Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats
December 23rd, 2013
02:14 PM ET
7 months ago

Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats

(CNN) - The top Democrat in the House predicted that any political fallout from the new healthcare law will be reversed within months.

"By the time we get into the spring, I think the Affordable Care Act will either be a wash or a plus for Democrats," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday on a conference call.
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Filed under: Health care • Nancy Pelosi • Obamacare
Again, the specter of a shutdown haunts the halls of Congress
November 20th, 2013
04:46 PM ET
8 months ago

Again, the specter of a shutdown haunts the halls of Congress

Washington (CNN) - Hovering above Congress with the unpleasant scent of deja vu are concerns that current budget talks seem poised to fail and that the word "shutdown" is back on the rise.

First, there's the apparent budget impasse.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill
September 28th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
10 months ago

GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.

A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.

The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.

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5 things you don't know about the shutdown standoff vote
September 20th, 2013
06:12 PM ET
10 months ago

5 things you don't know about the shutdown standoff vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The 230-189 vote in the Republican-led House of Representatives on Friday to fund the government, with the exception of Obamacare, triggered a not-so-welcome déjà vu march toward a possible government shutdown.

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CBO: Senate immigration bill would cut undocumented flow 33% – 50%
July 3rd, 2013
03:12 PM ET
1 year ago

CBO: Senate immigration bill would cut undocumented flow 33% – 50%

Washington (CNN) – The immigration bill passed by the Senate last week would block between 33% and 50% more undocumented residents from entering the U.S. than current law, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. That's an increase from the CBO's estimate of 25 percent for the original committee version.

It's not clear if that will mollify conservatives who insist any immigration bill must block virtually all illegal border crossings. But, meantime, supporters of reform are quickly celebrating the pre-Independence Day report.
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Now out of Senate, Snowe supports same-sex marriage
April 5th, 2013
01:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Now out of Senate, Snowe supports same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Olympia Snowe, who after serving three terms in the U.S. Senate did not seek re-election last year, said in an interview Friday that as public opinion has shifted on same-sex marriage, so have her views.

"I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nations," Snowe, a moderate Republican, told CNN. "We've seen a sea change in society's whole attitude on this particular issue and it's only natural for government to be responsive to those changes."
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Filed under: Olympia Snowe • Same-sex marriage
Keystone fight explodes (behind the scenes)
April 1st, 2013
11:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Keystone fight explodes (behind the scenes)

(CNN) – Guns. Immigration. The budget. Sure. All hot issues at the moment.

But those watching Washington closely see what may be an even more intense scramble behind-the-scenes: the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Filed under: Congress • Energy
Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts
March 8th, 2013
11:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts

Washington (CNN) – A CNN analysis of thousands of pages of Congressional expense reports shows that in the months leading up to the fiscal cliff (and potential, sharp budget cuts), nearly a quarter of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives gave their own office staff bonuses.

That money is itemized as “Other Compensation” in the more than 2000-page report.

Click here to see the list of how much each member of Congress spent and which lawmakers gave their staff what appear to be bonuses, and listen to the full report from CNN Radio here.


Filed under: Congress
Sticking points in fiscal cliff talks
December 31st, 2012
08:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Sticking points in fiscal cliff talks

Washington (CNN) - The key figures involved in fiscal cliff talks have released few details about negotiations since they restarted Sunday afternoon. But we do have a clearer snapshot of the major points of debate before Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took over negotiations on Sunday. CNN's Capitol Hill team collected this information from sources and lawmakers involved in and briefed on negotiations up to that point.
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Filed under: Congress • Fiscal Cliff
Fiscal cliff: the album
December 26th, 2012
09:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Fiscal cliff: the album

(CNN) – The Fiscal Cliff looms, a federal Frankenstein created by Congress. As lawmakers remain frozen, individual Americans are responding to the situation. In song.

They range from comical to cynical to practical. But the common denominator is sharp wit.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
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