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Washington Insider

  • October 13, 2010

    Obama Continues to Push Infrastructure Spending

    Looking for a way to raise aggregate demand to stimulate the economy, President Obama continues to push for further infrastructure spending. In other news, legislators played political football over trade with China and the House scheduled ethics trials for the lame-duck session.
  • October 04, 2010

    Lawmakers Return Home; Lame-Duck Session Ahead

    Before lawmakers left town last week, they passed a short-term funding bill to keep government agencies running. Debate on tax cuts, food safety and energy may resume after mid-term elections. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) (pictured) hopes for a vote on his bipartisan renewable energy bill.
  • September 28, 2010

    Obama Signs Small Business Bill into Law

    President Obama on Monday signed into law a small-business jobs bill passed by the Senate late last week. He used the signing as opportunity to show his determination to support the business community and, specifically, small business.
  • September 21, 2010

    Anti-Establishment Successes Affect Legislative Agenda

    As the final weeks of the legislative session in Washington unfold, the impact of recent victories in primaries across the country is reverberating in the Capitol. Riding a wave of anti-establishment feelings, Tea Party activists have joined the fray, threatening to steal votes away from incumbents and challengers alike. While the movement has dominated the political narrative over the past week, legislators look to determine what impact the group's success will have.
  • September 17, 2010

    President Bush Wows Crowd at International Dairy Show

    One of the most popular events at the recent International Dairy Show was the opening session featuring former President George W. Bush. Speaking longer than his one-hour time slot, President Bush shared his quick sense of humor along with the highs and lows of his presidency, giving attendees a glimpse into the pages of his upcoming book, "Decision Points."
  • September 14, 2010

    Congress Returns This Week; Legislative Gridlock Ahead?

    Congress returns to Washington this week with Democrats in both chambers seeking to turn back Republican attacks and pass meaningful legislation before the session ends October 8. While the final weeks leading up to the election could be fruitful for both parties and the nation as a whole, Democrats face attacks and the threat of gridlock and stalled legislation in both houses.
  • September 07, 2010

    Obama Calls for More Stimulus Spending, Business Tax Breaks

    President Obama wasted no time this holiday weekend pushing for an additional $50 billion in infrastructure spending and tax breaks for business as global regulators begin work on new financial regulations.
  • August 30, 2010

    With Recess Nearly Over, Obama Calls for Action

    Legislators across the country are rounding out their month on the campaign trail before the mid-term elections, hoping to build momentum for their parties. Returning from vacation this week, President Obama announced plans to put a full-court press on Congress to pass meaningful legislation this fall.
  • August 23, 2010

    Washington Remains Quiet, but Legislators Gear Up for Fall

    While it might be a quiet week in our nation’s capital, legislators on both sides of the aisle are gearing up for a battle in the Senate when Congress returns in September. At issue will be the Bush-era tax cuts and their pending expiration at the end of this year. With election day little more than two months away, both sides will
  • August 16, 2010

    Obama Signs State-Aid Package; Campaigning Begins in Earnest

    While many had expected August to be a quiet time in Washington, both the House and Senate were called back to Washington last week to address two key issues - economic recovery and immigration - that just might play on the minds of voters this election cycle. Although not all legislators returned, both chambers passed legislation destined for the President's desk, as well as the campaign trail this fall.
  • August 09, 2010

    Senate in Recess; House Members Recalled

    What began as a routine start to August in Washington, with representatives from both sides of the aisle returning to their home districts to campaign for this fall's election, was turned on its head last week as the Senate passed an aid package targeting cash-strapped states. Wary that these states might have to make further cuts in an election year, the Senate marshaled through a $26.1 billion aid package intended to stave off teacher layoffs and cuts in Medicaid services for the poor.
  • August 02, 2010

    House Adjourns; Senate Makes Final Push before Recess

    The House departed on Friday for a six-week recess that will undoubtedly be a high-stakes messaging battle as both parties jockey for votes and control of the chamber come next session. The Senate remains in session this week to tackle a pared-down energy reform bill and the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
  • July 26, 2010

    Senate Abandons a Full Climate Bill; Democrats Plan to Push Tough Votes for the GOP Before August Break

    With only a few weeks left until the August recess, lawmakers in Washington are working at a feverish pace to accomplish their goals.
  • July 19, 2010

    W.V. Governor Names Senator; Democrats Race before Recess

    West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (right) has named his former legal counsel, Carte Goodwin (left), to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). It's now up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to ensure that the financial reform bill isn’t the only legislation passed during this election season.
  • July 12, 2010

    Congress Faces Critical Weeks Ahead; Focus Is on Senate

    Congress returns to Washington this week, but all eyes are fixed almost entirely on the Senate. With only four weeks until the August recess, Congressional Democrats are facing a closing window for their legislative accomplishments, and they most certainly hope to tout passage of these bills during this election year.
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