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Topic - House
Capitol Hill negotiations on a Veterans Affairs reform bill teetered on the verge of collapse Thursday, as acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson warned that the troubles at the scandal-plagued agency will only get worse without more federal funding.
Negotiations on the VA reform bill imploded Thursday morning as House negotiators planned to introduce their own bill rather than work with senators in a conference committee.
Hours after his narrow victory in the Georgia GOP Senate primary, businessman David Perdue turned his attention Wednesday to his general election matchup with Democrat Michele Nunn in what is shaping up to be one of the most watched races of the 2014 midterm elections.
President Obama's defiant emphasis on executive action reveals a larger failure looming for his legacy: His inability to work with Republicans means that he's unlikely to score even one significant legislative achievement over the final years of his presidency.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled House Republicans as hypocrites Monday for deciding to sue President Obama over his unilateral delays to Obamacare's "employer mandate" despite their own votes to delay the rule and other parts of the signature overhaul.
With the House and Senate scrambling to act before the Highway Trust Fund runs dry, the White House on Monday said President Obama will bypass lawmakers and use an executive action to repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure.
With just weeks remaining before federal funding for road and bridge repair dries up, President Obama will take new executive actions this week to spur infrastructure investment from the private sector, the White House announced Monday.
Looking to rebound from a heartbreaking loss in Mississippi's Senate primary, national tea party groups say they still hope to score a few victories to bolster their ranks as they prepare for policy battles on Capitol Hill.
Brushing off a planned lawsuit by House Speaker John A. Boehner, the White House said Thursday it refuses to curtail its use of executive actions.
Amid partisan bickering over the IRS' political targeting scandal, Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told the House oversight committee to do something "constructive in nature" so government agencies are not left in a technological Stone Age.
House and Senate negotiators met Tuesday to try to hammer out a compromise bill to gain a handle on the reports of problems piling up at the VA, but they immediately began stumbling over the potential $50 billion-a-year price tag.
Lawmakers worked Tuesday afternoon to iron out differences between the House and Senate bills to reform the VA, and while small differences existed between the bills, the biggest issue was the money.
Sen. Thad Cochran turned back a hard challenge from tea-party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate runoff race Tuesday, handing the party establishment arguably its biggest win of the 2014 primary season and boosting Republican hopes of flipping control of the Senate in the November election.
Well, it's an official record. A painstaking study of more than three-dozen House majority and minority leaders finds that Rep. Kevin McCarthy, with less than four full terms under his belt, "has the least experience of any floor leader in the chamber's history by more than a year - and nearly 10 years less than the average leader," says the University of Minnesota "Smart Politics" report.