Washington (CNN) - A key Senate committee unveiled legislation Monday to keep the government funded through the end of September while reducing the impact of $85 billion in forced spending cuts on a number of major federal programs.
The full Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to vote on the Appropriations Committee's spending bill, known in Washington as a continuing resolution, before the end of the week. The measure builds on a bill passed by the Republican-run House of Representatives on March 6.
Washington (CNN) – Ahead of the release of his House GOP budget Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan previewed some of the plan’s key provisions, which he claims will lead to a balanced federal budget in a decade.
"On Tuesday, we're introducing a budget that balances in 10 years - without raising taxes. How do we do it? We stop spending money the government doesn't have," Ryan wrote in an editorial published on the Wall Street Journal's website Monday.
(CNN) – Candidates with extreme views on social issues aren’t the standard in the Republican Party, former first lady Laura Bush said in an interview aired Monday.
Looking back to the 2012 election, Bush told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that “every candidate was different,” but that some were “obviously examples of candidates who frightened some women.”
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama held his first meeting with leaders of the Arab-American community on Monday to get feedback and ask questions one week before departing on a tour of the Middle East.
Several participants characterized the off-the-record meeting as a complement to a similar one held with Jewish-American leaders last week, saying it was a chance for the president to talk with individuals deeply involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and seek input on his first trip to the region as president.
(CNN) - The Obama administration's decision to close for tours while at the same time releasing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Egypt amounts to political gamesmanship, according to Sen. Rand Paul.
Reacting to Secretary of State John Kerry's move last week to release $250 million in economic aid to Egypt, Paul on Monday harked back to the news that tours of the executive mansion have been suspended as mandatory across-the-board spending cuts take effect.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's latest effort to court GOP lawmakers through personal meetings may be grabbing headlines, but members of his own party say it's not just Republicans who deserve some face time with the commander-in-chief.
Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who's one of the most conservative voices in his party, said Obama is just now beginning to forge personal relationships with Senate Democrats, despite having served in the chamber before being elected president.
(CNN) - Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed concern in a letter to President Barack Obama over the lack of African Americans among his new Cabinet picks.
"Congressional Black Caucus offices have had numerous phone calls from constituents questioning why none of the new appointees will be able to speak to the unique needs of African Americans," Fudge, D-Ohio, wrote. "Their ire is compounded by the overwhelming support you've received from the African American community."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SODA BAN SETBACK: A state judge invalidated a New York City law banning certain venues from selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. The ban was due to take effect on Tuesday. The judgment is a setback for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has backed several laws aimed at improving the health of New Yorkers. – Melanie Hicken
HOW OBAMA COULD SAVE MEDICARE: The White House often says President Barack Obama has a plan for reforming entitlements, particularly Medicare. However, the specifics of that proposal don't spring to mind as easily as the reforms being bandied about in Republican circles, such as providing seniors with vouchers to pay for premiums or raising the retirement age. Here are some of the key things that Obama would do… Pay less for drugs… Reduce payments for post-hospital care… Raise premiums on the wealthy and charge new enrollees more… Reduce payments to providers for unpaid debt. - Tami Luhby for CNN Money
MARKET WATCH: Dow adds 49 points to close at record high for 5th straight day. NASDAQ and S&P gain 0.3%. – Penelope Patruris for CNN Money
(CNN) – Despite Gov. Rick Scott's endorsement of expanding Medicaid using federal dollars in Florida, Republicans in the Sunshine State's legislature have landed a potentially fatal blow to the plan.
On Monday, a GOP-controlled Senate panel voted against the Medicaid expansion, a week after their House counterpart similarly rejected a plan that would increase coverage using money from the federal government. The Medicaid expansion is an optional provision of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.