President Barack Obama must name a Commodity Futures Trading Commission member with the experience needed to ward off Wall Street lobbying over the Volcker rule and speculation limits, nine Democratic senators said.
During the 899 days he has waited for the Senate to vote on his nomination to a top job at the Environmental Protection Agency, Ken Kopocis has amassed compliments from Senate Republicans and a predecessor.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer said she is “very optimistic” lawmakers will agree on a bill to authorize as much as $12.5 billion for dredging U.S. harbors and waterways, flood control and environmental restoration.
Female senators backing a bill to remove sex-assault cases from the U.S. military chain of command say they may limit their proposal to just rape and sex crimes to win support before a showdown vote as early as this week.
President Barack Obama’s one-year reprieve for Americans losing insurance and rare display of contrition were meant to quell the political crisis engulfing Democrats over the botched roll-out of his health-care law.
Congress’s job-approval rating fell to a 39-year low as a result of the budget standoff that closed the federal government for 16 days, underscoring the hurdle lawmakers face in next year’s re-election races.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who’s in charge of writing legislation to continue highway construction after 2014, said she favors eliminating the 18.4- cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline that pays for such work.