Stories about Congress

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke walks past reporters without speaking as he arrives at a morning session of the Economic Policy Symposium at Jackson Hole in Moran, Wyo., on Friday.

Fed chief scolds Congress on debt-ceiling showdown

By Neil Irwin, The Washington Post on Aug. 27, 2011, at 6:02 a.m.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke chided Congress on Friday for its contentious approach to the national debt, saying the brinksmanship displayed by lawmakers could endanger the U.S. economy. In a rare scolding of Congress, Bernanke said that debt-ceiling negotiations this summer, which flirted with a national default, …
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday.

GOP, Obama ‘very close’ to debt deal

By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, Te Washington Post on July 31, 2011, at 5:05 a.m.
WASHINGTON — With the default deadline just two days away, prospects for a debt-limit deal seemed to significantly brighten early Sunday after the White House entered intense negotiations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday in a last-ditch bid to forge a bipartisan agreement to raise the federal debt limit. …
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 7.

Time’s up: Obama and GOP scramble to halt shutdown

By Ben Feller, The Associated Press on April 08, 2011, at 5:34 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A deadline looming, the Congress’ top Democrat accused Republicans on Friday of risking a government shutdown because they want to make it harder “for women to get cancer screenings.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his attack as his main antagonist in long-running negotiations, Speaker John Boehner, said …

Happy days here again: CEO salaries rebound

on April 06, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
Chief executive officer pay has almost recovered to pre-recession levels. While this is great news for those collecting the huge salaries, it is sure to spur outrage among those still without jobs or who still can barely afford their mortgage payments. Calls for limiting executive pay are misdirected, however. An …
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. From left are, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Obama, congressional leaders make no progress on budget

By Paul Kane and Perry Bacon Jr., The Washington Post on April 06, 2011, at 6:50 a.m.
WASHINGTON – The first federal government shutdown in more than 15 years drew closer Tuesday as President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to make progress after back-to-back meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Obama and Congress remained billions of dollars apart and at odds over where …
This March 2010 photo shows a man identified as Jared L. Loughner at the 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Ariz. The Arizona Daily Star, a festival sponsor, confirmed from their records that the subject's address matches one under investigation by police after a shooting in Tucson that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded and at least five others dead. (Mamta Popat|AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star)

Tucson shooting suspect said to post bizarre online messages

By David A. Fahrenthold and Clarence Williams, The Washington Post on Jan. 09, 2011, at 6:13 a.m.
The man identified by authorities as the gunman in Saturday’s shooting rampage, which killed six and critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears to have left a trail of bizarre and anti-government messages on the Internet. Law enforcement sources identified the gunman as Jared Lee Loughner, 22, of Tucson. Loughner, …

Report shows FEMA failed to recoup $643 million

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post on Jan. 05, 2011, at 7:06 a.m.
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency hasn’t recouped about $643 million in federal disaster relief funds that were potentially distributed to about 160,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters improperly, according to a watchdog report. The report released late Monday by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector …

Snowe joins Senate leaders on earmark ban

By Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press on Nov. 16, 2010, at 6:43 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress’ most unapologetic fan of big-money politics is backing a ban on pork-barrel earmarks and avoiding an early battle with conservative senators who had threatened to force a vote on the matter. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has long defended the practice of designating money for home-state …
A person looking for work stands on a street corner in Portland, Maine, on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. Unless Congress acts before the end of the month to extend unemployment benefits, thousands of Mainers will lose their unemployment benefits during the next few months, Maine's labor commissioner told lawmakers Monday.  (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

21,000 Mainers could lose jobless benefits

The Associated Press on Nov. 15, 2010, at 6:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Thousands of Maine residents will lose their unemployment benefits during the next few months, unless Congress acts before the end of the month to extend them as it has in the past to help those hit by the recession, Maine’s labor commissioner told lawmakers Monday. “If Congress …

Poverty menacing children

By Elinor Goldberg on Oct. 01, 2010, at 8:17 p.m.
Maine’s children are less than a quarter of our population, but all of our future. In the next 10 to 30 years they will be our workers, our taxpayers and our policymakers. If we take care of our …