Passage of the spending bill, which goes to Obama for signing, averts a midnight government shutdown. It also leaves the bitter fight over spending to the next Congress.
Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment who presented herself as a shrewd businesswoman, was beaten for the US Senate seat by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Many more Democratic House seats than Republican ones are vulnerable this year. Republicans are targeting the Democrats' freshman class, plus some veteran lawmakers.
With the federal deficit at $1.5 trillion, some voters are balking at politicians who tout a record of securing ‘pork barrel’ projects.
WikiLeaks documents barely made a dent in Congress’s decision to continue funding a surge of US forces into Afghanistan. The House passed the measure 308 to 114.
A Democratic House leader wants Congress to spend $10 billion to save teacher jobs. The White House has threatened a veto. Meanwhile, funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are in limbo.
Wisconsin Rep. David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, will not seek another term in office, he said Wednesday.
Neugebauer insists that he was not referring directly to a fellow congressman but to an agreement made in the 11th hour.