Thomas Perez’s nomination for U.S. labor secretary is running into mounting opposition from Senate Republicans, with some saying confirmation might be at risk. A committee vote on the nomination was delayed for a week.
Congressional leaders are discussing how to mitigate the potential effects of a section of the 2010 health-care law that could cost lawmakers and their employees subsidies for health insurance, an aide said.
With eight days left before automatic federal budget cuts begin, Republicans and President Barack Obama are spending more time trying to sway public opinion and blaming each other than negotiating an agreement.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader who has stayed largely outside the U.S. budget fight this year, will be thrust into prominence just five days before the deadline for tax increases and spending cuts.
President Barack Obama and his advisers are debating whether to install Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as soon as today, challenging Republican efforts to block appointments while Congress is away from the Capitol, according to two people familiar with the matter.