| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
We all remember the scenes in the film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” where Gene Wilder nonchalantly warns, “Stop. Don’t,” as various characters try unknown products and experience unanticipated effects. Of course, each instance ends with predictably unfortunate results.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
U.S. merchants who have been fighting in Congress for transparency and competition in the credit card industry are eyeing a European Union proposal that reins in the excessive swipe fees merchants bear every time a customer chooses to pay with plastic.
| Oct. 23, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
The deeply troubled Obamacare rollout has renewed the debate over just how responsive — or unresponsive — the administration has been to congressional oversight, with Republicans complaining of a litany of stonewalling prior to the Oct. 1 opening of the health care exchanges.
| Oct. 18, 2013, 3:55 p.m.
The White House has informed members of Congress that it will resume offering limited tours to their constituents after canceling them earlier this year and blaming the sequester.
| Oct. 17, 2013, 6:22 p.m.
Ryan, left, walks to Wednesday’s House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
| Oct. 17, 2013, 4:49 p.m.
Mark Twain famously quipped, “History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme.” He might have been talking about the government shutdown in Washington this month.
| Oct. 9, 2013, 4:58 p.m.
The mood in Washington is especially trying as legislators confront a slew of difficult decisions, both foreign and domestic. However, there is an opportunity for Congress to stimulate job growth, spur economic activity, revive domestic manufacturing and assuage some of our security concerns.
| Oct. 4, 2013, 4:12 p.m.
There’s little doubt that if the two lawmakers who share control of the budgets of most federal programs had their way, fiscal 2014 would have started Oct. 1 with the federal government operating on a normal basis.
| Oct. 3, 2013, 12:01 p.m.
Seniors who rely on their Social Security checks might want to start pinching their pennies.
| Oct. 3, 2013, 10:19 a.m.
The Treasury Department warned of catastrophe that could plunge the nation into the worst recession since the Great Depression if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 5:17 p.m.
President Barack Obama warned Wall Street on Wednesday that they should be worried about a government default.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 4:39 p.m.
Without changes, the Affordable Care Act will hurt economic growth and make flexible work schedules for employees more limiting to offer.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 11:41 a.m.
President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, according to spokeswoman Amy Brundage.
| Oct. 1, 2013, 5:59 p.m.
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.
| Oct. 1, 2013, 1:57 p.m.
President Barack Obama blasted the GOP for a “Republican shutdown” and said it should “move on” from its insistence on dismantling Obamacare.
| Sept. 30, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
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.
| Sept. 24, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
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.
| Sept. 24, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
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.
| Sept. 20, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
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.
| Sept. 19, 2013, 10:52 a.m.
President Barack Obama would veto the House spending bill that would defund Obamacare, the White House said Thursday in a Statement of Administration Policy.