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Negotiations over a budget framework to fund the government through the next two fiscal years are progressing better than initially expected, Democratic and Republican sources on the Hill told The Huffington Post on Thursday.
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Negotiators are once again looking to tap federal workers' benefits to help make ends meet elsewhere in the budget, saying government employees may have to pay more into their retirement plans.
The new year will bring an end to extended unemployment benefits for approximately 1.3 million Americans, unless Congress acts to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.
Congress is starting to take notice of the fact that more than 1.3 million people will lose their jobless benefits on Dec. 28 unless lawmakers renew an emergency aid program for the unemployed that's set to expire this year.
If you're trying to handicap Thursday's expected House vote on a sweeping patent reform bill, leave the party affiliations at the door.
President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is denying reports that House Speaker John Boehner will delay a vote on immigration reform until after candidates can register to run for House seats.
Congressional budget negotiators are zeroing in on a modest deal to keep the federal government operating while easing the grip of the mandatory automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.
Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.
Cole, the only member of his state's delegation who voted to reopen the government after the partial shutdown in October forced by a fight over the president's health-care law, today called that tactic "silly" and "bad politics."
Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday that he welcomes President Obama's request that Republicans step forward with alternative health care proposals, pointing out there are more than 200 pieces of health care-related legislation that GOP lawmakers have put forward.
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Congressional budget talks have entered a pivotal phase with some lawmakers working to lower expectations.
Healthcare.gov is well on its way to full stability, but Republicans refuse to acknowledge it.
More than a million people will see their extended unemployment benefits immediately cut off at the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.