington...

Lawmakers reach agreement to avoid shutdown

September 26, 2011 In a step back from the brink, Senate Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a continuing resolution that would include $2.5 billion in disaster aid funding and which would eliminate the chance of a government shutdown next week. Even while Senate Republicans were filibustering a continuing resolution and disaster aid...

Congress has three options on funding bill

September 26, 2011 The Senate was in a holding pattern on Monday ahead of an evening procedural vote lawmakers hope helps avoid a government shutdown and refill a depleted disaster-aid fund. Senate Democrats need seven Republicans to join them to win the 60 votes needed to advance a continuing resolution offered on Friday...

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