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Shutdown Obscures Congressional Inaction

The government shutdown that began Tuesday morning has overshadowed Congress’ dysfunction and inaction on several other major issues, including farm programs that expired Monday along with funding for the federal government.

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Obama Tells GOP to Reopen Government and 'Move On'

President Barack Obama blasted the GOP for a “Republican shutdown” and said it should “move on” from its insistence on dismantling Obamacare.

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Shuster Uses Social Media in Innovative Pitch for Water Bill

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster waited months after the Senate passed a water projects bill to present a House version, but infrastructure policy groups said it was worth the wait.

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EPA Seeks Definition of 'Bodies of Water' for Clean Water Act

The EPA took a giant step toward finally defining which bodies of water are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act last week, when it filed a draft rule with the White House regulatory czar designed to settle the confusion created in recent years by a series of court decisions.

Lawmakers Who Opposed EPA 'Guidance' Remain Wary of Proposed Rule

The EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ shift toward writing a formal regulation clarifying their Clean Water Act jurisdiction is likely to draw further criticism from members of Congress who fear a heavy-handed regulatory hand on environmental issues — particularly if it looks anything like the enforcement guidance that was previously issued.

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Lack of Consensus Among District Advocates as D.C. Government Shutdown Looms

Local activists worry that the inclusion of language to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution endorsed Friday by the House makes it increasingly likely that D.C. will be caught in a government shutdown after Sept. 30, but there’s no clear consensus on how to alleviate the threat.

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Obama Vows to Veto House CR

President Barack Obama would veto the House spending bill that would defund Obamacare, the White House said Thursday in a Statement of Administration Policy.

Obama Calls Out GOP on Budget, Obamacare

An angry President Barack Obama ripped into Republicans for failing to end the sequester and for even considering holding the government hostage over Obamacare.

D.C. Court Adopts Old Judicial Error to Inflate Executive Power | Commentary

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 23 ruled that a law Congress passed in 2002 “impermissibly infringes” on the president’s power to recognize foreign governments. The statute required the secretary of State to record “Israel” as the place of birth on the passport of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem if the parent or guardian so requests.

For Money Market Fund Reforms, the Answer Is Clear | Commentary

Before the August recess, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent U.S. financial regulators questions regarding the influence of the Financial Stability Oversight Council on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent rule-making proposals on money market funds. The committee acted after the SEC released a 700-page document proposing amendments to the rules governing money market funds. We believe that aspects of the SEC’s proposal, which will affect 56 million Americans, are a response to pressure from the FSOC.

Decisiveness Overrated? White House Thinks Yes

President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the White House.

Obama Open to Short-Term, 'Clean' Spending Bill

President Barack Obama is open to signing a short-term, “clean” continuing resolution that does not defund or delay Obamacare.

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States Battle to Recover Royalties for Energy Production on Public Lands

Western governors won a rare — though potentially short-lived — victory last month when the Interior Department reversed plans to withhold roughly $100 million in fiscal 2013 royalty payments to states for oil, gas and coal produced on federal lands within their borders.

More Resources for Regulatory Review Would Benefit Consumers | Commentary

Regulatory advocates charge that 120 regulations are “stalled” at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the office that reviews executive branch regulations before they can be proposed or finalized. OIRA was singled out for criticism at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “The Human Cost of Regulatory Paralysis,” held just before the August recess. On the other side of the Capitol, OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski told the House Small Business Committee that this year’s sequester and furloughs have limited OIRA’s ability to conduct retrospective reviews of regulations.

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Obama to Address Nation Tuesday on Syria Push

With his request for congressional authorization for strikes on Syria faltering, President Barack Obama announced he would make the case to the nation on Tuesday from the White House.

Veteran GPO Staffers Named to Vance-Cooks' Management Team

The two newest members of the Government Printing Office’s leadership team, announced by Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks this week, bring a combined 66 years of experience with the agency to their new posts.

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Obama Says Congress Set 'Red Line'

President Barack Obama pushed back on the idea that his credibility is on the line if Congress fails to authorize strikes against Syria — saying they own the “red line” he set a year ago.

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Will Congress Follow Its Leaders On Syria?

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders face a daunting task convincing skeptical lawmakers to back a war against Syria.

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Can Obama Regain His Lost Leverage on Spending?

The real fight in Congress in September isn’t over Obamacare. It’s about the money.

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Obama Draws on King Legacy to Push Economic Agenda

President Barack Obama used his address marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to push elements of his economic agenda as the unfinished business of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream.”




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