U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is lobbying the House to extend some federal benefits by year's end.On Tuesday, the House rejected a two-month extension of unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last week. Both are set to expire on Jan.
In response to my blog last week, "A Case for Government Funding of the Arts, Part 1," several readers posted comments which decried any connection between the arts and government, even calling for the disestablishment of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).These comments — which I expected —
Debates over raising the debt ceiling continue in Washington today. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Republican-backed "Cut, Cap and Balance Act" Tuesday evening, which allows for the debt ceiling to be raised to $2.4 trillion, but would require spending cuts and a new b
With the House GOP's passage Wednesday evening of their legislation to repeal the health care law, that chamber's Republican majority has come about as close as it's likely to for the next two years to overturning the new law, at least comprehensively.Sen.
How do you add drama to an undramatic fait accompli?If you're talking about the House health care law repeal vote scheduled for Wednesday (the Republicans have significantly more votes than they need to pass their repeal bill so its passage has been a foregone conclusion for months) then you tease o