Archive for ‘September, 2013’

Budget, shutdown debate shifts to Senate >

If Republicans are going to defund the Obama health law as part of a stop gap budget plan, they will have to find some Democrats to support that idea in the Senate; but a review of Democratic Senators finds few who might be inclined to join that GOP cause. Think …

House approves GOP stop gap budget >

Ignoring a veto threat and declarations that their bill was “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate, Republicans in the House on Friday approved a temporary budget plan to keep the government open while also moving to block funding for the Obama health reform law. “We had a victory today …

House GOP takes aim at Obamacare >

After a rebellion of more conservative Republicans torpedoed work last week in the House on a stop gap budget plan, GOP leaders decided to go “all-in” with Tea Party lawmakers, adding provisions to a temporary budget that would defund the Obama health reform law and lay down a marker in …

Congress pushes Pentagon on financial audit >

As lawmakers in the Congress wrestle with each other over how much to spend on next year’s budget, another fiscal year is coming to a close where the Pentagon has once again not been able to put in place accounting procedures that can fully track its over $500 billion budget. …

Questions raised about military base security >

Hours after a lone gunman killed twelve people at a U.S. military facility in Washington, D.C., Congress demanded to know what military investigators had found in a recently finished report about base security, which evidently in part reviewed security choices made by the military at the Washington Navy Yard. In …

Deadline politics return in Washington >

Since the sequester went into effect in early March, Political Washington has taken a break from the deadline politics of the fiscal cliff and threats of a government shutdown, but in coming weeks and months, that may well return as a staple of the daily political battles in Congress. Once …

US-Russia framework on chemical weapons >

The United States and Russia reached an agreement Saturday on a plan that would ultimately result in the destruction of all of Syria’s chemical weapons; the deal sets out a series of “special procedures” which will involve action by the United Nations Security Council, even raising the threat of possible …

EPA struggles with biofuels development >

A new report from internal watchdogs at the Environmental Protection Agency says that after seven years of effort and hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, the feds are still falling short of goals to spur commercial scale production of biofuels. “Despite the expenditure of about $603 million, the Department …

GOP battling delays stop gap budget >

A day after unveiling a stop gap budget plan to keep the government running, Republican leaders in the House were forced to delay action on the measure, as rank and file GOP lawmakers demanded a more direct approach that included a clear prohibition on funding for the Obama health law. …

House GOP rolls out stop gap budget >

Overshadowed by the jockeying in Washington, D.C. over possible military strikes against Syria, House Republicans on Tuesday rolled out plans for a stop gap budget that would fund government operations until after Thanksgiving and supports a parliamentary move to block money for the Obama health reform law. Known as the …