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Congress Set for Year-End Push on Tax, Spending Compromise

FINANCE | By Alan Fram | Dec 17
Congressional leaders girded Wednesday to push a Christmas compromise on tax cuts and spending through the House and Senate by week's end, legislation extending dozens of tax breaks.

US Treasury Secretary Blames Congress for Debt Limit Delays

FINANCE | By Joshua Goodman | Oct 10
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew admonished Congress on Thursday for not moving fast enough to raise the government borrowing limit at a time of heightened fragility in the global economy.

Status of LGBT Student Groups May Face Court Fight

NATIONAL | By John Riley | Apr 26
This week signified a victory for CUAllies, the unofficial LGBT campus group at The Catholic University of America. Whether the group has won the war, or merely one skirmish, has yet to be determined.

Congress Seeks to Overturn D.C. Reproductive Rights Bill

By John Riley | Apr 25
At a markup hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) on Tuesday, conservatives moved forward with a resolution of disapproval aimed at overturning the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA).

Analysis: Spending Bill a Triumph of Divided Gov't

FINANCE | By David Espo | Dec 15
After drawing opposition from both ends of the political spectrum, the $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared for President Barack Obama's signature stands as a triumph of divided government.

Sen. Merkley Announces Plans to Introduce LGBT Civil Rights Bill

POLITICS | By Justin Snow | Dec 12
Sen. Jeff Merkley formally announced Wednesday his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill in the next Congress.

White House Swings Behind Huge $1.1T Spending Bill

FINANCE | By David Espo and Andrew Taylor | Dec 12
House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending.

Congress Maintains Strong Commitment to Domestic HIV/AIDS Programs

AIDS | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 11
The AIDS Institute praises Congress' strong funding of the Ryan White Program, but is concerned over lack of funding to hepatitis and syringe exchange programs.

Congress Relaxes Whole Grain Standards for Schools

HEALTH | By Mary Clare Jalonick | Dec 11
A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.

Massive $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Unveiled

FINANCE | By David Espo and Andrew Taylor | Dec 11
A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government opened to mixed reviews Wednesday, with both conservatives and Democrats unhappy at different parts of the legislation.

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