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Education Renovation Starts With Demolishing No Child Left Behind

By Lisa Kellman Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Ranking Member Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) of  the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee solicited bi-partisan support from committee members on the markup today of legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2011.  The act has come under fire since its 2001 […]

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Detainee Language In Defense Bill Irks Pentagon’s Top Lawyer

By Lisa Kellman Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson spoke out Tuesday against provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act’s (NDAA) that would force give the military full control of handling suspected terrorists. The Senate and House have each drafted versions of the 2012 NDAA, the primary funding bill for the Department of Defense, and […]

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McCain: Obama “In Full Campaign Mode”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) shot back at Obama Tuesday after the President charged that Congressional Republicans lack a legitimate jobs plan. “I think thats very unfortunate to mock serious proposals. I think it really indicates he’s in full campaign mode,”  McCain, who co-authored the GOP’s jobs proposal, told reporters. The Jobs Through Growth Act, which […]

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Geithner Defends Jobs Plan On Capitol Hill

By Andrea Salazar Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended President Obama’s jobs plan before a Senate panel Tuesday, warning that failing to act could hurt the already shaky economy. “If Congress does not act on these measures, then taxes will go up for virtually all working Americans,” Geithner said. “Taxes will rise for most businesses, businesses […]

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Sen. Grassley: Obama Going Behind Congress’ Back On Immigration

By Adrianna McGinley Ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), argued Tuesday that the White House is improperly operating behind lawmakers’ backs on immigration policy. The senator specifically questioned the motive and intention of a memo released by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in August calling to establish a working group […]

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Hispanic Lawmaker Condemns Cain’s Electric Fence Joke

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s comment about installing an electric fence on the U.S.-Mexico border has drawn the ire of the chairman of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus. “Words have consequences, both in shaping ideas and inspiring actions,” Rep. Charles Gonzales (D-Texas) said in a statement Monday. “Mr. Cain’s words show a lack of understanding of the […]

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Reid Toying With Keeping Senate In Session

By Mike Hothi Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that he may keep the Senate in session next week to work on the first individual component of President Obama’s jobs bill. “I’m happy to keep the Senate in session for as long as necessary to get this done,” he told reporters during a […]

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Hoyer: GOP Must Put Currency Bill On The Floor

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called on House Republicans to allow a vote on a bill aimed at cracking down on China’s devaluation of its Yuan. The bill, which the Washington Post reported allows U.S. monetary agencies to lean on China and other nations to allow their currencies to appreciate, was passed by the […]

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Armed Services Chair: No Defense Cuts And No Tax Increases

By Adrianna McGinley In a press conference Thursday, Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee announced the recommendations they’ll make to the Congressional supercommittee, primarily their desire to see no further defense cuts. Armed Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), said defense has already taken more than enough cuts and no more will […]

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Senate Republicans Offer Conservative Jobs Plan

By Janie Amaya  Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined together Thursday to present what they are calling the Jobs Through Growth Act, a Republican alternative to the President’s jobs plan.  The bill focuses on spending, tax and regulation reform by which it hopes to limit Washington’s ability to raise […]

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Monday at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. (Photo by James Cullum)

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving congressional redistricting and a case about teachers’ reports of child abuse

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at te Conservative Political Action Conference 2015, National Harbor, Feb. 27, 2015. (Photo by James Cullum)

Jeb Bush got fifth place.

Photos: Bush, Paul, Santorum at CPAC 2015

Oh, and how could we forget Donald Trump? He was there, too.

Eleventh Hour: House Extends DHS Funding For Seven Days

The Senate earlier passed the seven-day extension bill, giving House Republicans a pass on a possible DHS shutdown

U.S. And Cuba Hold Embassy Establishment Talks

The U.S. delegation hopes that talks of an Embassy in Havana could be finalized by April, when the Summit of Americas is scheduled to convene

House Fails To Pass Partial Funding For DHS

As of Friday evening at 5:30 pm EST, it is unclear how Congress will proceed in order to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded after the midnight deadline