November 20, 2011 |
Members of the congressional "super committee" expressed hope Sunday that the latest Washington stalemate would not further rattle the financial markets. Lawmakers have until end of day Monday to put forward a deficit-reduction plan. If the 12-member panel fails, the so-called "trigger" would be activated, resulting in $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense budgets. "I don't know what the impact in the market will be," Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), co-chair of the super committee, said on "Fox News Sunday.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate crossed the first of many hurdles Thursday in the drive to pass new gun legislation, with a bipartisan vote to begin what could be weeks of debate on the issue. By a 68-31 margin, senators moved to open formal consideration of a package of reforms to expand background checks, improve school safety and combat gun trafficking. Among Republicans, 16 voted yes, while two Democrats voted no and one did not vote. Next week senators will be able to offer amendments that pose the real test of whether the larger bill will succeed.
May 24, 2013 |
The Michael Bloomberg-backed group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is following up on its promise to hound Senate Democrats who voted against gun control legislation in April. In an ad that launched Friday , Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is implored by a witness to the murder of state Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney in 2008 to revisit his vote on the failed bipartisan effort to expand background checks on gun purchases. “The pain of that experience will always be a part of me,” Angela Bradford-Barnes says in the ad. “Like 84% of Arkansans I support universal background checks.
August 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government hasn't secretly cut off economic or military aid to Egypt, the White House said Tuesday, denying news reports that the assistance program is on hold. But a spokesman for President Obama did not contest the idea that aid is not currently flowing to the country in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters by Egyptian security forces. The delivery of aid happens "episodically," Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday, and not like a "spigot" that flows continually.
October 29, 2010 |
Democrat Kendrick Meek reasserted on Friday that he was in Florida's three-way Senate race to stay, despite reports that he had been urged to withdraw in favor of Gov. Charlie Crist. Meek took to the airwaves in the morning to deny reports that former President Clinton had urged Meek to withdraw so that Crist would stand a better chance of defeating Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who is a "tea party" movement favorite. "I told him I didn't have any thoughts about getting out of the race," Meek said of Clinton on ABC's "Good Morning America.
August 6, 2009
Arlen Specter, the five-term senator from Pennsylvania and recently minted Democrat, is one of the great survivors of U.S. politics, and he may extend his lease on public office next year when he seeks reelection. But he shouldn't expect to win the nomination of his new party by default. Thanks to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), he won't. Sestak, a retired vice admiral, announced Tuesday that he will challenge Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary.
March 14, 2012 |
Cutting into Mitt Romney's electability argument, Rick Santorum is statistically tied in a head-to-head matchup with President Obama in Pennsylvania. And the former Pennsylvania senator leads the Republican pack in the state. Obama has 45% to Santorum's 44%, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University. Obama tops Romney 46% to 40%, Gingrich 50% to 37% and Ron Paul 45% to 40%. Meanwhile, on the heels of a group of establishment Republicans endorsing Romney in Harrisburg this week, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge declared his support for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday morning.
March 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama appears to be trying to thaw chilly relations with lawmakers as he pushed through the latest budget battle while moving on to other parts of his second-term agenda. Obama will head to Capitol Hill next week to visit Republican senators behind closed doors at their weekly luncheon, the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday. The president also has invited GOP senators to dinner this week, according to senators.
October 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Political leaders paused Sunday to mourn the loss of Arlen Specter, the long-serving former Pennsylvania senator whose friends and foes across the political spectrum praised the passionate, if combative, lawmaker who crossed political lines in a way that seems unimaginable in today's partisan era. "Arlen Specter was always a fighter," President Obama said in a statement. "From his days stamping out corruption as a...
November 21, 2011 |
President Obama appears determined to publicly keep his distance from the congressional super-committee and its failure to put forward a deficit-reduction plan, despite Republican efforts to shift blame to his end of Pennsylvania Avenue. In his first public event in Washington since returning from a nine-day overseas trip, Obama made no mention of the imminent deadline for the 12-member panel. Instead, before signing a bipartisan bill that offers tax credits for businesses who hire veterans, Obama made a generic push for Congress to "keep working.