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Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

Posted: 01/04/2013 - A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to

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New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes.

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Nearly 1 year after stroke, Kirk returns to Senate

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Nearly a year after suffering a debilitating stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk walked the 45 steps up the Capitol on Thursday and reclaimed his seat in the U.S. Senate on the first day of the 113th Congress.

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House adopts GOP rules after partisan debate

Posted: 01/04/2013 - The House on Thursday adopted Republican-written rules for the chamber that reflect the party's efforts to cut spending, stop government regulations and oppose same-sex marriage.

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Clinton planning to return to work next week

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidelined for almost a month by a string of medical problems, is upbeat and planning to return to work next week, the State Department said Thursday.

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NJ Gov. Christie blasts Boehner, Republicans

Posted: 01/03/2013 - In a State House news conference, Christie blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a vote on a $60 billion aid package for Superstorm Sandy recovery.

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Congress ushering in new members, with old divide

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Congress is ushering in the new and the old — dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government.

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2016 politics on display as Congress ends term

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP's 2012 vice presidential candidate, voted for the "fiscal cliff" compromise that raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

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Cliff averted, it's on to the next fiscal crisis

Posted: 01/03/2013 - The New Year's Day deal averting the "fiscal cliff" lays the groundwork for more combustible struggles in Washington over taxes, spending and debt in the next few months.

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House sets vote for Sandy aid after criticism

Updated: 01/03/2013 - The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill.

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THE RESET: More fiscal battles loom despite deal

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Financial markets around the world are celebrating the climactic New Year's agreement to avert scheduled tax increases and budget cuts in the United States. But the party could be a short one.

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Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for clot

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from a New York hospital on Wednesday, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

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Congress OKs cliff deal, signaling future fights

Updated: 01/02/2013 - Congress' excruciating, extraordinary New Year's Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on.

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Obama lauds House vote on 'fiscal cliff'

Posted: 01/02/2013 - President Barack Obama says an effort to change the nation's tax code that is too skewed toward the wealthy has been achieved with the "fiscal cliff" deal approved in Congress.

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Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

Updated: 01/02/2013 - While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

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NY lawmakers: House GOP scraps vote on Sandy aid

Posted: 01/02/2013 - Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said late Tuesday he was told by the office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio had decided to abandon a vote this session.

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House will vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' bill

Posted: 01/02/2013 - A decision by the Republican-run House to amend the Senate-passed bill would have complicated prospects for final congressional passage of the measure.

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Dems want House vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' deal

Posted: 01/02/2013 - House Democratic leaders are pressing Speaker John Boehner to let the House vote on the Senate-approved bipartisan compromise that would avert much of the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff.

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