Articles & Op-Eds

June 18, 2009
The debate over a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health-care system got off to a rocky start in the Senate yesterday as lawmakers delayed action on one key bill and engaged in partisan sniping over another.
June 17, 2009
Congress is on its way to giving President Barack Obama what could be its final emergency war-spending bill, an annual budgetary sleight-of-hand that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has cost the nation nearly $1 trillion.
June 16, 2009
The independent commission that advises Congress on Medicare payments said the federal government must give doctors and health-care facilities incentives to rein in costs in providing care for the elderly and disabled.
June 15, 2009
Legislation to grant voting rights in the House of Representatives to the District of Columbia probably won’t come to the House floor this year, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer indicated June 9.
June 14, 2009
THE PUSH for voting rights for the District of Columbia has stalled because -- or so congressional leaders say -- city officials can't agree on a course of action. Let's be clear about who really is at fault.
June 13, 2009
Congress has shamefully caved in, yet again, to the gun lobby and abandoned the effort to grant the long-suffering District of Columbia a voting representative in the House.
June 11, 2009
The House ethics committee is investigating the now-defunct PMA defense lobbying group and its ties to lawmakers.
June 11, 2009
U.S. auto-parts companies plan to ask the Obama administration for as much as $10 billion in new aid as General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC bankruptcies deepen the suppliers' troubles.
June 10, 2009
President Obama called on Congress yesterday to enact pay-as-you-go budget rules to help tame a deficit forecast to top $1.8 trillion this year.
June 10, 2009
Congressional leaders abandoned efforts yesterday to win passage of the D.C. voting rights bill this summer after city leaders wouldn't withdraw their opposition to an amendment that would do away with the District's strict gun-control laws.
June 9, 2009
U.S. auto dealers' political muscle was on display Tuesday, as House and Senate lawmakers increased pressure on General Motors Corp. (GMGMQ) and Chrysler LLC to pull back on planned dealership closings.
June 7, 2009
While headlines talk about a "fight" over the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court that may never develop, a much bigger battle is about to break out over President Obama's No. 1 domestic priority, health care.
June 2, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer has a message for members as they enter the busy summer months: Pick up the pace on roll calls, or miss your chance to vote.
June 2, 2009
Seeking to maintain momentum from last month's markup, House Democrats are considering an aggressive push this month for floor passage of energy and global warming legislation.
June 1, 2009
Congress returns this week to face an agenda stuffed with difficult, high-profile issues that will test the ability of Democrats and the White House to deliver health care, energy and spending legislation while simultaneously contending with a Supreme Court nomination.
May 21, 2009
IN THE THREE months since the U.S. Senate approved the D.C. voting rights bill, dates targeted for a House vote have come and gone with no action.
May 21, 2009
The House will probably adjourn for the Memorial Day recess Thursday without having resolved differences with the Senate on the war funding bill, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in an interview.
May 20, 2009
The House appears likely to clear sweeping new restrictions on the credit card industry Wednesday — a major success for President Obama that would directly affect far more Americans than any of his other economic initiatives to date.
May 13, 2009
House Democratic leaders vowed Wednesday to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the health care system before the August recess.
May 13, 2009
The financial health of the Social Security system has eroded more sharply in the past year than at any time since the mid-1990s, according to a government forecast that ratchets up pressure on the Obama administration and Congress to stabilize the retirement system that keeps many older Americans out of poverty.
May 13, 2009
Increasing reliance on renewable energy from wind and solar farms might not necessarily mean the construction of thousands of new transmission towers stretching across the American landscape.
May 13, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said a climate change bill could be on the House floor this summer after Democrats announced agreements on a few critical issues holding the legislation up.
May 12, 2009
The cheapest kilowatt of renewable energy is the kilowatt we save. For that reason, building a clean energy economy isn’t simply about constructing low-carbon plants or implementing a cap-and-trade plan. It’s also about developing an energy grid that more efficiently sends power to homes and businesses — and saves us money along the way.
May 12, 2009
As the United States looks to expand the electric grid to reach renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gas emissions, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wants to ensure the transmission cables themselves more efficient and "smart."
May 10, 2009
"WE CAN no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration or the next generation," declared President Barack Obama last week as he unveiled his budget.