Congress went home for Christmas having met Americans’ abysmally low expectations: A government shutdown was avoided when both House and Senate passed a budget for the fiscal year that began three months ago.
WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee, a rare island of bipartisanship in recent years, may soon become a more confrontational arena with the retirement of its chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers.
WASHINGTON — Congress inched closer to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.
HELENA — Some top leaders of the U.S. House will be in Montana next week to appear at fundraisers for U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis.
WASHINGTON — If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.
The highways America needs can’t be built in five months. Major projects may take years of planning and multiple years for construction.
WASHINGTON — In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”
The Republican Party is hurting itself by taking immigration reform off the table. Recently, the Republican leadership announced that it was killing any possibility of immigration reform during this midterm election year. This runs counter to the party’s desire to court the Latino vote — a g…
Yet another ominous deadline looms for action on the long-delayed U.S. farm and nutrition bill.
WASHINGTON — “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?”
This fall, partisan gridlock shut down much of the federal government for two long weeks, denied the public services, delayed pay checks to millions of public servants, deprived private businesses and their employees of work and customers, and left U.S. taxpayers with a big bill for nothing.
WASHINGTON — Liberals constantly lecture, more in theatrical sorrow than in actual anger, about their eagerness to compromise with Republicans, just not with Republicans who are — liberal moderation expresses itself immoderately — hostage-taking, terroristic, anarchistic, jihadist suicide bo…
When you’re young and homeless, the act of bouncing around from one friend’s living room to another’s is known as couch surfing. But at Jennifer Bradley’s age, it’s no way to live.
This is not the most acrimonious period in American political history. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed his longtime rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel. Fifty-two years later, Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina assaulted Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a heavy cane.
WASHINGTON — Seeing our government and our creditworthiness held hostage to the demands of a right-wing minority is infuriating. It’s also heartbreaking.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a way out. President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders meet at the White House. After the meeting, the president announces that the administration commits to negotiations with Congress over spending reductions that will explicitly in…
WASHINGTON — The Tea Party Republicans should hang a “Mission Accomplished” banner across the House of Representatives. They could flank it with large portraits of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who has in fact, if not in name, replaced John Boehner as speaker of the House. The right-wi…
Daines sticking with GOP majority in House on Obamacare changes; Tester, Baucus say no change needed in funding bill
HELENA — As Congress edged toward a government shutdown Monday night, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he planned to vote for the latest GOP offers to delay or modify Obamacare in exchange for avoiding the shutdown.
With less than a week before the federal farm bill expires and nothing suggesting a new one is in the works, September 2013 is beginning to look a lot like 2012 — and 2011.
The U.S. House set the stage for a faceoff over a government shutdown Friday by passing a short-term spending bill that defunds the health care law known as Obamacare.