| Feb. 25, 2013, 3:55 p.m.
President Barack Obama on Monday called on the nationís governors to lobby their respective congressional delegations to prevent the looming sequestration cuts set to kick in Friday.
| Feb. 24, 2013, 8 p.m.
The White House is aiming its latest warnings about the dire consequences of deep across-the-board spending cuts at an audience beyond the Beltway, issuing a new report Sunday that breaks down the effects on every state.
| Feb. 22, 2013, 3:21 p.m.
In an effort to better educate Capitol Hill staffers on the pressing legislative issues in the new Congress, the Congressional Research Service hosted a two-day seminar during recess week featuring the think tankís top experts in policy areas such as immigration, gun control and tax policy.
| Feb. 22, 2013, 1:58 p.m.
Pressed by President Barack Obama to support more revenue increases, congressional Republicans may relent on the carried interest loophole that tends to benefit wealthy Wall Street investors.
| Feb. 14, 2013, 4:07 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada laid out a $110 billion plan on Thursday to replace the sequester with higher taxes on the wealthy, tax revenue from oil derived from tar sands and spending reductions in agriculture subsidies and defense.
| Feb. 13, 2013, 3:49 p.m.
Even as they blame one another for automatic spending cuts set to take effect March 1, key lawmakers on both sides believe the best chance for a bipartisan deal to restructure the sequester will come by the end of March.
| Feb. 13, 2013, 4 a.m.
The presidentís State of the Union address this week focused on job growth, and that must be a top priority for the White House and, in particular, Congress, which has constitutional authority over taxation ó a key component of job growth and fixing the ailing economy.
| Feb. 12, 2013, 1:44 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the House on Tuesday for not moving a sequester replacement plan as the onset of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts nears and lawmakers say the likelihood of congressional action before the March 1 deadline diminishes.
| Feb. 10, 2013, 2:44 p.m.
With 19 days to go, the sequester standoff hardened Sunday. Congressional leaders from both parties said the deep automatic spending cuts must be prevented from taking effect, but Republicans drew a line in the sand against making tax increases part of any stopgap alternative, and Democrats did the same in vowing to protect entitlements and social programs.
| Feb. 8, 2013, 5:40 p.m.
Blue Dog Democrats are hunting for the middle ground in the partisan fight over spending and taxes, and they are looking at centrist Republicans as potential allies. Cooper said Blue Dogs will meet with members of the GOPís The Tuesday Group. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo
| Feb. 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
The nationís brief respite from the serial budget battles that have consumed Washington, D.C., is officially over, with President Barack Obamaís Tuesday demand for new tax revenue in a short-term deal to avoid automatic spending cuts at the beginning of March.
| Feb. 5, 2013, 10:27 a.m.
A consumer advocacy group is urging states to get ahead of Congress in cracking down on offshore tax avoidance that costs states an estimated $40 billion in annual revenue.
| Jan. 30, 2013, 3:10 p.m.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the economy is poised for growth and more jobs, if the GOP doesnít muck it up.
| Jan. 29, 2013, 2:55 p.m.
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said Tuesday that thereís a simple way to solve the D.C. statehood conflict thatís been roiling in the city for decades: Unless D.C.ís land is retro-ceded to Virginia or Maryland, District residents should not be required to pay federal taxes.
| Jan. 27, 2013, 3:32 p.m.
In his first sit-down interview since the Republican ticket lost to President Barack Obama, 2012 vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul D. Ryan defended his partyís positions on trimming spending for myriad entitlement and safety net programs ó steps that critics have called draconian but which he says are necessary.
| Jan. 25, 2013, 3:54 p.m.
Finance Chairman Max Baucus says heís looking for help from Majority Leader Harry Reid to assign a pair of plum subcommittee chairmanships that have remained vacant as other panel assignments have been snapped up.
| 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. 11, 2013, 3:59 p.m.
Of all the consequences of the compromise tax package that made it into law, one thatís been overlooked is that it may be easier for Democrats to raise taxes in the future, if they can win a majority in the House while maintaining control of the Senate and the White House.
| Jan. 10, 2013, 5:41 p.m.
The Fix the Debt campaign announced Thursday that 40 more corporate CEOs and business leaders had joined its cause. To some congressional denizens, that could translate into 40 more people with whom they are miffed.
| Jan. 10, 2013, 1:39 p.m.
The nationís 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.