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Congress Goes Home

8:57 pm Sep. 26, 2010

This should be the last week of work for the Congress until after the November elections, as lawmakers must put together a stop-gap budget to keep the government running after the fiscal year ends on Thursday. If you are keeping score at home, the House has approved two of the …

Five Plus Weeks

10:24 pm Sep. 23, 2010

There is no mistaking what’s going on in the minds of Republicans right now in the Congress.  They are dreaming about historic gains in the November elections. No one wanted to say it with my tape recorder running as I buttonholed lawmakers this week.  But you could see it in …

Tax Vote Delay

10:22 pm Sep. 23, 2010

Your news today is that Congress will not tackle the question of extending the Bush tax cuts until after the elections, as Democrats are pushing that off to a Lame Duck session. The announcement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office came after a two hour closed door meeting of …

2010 GOP Contract

8:13 pm Sep. 22, 2010

The 2010 campaign will start to feel a little more like 1994 today, as House Republican leaders lay out their “Pledge to America.” Unlike the 1994 Contract With America event, which took place out on the West Front of the Capitol in late September of that year, this time Republicans …

Checking The Boxes

8:13 pm Sep. 22, 2010

While Democrats will get one concrete thing done today by approving a small business bill, they seem to be setting plans for a series of political votes in Congress over the next week. Both parties are good at doing this sort of thing, which is aimed at getting the other …

Small Business Bill

8:12 pm Sep. 22, 2010

The House is set to give final approval today to a small business bill backed by the White House, which may represent the biggest accomplishment of this pre-election Congressional session. First, the plan focuses on small business relief by providing more access to capital.  Along with a $30 billion fund …

Congress Update

8:24 pm Sep. 21, 2010

Democratic leaders are still talking about votes next week on extending the Bush Tax Cuts, as all signs point to lawmakers leaving Washington, D.C. by October 1, so they campaign for November. The House returns to session today after six days off, as Democrats will give final approval later this …

Payback Is Hell

8:12 pm Sep. 21, 2010

With Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pursuing a write-in candidacy after losing her primary, her Senate Republican colleagues may exact a measure of revenge today back in Washington, D.C. While Murkowski is back in her home state, GOP Senators will meet behind closed doors to possibly vote on replacing Murkowski in …

The House Booth

12:44 pm Sep. 21, 2010

I detailed earlier this year the renovations to the workspace for radio and TV reporters on the House side of the Capitol.  My little booth is now open for business. Back in August, I put up some photos of the unfinished work space, which looked like this: Now you can …

Defense Bill Battle

8:58 pm Sep. 20, 2010

It could be a chippy day on the floor of the U.S. Senate, as Democrats try to move ahead on a defense policy bill which could feature election year debates on immigration reform and gays in the military. But with Democrats making it clear that Republicans won’t be able to …