Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House budget writing committee, is preparing to unveil his latest plan for government spending. Democrats are already criticizing it as an example of Republicans breaking the agreement the two parties reached last August.
No Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are supporting the Democrat's version of the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act — a bill that once enjoyed bipartisan support. They have their own, competing version that women's advocates say won't cut it.
Sen. Olympia Snow of Maine was the latest moderate congressional representative to decide that the partisan rancor that has enveloped Washington in recent years is so unlikely to get any better that rather than seek re-election, she's rather just go home. And that's only likely to make the partisan divide even worse.
The FAA has been charged with coming up, by 2015, with rules for how drones can be used for government and commercial operations domestically. But safety and privacy concerns are pressing issues.
Sen. Michael Bennet said he's heard from many high-tech companies that they can't find enough talented students with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. So he's introduced a bill to keep more students with those skills in the United States, including undocumented immigrants and those here only on a student visa.
After a couple months of wrangling, Congress has sent a bill to President Obama that extends through the end of the year payroll tax cuts, unemployment benefits and a fix in reimbursement rates for doctors doing work on Medicare patients.
As Congress struggles to come up with a transportation plan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says it's imperative that America find the funds for its transportation priorities. We can't turn our backs on rail and transit and only fund roads and bridges, he said.
The U.S. House and Senate have competing transportation bills that both seem stalled as bills that once enjoyed broad, bipartisan support are trapped in the partisan and even intra-Republican squabbling that has been a hallmark of this legislative session.
Republicans and Democrats have agreed to a proposal that would extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits through year's end -- though it will include a reduction in the length of time a person can receive unemployment benefits.
A report from the Pew Center on the States documented how the U.S. voter registration system, with all its faults and failings, cost 2 million votes in 2008. It's also light years behind many other democracies, in terms of enabling eligible voters to vote.