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Shape of a fiscal cliff deal emerges

November 19, 2012 Top staffers are working on a fiscal cliff deal after leading Democrats emerged encouraged from a Friday White House meeting in which Republican leaders did not explicitly reject the suggestion they accept a Senate-passed bill that would allow tax rates to rise on top earners, leadership aides said. Democrats hope...

Don't bet on an online gambling bill

November 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate leaders are less optimistic about moving online gambling legislation through Congress during the lame-duck session than they were just a few months ago. Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., began crafting legislation that would legalize online poker while banning other...

Obama meets with Senate majority leader on fiscal cliff

November 14, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., met Tuesday afternoon with President Obama on the fiscal cliff and other matters, Reid and Democratic aides said. The meeting between Reid and Obama was unannounced until Reid referenced it during a Senate floor speech Tuesday evening. It came before a widely publicized meeting...

Lawmakers confident on deficit deal but differ on the details

November 12, 2012 Lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday that Republicans’ willingness to accept new tax revenue from the elimination of some tax deductions could form the basis for an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" of budget cuts and tax increases scheduled for January. But lawmakers differed on the necessary...

Senate leader says he's ready to deal, suggests House speaker is too

November 7, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is ready to compromise on taxes and budget cuts, and he's hopeful that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is also set to deal following a "pleasant" Wednesday morning conversation with Boehner. Reid called Tuesday's election results a signal that Americans are "tired...

Independent senator-elect from Maine likely to caucus with Democrats

November 7, 2012 Maine Senate electee, Angus King, an independent former governor, looks likely to announce within weeks that he will caucus will Senate Democrats. At a news conference Wednesday in Maine, King said he may make a decision on caucusing by the end of next week, when he will be in Washington...

Analysis: Expect more of the same from the 113th Congress

November 7, 2012 If you didn’t like the 112th Congress, you will hate the 113th. Derided as dysfunctional and panned for partisanship, the brawling, divided Congress is back, but more so. With a Republican House, Democratic Senate, and President Obama reelected, things are superficially similar. But behind those similar contours, Congress is changed....

Democrats poised to retain control of Senate

November 6, 2012 With an apparent early pickup, Senate Democrats are poised to retain control of the chamber, positioning the Senate to function similarly in the 113th Congress or to become a lone Democratic bulwark against a Republican White House and House. ABC News and NBC News called Maine's Senate race for former...

Long list of unfinished Senate business includes defense policy bill

November 5, 2012 Whatever happens Tuesday, Congress will return to a long lame duck agenda. In addition to big-ticket questions like averting sequestration and addressing expiring tax cuts, there are plenty of low-profile items. Below is a list of unfinished legislative items created by staff in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry...

Online-gambling bill stalled by tactical spat

September 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After months of negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., appear to have come to an impasse over how to move Internet gambling legislation. Kyl and Reid have been working on draft legislation that would allow for the legalization of online poker while...

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