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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.

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.

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.

Mikulski: 'Poison Pill' Riders, Taxes Drag Down Omnibus Talks

The top Senate Democratic appropriator said Tuesday more than three dozen policy riders and a package of tax extenders continue to trip up omnibus negotiations that could stretch into the weekend.

Bitterness Lingers as Omnibus Talks Stumble Over Policy Riders

Senior appropriators attempted to pick up the pieces Thursday after a messy 36 hours laid bare just how far apart the parties remain on the fiscal 2016 omnibus.

Omnibus Spat Spills Into View as Democrats Ready Counteroffer

House Democrats on Wednesday were preparing a counteroffer after they formally rejected Republicans' opening proposal on the largest outstanding policy and funding sticking points in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill.

Brady Vows 'Relentless' Tax Overhaul Drive

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady acknowledged in a wide-ranging interview with CQ Roll Call Friday that the highway bill is unlikely to include an international tax overhaul. But the newly elected chairman vowed to continue pursuing the issue and to lay the groundwork for a longer-range tax code restructuring with sweeping rate reductions for business.

End Impunity for Tax Slackers, Cheaters and Crooks | Commentary

The Congressional Budget Office just estimated that the federal budget deficit would reach $425 billion this year. That’s an additional $1,300 of debt for each American man, woman and child.

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In Ryan, Budget Talks Gain a New Player Who's an Old Hand

Paul D. Ryan's years spent honing his fiscal expertise and cultivating relationships will assure his ascent to the speakership this week — and immediately plant a numbers pro in the middle of high-stakes budget talks.

It's Time for Fair Treatment of Our Community Organizations | Commentary

In these times of fierce partisanship, it is rare to find an issue on which two leaders from very different sides of the political spectrum can see eye to eye. However, on the issue of the Gift Tax, we agree the IRS is threatening the very foundation of our country and the great charitable organizations that serve as our foundation. It is because of this issue that we are deeply concerned for the future of our nation and the health of our communities.

Brady Seen As a Likely Successor to Ryan on Tax Panel

Rep. Kevin Brady has emerged as the front-runner to replace House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan if the top tax writer opts to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Ryan's Fundraising Adds to Speaker Pressure

Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s stature as a GOP rainmaker is one reason so many of his colleagues want him to run for House speaker, now that California’s Kevin McCarthy has dropped out.

Speaker Fight Widens K Street, Tea Party Rift

California Republican Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the race to replace Ohio’s John A. Boehner as speaker intensifies the ideological warfare between pro-business Republicans on K Street and tea party activists.

Too Much of a Good Thing? That's Crude Economics | Commentary

The shale revolution of the past decade has fueled the bulk of our continued, albeit anemic, economic recovery and has sparked a resurgence in a number of industries, including manufacturing. The increased supply has pushed us to consider the proverbial dilemma: Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? The good thing we have is an abundance of oil and gas. Drilling techniques, new technologies, expanded resource recovery and new resource discoveries have yielded unprecedented productivity among domestic drillers. Today, the United States is the world’s top petroleum producer, bigger than either Saudi Arabia or Russia.

House GOP Civil War Takes to the Airwaves

Just two days after House Speaker John A. Boehner stunned Washington by announcing he will leave Congress next month, two top members of his House Republican conference traded barbs in a remarkably public display of internal dissent on a Sunday network news show.

McCarthy Profile: Genial Party Loyalist Rose Quickly

Speaker John A. Boehner's resignation at the end of October makes his top deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the likeliest candidate to inherit the gavel. Boehner even offered his unqualified endorsement, saying the five-term lawmaker would be an "excellent" speaker.

Rubio, Cruz Call for New Leadership Direction As Boehner Quits

Sen. Marco Rubio received boisterous applause and a standing ovation Friday when he informed a crowd at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will resign later this year. 

Boehner Profile: Achievements and Pitfalls Mark Recent Years

Speaker John A. Boehner's stunning announcement Friday that he will resign from his House seat next month caps a 25-year career marked by legislative victories and intra-party conflicts. 

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