While one president is on his way out and the other is on his way in, Congress is busily moving ahead with legislation. For more we go to our man in Washington, Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection.
Luckily for Roland Burris it appears the U.S. Senate has had an abrupt change of heart when it comes to the seating of President-elect Obama's replacement. Todd Zwillich, intrepid reporter for Capitol News Connection, joins us from Washington, D.C.
As the 111th Congress begins, so does a very special ritual on the senate floor. Todd Zwillich joins John and Adaora in a historical and surprising behind the scenes tour of the desks of the United States Senate.
Today marks the first session of the 111th Congress. There are still vacancies in the U.S. Senate and a whole lot of hullabaloo over who is going to be filling them. To mull over these issues with us is Todd Zwillich from Capitol News Connection.
President Bush offered the American auto industry short-term financing that will be drawn from the $700 billion dollar Wall Street rescue program. Guests: Micheline Maynard, New York Times and Todd Zwillich, Capitol News Connection.
Congress and the big three automakers are waiting to see if and when the White House will step in with a helping hand for the industry. Congress blocked an emergency loan package, and now the White House says it may bail out the industry temporarily.
The Super Committee in Congress was supposed to rise above the partisan divide and find a way forward for the necessary deficit reduction in Congress, but now signs indicate that the group of 12 senators and representatives have failed.
Democrats are hoping to use the millionaire's tax to push through an extension in President Barack Obama's payroll tax cuts. So far, though, Republicans are resisting the idea of the millionaires tax, though they may be willing to use other means to keep the tax cut in place.
A proposal to extend the tax cut that was put in place to reduce the payroll taxes paid by every American failed in Congress on Thursday. But, there are negotiations underway that could lead to a compromise before time runs out at the end of the year.
Over the weekend, Herman Cain suspended his campaign and hinted that he would issue an endorsement soon. Most Cain supporters seem to be migrating to Newt Gingrich. Could a Gingrich victory ultimately be a win for Barack Obama?
Congressional Republicans and Democrats are haggling over legislation that would extend unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut past Dec. 31. Republicans passed a bill Tuesday night, but Democrats say all of the bill's extra inclusions, as well as its funding, make it impossible to endorse.
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the Senate bill to grant an extension unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut by two months. It's increasingly unclear whether any deal can get done.
In the face of mounting political pressure, fading conservative support and building public rage, House Republicans have agreed to a temporary extension of unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cuts.
After William Daley tendered his resignation, President Barack Obama moved to put his budget director in place as the next White House Chief of Staff. The transition will take place at the end of the month.
In December, Republicans and Democrats managed to extend a payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a fix for Medicare payments. That extension runs out at the end of the month but, at least when it comes to the payroll tax cut, Republicans are willing to offer another extension through the end of the year.