Nine Senate Republicans yesterday joined 169 of their House colleagues in defying the small- government Tea Party movement by voting to pass a bipartisan budget deal, the latest marker in an internal power struggle that could redefine the party.
The U.S. House has a message for voters who want to cut spending: It passed a bill repealing a long-term health care program that the Obama administration had already dropped, and would bar welfare recipients from spending their benefits in strip clubs and casinos.
President Barack Obama defended the tax-cut deal he reached with Republican leaders as a pragmatic compromise grounded in the realities of families who otherwise could have seen their taxes rise or jobless benefits halted.
As California lawmakers rushed to wrap up their work before going into recess until January, Governor Jerry Brown was seen playing Wiffle Ball in the courtyard of his office at the state capitol in Sacramento.
Republican lawmakers questioned whether a U.S. agreement with Russia will succeed in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons as President Barack Obama said the plan will reduce the chances of another poison gas attack.