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Articles from April 10, 2013

9 Hidden Gems in the Obama Budget
President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.77 trillion budget Wednesday, and a survey of CQ Roll Call beat writers turned up the following choice nuggets:1. $78 million for asteroid retrieval. NASA wants to research robotic technology to move an asteroid...
Backers Hope Paid-Sick-Leave Laws Are Contagious
When Wanda Cobbs" two children fell ill for an extended period this winter due to complications from their Type I diabetes, the decision to stay home to care for them came more easily than it had in the past. Thanks to a Connecticut law that took effect...
Blown Immigration Deadlines by 'Gang of Eight' Testing Senate Nerves
The bipartisan Senate group working on immigration legislation blew yet another deadline Wednesday when Republican members did not deliver an anticipated briefing to their colleagues during a GOP Steering Committee lunch meeting. Members of the group...
Buskirk and Toma: Making America Safer from Nuclear Terrorism
Three years ago this week, President Barack Obama signed the New START treaty with Russia.The stroke of a pen ended the lull in inspections of Russia"s nuclear stockpile and allowed the U.S. and Russia to start eliminating excess Cold War nuclear capabilities...
Farm Team: Democrats to Dominate Connecticut in near Future
After years of tumult and turnover, Connecticut"s congressional delegation has settled into Democratic homeostasis.Connecticut voters, like much the rest of New England, ejected moderate Republicans from Congress over the past several cycles. Today,...
For Toomey, Gun Deal Is Good Politics
When Democrats needed a partner to strike a deal with on a gun background check bill, Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey made a politically savvy move that could pay dividends both in future talks with Democrats and back home in Pennsylvania.Toomey, a...
Group Is at the Forefront of Paid-Sick-Leave Effort
The National Partnership for Women and Families in 2004 began its push for paid sick leave when it launched its "Campaign for Paid Sick Days," and played an integral role two years later in helping San Francisco secure the first-ever ordinance mandating...
Hill Climbers: An Arizonan Returns East
With a grandfather who was a state Supreme Court justice and a politically interested and active family, Jennifer Johnson was on a career path well before she even knew it.Born and raised in Arizona, Johnson first came to Washington, D.C., to study public...
House Leaders Aim to Pass Debt Limit 'Prioritization' Bill in April
House leaders are planning to bring a debt ceiling "prioritization' bill to the House floor before the end of April, bringing the divisive issue to the forefront ahead of the government hitting the ceiling sometime this summer.The legislation tries to...
Interior Pick Moves Forward after Sage Grouse Dispute
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's schedule went temporarily afoul of a rather unattractive fowl.The Nevada Democrat eventually got an agreement to hold an afternoon confirmation vote on President Barack Obama's choice of Sally Jewell to be the next...
Issa Irked by Postal Service Decision to Maintain 6-Day Delivery
The Postal Service's decision to put on hold its plan to restrict regular mail delivery to five days a week has drawn the ire of a congressional overseer.House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R- Calif., said the move undercuts...
Life after Congress: Robert S. Walker
Longtime Rep. Robert S. Walker"s career in Congress was marked by his fiery rhetoric, which also helped former Speaker Newt Gingrich become the first Republican to wield the gavel since the 1950s.The former Pennsylvania lawmaker, along with Gingrich...
Murray, Ryan Hammering out Details for Budget Conference Committee
Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., are in negotiations over how to proceed to a conference committee with budgets approved by both chambers, according to multiple Senate Democratic aides familiar with...
Ornstein: Congress Has Changed, Not for the Better, and Now It Needs Changing
Today"s column will be my last in Roll Call. After more than 20 years of writing Congress Inside Out (my first piece was in 1989), I will be moving on to another venue, starting next month. (Trust me, I"m not going away!) For this column occasion, I...
Panel's Hard Questions for Capitol Police Chief
On the morning that the White House delivered its fiscal 2014 budget to Congress, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine delivered his first testimony before the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.The Wednesday morning hearing was primarily...
Rand Paul Finds Protests and Skeptics at Howard University
Sen. Rand Paul"s charm offensive to minority communities took him to Howard University on Wednesday, where the historically black school"s students met him with skepticism and the occasional jeer.The Kentucky Republican"s political forays since the 2012 elections...
Reed: Tech Industry Ready to Do Its Part for STEM Education
The technology industry needs highly skilled workers so desperately it is willing to pay for their education - at high school and even earlier.As part of the bipartisan I-Squared Act, tech companies would pay double the current fees for additional visas...
Toomey Refused to Have Schumer at Gun Deal Presser
Four senators may have signed on to a gun background check deal Wednesday, but only two showed up for the news conference - in part because Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey"s public support for the bill hinged on not having to stand next to Democratic...
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