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Education Department stresses civics

January 17, 2012 AP file photo The Education Department released a report last week arguing that civics education should be reinvigorated and reimagined. The White House is suggesting that higher education is about more than just getting a job after graduation. College students also should know about the political levers that influence change ...

Deadline looms for FAA funding, surface transportation measure

January 3, 2012 The countdown has begun to the Jan. 31 deadline when the current authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration expires. At the last check, lawmakers were no closer to a resolution on their disagreements than they were in September. The contentious dispute about how rail and aviation workers vote for unions ...

White House immigration message: We’re tough

October 18, 2011 It is no accident the Obama administration is touting a record number of deportations for the second year in a row. If Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has one immigration-related mission, it is to remind people as often and as firmly as possible that the United States is tougher than ...

For affable LaHood, Transportation chief will be last public job

October 13, 2011 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sees his post in the Obama administration as his last job in public office, and he likely will stay for only one term, he told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. LaHood spoke at the National Press Club as part of the administration's efforts to push Congress ...

House approves funds for FAA, highways

September 13, 2011 The House on Tuesday voted to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and the funding mechanism for highways, bridges, and railways, putting off the hard negotiations on infrastructure investment until next year. The Senate is expected to pass the same bill later this week, laying to rest fears from ...

House FAA stopgap includes back pay provisions

September 9, 2011 House Republicans are unveiling another funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration as early as Friday, this time to Dec. 31, that also includes back pay for federal workers who were furloughed for two weeks in August when lawmakers failed to extend the agency's funding. The measure also includes minor ...

Senate votes to end FAA's partial shutdown

August 5, 2011 The Senate on Friday approved legislation ending the two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, which had furloughed 4,000 government workers and another 70,000 construction employees. The vote does little more than put off the disagreements among lawmakers over the broader reauthorization of the FAA, which has been stalled ...

Deal ending FAA standoff papers over deeper wounds

August 5, 2011 It didn't take long for lawmakers to figure out that 74,000 people out of work due to congressional inaction just won't fly with the public. But they have succeeded in doing the bare minimum to rectify the situation. The 12-day-old partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, brought on by ...

Reid announces deal to end FAA impasse

August 4, 2011 This story has been updated. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday a deal has been struck to resolve the protracted dispute between Democrats and Republicans over the Federal Aviation Administration. "I am pleased to announce that we have been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House ...

Obama calls on Congress to end FAA impasse

August 3, 2011 President Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to end the Federal Aviation Administration's partial shutdown, seeking to gain the political upper hand in yet another high-stakes showdown with House Republicans. Obama cited the thousands of FAA workers who have been furloughed and the loss of $200 million a week during ...