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  • U.S. Senate Democrats push votes on Obama's nominees Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 15- With the clock ticking down on their Senate majority, Democrats pushed on Monday to win approval for some of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations for government posts. The Senate will vote on Murthy, Saldana and three other nominees on Monday and Tuesday as part of Majority Leader Harry Reid's late push to get nominations through the...

  • Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. If the Senate concurs, that would mean taxpayers could claim the tax breaks for the 2014 tax year, but Congress would have to debate them all over again in 2015.. "We are confident that...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding on Saturday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1.1 trillion spending bill led by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. On Saturday, a similar situation looked to be unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz...

  • Washington's current spending authority expires at midnight Saturday, but probably will be extended until midnight Wednesday to give the Senate more time to finish a $1.1 trillion measure that President Barack Obama is awaiting. Senate leaders, unable to pass the huge budget bill quickly, might be forced to hold a procedural vote on Sunday at 1 a.m. eastern...

  • Washington's current spending authority expires at midnight Saturday, but probably will be extended until midnight Wednesday to give the Senate more time to finish a $1.1 trillion measure that President Barack Obama is awaiting. Senate leaders, unable to pass the huge budget bill quickly, might be forced to hold a procedural vote on Sunday at 1 a.m. eastern...

  • Congress reaches deal for $1.1T US spending bill Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:28 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol Building Congress Senate

    Congressional negotiators resolved policy disputes to reach a deal for a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday but may still need a stop-gap extension to avoid a government shutdown on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators resolved policy disputes to reach a deal for a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday but still expected to need a stop-gap extension to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Thursday. The snags added some drama to a spending bill that appeared to be cruising toward passage, despite demands from...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Congressional negotiators raced on Tuesday to wrap up final policy disputes over a $1.1 trillion spending bill as a midnight Thursday deadline to avert a U.S. government shutdown drew closer. House of Representatives Republicans were prepared to pass a short-term funding extension of one to two days if necessary to forestall a shutdown, as...

  • Sen. McConnell: Senate needs to be fixed   Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    McConnell: Senate needs to be fixed

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), discusses how he plans to make progress for the country and fix the Congress. McConnell says the first thing he needs to do is get the Senate back to normal.

  • This Kansas independent could tip Senate control Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 10:13 AM ET
    Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman

    Kansas independent Senate challenger Greg Orman's complaints of inaction by Congress may sway conservatives to send him to Washington.

  • Saved! House extends highway trust fund by $10.9B Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:48 AM ET
    Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $10.9 billion extension of U.S. transportation funding through May 2015, to avert cutbacks in August.

  • How a powerful congressional committee lost its way Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 1:17 PM ET
    Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., arrives for the debate of Republican candidates for Georgia's open Senate seat at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown, Ga., in April 2014.

    The House Appropriations Committee, responsible for how to spend a trillion dollars, lost its clout. Can the midterms help it return to power?

  • Housing reform imminent? Don't hold your breath Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va.

    The current housing finance system is likely to be with us until after the 2014 midterm elections and probably well beyond.

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    Sant Chatwal and Bill Clinton in London, September 26, 2006.

    A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

  • Fannie, Freddie: Shareholders status left to courts Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    The bill, written by Democrat Tim Johnson and Republican Mike Crapo, would replace the companies with a new industry-financed agency.

    A bill to wind down mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • Raising the debt limit a breeze? Don't bet on it Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    Partisanship is as bad as it gets, meaning raising the $17 trillion borrowing limit may be tougher than expected, POLITICO's Ben White says.

  • Showdown set on unemployment bill in Senate Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 6:42 AM ET
    Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (right) and Harry Reid

    With bad weather preventing senators from traveling to Washington, a showdown vote on the unemployment bill was postponed until Tuesday.

  • The most thorny issues on Congress to-do list Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    Here's what's lawmakers are expected to focus on as they return to Capitol Hill.

  • DC in 2014: Maybe not quite so bad? Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:57 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    Surprise! Washington could be slightly less dysfunctional next year. Keep an eye on the debt ceiling, tax reform and mid-term elections. POLITICO's Ben White reports.