| April 5, 2013, 6:48 p.m.
For Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor and the author of a popular meteorology blog, the title of the 2012 federal report “Weather Service for the Nation: Becoming Second to None” summed up his growing concerns.
| April 5, 2013, 6:46 p.m.
Almost a year after Congress learned of a budget scandal at the National Weather Service, lawmakers are still trying to get a realistic estimate of what it costs to run the nation’s first line of defense against the effects of hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms.
| April 5, 2013, 2:45 p.m.
The AARP today released a poll with a message for Congress: Vote for the budget proposal known as chained CPI at your peril.
| April 4, 2013, 12:41 p.m.
Fewer than 75 days into his second term, President Barack Obama already seems resigned to the reality that big chunks of his second-term agenda will die without Nancy Pelosi holding the speaker’s gavel.
| April 2, 2013, 4:21 p.m.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that the White House didn’t mislead the public about the dangers of the sequester as he was questioned on the issue by Ed Henry of Fox News.
| April 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
Many Americans — and policymakers — are sick and tired of discussing and debating the federal sequester. After 19 long months of excruciatingly stagnant debate, the myriad impacts of the across-the-board spending cuts are proving to affect some more than others, and Americans as well as elected officials are showing growing fatigue to carry the subject forward.
| April 1, 2013, 2:50 p.m.
The sequester doesn’t appear to have hit the West Wing of the White House particularly hard.
| March 31, 2013, 5:49 p.m.
Candidates in the Georgia Republican Senate primary are jostling for the furthest right starting block in what’s likely to be a crowded race. Already the question is: Can a member of the Appropriations Committee, through which all past spending decisions have traveled, prevail in the new GOP era of fiscal restraint?
| March 26, 2013, 5:08 p.m.
Although the Senate-adopted budget resolution upholds the 2010 health care overhaul, Republicans added several repeal and oversight provisions through amendment votes on the floor and in committee.
| March 26, 2013, 2:17 p.m.
The top Senate Republican is calling on the House to send over legislation to repeal the health care law’s tax on medical devices, following a bipartisan vote among senators in favor of such a move last week.
| March 25, 2013, 1:32 p.m.
A defiant stand by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus against his party’s budget blueprint has raised new questions about the Democrats’ agenda for tax overhaul and deficit reduction.
| March 22, 2013, 10:17 p.m.
As senators tackled their first budget vote-a-rama since 2009, opinions were decidedly mixed as to whether the budget law dictating abbreviated debate followed by unlimited amendment votes should be revamped.
| March 22, 2013, 5 a.m.
Partisans already are railing about the budget plans put forth by the GOP House and the Democratic Senate. Many Democrats characterize the proposal by Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., as very harsh, protecting the wealthy from taxes while slashing health care and other social programs for the neediest Americans. Many Republicans vilify the plan presented by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as a sham masquerading as a solution, one that increases rather than cuts spending, contains additional tax increases under our complex and outdated tax system and threatens to put America’s economy in free fall. Hyperbole aside, these budgets do represent vastly different approaches and philosophies.
| March 21, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
By the time the Senate’s budget vote-a-rama ends Friday night or Saturday, senators’ heads will be spinning from the dozens of votes they’ve taken in rapid succession.
| March 21, 2013, 5 a.m.
This week, Washington will home in on the federal budget and our nation’s future fiscal course, with the House voting on Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s, R-Wis., budget. His plan responsibly addresses deficit spending and balances the budget in 10 years.
| March 20, 2013, 3:02 p.m.
The first vote-a-rama on a Senate budget resolution in four years offers each party a chance to force the other to cast politically treacherous votes, and both sides are lining up for the opportunity, which could begin as early as Friday.
| March 19, 2013, 7:35 p.m.
An outsider looking at the Senate floor on C-SPAN 2 on Tuesday had a good chance to see one of the seemingly endless quorum calls that have become the chamber’s calling card in recent years. Senators spoke on the floor at various points throughout the day, but the quorum calls provided regular interludes.
| March 19, 2013, 6:22 p.m.
Committee chairmen and ranking members were a united bipartisan front two weeks ago when, testifying one after another, they told the House Administration Committee that steep cuts to their panel budgets would severely hinder their work on behalf of the people they serve.
| March 19, 2013, 6:18 p.m.
The man who played Indiana Jones on the big screen is on a new crusade, this time on Capitol Hill.
| March 19, 2013, 3:25 p.m.
The White House said Tuesday that Jeffrey D. Zients, reportedly a candidate to become the new U.S. trade representative, will remain as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget until the Senate confirms a new director.