The EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard program has attracted controversy for driving up food prices and the cost of gasoline. Republican lawmakers lambasted the EPA's fuel standard in a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, but supporters say the standard is flexible and an important part of a transition to alternative fuels.
House Republicans now have their own extended unemployment benefits plan, but with reforms to satisfy conservatives, including drug testing, job training, and shorter terms of eligibility.
President Obama has hit the road to lobby for his plan to extend and expand this year's payroll tax cut 'holiday.' Though concerns remain, Republicans worry that Obama is gaining traction.
Details of the US debt and deficit talks have been mostly secret, fueling concerns on both sides of the aisle that their leaders will compromise party values or give away too much.
Pointing to record profits and unprecedented gasoline prices, President Obama and congressional Democrats want to end subsidies to the oil and gas industry. Republicans and the industry say that would harm the economy.
They held budget negotiators' feet to the fire, but the GOP House freshmen also proved to be flexible. Too, their voting record for their first 100 days in office is less monolithic than many had expected.
As we await returns from primaries in Alaska, Arizona, and Florida, which of the two theoretical candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is working harder to support their candidates – Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee?