| Jan. 30, 2013, 7 p.m.
Protecting children is our society’s most sacred obligation.
| Jan. 30, 2013, 7:59 a.m.
The retirement of Chairman Tom Harkin in 2014 means the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is likely to wind up with a different kind of leader.
| Jan. 24, 2013, 7:22 p.m.
Abortion opponents rallying by the thousands Friday in Washington at the annual March for Life have lost some political battles lately but won a string of court victories, thanks in part to a diverse coalition challenging a contraception mandate in the health care overhaul.
| Jan. 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
In an effort to lay down a marker for the first phase of their agenda, Senate Democrats have announced the first 10 measures of the new Congress, including anti-school violence proposals and immigration reform legislation.
| Jan. 22, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
Former Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is joining the public affairs firm Agenda, the outfit announced Tuesday. The firm is also bringing on Ed Schafer, a former secretary of Agriculture and North Dakota governor. Both will be senior advisers.
| Jan. 16, 2013, 3:08 p.m.
With an overhaul of entitlement programs possible on the horizon, the Business Roundtable is flexing its muscle on Social Security and Medicare.
| Jan. 15, 2013, 2:09 p.m.
The influential seniors’ lobby AARP issued a warning Tuesday for members of Congress and Obama administration officials looking to narrow the deficit: Don’t do it with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
| Jan. 14, 2013, 7:10 p.m.
When the congressional agenda includes cuts to entitlements and defense programs, a fight over the debt ceiling and potential tax changes that could affect virtually every sector of the economy, you can bet on one thing: Lobbyists will be very busy this year.
| Jan. 14, 2013, 4:47 p.m.
Ilyse Hogue, a former staffer for Media Matters for America and MoveOn.org, will join NARAL Pro-Choice America as its president, the organization announced Monday.
| Jan. 11, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., stepped into the Todd Akin rape controversy this week, telling a group of constituents that the former Missouri GOP congressman was “partly right” in saying that a woman’s body can prevent pregnancy in events of “legitimate rape.”
| Jan. 10, 2013, 1:39 p.m.
The nation’s economy will rebound faster if Congress and the Obama administration avoid future fiscal crises and work instead to advance more robust energy, trade and regulatory policies, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said Thursday.
| Jan. 1, 2013, 2:02 p.m.
The bill to avert the fiscal cliff would repeal a suspended program in the 2010 health care law that has long been targeted by Republicans.
| Jan. 1, 2013, 1:44 p.m.
The Senate-passed fiscal cliff bill would block for one year a scheduled 27 percent cut in reimbursements for Medicare physicians, paid for by familiar cuts and adjustments to other provider payments.
| Dec. 31, 2012, 7:11 p.m.
The fiscal cliff legislation worked out Monday contains a one-year payment patch for physicians who treat Medicare patients, paid for by health care offsets, according to a Senate Democratic aide.
| Dec. 31, 2012, 2:29 p.m.
Proposed House rules for the 113th Congress would make it easier for the chamber to change or repeal recommendations from a controversial board tasked with reining in Medicare spending.
| Dec. 31, 2012, 11:12 a.m.
Whether lawmakers will act to block scheduled cuts to Medicare physician payment rates before Jan. 1 remains up in the air, as discussions on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff deteriorated Sunday.
| Dec. 30, 2012, 10:56 a.m.
The House will convene at 2 p.m. Sunday to vote on 13 bills, none of which have to do with the ongoing battle over the fiscal cliff.
| Dec. 28, 2012, Noon
During the last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reiterated the important role our government can play in ending cancer, saying, “The discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched.”
| Dec. 27, 2012, 7 a.m.
Congress needs to act now to stop the Social Security Administration from driving millions of disabled and elderly Americans over a whole new fiscal cliff that would make it difficult for many to access their benefits while exposing them to rising cyber-fraud.
| Dec. 20, 2012, 7 p.m.
Living in rural America has many advantages — cleaner air, lower-cost housing, and peace and quiet are just a few of them. But access to health care is not one of the benefits of being on the frontier.