June 13, 2012 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer used an earthmover as a backdrop Wednesday for what has become her weekly public push for a transportation bill, but she used a blunt instrument to deliver her message. In a sharp turn of tone, Boxer and a half-dozen other Democratic senators — joined by construction and union leaders — described the Republicans who have objected to conference committee proposals as extremists who are holding the bill hostage for political gain, want to scuttle transportation funding and should...
December 12, 2011 |
Lawmakers on Monday tried to ease concerns that a major defense bill would require military detention for terrorism suspects held in the United States, changing the measure in hopes of winning approval from the White House. The provisions were in a $662 billion defense authorization bill that was approved by key lawmakers from both parties on Monday night. The measure also includes Senate provisions on sanctions against Iran that the administration has argued could backfire.
March 30, 2009 |
As the House and Senate take up their versions of President Obama's budget plan this week, the congressional budget process will be on full display. While the quirky, arcane proceedings can be mystifying at times, here are five things you need to know to follow the action. 1. Congress holds the purse strings. Though the Democrats who control Congress are deferential to the Democrat residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, House and Senate budget leaders have made significant changes to Obama's budget request, slicing as...
April 18, 2012 |
It is a rare day on Capitol Hill when "transportation funding" and "Kabuki dance" find their way into the same sentence. Wednesday was that day. With his plan for the nation's transportation system shredded by attacks from both sides of the aisle, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sought to free his party from the charge that they are "do-nothing Republicans" by orchestrating a clever move. The House approved what appeared to be the 10th extension of transportation funding...
May 9, 2008
AFTER WEEKS of wheeling and dealing, a House-Senate conference committee has finally produced a farm bill. And what an unlovely creation it is. The nearly $300 billion, five-year legislation brims with subsidies for everything from biofuels to historic-barn preservation. It includes a dubious sugar-to-ethanol program and billions of dollars for a permanent disaster relief fund that essentially pays farmers to grow crops on land too dry to sustain them. And it perpetuates the multibillion-dollar system of direct payments to corn, wheat, rice, cotton...
June 19, 2012 |
With the clock about to run out on federal highway funding, House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid sent a message Tuesday to their members: Find a way to compromise. "Senate leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner have told Chairman John Mica and me to finish our work this week on the transportation bill," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said after a Capitol Hill meeting of the four leaders. "I have asked Chairman Mica to meet continually over the next...