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Politics Sep 08Congress is back from vacation with critical votes on the agenda
WASHINGTON — Summer break over and elections ahead, Congress is beginning an abbreviated September session with must-do tasks of preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet. Lawmakers will find time, too, for votes…
Education Aug 07Department of Education to make college loan process easier for students
WASHINGTON — The Department of Education is trying to make it easier for students with troubled credit histories to get college loans.
Nation Jul 11Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets’ care
Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at…
Economy Jul 112014 budget deficit to drop to $583 billion, White House says
WASHINGTON — The White House says this year's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure.
Politics May 30House Republicans back state medical marijuana laws
The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's…
Politics May 06House GOP proposes cuts to highway grants
WASHINGTON — Republicans controlling the House unveiled legislation on Tuesday that proposes a huge cut to a transportation grant program championed by President Barack Obama that funds road and bridge projects, light rail networks, port construction and bike paths.
Health Apr 14Affordable Care Act will cost less than expected, CBO reports
WASHINGTON — A new government report says the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under so-called “Obamacare” will total a little more than…
Politics Feb 12Senate passes debt limit bill for Obama
Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's…
Politics Feb 04Budget deficit to drop to $514 billion, lowest of Obama years
The U.S. budget deficit is set to fall to $514 billion this year, down substantially from last year and the lowest level by far since President Barack Obama took office five years ago, a congressional report said Tuesday.