Washington (CNN) - It appears the band is sticking around for another two years.
The National Republican Congressional Committee will keep many of the key players from its top staff as the GOP goes from playing offense to most likely playing defense in the upcoming 2012 election cycle, a GOP source confirms to CNN.
(CNN) - One day after a Virginia judge ruled a key part of President Barack Obama's health care reform law was unconstitutional, two members of Obama's administration spoke out publicly defending the law.
In an op-ed piece that appeared on The Washington Post's website Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius say that insured Americans carry an unfair burden in paying for those who don't have health insurance.FULL STORY
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CNN: Next step is Senate vote after tax deal clears key hurdle
Final Senate approval could come as early as Tuesday on the hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders. The deal cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday, with an 83-15 vote to end Senate debate on the measure, which includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire December 31. The plan would also extend unemployment benefits for 13 months, cut the payroll tax by 2 percentage points for a year and continue a series of other tax breaks. Anticipating final Senate approval of the measure, Obama Monday urged the House to pass it quickly, despite misgivings by some House Democrats about specific provisions in the package. "I recognize that folks on both sides of the political spectrum are unhappy" with parts of the deal, Obama said, calling it "the nature of compromise." Overall, he said, the measure will help bolster recovery from recession and provide taxpayers with certainty about what they will owe in 2011.