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February 2, 2010
As President Obama announced his $3.8 trillion spending plan on Monday, Republicans savaged it as a recipe for fiscal disaster, while Democrats defended the call to drive record deficits even higher to finance measures aimed at putting people back to work.
February 2, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, (D., Md.) said the U.S. House will take up a bill Thursday to increase the federal government's borrowing limit by $1.9 trillion, enough to enable the Treasury to pay its bills through 2010.
January 28, 2010
Declaring "I don't quit," President Barack Obama fought to recharge his embattled presidency with a State of the Union vow to get jobless millions back to work and stand on the side of Americans angry at Wall Street greed and Washington bickering.
January 27, 2010
As President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress, we can look back at a hard year for America’s economy — but a year in which collapse was averted.
January 27, 2010
Giving up on overhauling the nation's health care system is not an option, the top House Democrat said Wednesday as lawmakers looked to President Barack Obama for guidance in his State of the Union address on how to revive the stalled legislation.
January 26, 2010
More than half of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC's dealers that were ordered closed by the company appealed ahead of a midnight deadline set by Congress.
January 26, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says voters in Massachusetts sent the message that “our country is not working right,” and Congress needs to “turn [its] frustration into something productive.”
January 25, 2010
The Washington Auto Show, which begins Wednesday, typically isn't the place where new models are unveiled.
January 23, 2010
In praising an agreement reached this week on statutory pay-go legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked Republicans to back the budget enforcement effort in the Senate.
January 21, 2010
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) signaled Wednesday that lawmakers have made “headway” on a gun amendment that has stalled the D.C. House Voting Rights Act for months, but it’s still unclear whether voting rights advocates would accept a compromised provision in return for the bill’s passage.
January 21, 2010
Though reeling from a political body blow, House Democrats rejected the quickest fix to their health care dilemma Thursday and signaled that any agreement on President Barack Obama's signature issue will come slowly, if at all.
January 20, 2010
Cap-and-trade legislation pending in Congress may be split in two to ensure that parts that encourage the use of more alternative energy sources can pass the Senate now that Democrats control one less seat, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Wednesday.
January 19, 2010
President Barack Obama is poised to name a special commission to come up with a plan to curb the spiraling budget deficit, top Democrats said Tuesday evening.
January 19, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday passing the Senate’s version of health care overhaul would be better than passing nothing.
January 16, 2010
For months, President Barack Obama has owned the health care legislation that's struggling to cross the finish line in Congress.
January 14, 2010
President Obama spent several hours with congressional leaders Wednesday in a marathon negotiating session aimed at resolving outstanding differences between the House and Senate Democrats over health-care legislation and pushing his top domestic priority through to final passage.
January 14, 2010
House Democratic leaders are keeping mum on the details of their secret negotiations with the Senate and the White House on health care, but they are promising that there will be at least 72 hours to review the final bill before the House votes.
January 13, 2010
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will begin talks this week with leading lawmakers about creating a bipartisan budget commission, an idea that has long languished in Congress but could become central to the Obama administration’s promise to reduce annual deficits.
January 12, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is probably the best politician in Congress. While Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) deserves high praise for holding her party together on some very difficult issues, it was Hoyer who helped seal the final legislative deals that spelled the margins of victory.
January 12, 2010
House Democrats have opted to send six of their biggest guns to the healthcare negotiating table to iron out a deal with the Senate, according to a House leadership aide.
January 12, 2010
Forget the latest turbocharged engine or aerodynamic design. The star attraction Monday at the North American International Auto Show was the spectacle of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, with a bevy of other Washington officials touring the show.
January 6, 2010
House Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they would insist on changes to the Senate health care legislation to make coverage more affordable for middle-class Americans and to tighten control over the insurance industry.
December 22, 2009
The Democratic-controlled Senate, voting 60-40, swept aside Republican objections and moved to close off debate on health overhaul legislation, marking a milestone moment for President Barack Obama's most pressing domestic initiative.
December 21, 2009
President Obama may have improved his chances for passing global warming legislation in the Senate by forging an interim international agreement here that puts both rich and poor countries on a path to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
December 16, 2009
As the battle over health care lurches toward a conclusion, President Obama is confronting an increasingly sharp divide on the Democratic left, with liberals in the Senate and the House split on a critical question: How much of what they want is enough?