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Rachel Roubein

Rachel Roubein Rachel Roubein is a Staff Correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously covered health and human services at Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, where she won awards for her Affordable Care Act coverage and state government, health and investigative reporting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in journalism and minors in Spanish and international development and conflict management. She hails from the South/Midwest.
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The 113th Congress Ends its Session Quietly

December 17, 2014 The 113th Congress finished in fittingly mixed fashion Tuesday night, with the Senate approving a host of Obama administration nominees and a compromise tax-extender bill but unable to renew a federal terrorism insurance program that's set to expire. The night marked the end of a historically unproductive and largely dysfunctional ...

Senate Approves Massive Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all day, the Senate voted Saturday night to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September and tee up a February confrontation with President Obama over immigration. The chamber voted 56-40 to ...

Senators Strike Deal to Vote on Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all through Saturday, Senate leaders have come to an agreement to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill later Saturday evening that would fund the government through September. The deal cuts short a long day and what had ...

Senate Buys Time for Spending Negotiations

December 13, 2014 The Senate avoided a government shutdown on Saturday, passing a short-term funding bill while negotiations continue toward a $1.1 trillion spending plan. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid said he intends for a cloture vote on the bigger spending package, coined the "CRomnibus," to come at 1 a.m. Sunday. A final ...

Eyeing the Exits, Senate GOP Expects Swift Spending Bill Passage

December 12, 2014 Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. The House offered a helping hand Friday afternoon, extending a ...

Will Immigration Launch Repeat HealthCare.gov's Mistakes?

December 8, 2014 The White House has been down this road before. It knows what happens when lots of people try to sign up for a controversial new government program but can't. So having been through last year's disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the administration doesn't want history to repeat itself as President Obama's ...

Obama's Pick to Head Immigration Agency Caught in Executive-Order Crossfire

December 3, 2014 President Obama's executive action on immigration has muddied the waters in the Senate for the woman he's picked to enforce the nation's border laws. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sarah Saldaña to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency by a slim margin. The 10-8 vote, split along ...

Appropriations Chair: Immigration Order Can't be Defunded Through Spending Bill

November 20, 2014 Republicans' options to rebut President Obama's expected executive order on immigration are narrowing, as leaders remain under pressure by some in their caucus to limit his ability to give work permits to undocumented immigrants. Speaker John Boehner and his team said they are considering all avenues to limit the scope ...

Obama Sets Out to Change 'Broken' Immigration System On His Own

November 20, 2014 Sidestepping Congress, Obama delivered the largest protection for undocumented immigrants the community has seen in nearly 30 years. He's fulfilling Democrats' and advocates' countless calls for a "big and bold" executive order, while assuring a bitter confrontation between Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and the executive branch. "All of us ...

The Capitol Dome Is Ready for Its Makeover

November 19, 2014 A Washington icon is currently in hiding, as the colossal Capitol Dome sits ensconced in a 1.1-million-pound network of metal poles and wooden planks. Clad in bright orange safety vests, workers walked up and down a staircase entrenched in the dome's scaffolding Tuesday, high above the spot where dozens of ...