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House OKs Medicare doctor-payment fix

Bipartisan bill includes two-year extension of funding for kids’ health insurance

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children's health program. Continue reading...

U.S. Senate OKs bid to cut U.N. funding in Israel fray

Congress must ensure fair hand in Mideast, Cotton says

Subscriber onlyWith no objections, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a budget amendment sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that would allow Congress to cut off funding to the United Nations if the international governing body forces a resolution between Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank. Continue reading...

Cry of bias said risk for GOP on Lynch

Subscriber onlyRepublicans blocking the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch risk playing into a theme that their opposition to President Barack Obama is based on race, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said. Continue reading...

House OKs proposal to cut $5 trillion

Arkansas’ Crawford says nonbinding deficit-reduction plan is a futile move

Subscriber onlyThe Republican-controlled House approved a budget blueprint Wednesday that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Continue reading...

Clinton fundraising to key on primaries, Democrats say

Subscriber onlyHillary Rodham Clinton’s fundraising team plans to raise money only for the presidential primaries when she launches her 2016 campaign and initially will avoid general-election fundraising. Continue reading...

GOP pushes for budget-plan OKs

House, Senate see proposals as steps to repeal health law

Subscriber onlyHouse and Senate Republicans steamed ahead Tuesday toward their goal of the approval of balanced-budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out his 5-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Continue reading...

Report finds visa wheels greased for some aliens

Subscriber onlyAfter an investigation lasting more than two years, the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security found that Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy secretary, intervened directly to gain fast-track consideration of visas for foreign investors connected to Democrats when he was the head of the visa agency. Continue reading...

Hill to serve on task force investigating terrorism financing

U.S. Rep. French Hill is one of 21 congressmen who will serve on a task force dedicated to thwarting the financing behind terrorist groups. Continue reading...

Bill: Nations that take Cuba detainees risk losing U.S. funds

Subscriber onlyU.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday that would cut off federal funds to countries that take responsibility for detainees now housed in Guantanamo Bay if a detainee engages in terrorism again. Continue reading...

Senate GOP budget at odds with House

Chambers split on changes to Medicare, how to boost spending on defense

Subscriber onlySenate Republicans unveiled a spending plan Wednesday that sets up a confrontation between their party's defense and budget hawks and omits a politically polarizing Medicare overhaul championed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Continue reading...

U.S. House passes bills with new EPA restrictions

Subscriber onlyThe House has passed two Republican-backed bills that would place new restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading...

Iranians got the message, Cotton says

They know Congress matters, senator fires back at critics of letter to Tehran

Subscriber onlyIranian leaders "clearly have the message now" from a letter 47 Senate Republicans wrote warning that a future U.S. president or Congress could reverse any nuclear deal, the chief author said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Illinois congressman resigns after travel, decor outlays emerge

Subscriber onlyIllinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned Tuesday after a month-long cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of the television series Downton Abbey. Continue reading...

GOP proposes $3.8 trillion budget

House plan beefs up overseas operations, changes Medicare

Subscriber onlyHouse Republicans offered a 10-year budget plan Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end of a decade. Continue reading...

U.S. can't turn back on allies, Womack says on U.S. return

Subscriber onlyAfter a nine-day tour of several conflict-ridden countries including Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said Tuesday that the United States can't financially turn its back on its allies. Continue reading...

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