| Jan 4, 2015
The omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress and signed last month by the president finally closed the book on federal budgeting for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, more than two months late and only after another threat of a government shutdown....
| Dec 31, 2014
| 6:43 PM
The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation's capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown.
Economists worry, though, that the accelerating recovery could soon slow down with new standoffs in...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:03 PM
— Moments before he walked on to the U.S. House floor to be sworn in, Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent picked up a packet of manila envelopes marked "146."
What was it last year, one staffer asked another. "183."
"That's out of the whole...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 11:04 AM
I’d like to help clear up some political confusion from earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the American people that a recent spate of good news about the U.S. economy is the result of Republicans winning...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 10:01 PM
A compromise $1 trillion spending bill would provide some breathing room for Huntington Ingalls Industries, setting aside money for critical projects in Newport News and Pascagoula, Miss.
It hits the defense-heavy economy of Hampton Roads in other ways...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 1:53 PM
Shunning a White House veto threat and opposition within their own party, House Republicans approved legislation Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The political dynamics of the new Congress offer opportunities and challenges for Pennsylvania's delegation.
Republicans now run the Senate and enjoy a larger majority in the House.
That puts Democrat Bob Casey in the minority for...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Lawmakers narrowly averted a government shutdown late Thursday night while advancing a $1 trillion spending package after a dramatic day on Capitol Hill in which House members of both parties raised a litany of objections to the measure.
| Dec 12, 2014
| 6:03 AM
It sounds like one of those mechanical monsters from a not-very-good kids’ movie, and CROmnibus (the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015) got mixed reviews from Hampton Roads’ Congressional delegation....
| Dec 12, 2014
| 9:46 AM
South Florida's Democratic lawmakers split over the massive federal government spending bill.
Most voted no because of the many provisions tacked on the legislation that have nothing to do with funding the federal government.
But U.S. Reps. Debbie...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 11:57 AM
Here are your stories for Friday: local micro-roasted coffee; SeaWorld boss is out; arrests in shooting of 15-year-old boy; and more.
1. Coffee! Let's start with the story by Paul Brinkman about local micro-roast coffee companies. The trend of small...