The White House is signaling it would not block a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown should lawmakers need to keep working on a massive spending measure after the Dec. 11 deadline.
Though Texas hold’em poker is illegal to play online for profit in the Lone Star State, on the other hand, state representative Joe Barton bets his bill will change that.
Washington (AFP) – A bill in California that would require soft drinks to have health warning labels failed to clear a key committee on Tuesday. Under the measure, sugary drinks sold in the most populous U.S. state would have to carry a label with a warning that sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. […]
By Stephanie Haven, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Divided along mostly partisan lines, the Senate refused Wednesday to take up a Democrat-backed bill that would have enabled individuals to refinance existing student loans to the lower interest rate Congress approved last year for new borrowers. Among the roadblocks: Democrats proposed paying the $55.6 billion price for […]
Washington (AFP) – The House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing U.S. bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, the first step toward restricting NSA intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year. The reforms, backed by the White House, lost the support of civil liberties groups and tech companies like Google and […]
By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The chances for a Senate vote to approve the Keystone pipeline died on Monday along with an energy efficiency bill, victims of Congress’ inability to do anything regarding energy policy. The Senate, paralyzed by partisan bickering, has not been able to pass a major energy bill since 2007, […]
By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a school finance bill Monday that will send millions of dollars to schools but also end mandatory due-process hearings before experienced teachers can be fired. “This is a win for Kansas students. This is a win for parents. … And it’s a win for property […]
Hundreds of New Jersey public workers took to the streets in Trenton to protest a bill that would force them to pay more for their health benefits and pension plans. Top lawmakers, including Governor Chris Christie, have signaled support for the plan. “You can’t pit the public against the public employees,” Florence Detofsky, a retired […]