Washington (CNN) - The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion military spending bill - a measure at odds with prior defense spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.
The measure passed in a 299-120 vote. An overwhelming majority of Republicans backed the measure, while the bulk of Democrats opposed it.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Richard Lugar had it all - a sterling global reputation, bipartisan respect, a fat campaign bank account and 36 years of Senate experience.
But somewhere along the line he forgot Tip O'Neill's old axiom: all politics is local.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has been cleared of allegations that he used his position to engage in insider trading and improperly profit from the 2008 market meltdown.
The Office of Congressional Ethics unanimously dismissed all of the potential charges against 10-term Alabama GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus, according to a statement released late Monday by the congressman's office.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $46 billion small business tax cut bill - an election year measure that has virtually no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a presidential veto.
House members passed the bill in a largely party-line 235-173 vote.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan - a measure that has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but creates a clear contrast between the two parties on a number of critical tax and spending issues ahead of the general election.
The resolution passed in a strongly polarized 228-191 vote. No Democrats backed the measure; only 10 Republicans opposed it.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Your pain at the pump is the U.S. Senate's top issue this week.
Senate Democrats and Republicans are arguing over a bill that would end billions in tax breaks for large oil companies - a proposal designed to tap into voter anger over rising gas prices heading into the general election.FULL STORY
(CNN) - If Newt Gingrich can't win Alabama and Mississippi, where can he win? The former speaker fell short in the heart of Dixie on Tuesday, and it's not clear where he goes from here.
Approaching the halfway mark of the primary season, Gingrich has finished first in a grand total of two states: South Carolina and his home state of Georgia.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney looked past his GOP opponents and focused squarely on President Barack Obama Friday, calling the president's new campaign film a misleading "infomercial" that ignores a slew of alleged administration failures.
Obama's team is "calling it a documentary. I don't think so. It's an infomercial," Romney told a crowd in Jackson, Mississippi. "I have some suggestions for the president and for the (film's) producer. ... Talk to the 24 million Americans who are out of work or underemployed in this country."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama stepped up his push Tuesday to get Congress to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, arguing that a failure to do so could derail the economic recovery.
"This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class," Obama said at the White House. "The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America's comeback."
Washington (CNN) - A piece of advice: If you're worried about President Barack Obama's budget, find something else to fret over. The president's blueprint has about as much chance of becoming law as yours. It's all about election year 2012, not fiscal year 2013.
Don't take my word for it. Take Harry Reid's. The Senate majority leader - the Democrat most responsible for moving Obama's agenda through Congress - said Friday that there's no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.FULL STORY