Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.
The GOP version, passed 225-205, offers a stark contrast from the bill passed by the Senate in late April, which will lead to further political fighting as both chambers attempt to work out a compromise over the law's reauthorization.
Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday to replace looming across-the-board budget cuts, most notably to the Pentagon, with new restrictions on both the compensation to and size of the federal work force.
The mandatory cuts are a consequence of the failure of Congress' so-called super committee in November.
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday announced an agreement with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.
Boehner said the Republican leadership's decision to oppose until now a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed by the Senate "may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world."
(CNN) - In what would be a major concession, President Obama and Senate Democrats will drop their insistence that a surtax on millionaires pay for extending the payroll tax cut, a Democratic source tells CNN. This would be part of a new Democratic offer.
The move comes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Senate Democrats met with President Obama at the White House earlier today.
Washington (CNN) - The congressional super committee, facing a fast-approaching deadline, appears headed toward failure unless negotiations shift dramatically in the final few days.
As evidence of the grim mood on Capitol Hill, multiple sources say Republican leaders have proposed a smaller package of spending cuts and revenues as a 'Plan B' if the panel does not succeed, though even this offer appears unlikely to gain much traction.
(CNN) - A mere two weeks before the congressional budget super committee's November 23 deadline, GOP members of the deficit-reduction panel have signaled a willingness to accept tax increases as part of a broader deficit reduction package, CNN learned Tuesday.
The development has the potential to break a deadlock within the sharply polarized 12-member group, as top Republicans have long been adamantly opposed to any tax hikes. A Senate GOP leadership aide called the shift a "significant concession" on the part of Republicans.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats proposed Friday tax incentives for businesses hiring veterans as well as job training for all service members leaving the military.
The measure was unveiled as the next piece in President Obama's jobs bill and as a remedy to unemployment among veterans.
(CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn is recovering from a procedure to treat prostate cancer, according to his spokesman.
"Dr. Coburn underwent a procedure this week to treat an early stage incidence of prostate cancer. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to his full-time duties later this month," Coburn spokesman John Hart said.
Washington (CNN) - Landra Reid, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has been diagnosed with stage II breast cancer, according to a Senate democratic leadership aide.
The aide said Reid was receiving treatment, including chemotherapy, in Washington, DC.
(CNN) - A senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN there will be no vote in the Senate Thursday night unless the House sends over a clean Continuing Resolution (which is not the House GOP plan). The aide also said the Senate Democratic caucus is united against the current versions of the CR being discussed in the House.
“We are looking for a real attempt to compromise. Not just an attempt to appease their own people,” the aide stated.