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Why Lawmaking on a Grand Scale Is a Dying Art

February 26, 2014
Janet Hook | Wall Street Journal
When Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.) laid plans to unveil a big tax reform bill this week, it was as if he was operating in some kind of time warp. No one seemed to have told the Ways and Means Committee chairman that Congress isn’t doing much legislating any more. And it hasn’t been for some time. Having enacted just 72 laws in all of 2013 – one of its least productive sessions ever – Congress is not just gridlocked. It is getting rusty at the art of legislating.
Sen. Harry Reid
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Reid and McConnell agree: Tax overhaul will be difficult

February 26, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., don’t agree on much, but they found common ground Tuesday when they dampened expectations for an overhaul of the federal tax code this year.
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Lawmakers work toward budget compromise, but remain split on jobless benefits

January 15, 2014
The House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government short-term while they finish work on a long-term bipartisan plan to fund the government through September. Kwame Holman reports on the details and concessions of the $1.1 trillion budget package and Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post.
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The Era of Big Legislation is (Almost) Over

January 13, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post
Today, negotiators are expected to unveil a more than $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year that should be easily passed by the end of the week. Later this month, a conference committee is expected to put the finishing touches on a long-delayed Farm Bill. And completion of those two big bills will come just a few weeks after Congress passed a bipartisan budget agreement with very little resistance.

Budget Breakthroughs, White House Shake-ups, and John Kerry's Diplomatic Dealings

December 13, 2013
The House approves a bipartisan budget bill, Obama's key staff changes, Kerry's diplomatic challenges

Post-Shutdown Washington: Political Divides & Dysfunction

October 18, 2013
The U.S. Government shuts down, the debt ceiling debate continues & the health insurance
From the Vault

2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

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July 29, 2011
As the government shutdown continues, the next fiscal crisis is already on the horizon. The Treasury says the U.S. will default on its loans on Oct. 17 unless Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling, but House Republicans will not allow the debt ceiling to be raised without some concessions. During last fight to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, a deal was reached just 2 days before U.S. borrowing authority lapsed. The deal included significant cuts in spending, but the cantankerous debate resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. Gwen Ifill discussed the debate with Jeanne Cummings, Major Garrett, Karen Tumulty, and David Wessel.

Budget vs. Obamacare, Next Step for the Fed, and Reviving Gun Control Debate

September 20, 2013
Budget vs. Obama, Republicans vs. Obama, and who will be the next Fed Chairman?
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