Congressional negotiators selling a budget accord won Republican endorsements for the plan to ease automatic U.S. spending cuts for two years, remove the risk of a government shutdown and cut the deficit by $23 billion.
An extension of U.S. agriculture subsidies to late January was rebuffed yesterday by Senate Democrats, who said they won’t pass any House plan for temporary funding before Congress breaks for the holidays.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will brief U.S. senators today on the nuclear accord reached with Iran last month, in an effort to derail a congressional push for new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand plans to push for legislation removing sexual-assault prosecutions from the military’s chain of command after congressional leaders spurned her approach in crafting a compromise defense bill.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will push legislation to remove sexual-assault allegations from the military’s chain of command after congressional leaders spurned her approach in crafting a compromise defense measure.
The U.S. Senate will seek again next week to confirm Democratic Representative Mel Watt to lead the federal agency that oversees government-chartered mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an aide said.
Heritage Action, the angry conservative id that has swallowed the Heritage Foundation (and much of the House Republican Conference) whole, just announced that it will treat Janet Yellen’s nomination for chairman of the Federal Reserve as a “key” vote. The designation is intended to pressure Republican senators, who presumably risk being labeled soft on monetarism if they vote to elevate Yellen.