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Ben Weyl


Ben Weyl is associate editor of CQ Weekly magazine, and has been a reporter and editor at CQ Roll Call since 2008. He previously was editor of CQ Roll Call’s Banking and Finance blog, and was a staff writer on CQ’s economics and finance team. A New Jersey native, Weyl is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Wham! Bam! Comic Book Ads Target SEC Chairwoman

April 17, 2015

The comic book-like frames show hideous monsters oozing through Washington and attacking the White House.

Housing Actions Shored Up by Stronger Finances

Feb. 4, 2015

The improving financial health of the Federal Housing Administration, partly the result of a recovering housing market, is giving the Obama administration room to take executive actions on affordable housing.

Republicans Pressed to Block Obama Housing Actions

Feb. 4, 2015

Add affordable housing to President Barack Obama’s list of unilateral actions on which he’s flexing his muscles at an unfriendly Congress.

Hensarling Looks to Claim New Role: Deal-Maker

Dec. 5, 2014

Long derided by critics as an inflexible ideologue, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling is about to reach a major compromise to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, potentially boosting his standing as he flexes his muscles in the next Congress.

In his first two years as chairman, the Texas Republican advanced a fiercely conservative agenda, showing little inclination toward conciliation. That’s changed over the past few days, as he closed in on an agreement with…

House Eyes Terror Insurance Vote as Negotiators Near Agreement

Dec. 4, 2014

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the House will vote next week on a plan to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act ahead of a year-end deadline, as congressional sources reported significant progress Thursday toward a compromise agreement.

Overheard: Jeb Hensarling Swallows Hard

Sept. 10, 2014

“Not the first time that I’ve swallowed hard in my congressional career.”

Ben Bernanke Collection Shows Fed Chairman's Train of Thought

May 13, 2013

It looks increasingly likely that we won’t have Ben S. Bernanke to kick around much longer.

White House Nominates Rep. Watt to Housing Agency; GOP Opposition Likely

May 1, 2013

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would nominate Rep. Melvin Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but the initial response from some lawmakers and industry representatives suggests a sharp political fight over his confirmation.

'Gang of Eight' Forecasts Immigration Bill Next Week

March 31, 2013

A day after labor and business groups struck a deal on a new guest-worker program, key senators said they are within reach of finalizing an immigration overhaul proposal.

Bernanke Hardly Dovish Before Senate, Sees Sequester as Risk to Economy

Feb. 26, 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke strongly defended the Fed’s monetary stimulus before a Senate panel on Tuesday, saying Congress itself is placing a “significant” burden on the economy with the sequester and urging lawmakers to replace the deep budget cuts set to take effect Friday with more measured, long-term deficit reduction.

White House Is Taking the Fight to Avoid Sequester Beyond the Beltway

Feb. 24, 2013

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.

Finance Panel Sets Lew Confirmation Vote for Tuesday

Feb. 24, 2013

The Senate Finance Committee scheduled a vote for Tuesday on Jacob J. Lew’s nomination to succeed Timothy F. Geithner as Treasury secretary.

Treasury Nominee Lew Looks on Track for Confirmation After Hearing

Feb. 13, 2013

Jacob J. Lew emerged relatively unscathed from his nomination hearing to serve as Treasury secretary, putting the administration’s choice to replace Timothy F. Geithner on a likely easy path to confirmation.

Lew Faces No Blockade to Treasury Approval

Feb. 12, 2013

Barring an unexpected revelation or major slipup, Jacob J. Lew almost certainly will secure a relatively smooth path to approval as Treasury secretary after a confirmation hearing Wednesday that lawmakers will use as a forum to score political points against Obama administration fiscal policies.

Senate GOP Again Lines Up Against Consumer Agency Nominee

Feb. 1, 2013

Senate Republicans say they once again have the votes to block President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Republicans Call for NLRB to Shut Down in Wake of Court Ruling on Appointees

Jan. 25, 2013

Senate Republicans won an important victory over President Barack Obama on Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled that his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board a year ago were unconstitutional. GOP lawmakers quickly responded by calling for the appointees to resign and for the board to shut down.

Obama Nominates White to SEC, Cordray to CFPB

Jan. 24, 2013

President Barack Obama is making a case for strengthening oversight of the financial industry with his nominations of former prosecutor Mary Jo White to be chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Senate Democrats Tell Obama He May Need to Hike Debt Limit on His Own

Jan. 11, 2013

Senate Democratic leaders urged President Barack Obama on Friday to be prepared to lift the debt ceiling “without congressional approval” if Republicans block legislation and default is imminent.

Though He Lacks the Classic Resume, Lew Will Likely Be Popular Choice to Head Treasury

Jan. 8, 2013

Although White House Chief of Staff Jacob J. Lew has relatively little experience dealing with the financial industry, that may not matter all that much if, as widely reported, President Barack Obama intends to nominate him on Thursday to be the next Treasury secretary.

Lawmakers Eye Policy Actions on Debt Limit

Jan. 2, 2013

With the fight over fiscal cliff issues only just resolved, the battle lines already are being drawn and important policy and economic implications measured for a coming showdown on the federal debt ceiling.

GOP, Democrats Continue Public Standoff

Dec. 9, 2012

With the White House and congressional Republicans publicly deadlocked — but privately negotiating — to steer clear of the fiscal cliff, top lawmakers were left with little to do on Sunday’s talk shows except exchange partisan attacks, even as some predicted a deal would be reached.

Democrats Don't Expect Offsets, Debt Talks to Delay Aid

Dec. 6, 2012

Democrats aren’t expecting ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations or the threat of spending offsets to derail their push this month to pass a multibillion- dollar superstorm Sandy aid package.

Republicans Press, Then Drop, Bid for Senate Vote on Debt Limit Plan

Dec. 6, 2012

The Senate on Thursday took up and then abruptly dropped a test of President Barack Obama’s bid to take the sting out of the debt limit, providing a brief public showdown over an issue linked to fiscal cliff negotiations.

Obama Unilateral Action on Debt Limit Would Risk Political, Legal Battle

Dec. 5, 2012

If President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are unable to agree to lift the debt ceiling, Obama could take extraordinary measures that would avoid a crippling government default but would surely invite Republican outrage and likely trigger a constitutional crisis.

Bernanke to Credit for Low Rates

Dec. 2, 2012

The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages is based on a simple premise: Interest rates are at historic lows. That means modifying a loan at today’s rates would put serious money in the pockets of homeowners — some $3,000 per year under Obama’s plan, he says.

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