Stories tagged: Congress
Tue., Dec. 13, 2011, 7:50 a.m.
Can’t raise taxes? Hike Medicare premiums instead
Raising taxes on millionaires may be a non-starter for Republicans, but they seem to have no problem hiking Medicare premiums for retirees making a lot less.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2011, 7:17 p.m.
$1 trillion-plus spending bill taking shape in Congress
Weary after a year of partisan bickering, lawmakers reached a tentative agreement today on a sprawling $1 trillion-plus spending bill that chips away at military and environmental spending but denies …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2011
Budget, tax credits lead agendas of region’s lawmakers
WASHINGTON – With just under a month left in 2011, the federal budget and tax breaks top Inland Northwest lawmakers’ year-end to-do lists. Three of 12 appropriations bills are on …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011, 9:36 a.m.
Labrador wants to ax green energy incentives
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador wants to do away with green energy incentives, and instead cut corporate tax rates.
Sat., Oct. 29, 2011
Shadle students discuss budget with Gregoire
If Chris Gregoire gets tired of being Washington’s governor, she might have a future as a Shadle Park High School economics teacher. She might, anyway, if the state weren’t making …
Fri., Oct. 28, 2011, 8:53 a.m.
Idaho Rep. Labrador puts wife on campaign payroll
Freshman Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador has put his wife, Becca, on his campaign payroll with a monthly salary - a practice that, while legal, has drawn much criticism since a …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2011, 10:51 a.m.
Obama says he’s ready to move jobs bill in pieces
President Barack Obama said today he’s prepared to break his jobs bill into pieces and try to move it that way, hours before the measure faced likely defeat at the …
Fri., Sept. 16, 2011
Coastal tribe seeking higher ground
WASHINGTON – Members of a Washington state coastal tribe pleaded with a congressional panel Thursday to move them out of a tsunami zone and into a national park. “Without this …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2011, 4:08 p.m.
Congress reprises Sept. 11 chorus
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol on Monday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and raise a chorus of …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2011
City fears steeper reduction in funds
Local leaders are worried that a federal program that pays for roads, roofs, sidewalks, youth programs and a broad array of other services could face substantial cuts as Congress works …
UPDATED: Sat., July 30, 2011, 8:31 p.m.
Debt crisis: Significant progress reported
WASHINGTON — After weeks of intense partisanship, Republican congressional leaders and President Barack Obama made a last-minute stab at compromise Saturday to avoid a government default threatened for early next …
Thu., July 28, 2011, 9:09 p.m.
House Republicans call off debt vote
WASHINGTON — An intense endgame at hand, House Republican leaders put off a vote Thursday night on legislation to avert a threatened government default and slice federal spending by nearly …
Sat., July 16, 2011
Bill would open door for more geothermal
BOISE – U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is pushing legislation to ease restrictions on geothermal exploration on federal lands, a move experts say could lead to more development of a …
Sat., June 11, 2011, 1:53 p.m.
Embattled congressman decides to seek treatment
Under fierce pressure from fellow Democrats to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner announced Saturday he was entering professional treatment at an undisclosed location and requested a leave …
Sun., April 17, 2011
Eye on Boise: Otter says closed primary an imperfect compromise
BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law historic changes in Idaho’s election system, requiring, for the first time, that all Idahoans declare their party affiliation to vote in …
Sun., April 10, 2011
Congress’ curious budget recipe
In case you hadn’t noticed, Congress isn’t like the rest of the world. For instance: 1. Should households facing large bills work on ways to bring in less money?
Sat., March 5, 2011
Editorial: Public has right to see research it has paid for
While it might seem at times that congressional debate is seat-of-the-pants silliness, much of what informs legislation is the product of empirical research and in-depth analysis. Congress, in essence, has …
Tue., March 1, 2011, 5:05 p.m.
Western lawmakers, governors fight wild lands proposal
Western Republican governors and members of Congress vowed Tuesday to fight an Obama administration “wild lands” initiative they say could prevent oil-and-gas drilling on millions of acres of federal land. …
Wed., Feb. 9, 2011
Editorial: Permanent sales tax deduction fair solution
As always, the deductibility of sales tax in the seven states that don’t have an income tax came down to the wire, with Congress issuing a temporary reprieve in December. …
Thu., Dec. 16, 2010, 2:44 p.m.
Final hurdle for tax bill: Is the end in sight?
Acting with uncommon speed, Congress moved toward final passage tonight of sweeping, bipartisan legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for millions and renew jobless benefits for …
Wed., Dec. 15, 2010, 10:34 a.m.
Senate passes package extending Bush tax cuts
The Senate has passed a sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes for the next two years while also reducing their Social …
Tue., Dec. 14, 2010, 11:22 a.m.
House Democrats consider changes in tax bill
WASHINGTON — House Democrats considered changes in legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 jump in income taxes today, despite a warning from Republicans that the bill’s passage could be endangered …
Mon., Dec. 13, 2010, 12:05 p.m.
Big legal setback for Obama’s health care overhaul
A federal judge declared a key provision of the Obama administration’s health care law unconstitutional today, siding with Virginia’s attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately …
Thu., Dec. 9, 2010, 5:02 p.m.
Way cleared for tax cut bill; energy breaks added
The White House and key lawmakers in both parties cleared the way tonight for swift Senate action to avert a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for most Americans, agreeing …
Wed., Dec. 8, 2010, 4:16 p.m.
Tax defeat could trigger new recession, WH warns
Raising the direst alarm yet, the Obama administration warned fellow Democrats today that if they defeat the big tax-cut compromise detested by many liberals, they could jolt the nation back …
Tue., Dec. 7, 2010, 11:42 a.m.
Obama defends tax deal, says it’s best for nation
Facing a Democratic rebellion, President Barack Obama today staunchly defended his decision to compromise with Republicans and temporarily extend about-to-expire tax cuts for all Americans.
Mon., Dec. 6, 2010, 4:06 p.m.
Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax cuts
Brushing past Democratic opposition, President Barack Obama announced agreement with Republicans tonight on a plan to extend expiring income tax cuts for all Americans, renew jobless benefits for the long-term …
Tue., Nov. 30, 2010, 9:48 a.m.
Pentagon study: No major risks with openly gay troops
The Pentagon’s study on gays in the military has determined that overturning the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on serving openly might cause some disruption at first but would not …
Tue., Nov. 30, 2010, 9:09 a.m.
Senate shuns push for elimination of pet projects
The Senate today rejected a GOP bid to ban the practice of larding spending bills with earmarks — those pet projects that lawmakers love to send home to their states.
Mon., Nov. 29, 2010, 9:14 a.m.
Lawmakers return to Capitol to clean up leftovers
Congress resumes its lame-duck session work today with the two parties sharply divided over how to deal with the George W. Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at year’s end.