Approaching a midnight deadline Friday night, House, Senate, and Obama administration came to agreement on a budget, avoiding a government shutdown. But tough political fights remain.
Federal shutdown: Democrats and Republicans made a last minute historic deal to cut the federal budget and avoid a federal shutdown.
The House voted Thursday to bar the EPA from regulating carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases. The Senate on Wednesday rejected a similar proposal. Still, the fight is far from over.
Tea party supporters from around the country demanded Republicans keep their promise to cut the budget. Democrats and 'liberals' were the target of their ire, but the GOP leadership wasn't spared.
Tea party activists are also calling for the defunding of Obama's health-care reform. Without a new budget compromise, the government shuts down April 8.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs a law that requires a woman seeking an abortion to wait three days and to visit an anti-abortion counseling center. Critics say it is unconstitutional, proponens say it is common sense.
Republican freshmen revolt, saying the three-week spending bill cuts too little – $6 billion – from the 2011 budget. House Democrats who backed the measure say the GOP rift gives them an edge.
A hidden-camera sting orchestrated by James O'Keefe, who took down ACORN, targeted NPR executive Ron Schiller. It shows him calling the tea party racist and the GOP anti-intellectual. Schiller also suggested that NPR doesn't need federal funding.
House Republicans passed a budget bill on Feb. 19 without a single Democratic vote; now Senate Democrats have their own budget proposal. The Senate is poised to vote on both.
In recent opinion polls, the US public gives Congress a starting place to look for cuts in federal spending. Energy industries and 'earmarks' top the list, but there's more.