They’ve allowed concealed-carry weapons in national parks, considered easing gun restrictions in the District of Columbia, and turned back a campaign pledge on gun-record transparency.
The Senate nears a vote on a bill to help ease the foreclosure crisis, as banking and real estate lobbies successfully resist efforts to let courts adjust terms of mortgages.
Though Democrats are asking for bipartisan support, the resolution passed Wednesday suggests they are prepared to go it alone on healthcare and education reform.
The process of allocating taxpayer dollars starts in earnest as the 13 separate appropriations bills make their way through committees.
The bill, which is being called the most sweeping land protection law in a quarter century, would set aside more than 2 million acres of desert and forest in nine states.
It's an honored and very selective profession – and teachers are highly paid.
Lawmakers agree that big financial institutions are in trouble. But they want more help for their constituents.