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The Politics of Process Stalls Veterans Benefits Bill

February 26, 2014 Legislation to help veterans often wins bipartisan support, but a rift between Senate Democrats and Republicans over process—who gets to offer amendments and how many—is threatening an omnibus bill moving through the chamber. Senate Republicans are emerging as skeptics of a Democratic bill sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie ...

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The Politics of Process Plague Senate Vets Bill

February 26, 2014 Legislation to help veterans often wins bipartisan support, but a rift between Senate Democrats and Republicans over process—who gets to offer amendments and how many—is threatening an omnibus bill moving through the chamber. Senate Republicans are emerging as skeptics of a Democratic bill sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie ...

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Here's What's Happening After the Debt Ceiling: Nothing

February 12, 2014 The debt-ceiling bill passed by the House Tuesday, unburdened by additional Republican policy demands, appears headed for approval in the Senate, which would mark an end to major fiscal fights for the rest of the year. With the debt limit raised, a budget passed, and the funds appropriated, Congress will ...

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Senate Democrats Warn Republicans Against Debt-Ceiling Wish List

February 4, 2014 Senate Democrats are throwing rhetorical punches at Republicans over the debt ceiling, warning them not to demand spending cuts or other concessions. But this time, there’s no GOP opponent in the ring. With Treasury predicting that the limit will have to be raised in coming days, Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman ...

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Crusader Against Government Waste Cuts Senate Career Short

January 17, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday night that he will be resigning his seat at the end of the year as he battles a recurrence of cancer. "Serving as Oklahoma's senator has been, and continues to be, one of the great privileges and blessings of my life. But, after much prayer ...

Congressional Intel Leaders Want Little Changed Ahead of Obama Speech

January 16, 2014 Despite a push from Democratic and Republican lawmakers for new reforms of the intelligence community ahead of President Obama's highly anticipated speech Friday, Intelligence Committee leaders in both the House and Senate are signaling little interest in such legislation. Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and ranking member Saxby Chambliss told ...

Senators Eyeing Changes to Military Retiree Pensions

December 18, 2013 Though the Senate is poised to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act on Wednesday, lawmakers in both parties are already working to alter some of its provisions in the weeks and months ahead. The measure is expected to pass handily, sending a bill to President Obama's desk that will reduce sequestration ...

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Senators Eye Changes to Military Pension Provision in Budget Deal

December 18, 2013 Though the Senate is poised to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act on Wednesday, lawmakers in both parties are already working to alter some of its provisions in the weeks and months ahead. The measure is expected to pass handily, sending a bill to President Obama's desk that will reduce sequestration ...

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Appropriators Will Work Through the Holidays to Avoid a Shutdown

December 17, 2013 While much of Capitol Hill is getting ready for the holiday break, those who work on the Appropriations committees have a different vision for the days ahead -- and it ain’t sugar plums. The Senate is expected to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 early this week, but the ...

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Forecast for Passing Two-Year Budget Deal is Sunny in the Senate

December 16, 2013 With the budget drama heading into its final act in the Senate on Tuesday, tensions surrounding the fate of the two-year deal are dissipating, with Republicans signaling they will not block the measure. Leery of saying how they would vote before the House overwhelmingly approved the deal on Thursday, Senate ...