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The fate of the GOP House Budget plan that easily passed the chamber last week grows far murkier as budget talks proceed to the Senate, where the controlling Democrats have little enthusiasm for the bill's aim to cut government spending by almost $6 trillion during the next decade.
Sen. Mark Warner says he won't accept a paycheck if lawmakers fail to agree on a funding plan to prevent an impending government shutdown.
A Republican plan for the 2012 budget would cut more than $4 trillion over the next decade, more than even the president's debt commission proposed, with spending caps as well as changes in the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, its principal author said Sunday.
The last thing America needs right now is another government agency. Apparently, Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, doesn't agree. On Tuesday, he announced his intention to establish the American Infrastructure Financing Authority (AIFA). President Obama has championed the idea as an "innovative" solution to our transportation and energy problems. This bad idea was actually lifted directly out of the New Deal playbook.
The Obama administration's health care initiative survived a major test Wednesday when Senate Democrats blocked a Republican attempt to repeal the reforms, though GOP leaders vowed to continue their fight to kill what they called a massive "jobs killing" measure.
Plans targeting federal spending are coming fast and furious on Capitol Hill, but lawmakers are treading lightly around the big three of entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Virginia Republicans are eagerly eyeing a potential rematch between freshman Democratic Sen. Jim Webb and former GOP Sen. George Allen, who has posted strong numbers in early polls and has the backing of the party establishment in what could be one of the bellwether races of the 2012 cycle.
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a moratorium on earmark spending, in a test vote that nonetheless showed surging support for a ban and left foes of pork-barrel spending predicting that the end of the practice is near.