Posts by Ed Brayton
The U.S. Senate may vote as early as today on an amendment that would eliminate one of the major government subsidies for the production of corn-based ethanol.
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to immediately hear a legal challenge to President Obama’s health care reform bill without allowing the appeals court to hear the case first.
The meeting that House GOP leaders said they would have with the two legislators who are pushing for the establishment of a Tier 5 for unemployment insurance that would give an additional 14 weeks of benefits for the long-term jobless will happen on Thursday.
The American Lung Association is speaking out strongly against a bill that would remove the EPA’s ability to regulate activities that produce greenhouse gases, including an amendment offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would eliminate that regulation for two years.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed President Obama’s compromise bill to extend the Bush tax cuts in full for two years and federal unemployment benefits for one year late last night after first rejecting an amendment to change the estate tax provisions of the agreement.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found strong public support for most of the elements of President Obama’s compromise deal with Republicans that would extend the Bush tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits — particularly the unemployment extension, which was favored by more than a 2-1 margin.
With the Christmas recess and the seating of a new Congress looming, the Senate will kick off what should be a make-or-break week for the prospect of extending unemployment benefits and tax cuts by holding a cloture vote at 3 p.m. today.
The battle continues behind the scenes in Congress as the Democratic leadership tries to pass another extension of unemployment benefits, with or without various other provisions in a larger package of tax reforms and boosts to funding for states facing…