(CNN) – A top House Republican influential on homeland security matters said cutting federal spending for local law enforcement can have serious consequences for fighting terrorism.
"We have to be aggressive and never let our guard down," Rep. Peter King told CNN, hours after bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon killed three people and sent more than 130 people to hospitals.
(CNN) – The budget unveiled this week by President Barack Obama, characterized by the White House as a compromise package, was dismissed Saturday in the weekly GOP address for its tax increases on wealthy Americans.
"If we were to implement the president's budget, taxes would go up on just about every American, including middle-class families," Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, said in the address, adding Obama's budget "isn't what compromise looks like."
Washington (CNN) – Buried deep inside President Obama's 2014 budget released on Wednesday is a new proposal to expand federal health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners.
Framed as a measure to reduce the deficit, the proposal would amend the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program beginning in 2015 to add a "self plus one" enrollment option in addition to the "self" and "family" options. Like the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act that the administration has endorsed in prior budgets, this new FEHB formulation would work within the current legal constraints of the Defense of Marriage Act by adding a new classification for additional enrollees beyond family.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday his budget proposal for 2014 is a "fiscally responsible blueprint for middle class jobs and growth."
He said the budget is an answer to a debate that he says is waged yearly in Washington between those who want to "reduce deficits at all costs" and those who want to invest in programs that create jobs. With this budget, Obama said, "we can grow the economy and shrink our deficits."
New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama on Wednesday will propose a $3.77 trillion budget for 2014 that would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade, according to senior administration officials.
Obama's budget blueprint - which has already drawn criticism from the left and the right - will offer changes to Medicare and Social Security. It will also include tax increases that would primarily hit high-income households and corporations.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - It looks like the effects of the forced spending cuts are starting to kick in with Americans, according to a new national poll.
(CNN) - If the White House and Congress ultimately reach a deal on a budget, it won't look anything like Mitt Romney's plan, according to White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer.
"What this president will not do is come in - right after getting re-elected - and enact the Romney economic plan, which is what the Republicans in the House are proposing," Pfeiffer said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
(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) – 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.