Topic: U.S. Senate Budget Committee
A vote to raise the national debt ceiling is always tough, because it casts the majority party as a reckless spender. But Congress must confront the issue, probably Jan. 20, upon lawmakers' return from recess. If the ceiling is not raised, the government will likely run out of funds in February.
01/19/2010 04:51 pm
President Obama has made a priority of tackling the US unemployment rate – now about 10 percent. But a new jobs program would add more to the soaring federal deficit.
12/17/2009 02:50 pm
Obama administration officials have been talking up consumer-owned cooperatives. But they might not be big or strong enough to compete.
08/17/2009 01:00 am
They don't have the votes to block an additional $2 billion for the popular program. Many have heard from car dealers back home.
08/04/2009 01:00 am
A bipartisan group of senators met Tuesday to hash out details. The same panel helped President Bush to his first major legislative victory.
07/21/2009 01:00 am
It doesn't rein in the government's runaway costs for Medicare and Medicaid,says the director of the Congressional Budget Office.
07/17/2009 01:00 am
Will adding $9 trillion to the deficit become a political liability for Democrats in 2010 midterm elections?
06/15/2009 01:00 am
Key players in the coming congressional debate spoke Sunday. Their comments are a road map for the week ahead.
06/14/2009 01:00 am
Even as the president urges Senate Democrats to move quickly, a Congressional Budget Office ruling lowers a hurdle that tripped up the Clinton-era reform effort.
06/03/2009 01:00 am
Though Democrats are asking for bipartisan support, the resolution passed Wednesday suggests they are prepared to go it alone on healthcare and education reform.
04/29/2009 01:00 am