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Murray Says Senate Won't Move 2015 Budget Resolution

Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray confirmed Friday that the Senate will not move a fiscal 2015 budget resolution even as House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan began meetings with fellow Republicans aimed at crafting a House tax and spending blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

Defeating Alzheimer's Disease | Commentary

Every 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimers disease a devastating and irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys an individuals cognitive functioning, including memory and thought. Kansas City physician Dr. Richard Padula and his wife, Marta, had been married for 51 years when he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in 2006. It is difficult to imagine the anguish Dick, Marta and their family and friends experienced as he deteriorated from a leading heart surgeon into someone unable to comprehend a newspaper article. Unfortunately, these heart-wrenching stories have become all too common.

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For Budgeting, Tough Accounting for 'Gimmicks'

Assessments of a proposal by Senate Democrats this month to offset the cost of extending emergency unemployment benefits by temporarily reducing companies pension payments won rare agreement from the right and the left.

CBO Advises Retreat on War Spending

The Congressional Budget Offices dismissal of a legislated cap on war spending marks a rare case in which the nonpartisan research arm of Congress effectively tossed out an offset as essentially mistaken accounting.

Debt Ceiling: Return the Power of the Purse to Congress | Commentary

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew is now saying Congress will have to act to raise the nations debt limit by the end of this month. Thats a big shift from the last time the debt ceiling was raised, three and a half months ago. Then, the Congressional Budget Office predicted wed have enough money till June. But no. Thanks to Washingtons addiction to out-of-control spending, the money will be gone by March.

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As 'Retirement Gap' Concerns Reach Across Partisan Divide, Senators Propose Savings Solutions

When President Barack Obama introduced a new retirement savings plan during his State of the Union speech last month, the Republican response was uncharacteristically muted. Although Republicans were upset about the presidents new reliance on executive authority to push his agenda, they had few harsh words about the details of the retirement idea.

Solutions to the Retirement Problem, Compared

It can be hard to keep track of all the various retirement security proposals proposed by lawmakers and think tanks over the past few years. Here is a list of a few of the major aspects of some of the proposals.

Budget Cuts to Congress Are Real, Not 'Gimmicks' | Commentary

With little fanfare and much sacrifice, a small entity within the federal government has made significant cuts to its own budget. The cuts have required an already underpaid and overtaxed workforce to develop creative solutions to continue to deliver high-quality services to key stakeholders with even fewer resources. The mainstream media has largely ignored this unprecedented budgetary reduction, and the federal entitys leaders have foregone even a modicum of self-congratulation for the effort, while the employees have been nearly universally silent on the impact. This workforce is the U.S. Congress.

Pentagon Struggles to Find Solution to Soaring Health Costs

Even as the Defense Departments budget grew at historic rates during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon officials began to voice concerns that the militarys rising health care costs would threaten other spending priorities.

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Chambers Consider Reversing Defense Pension Cuts

Both Congress and the Pentagon oppose a cut to military pensions contained in last years bipartisan budget deal, but the rush to legislative action underscores a potentially big problem for the military: There is deep reluctance on Capitol Hill to make cost-saving changes to the militarys increasingly expensive benefits and compensation system.

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Cruz Does Boehner No Favors

After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors and some of Boehners allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.

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Lawmakers Seek Investments to Make Bicycle Commuting Safer

As cycling to work becomes more popular, it also is getting more dangerous and a lawmaker is proposing to address the problem by dedicating new funding for construction of infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Former Appropriator Decries 'Arrogant,' 'Offensive' Treatment

Although some young appropriators say they are seeing their conservative views respected on the House spending panel, one former member said that was not her experience on the committee.

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Conservatives' Goal Is a 'Disappropriations' Panel

A Capitol Hill adage states that there are three political parties in Congress: Democrats, Republicans and appropriators. Members of the Appropriations committees have been the ultimate deal-makers, traders working with the flow of federal funds and the last word for agencies and lawmakers looking to advance programs and spending across the country.

Liberal Democrats Seek to Extend Benefits Mandates

Liberal Democrats are looking to beef up benefits for part-time workers who face hurdles in finding full-time gigs in a sluggish economy.

Ships Could Be Essential to Meet Navy Fleet Quota

While the Littoral Combat Ship would fill three distinctive Navy needs countering submarines, mines and fast small boats it plays a far larger role for lawmakers and some Navy officials and experts that isnt laid out in its military specifications.

Littoral Combat Ships Shore Up Support, Despite Their Costs and Questions

The woes and ultimate truncation of a major Pentagon weapon acquisition program has become a Washington cliche.

Stating What Our Union Needs | Commentary

On Tuesday, President Obama will take the podium for the State of the Union address and lay out his legislative vision for 2014. An hour or so later, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington will respond on behalf of the Republican Party. In our previous lives as the Democratic governor of Virginia and the Republican governor of New Jersey, we have had the honor of delivering that response in 1986 and 1995, respectively.

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After Cutting to the Bone, a Little Relief for House Members and Committees

Three years of continuously shaving committee spending and cutting congressional office budgets have taken a toll on House operations, but leaders indicate they want to provide mild relief.

Spend Smarter, Not More | Commentary

This week, the government will run out of expenditure authority, but Congress is working to advance actual spending bills before the Wednesday deadline.

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