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Republicans Won't Even Talk About Obama's Final Budget

The year that promised a return to regular order is getting off to a highly irregular start.

Billions at Stake as EU Regulators Consider New Data Transfer Pact with U.S.

The European Union and United States reached a political agreement last week on allowing EU citizens’ personal information to be sent across the Atlantic, but lingering uncertainty about whether the pact will be approved by EU regulators has businesses — and U.S. lawmakers — on edge.

Cruz and Rubio Differ in Style, Not So Much on Votes

The metaphor of the ideological “lane” has become the dominant way to describe the dynamics of the Republican presidential race.

Lawmakers to Pressure on FDA to Address Opioid Abuse

One of the most significant obstacles in the way of Robert Califf’s nomination to be Food and Drug Administration commissioner is the agency’s history of prescription painkiller approvals.

World Grows Impatient for Senate to Ratify Test-Ban Treaty

The international community is growing increasingly impatient for the Senate to ratify a key nonproliferation pact amid warnings that a global taboo against nuclear weapons testing may falter if momentum toward the accord’s entry into force is not seen in the next half-decade or so.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Here Comes the Budget

As legislating in 2016 really gets moving, Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings lays out his thoughts and predictions on the budget process in the coming year.

Bypassing the Senate, Cummings Has One More Career Fork Ahead

The final career decision Elijah E. Cummings will probably ever make comes as welcome news for both Democrats who could become the next president — and not very comforting news for any of the Republicans who might get the job instead.

Appropriators' Move to Free Up Earmarks Shows Wonkiness of Transportation Spending

State transportation departments will see extra dollars for roads and bridges, thanks to a move by appropriators in the fiscal 2016 omnibus to free up some $2 billion in once-earmarked money left unused.

What One House GOP Retirement May Say About the Future

At first glance, the Reid Ribble retirement doesn’t appear headline-worthy. Yes, he is now among 16 House Republicans, half from tea party takeover class of 2010, to announce a voluntary departure at year’s end. But, no, that retirement roster is hardly extraordinary, and it’s little surprise that a decent number of those insurgent outsiders have concluded they’ve made their mark and can move on.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Congressional Factions

This week on the whiteboard, Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings breaks down Congress’ many political factions.

Post-Flint, Demand for More EPA Water Protections May Be Difficult for Some States to Swallow

The contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., has thrown a harsh national spotlight on the problem of lead in drinking water, especially in poor and minority communities. Yet the issue is hardly new — Washington, D.C., had its own infamous lead scandal in 2004, among other communities that have seen lead spikes.

Powerful Gun Lobby Faces Growing Resistance

Lawrence Keane is the gun lobby. So is Chris Stone. Neither works for the National Rifle Association — the grass-roots and political organization that has become synonymous with the cause — but both are entrenched in the gun policy debate that is swirling to the forefront of 2016 campaigns. Still, the two men are not of one mind. Keane, who represents gun manufacturers and retailers at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said his group is lobbying to…

Who'll Be First in Congress to Endorse Trump?

Of all Donald Trump’s curious unblemished records, this one will almost surely end pretty soon: At last one member of Congress will endorse him for president.

With SCOTUS on Sidelines, Gun Control Becomes Fight Over Power

The current debate over gun control policy in Washington has Congress and the Obama administration at odds over which branch has more power — and the Supreme Court has stayed on the sidelines.

Blizzard Whiteout Buries Issue of Red Ink

One of the blizzard’s most important, if unintended, effects was keeping the federal budget deficit buried as a 2016 campaign issue.

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