NEW YORK (CNN) - Lawmakers are one step closer to approving a temporary measure that will keep the federal government operating.
On Wednesday, the House approved the measure to give the government another 15-day extension of the continuing resolution under which it is currently operating by a vote of 239 to 178.
(CNN) - Iowa's Republican governor-elect has a message to fellow party members who may want to make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination: Spend time in my state.
Gov.-elect Terry Branstad, who easily defeated Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in last month's elections, also warned potential White House hopefuls not to skip next summer's presidential straw poll.
(CNN) - Speculation has swirled over whether Republican former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will run for president in 2012, and in a late night television appearance Wednesday he said it will be clear when and if he's throwing his hat in the ring.
"If you ever see me sign up for a gig on Fox News, it'll be a clear indication that I've decided to run for president," Romney joked on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," a reference to the five potential 2012 candidates that appear on the network. "That's not in the cards anytime soon, thanks."
Washington (CNN) - You don't need to peek at Santa's long list to know what the White House is asking for this holiday season - a large, nicely wrapped box of bipartisanship.
The ideal gift would come fully assembled, with members of Congress ready to reach across the aisle and "budge on some deeply held positions," as President Obama said earlier this week.
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CNN: McConnell warns of filibuster on tax bill
Senate Republicans will filibuster any bill that doesn't extend Bush-era tax cuts to all income groups, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. "The reality is that 42 Republican senators don't believe we should raise taxes on anybody, and there are also an indeterminate number of Democrats who agree with that," McConnell told CNN. "You know how the Senate works," he said, referring to Senate rules that allow just 41 votes to filibuster legislation. "We're going to have an extension of all the current tax rates, the only issue is how long."
CNN: Hoyer to allow vote Thursday on middle class tax cuts
On the same day Congressional and White House negotiators met to broker a compromise on how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that House Democrats would push ahead on a vote Thursday to permanently extend tax breaks just for those making $250,000 a year or less. Republicans argue tax cuts should be extended for everyone, including the wealthy. Hoyer said the House bill would include permanent extensions of income tax rates for the middle class, plus tax breaks for married couples, the child tax credit, and the earned income tax credit.