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1. Few Senators Block Vote on Internet Sales Tax Bill
- Friday, April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – A handful of senators from states without sales taxes are blocking a bill that would tax Internet purchases.
They don't have enough support to kill the bill, but they can delay a final vote until Friday – or even this weekend – if senators don't reach an agreement to vote earlier.
2. Assault Weapons Ban Won't be in Democrats’ Gun Bill
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided that a proposed assault weapons ban won't be part of a gun control bill the Senate plans to debate next month, the sponsor of the ban said Tuesday, a decision that means the ban stands little chance of survival.
3. House Approves Bill Preventing Shutdown March 27
- Thursday, March 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department.
4. Obama, Top Lawmakers to Meet as Cuts Kick In
- Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.
5. Obama Seeks to Avoid Sequester With Short-Term Fix
- Wednesday, February 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that will delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts now scheduled to kick in on March 1. Obama said the looming cuts would be economically damaging and must be avoided.
6. Sheriffs, State Lawmakers Push Back on Gun Control
- Friday, January 18, 2013
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama's proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions – and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.
7. Consumers Lose Confidence as Fiscal Cliff Approaches
- Monday, December 31, 2012
U.S. consumers peering over the “fiscal cliff” don’t like what they see.
Fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since August.
8. No Deal in Sight as Deadline for Fiscal Deal Nears
- Friday, December 28, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.
9. Fiscal Cliff Efforts Ongoing, Boehner Offers Plan
- Wednesday, December 19, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pushed ahead on negotiating a broad deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," even as the GOP leader readied a backup plan Tuesday to pressure the White House with little time left to avoid a double hit on the economy.
10. Senate Bill Would Extend Deposit Insurance Program
- Tuesday, December 11, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — To prevent a possible run on banks at the height of the financial crisis four years ago, Congress expanded government insurance for certain bank deposits to include totals above the usual $250,000 limit. Now that the ceiling is about to be re-imposed, community banks fear they'll lose customers to bigger banks and want Congress to come to their rescue.
11. Investment Strategies After the Election
- Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Status Quo After billions of dollars in campaign costs, thousands of TV and radio advertisements, hundreds of campaign rallies, fundraisers and speeches, the voters spoke on Tuesday. What was the result? We are essentially right back to where we started.
12. Quick Deal Sought on ‘Fiscal Cliff’
- Thursday, November 08, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democrat in Congress called Wednesday for a quick solution to Washington’s “fiscal cliff” in an upcoming post-election session of Congress.
At the same time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that asking wealthier people to pay higher taxes needs to be part of any solution to the government’s budget woes.
13. Reid, Boehner Announce Stopgap Spending Pact
- Wednesday, August 01, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30.
14. Hill Leaders May Punt Spending Bills to Next Year
- Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – With the agenda for a postelection lame duck session of Congress already stacked high, congressional leaders are considering lightening the load by punting much of the remaining budget work of Congress to next year.
15. Senate Passes Cuts for All but Richest Americans
- Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has debated, sniped and voted on the politically fraught issue of tax cuts, and next week the House is likely to do it all over again. Still, Americans won't know until after the November elections how much more of their paychecks will go to the government next year.
16. Cohen Talks About Opponents, Schools, Race and His Political Past
- Monday, July 23, 2012
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is running for a fourth term in Congress starting with the Aug. 2 primary, in which he is being challenged by countywide school board member Tomeka Hart.
17. Senate Rejects Dem, GOP Business Tax Cut Bills
- Friday, July 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday rejected rival Democratic and Republican plans for cutting taxes on businesses, with both parties refusing to yield ground in their election-year struggle over how best to spark the economy.
18. Democrats Block Senate Vote on Obama Tax Plan
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats blocked a Senate vote Wednesday on President Barack Obama's plan to extend expiring tax cuts for a year for everyone but the highest-earning Americans as the two parties maneuvered to try embarrassing each other on one of the election year's foremost issues.
19. Lawmakers Try to Save Stalled Transportation Bill
- Wednesday, June 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate leaders are making a last-ditch effort to revive stalled legislation to overhaul federal transportation programs – Congress' best bet for passage of a major jobs bill this year – but prospects for passage before the November election are dimming.
20. MAAR to Host EDGE/PILOT Forum
- Thursday, June 07, 2012
Reid Dulberger and Harry Skefos will present a forum on the new Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) and the recent changes to the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Martin Edwards Education Center, 6393 Poplar Ave., on Wednesday, June 13, at 3 p.m.
21. Political Battle Over Student Loans Heating Up
- Friday, April 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that President Barack Obama was acting "beneath the dignity of the White House" when he traveled around the country this week to pressure Republicans to help keep federal student loan costs from ballooning. Boehner said Obama should reimburse taxpayers for the trips' costs.
22. Senate Democrats Unveil Business Tax Breaks
- Tuesday, March 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats Monday unveiled a $26 billion temporary tax cut for businesses to boost their payrolls and encourage investment in new equipment.
The legislation would award businesses a tax credit of 10 percent on the salaries of new hires or for pay raises given to existing workers. Businesses that make major new capital investments in new equipment and machinery would be able to write off those investments immediately rather than over several years.
23. Popular Small Business Bill Hits Senate Obstacles
- Friday, March 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – It might seem a recipe for success: Legislation to help small businesses raise capital passed the House last week with 95 percent of lawmakers voting for it and President Barack Obama's support. But in today's Congress, nothing comes easy.
24. Senate Leaders Drop Standoff on Judges, Jobs Bill
- Thursday, March 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republican and Democratic leaders ended their standoff Wednesday over President Barack Obama's judicial nominations and agreed to debate a small-business bill that both parties favor in this presidential and congressional election year.
25. Job Creation Driving Highway Bills in Congress
- Tuesday, March 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The lure of roads, bridges, buses and trains isn't enough anymore to drive an expensive transportation bill through Congress. So to round up votes, congressional leaders are pitching the bills as the hottest thing around these days: job generators.
26. Payroll Tax Cut Talks Adrift on Capitol Hill
- Wednesday, February 08, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The prospects for an extension of President Barack Obama's signature payroll tax cut, once considered a slam dunk on Capitol Hill, now seem far less certain as House-Senate talks have deadlocked over finding ways to pay for it.
27. After Protest, Congress Puts Off Movie Piracy Bill
- Monday, January 23, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year. Critics said the bills would result in censorship and stifle Internet innovation.
28. Tax Cut Lives: Congress Gives Last-Minute Approval
- Monday, December 26, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of bickering and doubt, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax cut extension to 160 million workers Friday along with further unemployment benefits for millions laid off in the nation's fierce recession and weak economic recovery. It was a convincing victory for President Barack Obama, a humbling retreat for House Republicans.
29. McConnell: Extend Tax Cut Short-Term and Long-Term
- Friday, December 23, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate's top Republican on Thursday urged the GOP-led House to pass a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts and break an impasse that threatens all workers with a Jan. 1 tax increase. Within hours, a House Republican freshman broke ranks and agreed, signaling that fierce pressure from almost every corner of the Republican Party had begun to crack conservative opposition to a short-term fix.
30. Boehner: Obama Should Make Senate Bargain on Taxes
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner says it's time for President Barack Obama to help end Congress' impasse over renewing the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.
The Ohio Republican said Tuesday that he wants Obama to call on the Democratic-led Senate to return to Washington and bargain with the House over a compromise plan. He said at a news conference, "I need the president to help out."
31. House Republicans Reject 2-Month Payroll Tax Cut
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Tuesday rejected legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, drawing a swift rebuke from President Barack Obama that Republicans were threatening higher taxes on 160 million American workers on Jan. 1.
32. House, Senate at Odds Over Payroll Tax Cut
- Tuesday, December 20, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House and Senate barreled toward a collision Monday over some of the chief ingredients of President Barack Obama's recipe for reviving the economy, with tax increases and jobless benefit cuts awaiting millions of Americans on New Year's Day if the dispute is not resolved.
33. House Passes $1T Budget Bill, Avoids Shutdown
- Monday, December 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill paying for day-to-day operations of 10 Cabinet departments and averting a government shutdown, while Senate talks on renewing a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits reached a critical phase.
34. Obama: No Reason Government Should Shut Down
- Friday, December 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says there is no reason for the government to shut down over Congress' struggle on how to extend a payroll tax cut.
He said Congress "cannot and should not leave for vacation until they've made sure that a tax increase doesn't happen."
35. Optimism Growing on Deal to Avoid Federal Shutdown
- Friday, December 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The endgame at hand, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders expressed optimism Thursday at prospects for swift compromise to extend Social Security tax cuts, keep long-term jobless benefits flowing and avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.
36. Agreement Near on $1 Trillion Spending Bill
- Friday, December 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bipartisan agreement is near on a massive $1 trillion-plus year-end spending package and should be reached in time avert a possible government shutdown this weekend, lawmakers said Thursday.
37. AP Sources: Dem Lawmakers May Drop Millionaire Tax
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic lawmakers are considering whether to jettison their demand for a millionaires' surtax, which they had hoped to use to cover the cost of a Social Security payroll tax cut extension for millions of wage-earners, officials said Wednesday.
38. Obama Seeks to Leverage $1 Trillion Spending Bill
- Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.
39. Republicans Plan House OK of Payroll Tax Cut Bill
- Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complaining that spending cuts that pay for the measure would whack the middle class and require no sacrifice from the rich.
40. $1T-Plus Spending Bill Taking Shape in Congress
- Tuesday, December 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Weary after a year of partisan bickering, lawmakers tried Monday to wrap up a sprawling $1 trillion-plus spending bill that chips away at military and environmental spending but denies conservatives many of the policy changes they wanted on social issues, government regulations and health care.
41. House GOP Introduces Bill Renewing Payroll Tax Cut
- Monday, December 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that would extend the Social Security payroll tax cut through 2012 and trim extra benefits for the long-term unemployed.
42. Reid: Senate Not Leaving Till Payroll Tax Cut OK
- Thursday, December 08, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won't leave town for the Christmas holiday until Congress approves an extension of the payroll tax cut.
43. Senate Democrats Push Obama Payroll Tax Cut
- Tuesday, November 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats are pressing ahead on President Barack Obama's plan to cut in half every worker's payroll taxes next year – paid for by a 3.25 percent tax surcharge on the very wealthy.
44. Defense Hawks Insist on Sparing Military From Cuts
- Wednesday, November 23, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' defense hawks insist the military should be spared from automatic spending cuts after a special panel failed to reach a deal on reducing the deficit.
No way, says President Barack Obama, who vowed Monday to veto any effort to undo the roughly $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, half from domestic programs and half from defense.
45. Senate Unveils Next Piece of Obama Jobs Bill
- Monday, October 24, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's allies in the Senate on Friday unveiled the next piece of his failed $447 billion jobs measure to get a vote in the Senate: an almost $70 investment in infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.
46. Touring NC, Obama Seeks Jobs Votes, Piece by Piece
- Tuesday, October 18, 2011
FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) – Railing against Republicans, President Barack Obama on Monday pushed for a jobs package that Congress is splintering into pieces, with Senate Democrats planning to start with a plan to help states hire teachers, police and firefighters. In campaign mode on the road, Obama accused Republicans senators of saying no to helping Americans.
47. Obama to Talk Jobs Bill With Top Senate Dems
- Friday, October 07, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will meet with top Senate Democrats at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss his jobs bill.
The White House says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray will attend the meeting, scheduled for 5:30 pm EDT.
48. Senate Democrats Add Millionaire Tax to Jobs Bill
- Thursday, October 06, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Struggling to deliver the big jobs package proposed by President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats are using the issue to force Republican senators to vote on tax increases for millionaires, picking up on a White House theme that the nation's wealthiest Americans aren't paying their fair share.
49. Obama Admin Approves 2 Solar Loans Worth $1B
- Thursday, September 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Energy Department on Wednesday approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1 billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and Arizona, two days before the expiration date of a program that has become a rallying cry for Republican critics of the Obama administration's green energy program.
50. Congress Dodges Shutdown After Disaster Aid Fight
- Wednesday, September 28, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – In agreeing to an emergency spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, Congress achieved the bare minimum while finessing a fight over whether emergency disaster aid ought to be paid for with cuts elsewhere in the budget.
51. Senate Blocks House Disaster Aid Bill
- Monday, September 26, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic-led Senate blocked a House bill Friday that would provide disaster aid and keep government agencies open, escalating the parties' latest showdown over spending and highlighting the raw partisan rift that has festered all year.
52. House Disaster Vote Sets up Showdown With Senate
- Thursday, September 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite opposition from Democrats and some tea party Republicans, the GOP-controlled House on Wednesday took up $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.
53. Disaster Aid Showdown Looms on Capitol Hill
- Wednesday, September 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic leader of the Senate says he'll try this week to add almost $7 billion in disaster aid to must-pass legislation to avert a government shutdown.
The move by Nevada Democrat Harry Reid would force GOP supporters of a Senate disaster relief bill to choose whether to stick with the Senate disaster package or opt for a less generous House version. The House version is partially "paid for" with a $1.5 billion cut to a federal program that subsidizes low interest loans to car companies to build more fuel efficient vehicles.
54. Senate Procedural Snarl Could Shut Down FAA Again
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A procedural snarl and a single senator's objections could force another partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Senate rules don't allow lawmakers to drop their current consideration of a disaster aid bill and shift to a stopgap funding measure for FAA and highway programs without the consent of all lawmakers.
55. Obama Touts Jobs Bill Benefits for Small Business
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – President Barack Obama urged enthusiastic college students Wednesday to join him in his fight to get Congress to act on his new jobs bill. "Every single one of you can help make this bill a reality," the president called out at a hot and noisy rally at North Carolina State University.
56. Obama to Address Congress Next Week on Jobs
- Thursday, September 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will lay out his jobs plan in a prime television time address next week to a rare joint session of Congress, the White House said Wednesday.
Obama sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking to speak to both chambers on Sept. 7 at 8 p.m (midnight GMT).
57. Biden Calls for New Clean Energy Policy for US
- Wednesday, August 31, 2011
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The United States can't lead the world in the 21st century with its current energy policy, Vice President Joe Biden told alternative technology supporters Tuesday at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas.
58. Pelosi Names Final Members to Debt Supercommittee
- Friday, August 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.
59. Debt Panel Members Prompt Doubts
- Thursday, August 11, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A conservative Texas Republican congressman has been chosen by House Speaker John Boehner to co-chair a powerful new committee tasked to find a bipartisan plan to slash the federal budget deficit by over $1 trillion.
60. Senate Dems Give Way to GOP to End FAA Shutdown
- Monday, August 08, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate approved legislation Friday ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and President Barack Obama signed it into law, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport construction projects to resume.
61. More to FAA Shutdown Than Air Service Subsidies
- Friday, August 05, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – On the surface, the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is about whether to cut $16 million in air service subsidies, a pretty small amount in this town. Underneath are layers upon layers of political gamesmanship that, at its heart, is about whether Democrats or Republicans get to call the shots in Congress.
62. FAA Shutdown to Continue in Partisan Standoff
- Wednesday, August 03, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats were unwilling to accept cuts in subsidies for rural air service.
63. Debt-Limit Votes: Senate Momentum, House Concerns
- Tuesday, August 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House began debate Monday on the hard-bargained plan to avert a national financial default, even as the White House and congressional leaders struggled to round up enough votes to approve it. Supporters said momentum for the deficit-reduction compromise was on their side, but resistance from both liberals and conservatives made the outcome unclear.
64. House Nears Vote on GOP Debt Bill; Dems Oppose
- Monday, August 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan to the core, Congress groped uncertainly Friday for a way to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. "We are almost out of time," warned President Barack Obama as U.S. financial markets trembled.
65. GOP Retools Plan as Congress Seeks Debt Fix
- Thursday, July 28, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans appeared to be coalescing Wednesday around a work-in-progress plan by House Speaker John Boehner to increase the U.S. borrowing limit and chop $1 trillion in federal spending. But the White House dismissed the proposal as a waste of time, and it got a thumbs-down from Senate Democrats and tea party activists, too.
66. White House Threatens to Veto Boehner's House Plan
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto emergency House legislation that aims to avert a threatened national default, a pre-emptive strike issued as Republican Speaker John Boehner labored to line up enough votes in his own party to pass the measure.
67. Debt Dispute Boils: Capitol's Hot, Inside and Out
- Monday, July 25, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock stubbornly held the high ground in the steamy capital Friday despite the threat of a government default in 11 days' time. Talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seemed stuck in limbo, and the Democratic-controlled Senate scuttled legislation drawn to conservatives' specifications.
68. Tea Party Takes its Turn in Debt Battle
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House weighed in with a veto threat Monday against a tea party-backed plan to let the government borrow another $2.4 trillion, a measure conditioned on big and immediate spending cuts and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.
69. Debt Talks and Little Else on Washington's Agenda
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The debt showdown isn't just the dominant issue in Washington this summer – it's virtually the only one getting any attention in the nation's capital.
From the White House to Congress, the negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit have overshadowed or halted work on everything from job creation to the military conflict in Libya to education reform. And the debt debate has hamstrung President Barack Obama's ability to hit the road to campaign and raise money for his re-election bid.
70. Senate to Meet Every Day Until Debt Hike Passes
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The leader of the Senate says the chamber will meet every day – including weekends – until Congress sends President Barack Obama legislation to make sure the government doesn't default on its obligations.
71. House Passes Energy Bill $6B Below Obama's Request
- Monday, July 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – As lawmakers argued over long-term deficit reduction, the Republican-led House on Friday cut 20 percent from President Barack Obama's budget request for energy and water projects.
72. Obama Challenges Congress: Do ‘Something Big’
- Monday, July 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday challenged Congress to compromise and "do something big" to reduce long-term deficits, insisting he was willing to make his own tough choices including trimming benefits for wealthy Medicare recipients. Facing a critical Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation's debt limit, Obama said the public was on his side but "we're running out of time."
73. McConnell, Boehner Increase Criticism of Obama
- Wednesday, July 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican in the Senate proposed on Tuesday giving President Barack Obama sweeping new power to, in effect, unilaterally increase the nation's debt limit to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. obligations.
74. S&P Says US Will Get Lowest Rating if It Defaults
- Friday, July 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A Standard & Poor's executive said the agency will give the U.S. government its lowest credit rating if Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit and the United States defaults on its debt.
75. Senate to Work Next Week on Debt Limit Impasse
- Friday, July 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate abandoned plans for a July 4 break as time dwindled for lawmakers to strike a compromise on avoiding a government default and reducing mammoth federal deficits. In a challenge to President Barack Obama, the chamber's top Republican invited him to the Capitol to discuss the impasse with GOP lawmakers.
76. Senators Concerned by Photo ID Requirement to Vote
- Thursday, June 30, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Sixteen Democratic senators want the Justice Department to look into whether voting rights are being jeopardized in states that require photo identification in order for people to vote.
77. Obama, Biden Plan Debt Session with Dems
- Wednesday, June 29, 2011
President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Democratic leaders Wednesday to continue discussions over debt negotiations.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer. The meeting comes two days after Obama met with Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The White House announced no new meetings with Republicans.
78. White House: 'Significant' Deal on Debt Possible
- Tuesday, June 28, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plunged into deadlocked negotiations to cut government deficits and raise the nation's debt limit as the White House expressed confidence Monday that a "significant" deal with Republicans can be reached. But both sides only seemed to harden their positions as the day wore on, with the White House insisting on some higher taxes as part of the package and the Republican leadership flatly refusing to consider them.
79. Obama Invites Top US Senators for Debt Talks
- Monday, June 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Stepping directly into stalled debt talks, President Barack Obama is inviting the two leaders of the U.S. Senate to separate meetings Monday, shifting the negotiations to the highest levels.
80. CBO: Debt Crisis Looms Absent Major Policy Changes
- Thursday, June 23, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A new report says that the national debt is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade, levels that could provoke a European-style debt crisis unless policymakers in Washington can slam the brakes on spiraling deficits.
81. Obama Gains Foothold; GOP Autumn Surge Behind Him
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Six months after Republicans alarmed Democrats with a midterm election wave, President Barack Obama has shaken off the jitters and found his political footing despite sluggish economic growth and deep public anxiety about the direction of the country.
82. Travel Industry Rep Wants US to Speed Up Visas
- Wednesday, May 18, 2011
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A top commercial travel industry representative said Tuesday the U.S. is losing visitors to other countries by making it unnecessarily slow and difficult for prospective international travelers to get visas.
83. Finances Look Worse for Medicare, Social Security
- Monday, May 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The bad economy has shortened the life of the trust funds that support Social Security and Medicare, the nation's two biggest benefit programs, the government reported Friday.
84. Obama Focusing on Debt in Meeting With Democrats
- Thursday, May 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is wading into the swirl of deficit-trimming budget plans, looking to cast himself as a broker in the struggle to tame the federal debt.
The White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans are working to sort out what debt-fighting measures they can embrace now and which ones will be left for later, probably after the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
85. Guide Aids Offenders On Return to Society
- Thursday, April 28, 2011
When a long stretch of traveling has to be done, especially if the journey is a difficult one, a travel guide often goes hand in hand with the journey.
With that in mind, a group of attorneys who got involved with the Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum have spearheaded the creation of such a guide that lists available resources for the benefit of offenders upon their release from prison.
86. White House: Federal Workers Should be Reimbursed
- Friday, April 08, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it would support reimbursing the pay of employees who are furloughed as a result of a potential government shutdown.
It is up to Congress to decide whether to make a retroactive payment for government workers who must take a leave during a shutdown. Congress has authorized such payments in past government stoppages.
87. No Deal Yet as Possible Government Shutdown Looms
- Thursday, April 07, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate's second ranking Democrat said Wednesday that negotiators on the budget are making progress but that conservative GOP policy prescriptions remain obstacles as they scramble to avert a government shutdown this weekend.
88. Obama, House Leader Fail on Budget Deal
- Wednesday, April 06, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama emerged from a failed meeting on a budget deal Tuesday and said he would demand daily sessions with House Speaker John Boehner until an agreement was hammered out to prevent a U.S. government shutdown at week's end.
89. Obama: GOP, Dems Close to Deal on Budget Cuts
- Monday, April 04, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing negotiators to avoid a looming government shutdown, President Barack Obama warned Friday that outcome could be ruinous and said a deal was in sight.
On Capitol Hill White House officials and congressional Democrats maneuvered furiously to gain advantage over the GOP on details of a government-wide spending bill.
90. GOP: New Obama Budget-Cutting Offer Too Small
- Monday, March 07, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats on Friday detailed their opening budget offer of $6.5 billion more in spending cuts this year, but neither it nor the $61 billion in cuts passed by House Republicans is expected to survive test votes next week.
91. Memories of 1995 Haunt GOP as Shutdown Talk Grows
- Tuesday, February 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents.
92. Congress Extends Patriot Act Measures for 90 Days
- Friday, February 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress on Thursday gave itself three more months to consider changing provisions of anti-terrorism law that have been valuable in tracking security threats but have drawn fire from defenders of privacy rights.
93. Obama: Talks on Entitlements 'Have Already Begun'
- Friday, February 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that difficult debates on how to address the costs of Social Security and Medicare are "starting now," even though his 2012 budget blueprint lacked any major changes to the large benefit programs.
94. Democrats Push Aviation Bill as Jobs Program
- Tuesday, February 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic leaders say they will bring an aviation bill that includes $8 billion for airport construction to the Senate floor this week, pitching it as a jobs measure.
95. Republicans Press for Senate Vote on Health Care
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans want to box majority Democrats into allowing a health care repeal vote even if GOP lawmakers expect to be on the losing side.
"We need to have a vote on it because we promised the people we would," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "We have to have a vote on repeal so that everybody is on record whether they want to repeal."
96. 112th Congress Convenes; Boehner Elected Speaker
- Thursday, January 06, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected speaker John Boehner hailed the Republican Party's return to control of the House Wednesday, vowing a more open legislative process but acknowledging that "a great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle."
97. Dems: Congress Will OK Aid for 9/11 Responders
- Tuesday, December 21, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – New York's two senators said Monday that the votes are there for Congress to approve a scaled-back bill providing extra benefits to emergency workers who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center.
98. House Democrats Reject Tax Plan Without Changes
- Friday, December 10, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed.
99. Deal Reached to Avoid Cut in Doctors' Medicare Pay
- Thursday, December 09, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – When Democrats passed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, they used Medicare cuts to pay much of the cost of providing insurance to millions of uninsured.
Now, lawmakers scrambling to stave off a scheduled 25 percent cut in doctors' Medicare pay on Jan. 1 plan to reverse the flow. They're tapping financing for the health care overhaul to keep Medicare from breaking down.
100. Democrats Meet With Obama Over Tax Cuts Deal
- Tuesday, December 07, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama called Democratic leaders to the White House Monday in hopes of advancing a year-end bipartisan compromise to extend expiring tax cuts for all Americans and renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.