(CNN) – Two Republican lawmakers are asking a government agency to look into a recent trip to Cuba by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, suggesting the superstar couple violated restrictions on travel to the communist island.
“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, wrote in the letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
(CNN) – News that President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are voluntarily surrendering a portion of their paychecks in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers has prompted other Cabinet officials to take similar steps.
The pay cuts come a month after mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect after the White House and lawmakers couldn't agree on a deal to cut the federal deficit. As a result, some federal workers will endure forced days off, which means lower pay.
(CNN) - It's all but certain the Republican-backed budget won't be adopted for the federal government this year, so the GOP governor of Kansas pointed Saturday to a place the party can make change: at the state level.
Gov. Sam Brownback explained in the party's weekly address, "the ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama pitched his forthcoming budget in his weekly address on Saturday, calling it "a fiscally-responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth."
Republicans have hammered him for being late - his budget is due to Congress by February. But it's hard to believe that would have increased its chances for passage, considering the steep divide between Republicans and Democrats on spending, taxes and deficit reduction.