Neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate have been able to produce a farm bill that gets wide support. In fact, neither chamber have approved a bill, though there are committee proposals. But both conservative and liberal groups are blasting the proposals as bad policy.
President Barack Obama and the Republicans are digging in their heels over proposals to resolve the crisis of the fiscal cliff. So far, both sides say no progress has been made and seem to be trying to lower expectations for a deal.
If you've heard about the impending fiscal cliff America is heading toward, you're probably wondering what barriers are in the way to stop us from hurtling over and if we shouldn't manage that -- what's waiting for us at the bottom of the ravine.
Bob Inglis is out of Congress now, but he's still a committed conservative. Unlike many of his brethren, however, he's ready to tackle climate change. And he says Republicans, conservatives, are in the perfect position to engage on the issue and lead solutions to deal with it.
Republicans have their eye on Amtrak's subsidies as one of the many budget cuts that will be needed to narrow the country's budget deficit. But those cuts would come at a time when Amtrak's ridership is on the way up and service is improving.
The 2000 election exposed the fragile state of the American voting system, but it's unclear how much has changed since the Bush v. Gore controversy 12 years ago. Law professor Rick Hasen says that without federal reform, Election Day meltdowns will continue to occur.
Todd Akin, the Republican Congressman running for U.S. Senate, is resisting growing calls by fellow Republicans to withdraw from the race in the wake of comments on Sunday where he said women who are "legitimately raped" have ways of shutting down their own reproductive systems so they don't get pregnant.
In its first-ever default, the U.S. Postal Service failed to make a $5.5 billion payment to the Treasury Department Wednesday. Government officials are calling for a massive overhaul of the country's mail program, but the Post Office says it could all be avoided with a vote by the House of Representatives.
Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, says his agency has taken a number of steps to try and mitigate the situation for farmers and ranchers. But real relief won't come, he says, unless Congress takes action. So far, with summer break looming, that hasn't happened.
With an election just a few months away, U.S. elected officials reached an agreement on how to fund government operations through the end of March. The bipartisan agreement surprised many, as budget decisions in recent years have led to protracted negotiations.