Democrats, presumably craving a respite from discussing health-care reform, are having one of their periodic fights over how liberal to be. With confidence in the government’s competence and integrity at low ebb, many in the party believe that the time is right for a decisive shift to the left.
Vice President Joe Biden set a goal of at least $1 trillion in budget cuts from negotiations with congressional leaders on the federal debt as talks turned to Medicare, a contentious issue that risks replicating a partisan divide on Capitol Hill.
With the U.S. government on the verge of a historic default, the country’s largest business lobbying group took to the halls of Congress last week to press lawmakers to support the Panama Free-Trade Agreement.
Congress should rewrite the U.S. tax code to remove special-interest breaks and make them easier to obey, and detail how the government spends taxpayers’ money, the annual report by the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate says.