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While Cromnibus Waits, Teamsters Object to Pension Plan

Senate talksare underwayin hopes of wrapping up a spending measure by Saturday.

Schumer Passes on Top Democratic Banking Spot

Wall Street is losing the opportunity for a Democratic ally to take the partys top spot on the Banking Committee, but the financial sector seems to be banking on that friendplaying an even bigger role in leadership.

Whitehouse Finds Much to Like in EPA Climate Rule

Climate warrior Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., offered congratulations to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for proposing carbon limits on existing power plants.

Incoming House Budget Chairman Hopes for Legislative Gains in New GOP Congress

Rep. Tom Price might not have the same star power as Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

Wisconsin Democrat: Russ Feingold Would Clear Primary

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., told CQ Roll Call she thinks former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will run for Senate in 2016, adding no one would primary him.

Reid Hopes for Quick 'Cromnibus' Passage, Getaway

Now, its the Senates turn to tackle the catchall cromnibus spending bill before departure.

Marlin Stutzman Claims He Was Hoodwinked

After the cromnibus passed Thursday night, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., made the rather shocking claim that GOP leadership convinced him to vote for the rule allowing the bill to get to the floor by telling him they were pulling the bill anyway.

Breaking Down the 'Cromnibus' Vote (Updated)

Updated 1:18 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12: The House passed the cromnibus Thursday night 219-206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill, and 67 Republicans and 139 Democrats voting against. While the vote was close, the breakdown split along familiar lines. But there were some interesting trends and deviations in the vote.

Energy Fights Loom Over Next Spending Showdown

Spending Squeaker. EPA and other environmental regulators are breathing a sigh of relief after the cromnibus (HR 83) survived a near-death experience and passed the House on a 219-206 vote last night.

Obama, Hoyer Split With Pelosi on 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Just hours from a government shutdown that everyone once insisted would never happen, House Democrats emerged from an emergency caucus meeting Thursday night much the same way they walked in: without a unified strategy.

Lacking Sufficient Support, House GOP Leaders Delay 'Cromnibus' Vote (Video)

Updated 3:09 p.m. | Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the cromnibus.

Obama Opposes D.C. Marijuana Rider, But Will Sign Bill

President Barack Obama opposes a rider on the cromnibus prohibiting the District of Columbia from implementing a voter referendum legalizing marijuana but will sign the bill anyway.

Overheard: You're a Good Man, Santa

Youre a good man, Santa.

Feinstein Plans to Push for New Laws Stemming from CIA Torture Report

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to push for fresh legislation stemming from her panel's report into the CIA's post-9/11 detainee interrogation practices, but she'll likely face an uphill climb because even Republicans sympathetic to criticisms of the CIAs methods say there are no need for new laws.

'Dr. No' Bids Farewell — and Continues to Forestall Senate Work

In bidding farewell to the Senate and perhaps to Washington Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn dismissed some of the most common notions about the chamber.

Obama Backs Cromnibus

President Barack Obama would sign the $1.1 trillion cromnibus, with the White House urging Democrats to help put the bill over the top with passage of the bill in doubt later this afternoon.

Nail-Biting Vote Moves 'Cromnibus' Closer to House Passage (Video)

The product of hours and hours of hard-fought negotiations could be lost Thursday if House Democrats decide, just hours before the government is to due to shut down, to band together and rebuff a trillion-dollar federal spending bill over two so-called poison pill policy riders.

Boehner Backs Bill, Condemns 'Cromnibus' Process (Video)

The cromnibus came together with a last-minute backroom deal between Republicans and Democrats that forced the House to vote on the 1,603-page measure before anyone could reasonably read it, and plenty of lawmakers are upset including Speaker John A. Boehner.

Capitol Jewish Forum Welcomes All to Pre-Hanukkah Soiree

Homeward-bound members and congressional staff can get a jump on holiday festivities Thursday by ducking into the Senates Mike Mansfield Room for a taste of Jewish food, fun and fraternity.

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