Washington (CNN) - A new State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline released Wednesday cheered advocates, who called for immediate approval, and dismayed environmentalists, who questioned it.
The Office of the Inspector General’s report essentially boosted a critical document in the debate - the State Department’s environmental review, which forecast that the project would have minimal environmental impact. The inspector general dismissed complaints that the review was biased, finding it was handled properly, with standards sometimes “more rigorous” than required.
Environmental groups complained that some contractors who worked on the environmental study had also done work for TransCanada, the company which hopes to build the pipeline.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans, who have spent years clamoring for tax reform, were much less enthusiastic Wednesday when faced with a sweeping tax overhaul plan in an election year, reticent to discuss whether the proposal from House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, should even get a vote.
Camp's "Tax Reform Act of 2014" would lower tax rates for most Americans, but presents conservatives with an uncomfortable tradeoff: It raises the tax bill for large banks and the wealthy.
"This is the beginning of the conversation," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. When asked about the tax increases in the draft, he dismissed the question, answering, "Blah, blah, blah, blah."
Washington (CNN) - House lawmakers are stepping up their look into how Target handled last fall's massive data breach, with a top Republican requesting that the company turn over a pile of internal documents about the security problem.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, sent a letter to Target president Gregg Steinhafel Monday requesting all "documents and communications" from last fall that relate to suspicions of a data breach or decisions about how to notify customers.
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Washington (CNN) -- Republicans are seizing on a new report in which the Obama administration itself concludes that the President's signature health care law would raise premiums for roughly two-thirds of small companies.
But Democrats point out that Republicans designed and ordered the report, which they say ignores billions of dollars in small business tax credits that will decrease those premiums for some companies.
Washington (CNN) - It's got a bookish sounding name - "chained CPI." The President's decision to drop the financial measure from his upcoming budget, after including it in his proposal last year, sparked sharp political reaction here Thursday.
Why is that such a big deal?
For those scratching their heads, three reasons: the fight over workers and retirement, the fight over the deficit and the fight over who is Barack Obama.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans and Democrats reacted with lightning speed and polarizing conclusions to a new report on the minimum wage released Tuesday.
To the GOP, it is evidence that Democrats' policies would cut jobs; to Democrats, it shows that Republicans' ideas would keep more people in poverty.
Washington (CNN) - It may be the most overlooked mega-bill of the past 12 months.
The nearly $1 trillion farm bill received final approval on Tuesday from the Senate, which sent the compromise already passed by the House to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - It was a crowning achievement, but he wasn't sure that he wanted to be there. He wasn't sure he could make it through the speech without running out of the House chamber in panic. And he didn't know how many of his country's leaders cared.
Matt Cooke wore his camouflage combat uniform, surrounded by lawmakers, innovators and a few celebrities, and he stepped into a room that would hold the world's greatest concentration of power per square inch for an hour or so.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Whichever language you speak, the Republican response to the State of the Union address tomorrow night will be in a woman’s voice.
Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will give a Spanish version of the party’s response to President Barack Obama’s annual speech, her office tells CNN. That will parallel the response Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, plans to give in English and will mark the first time that the GOP has tapped two women to give its official rebuttal of the President’s remarks.
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(CNN) – The Senate on Thursday easily passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and sent it to President Barack Obama, a notable departure from chronic, partisan-fueled budget battles in recent years that included the government shutdown last October.
The decisive vote, 72-to-26, concluded congressional action that for the first time since 2012 determined federal spending agency by agency instead of through temporary stopgap measures that spotlighted the divisiveness in Washington.