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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, says he's not opposed to providing workers unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks they're paid for, but "if you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers."
Although the jobless rate in November fell to its lowest level since he took office, President Obama called on Republican lawmakers Saturday to spend tens of billions on unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month.
Federal spending continues to drop and, combined with this year's tax increases, are making a dent in the federal deficit, according to the latest numbers released Friday by the Congressional Budget Office.
Have you heard the news? There's a nationwide apology tour going on right now, and President Obama is leading it.
I am an evangelical Christian and I am politically conservative. For some time, I have supported immigration reform.
Passengers who leave their change at airport security checkpoints may not know they're doing it, but they're actually giving the TSA all of that money — and it amounts to about half a million dollars a year.
Even as negotiators struggle to write a final fiscal 2014 budget, one of Congress' most liberal lawmakers laid out his own vision for what the government's priorities should be — complete with big jumps in taxes and social spending and cuts at the Pentagon.
If Congress can't agree on a long-term budget grand bargain, then even a short-term fix is better than nothing, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Just 3 percent of those expected to eventually sign up for Obamacare's state-based health markets in a dozen states running their own markets have actually signed up so far, according to an analysis Monday from a health consultancy that predicted the pace will eventually pick up.
The nation is locked on a dangerous fiscal trajectory
As the government's partial shutdown enters its third week, the smell of an inconclusive deal is in the air, though one that has status quo written all over it.
President Obama says that he wants to end the government shutdown on his own terms because he's got other things to do. "We've got to create more jobs," he says, "and [we've got] kids to educate, and an immigration system to fix." While veterans were told on one side of the national Mall they couldn't visit the World War II Memorial during the temporary slimdown of the government's nonessential functions, the administration invited an amnesty rally featuring Democratic members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to campaign on the other side of the Mall.
Obama-era deficits have been softened only by higher taxes
One casualty of the government shutdown is that key agencies no longer are producing exactly the kind of budget information on deficits, spending and the economy that could help inform Congress as it debates just those issues.
The American people have made it abundantly clear that they do not want Obamacare. In fact, a majority of elected officials, the same officials that voted to implement this health care mandate, do not want it, either.