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Budget Fights Begin With Obama's $4.23 Trillion Proposal

President Barack Obama proposed a $4.23 trillion fiscal 2017 budget Tuesday, which the White House argued contains some proposals that could win bipartisan support, even though Republicans were scathing in their criticism of what's likely to be the administration's last complete fiscal plan.

Supreme Court Allows Virginia Redistricting to Stand in 2016

Virginia’s 2016 congressional elections in November can move ahead using a judge-selected redistricting plan put in place last month despite a pending Supreme Court challenge, under a Supreme Court order Monday.

CQ Roll Call Survey of Hill Staff Finds Cruz, Trump on the Rise

Republican staffers on Capitol Hill still are hoping Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will win the GOP presidential nomination, but more of them are having doubts that he'll be able to do it.

CBO Lowers Projected Growth in Obamacare Enrollment

The Congressional Budget Office on Monday cut by more than a third its estimate for how many people will buy health insurance this year through government exchanges, dropping the projection to 13 million from 21 million.

Virginia Urges Supreme Court to Let Redistricting Plan Stand

Virginia’s election officials urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to keep in place a new, judge-selected redistricting plan for this year’s congressional elections, putting the officials at odds with 10 current and former members of the state's Republican delegation in Congress.

High Court Ruling on Immigration Expected Amid Heated Campaign

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide a case that would determine whether President Barack Obama can implement his immigration executive actions before he leaves office.

District's Roads, Transit Score Badly in Engineers' Report

Roads are among the worst parts of Washington, D.C.’s transportation infrastructure, while the bridges that connect them are in better condition, according to a report on the city’s infrastructure released Thursday by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Chamber's Donohue: 'Loud Voices' in 2016 'Politically Stupid'

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue took swipes Thursday at the Obama administration's regulatory agenda and the GOP's leading White House contenders, as he outlined the 2016 mission for Washington's biggest lobbying organization. 

State of the Union: Five Things That Might Happen, Five That Won't

Not much is expected in the final year of a presidential administration, especially one marked by partisan gridlock.

Funding Bills Drive Lobbyists' Election-Year Agenda

K Street won’t cede the year’s policy battles to election-year politics just yet.

Democrats Probe NFL Strategy on Brain Research Grant

A group of House Democrats are questioning whether the National Football League tried to influence the selection of scientists for a $16 million National Institutes of Health-funded study on brain injuries, adding a new layer of scrutiny to the professional sports league’s sometimes contentious relationship with Congress.

White House Sets Feb. 9 Budget Rollout Date

The White House will release its fiscal 2017 budget request on Feb. 9, narrowly missing the statutory deadline for sending the proposal to Congress.

Top Two Legal Challenges to Gun Control

The Obama administration said new executive actions on gun control will withstand any legal challenge, a claim that might be put to the test by gun sellers, Second Amendment advocates or Republican lawmakers.

Ryan Forum Will Preview Poverty Agenda

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin is opening the door to new initiatives aimed at helping low-income families as he prepares to discuss poverty in a forum showcasing GOP presidential candidates in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday.

House Intel Panel Looking into Report NSA Spying Netted Lawmakers

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking into allegations that the National Security Agency vacuumed up communications between Israeli officials and members of Congress, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.

CQ Roll Call Survey: Congressional Staff Feel Safe on the Hill

If the goal of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and California was to inspire fear in the Western world, it hasn’t shaken those who work in the greatest seat of power. The CQ Roll Call Capitol Insiders Survey this month found that nine out of 10 congressional staffers feel safe in the Capitol.

Omnibus Directs Cash to Conventions, Inauguration Security

The presidential nominating conventions are months away, but Congress earmarked funding in the omnibus appropriations bill to beef up security in host cities Cleveland and Philadelphia and for the 2017 inauguration of the next White House occupant.

Omnibus Spending Bill Lands at Last, With Oil Export Ban Lifted

The House and Senate Appropriations committees early Wednesday filed a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill that would end a 40-year ban on exporting crude oil and breathe new life into an expired land conservation account.

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.

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Tale of the Tape: Rubio vs. Cruz

With a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg survey of Iowa Republicans showing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz taking a 10-point lead over Donald Trump in that state, Cruz’s rivals are sharpening their criticism of him.

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