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Obama's Budget Is Done. Now It's the GOP's Turn.

February 3, 2015 President Obama's budget arrived on Capitol Hill on Monday with zero chance of advancing. Now it's Republicans' turn to agree on a spending plan that can actually pass—if they can. With a slew of Republican lawmakers making it clear Monday that Obama's proposed 2016 budget will get nothing but a ...

Lawmakers to Tackle Homeland Security Funding This Week

February 2, 2015 Partisan contrasts are always stark on Capitol Hill, but rarely more so than they will be this week. President Obama unveils next year's budget proposal Monday, so congressional Republicans and Democrats will use it as a vehicle to tout their own very different ideas about the state of the nation's ...

Senate Set to Join Immigration Fight

January 27, 2015 Senate Republicans will start their attack on President Obama's immigration orders as early as next week, leaders announced Tuesday. With Republicans in both chambers unsure how far to push against Obama's executive action to defer deportations for undocumented young adults and parents of legal U.S. residents, the Senate will take ...

DOT Embraces Automatic Braking and Other Safety Gizmos

January 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxxannounced last week that the automatic braking in cars will be added to the list of recommended safety features that make up its consumer advisory safety system. The inclusion of the braking system is part of a recommended set of features for new cars, but the star ...

Border Bill That DHS Chief Has Called 'Unworkable' Faces a Fight on Capitol Hill

January 26, 2015 House Republicans have weathered three tough weeks to start the 114th Congress, and this week won't be any easier, as GOP leaders try to tamp down conservative opposition to a border security bill meant to be the core of the party's immigration reform plan. Republican leaders are billing the legislation—which ...

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 ...