George Cahlink

Shelby Stalling One Crucial Ex-Im Board Confirmation

Earlier this month, Congress gave new life to the Export-Import Bank by reauthorizing it for four years, but now, one Senate chairman is for allowing only a partial revival.

Congress Raids Fed's Surplus for Highway Funding

The Federal Reserve is once again a populist punching bag on Capitol Hill.

Ex-Im Bank Rescue Maneuvers Hard to Repeat

The House’s passage of legislation to revive the Export-Import Bank followed such an untraditional path that it will be a hard act to follow.

Ryan Would Bring Expertise, Ideology to Reshape Financial Industry

Wisconsin Republican Paul D. Ryan’s likely ascent to the House speakership may mean a dramatic change for the banking and financial services industries.

Banking Industry Seeks Dodd-Frank Rollbacks In the Form of Year-End Policy Riders

The banking industry believes it can win more rollbacks of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul by having them ride on year-end legislation, a move that will only make politically difficult year-end negotiations that much more treacherous for congressional leaders.

On Fifth Anniversary, Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Appear to Be Here to Stay

Backers of the 2010 financial overhaul point to numerous attempts to repeal Obamacare as one of their chief arguments the banking law is here to stay. They note there have been dozens of attempts to repeal the health care law, but Congress has not taken a single vote to repeal the greatest changes in financial regulation since the Great Depression.

Treasury to Put a Woman on $10 Bill; Plans Summer-Long Search

Congress may not have much say about who will be the first woman to grace United States currency in a century despite a push by lawmakers to give a founding mother equal billing with the likes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Congress Weighs Options Before Ex-Im Bank Expires

Congress is on course to let the Export-Import Bank expire at the end of this month, but it’s unlikely to mean the ultimate demise of the 81-year-old credit financing agency.

Chances of Changing Dodd-Frank Appear to Rest With Handful of Moderate Democrats

A handful of moderate Senate Democrats will probably determine whether Congress can pass legislation making the most significant changes to the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul since it was enacted five years ago, in the wake of the economic crisis.

Supporters Say Schumer's Ties, Interests Go Beyond Wall Street

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the presumed next Democratic leader in the chamber, has deep ties in the lobbying and influence sector — and a reputation for being cozy with Wall Street. 

Remnick Book Illuminates Obama Senate Strategy

Anyone surprised by President Barack Obama's recent threat to BP oil executives probably has not read Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick's new biography, "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama."

Early in his Illinois Senate career, Obama nearly came to blows with a fellow state Senator who had openly questioned his honesty on the floor over a contentious vote. "You embarrassed me on the Senate floor and if you ever do it again I will kick your ass!" Obama told his fellow lawmaker, according to Remnick's retelling.

Industry Braces for Change

The insider world of defense contracting is bracing for major upheaval with the recent nomination of an outsider, Ashton Carter, a Harvard University arms-control expert, to the Pentagon post that oversees hundreds of billions of dollars in weapons spending.

Defense lobbyists and military contractors fear they do not have an ally in the academic Carter, who has never worked for a weapons builder or managed a Pentagon weapons program.

An Insider Portrait of the Surge’s Rogue Backers

Army Gen. David Petraeus, then the three-star commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, began the widely watched Congressional hearings on the Iraq War in 2007 with what seemed like a political disclaimer.

“I wrote this myself and did not clear it with anyone in the White House, Pentagon or Congress,” Petraeus said as he began testimony that convinced skeptical lawmakers that the military “surge” in Iraq was working and quieted calls for a quick end to the unpopular war.

Stimulating the Economy With the F-22
New Lobby Tack Stresses Plane’s Economic Benefits

With the economy in a nose dive, backers of the Air Force’s F-22 fighter plane have refined their lobbying strategy to argue that buying one of the costliest Pentagon aircraft ever built will give the country a lift.

“Eliminating the $12 billion in economic activity and thousands of American jobs tied to F-22 production simply doesn’t make sense,” said a letter sent to President Barack Obama by a bipartisan group of 44 Senators, many whose states have F-22 contractors and vendors.

Top General: Large Military Presence at Inauguration

More than 10,000 active-duty military and National Guard personnel are expected to help with security or participate in next month’s presidential inauguration, a top military officer said Wednesday morning.

Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart, head of the Defense Department’s Northern Command, which oversees military support for homeland security, told the Defense Writers Group that about 7,500 active-duty military personnel and 4,000 National Guardsmen were due in town for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Amid Rancor, Lawmakers Passed Key Measures
110th Began With New Ethics Rules, Concluded With Economic Relief Legislation

Despite partisan tensions, the 110th Congress passed several significant bills, including a massive financial bailout, an overhaul of ethics and lobbying rules and the first new fuel-economy standards in a generation.

“It may not be apparent to those who watch the daily skirmishes of the Senate from afar, but Democrats have approached every issue in this Congress with the same eagerness to find common ground. On occasion, our Republican colleagues have joined Democrats in the pursuit of progress. When they’ve chosen that path,

Congress Loses Deep Legislative Experience

Election Day defeats, retirements and departures for jobs in the Obama administration will leave Democrats and Republicans without key legislative dealmakers in the 111th Congress.

The defeat of Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska), currently the longest-serving GOP Senator, will have a significant effect on the appropriations process and could influence energy and environmental policy as well.

A West Point Grad and Go-To Senator

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) is a “ring knocker.”

Among the military, the term is slang for a service academy graduate, a play on the oversized class rings they wear as badges of honor.

Tanker Wars: Millions Spent Lobbying $40B Deal

A series of unusual guerrilla-style political advertisements hit Washington news radio stations this summer.

In one spot, an announcer launches a broadside against one of the Pentagon’s largest contractors amid whirring jet engines. “It seems like every time we hear about Boeing and military contracts, we hear about cheating.” As engines sputter, the announcer shouts “mayday, mayday.”

CongressNow: Defense Chief Gates Could Stay On

A 9/11 commission member, two Senators, the head of FedEx or a former top State Department official could each become Defense secretary if Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wins the presidency — but increasingly, defense experts and political observers believe McCain might not make a pick at all, instead keeping current Pentagon chief Robert Gates in place.

Congressional aides say that keeping Gates would be a popular choice on Capitol Hill. Both Democratic and Republican aides said Gates has earned the respect of lawmakers and has shown a willingness to work in a bipartisan manner.