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Iran Bill Could Prompt Obama's First Veto Override

January 21, 2015 A potential showdown is looming between Senate Democrats and the White House over Iran, one that could lead to the first successful veto override of President Obama's tenure. On one side are Hill Democrats who—along with Republicans—want to weigh in on Iran's nuclear program. On the other is the White ...

Obama and Congress Approach an Impasse on Iran Sanctions

January 21, 2015 A potential showdown is looming between Senate Democrats and the White House over Iran, one that could lead to the first successful veto override of President Obama's tenure. On one side are Hill Democrats who—along with Republicans—want to weigh in on Iran's nuclear program. On the other is the White ...

Sanders: Obama Won't Put Social Security Cuts in Budget

January 16, 2015 For the second year in a row, the Obama administration will back off of its earlier proposal to reduce the annual growth in Social Security benefits in the annual budget, Senate Budget Committee ranking nember Bernie Sanders said Friday. Sanders is working with the White House on Democratic priorities for ...

How Hard Will Senate GOP Fight on Immigration?

January 14, 2015 Senate Republicans are willing to use a vital spending bill to fight President Obama on immigration. But not as hard as their House colleagues would like. The House will vote Wednesday to stop funding for Obama's executive action deferring deportations for 5 million undocumented immigrants as part of a measure ...

Keystone Debate Will Test New Senate GOP Majority

January 12, 2015 The Senate will see a lot of firsts this week. The debate over authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline will officially begin on Monday with the chamber's first vote in this Congress to proceed on major legislation. The motion will need 60 votes, but that will be easily accomplished: Six Democrats ...

As GOP Takes Over, Major Policy Debates Loom

January 6, 2015 The first day of the new Senate is a field day for photographers and gossip columnists. There is a lot of pomp and tradition and a few housekeeping details to take care of—small things like officially putting the legislative session into motion by agreeing on a date when lawmakers can ...

The Scheduling App That Lets Health Care Workers Pick Their Own Shifts

December 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Erica Kilpatrick talks about her workplace, she uses language every human-resources manager dreams of: "It's definitely a place I want to stay, within the WellStar system, probably for the rest of my career." How many employers get to hear that? Especially in the health care sector, which is constantly ...

Obama's Proposed Executive Action Doesn't Touch the Roots of Immigration Dysfunction

November 17, 2014 On immigration, President Obama is proffering an aspirin for a headache whose source will remain long after the pill's effects wear off. It will provide temporary relief to some but be the cause of new pains. Such is the limitation of executive action. The three areas where the president is ...

Should Schools Mandate Computer-Coding Classes?

October 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's happening in Chicago. Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools will include an introductory computer-science class in every high school. These classes are supposed to be in place by the end of next year. Over the next three years, the district also is expected to implement ...

Congress Fiddles While Border Crisis Grows

July 18, 2014 Politics and pessimism on Thursday overtook any possibility of a swift congressional response to the flood of unaccompanied, undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the House and Senate continued moving toward dramatically different approaches. Questions and debate swirl around contentious policies, as well as the amount of emergency funding ...