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Congress Brief: House GOP Misses Budget Deadline Today

Today’s Washington Brief House Republicans today will miss a deadline to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2017, a blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who promised to show that GOP lawmakers could handle the government-funding process. (The Washington Post) Ryan’s foreign policy views break with those of President Obama and most of the […]

Senate Democrats Press GOP on Garland Nomination, Again

Senate Democrats made their next move Thursday in an incremental campaign to win Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing and a vote in the face of firm GOP opposition. At a news conference, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other chamber Democrats urged their GOP colleagues to sign on to a new letter urging […]

Pelosi Doubts House Passage of Puerto Rico Bill Before May 1

The Puerto Rico debt crisis took center stage in House leaders’ weekly press conferences on Thursday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the chamber might not pass a bill addressing the issue before the end of this month, but that bipartisan talks continue in good faith. “We were hoping for May 1,” the California Democrat said at […]

Congress Brief: Senate Breaks Deadlock on Energy Bill

Today’s Washington Brief Senators reached an agreement on moving forward with the long-stalled comprehensive energy bill, with votes possible next week. The legislation does not include an aid package for Flint, Mich. (The Hill) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is now definitely enough evidence to say that the Zika virus could cause birth […]

Tax Day Political Theater Shows Lawmakers Care

Who says Tax Day isn’t fun? While millions of American scramble to get their financial house in order ahead of the Internal Revenue Service’s filing deadline on Monday, Congress is engaged in its tax season ritual of trying to relate to taxpayers’ W-2 woes. About half-dozen IRS-related hearings are being held at the Capitol complex this week […]

House GOP Open to Supplemental Funds for Zika

The top House appropriator said Wednesday that finding more money to combat the Zika virus is perfectly feasible if the White House can provide the committee with more detail on its plans. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said the panel could be prepared to act on a supplemental spending allotment to battle Zika before the end of September.

Paul Ryan’s Non-Candidacy Upstaged by Protesters

The Capitol Hill press corps descended en masse on a besieged Republican National Committee building Tuesday afternoon. They were there for a last-minute announcement from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). They got more color than they expected.

Ryan: ‘Count Me Out’ for GOP Nomination

House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated Tuesday he would not accept the Republican nomination for president. “I am not going no to be our party’s nominee,” the Wisconsin Republican said during a short speech at Republican National Committee headquarters. “I do not want, nor will I accept the Republican nomination. “I simply believe that if you want […]