| Dec 12, 2014
| 8:58 PM
The Senate moved closer Friday to passing a $1.1 trillion bill to fund almost all of the government through most of 2015. But detractors on the left and the right were likely to delay final approval of the sweeping measure.
The opponents, who have...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Any child born in the United States is automatically a U.S. citizen, even if his or her parents are in the country temporarily or illegally. That long-standing guarantee has given rise to one of the many debates over immigration and citizenship that...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by opponents of President Obama's immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday for funding most of the government — but not the immigration agencies — through the end of the...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 5:47 PM
When the new Congress begins its work next month, Sen. Ben Cardin will become the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees government policy on small business, giving the Maryland lawmaker a new platform to influence a key sector of the economy....
| Oct 24, 2014
| 3:09 PM
The Sunday morning guest list:
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, talk to NBC's "Meet the Press" at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. The program also features former Ebola patient Dr. Rick Sacra and Michael Leiter, former director, U.S....
| Aug 7, 2013
| 3:17 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.
In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz is a true GOP dilemma.
And he's not going away anytime soon. Cruz zealously poked his own party while shaping his image as a politician able to jabber almost nonstop for 21 hours while accomplishing nothing of congressional value. That's...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 6:28 AM
There are so many to choose from, but these four take the cake. In no particular order:
1. The Vitter amendment. Concocted by David Vitter (R-La.), this majestically cynical measure is based on the common misconception that members of Congress and their...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Among the proposals coming from House Republicans this morning to end the shutdown/debt limit standoff is a modified version of the Vitter amendment. I identified this measure Monday as one of the four stupidest proposals to end the crisis.
| Oct 26, 2013
| 1:25 PM
A gaffe about his opponent's race, allegations that he is the backseat driver from hell and, most recently, an indelible photograph of him in the middle of a wild party of teenagers — is Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler having the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON – A key Republican senator has dropped his objection to Gina McCarthy’s confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, potentially clearing her path as Republicans seek to head off Democratic efforts to change Senate...