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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House Republicans Block Their Own Spending Bill Because of LGBT Protection Amendment

A domestic energy and water spending bill was defeated last week over an amendment that would prevent the U.S. government from hiring contractors that discriminate based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

May 31, 2016

Citigroup Becomes Its Own Self-Serving Lawmaker

It’s easy to dodge government regulation when you write the laws yourself.

December 24, 2014
Elizabeth Warren

Unzipping The Elizabeth Warren Package

When it comes to Wall Street, Senator Warren is actually far more conservative than the GOP.

December 23, 2014

Chuck Schumer And The Democrats’ Identity Crisis: Economic Policy Vs. Rhetoric

A populist message can’t save the Democratic Party if its leaders continue to serve Wall Street.

December 22, 2014

Spending Bill Surprise: Congress Ends Federal Government’s Ban On Medical Marijuana

A major shift in federal drug policy was buried in the 1,603-page spending bill.

December 18, 2014

New Federal Budget Bill Lets Political Parties Cash In

Learn more about the new campaign finance regulations that sparked bipartisan fury.

December 16, 2014
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (C), and Speaker of the House John Boehner, attend a ceremony at the US Capitol, Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

The ‘Hunger Games’ Economy

The “cromnibus” spending bill embodies the worst qualities of our government — and our media.

December 15, 2014
Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses CPAC 2014 (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Secret Swipe At Obamacare — And You

Republicans successfully buried an attack against Obamacare in the new spending bill.

December 15, 2014

Obama’s Boehner Bailout

What Boehner and Obama’s temporary alliance tells us about the next two years.

December 15, 2014

Just How Did Big Banks Get That Win In Washington?

The inside story of how Wall Street won. Again.

December 15, 2014

Congressional Dealmaking Isn’t Extortion

Is Elizabeth Warren the new Ted Cruz? Not exactly.

December 12, 2014

Breaking Down The ‘Cromnibus’ Vote

Find out who voted for the new spending bill, and who bucked leadership.

December 12, 2014

GOP, Obama Stop Liberal Revolt, Push Through Budget To Avert Shutdown

Congress avoided a government shutdown — barely.

December 11, 2014

Congress Could Enact Rollback Of Dodd-Frank Limits On Derivatives

If Democrats want to avoid a shutdown, they may have to gut Wall Street regulation.

December 11, 2014

Spending Bill’s Campaign Finance Provision Puts More Money In Politics

Wealthy donors win big in the new spending bill. Again.

December 11, 2014
US congressional negotiators have finalized a huge spending bill that funds most federal operations through next September, concluding weeks of haggling to avoid a looming government shutdown (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

5 Things For Progressives To Hate In The New Spending Bill

Congress’ new budget bill has something for everyone to hate.

December 10, 2014

Senate Passes Huge Spending Bill, Sends It To Obama

Washington (AFP) – Marking a truce after years of fiscal feuding in Washington, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Thursday that effectively ended the threat of an election-year government shutdown. The Senate voted 72 to 26 to approve the massive bill, in a show of bipartisanship after the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday […]

January 17, 2014

Congress Procrastinating Again In Budget Debate

For the second time this year, Congress is coming perilously close to allowing a budget dispute to shut down the federal government. If legislators cannot come to an agreement on a spending bill by Friday, then the government will be forced to shut down in a move that could devastate hopes for an economic recovery. […]

September 26, 2011