The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining that agency employees could do a better job. The National Treasury Employees Union said the program failed in the past and should not be forced on the IRS. The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill two weeks ago that included an amendment requiring the IRS to revive the program.
Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. The outcome on the Senate floor was not a surprise, but Democrats were playing to a wider audience. Barbara Mikulski, D- Md., stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on.
The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. This might lead to fewer changes for the plans, which serve nearly 16 million people, or about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.
WASHINGTON— The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.
WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.
Plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering it taking place to get a huge Chobani shipment sent to Sochi for Team USA.
NEW YORK, Oct 28- Federal officials on Monday unveiled plans for a second round of Superstorm Sandy disaster relief totaling $5 billion for five states and New York City, and they pledged that the pace of spending would pick up after a slow start.
Speaker Boehner said that the GOP would offer a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in return for discussions with Obama on the budget and deficit.
Sen. Chuck Schumer warns that if the market thinks these games are going to become routine, another downgrade is possible.
Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-NY), says he will fight to get the longest term debt ceiling deal possible. "It is the right thing to do for the markets, country, and citizens."
John A. Boehner said the House would not vote to reopen the government without compromises on the health law.
House Republicans huddled on Friday to plot their next move amid a U.S. government shutdown and hopes for a deal to avoid a default.
House Republicans confronting the politically volatile issue of immigration are wrestling with what to do about those already here illegally.
Immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions is swiftly gaining ground following a bipartisan agreement on dramatic steps aimed at securing the border with Mexico.
Key senators say they are closing in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars to stiffen the immigration bill's border security requirements.
The mix of tax dollars and undisclosed private financing raises questions about presidential libraries, like the one dedicated Thursday to former President George W. Bush.
Immigration requirements in the emerging Senate bill could end up excluding hundreds of thousands from the path to citizenship, a Senate aide said.
Major U.S. business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest-worker program that removes a major hurdle to a broad immigration overhaul and clears the way for Senate legislation to be introduced soon, according to a source.
A bipartisan group of leading senators unveiled an agreement Monday on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
In this excerpt from his Second Inaugural Address, President Obama defends the "commitments we make to each other - through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security." (1:31)