Latest Senate Items
  • California Senate OKs Web sales tax compromise

    The state Senate approved a compromise bill Friday night that would lead to a temporary pause in California's effort to force more online retailers to collect sales taxes.

  • Calif. lawmakers approve Amazon tax compromise

    Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a compromise bill that delays California's effort to force online retailers such as to collect the state's sales taxes while retailers lobby Congress for national rules governing online sales taxes.

  • Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, left, Mitt Romney, second from left, Rick Perry, second from right, and Ron Paul stand together before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    LAMBRO: Congressional polls give GOP inside track

    I'm always amused by the national news-media polls showing that few Americans like the job Republicans are doing in Congress, as if this is somehow a precursor to the outcome of the 2012 House and Senate elections.

  • Illustration: NLRB jobs by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    TIMMONS: The NLRB's anti-jobs plan

    A few unelected officials in downtown Washington are rapidly accomplishing what 535 men and women in Congress refused to do.

  • President Obama waves after speaking to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner applaud. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Obama calls for the end of 'political circus' on economy, seeks stimulus plan for jobs

    A politically imperiled President Obama called on lawmakers Thursday night to approve another stimulus plan to create jobs, many for his union base, while adding about $450 billion to next year's budget.

  • Obama gets overhaul of patent system for signature

    Congress gave President Obama's drive to promote jobs growth a boost Thursday by presenting him with a major overhaul of the patent system that the president has sought as a means to spur innovation and put more people back to work.

  • Cantor delinks disaster-aid funds from offsets

    A top Republican said Wednesday the GOP-controlled House will act quickly on any disaster-aid request by President Obama and that help for victims of Hurricane Irene and earlier disasters doesn't necessarily have to be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Debt reduction 'supercommittee' to meet

    On the eve of Thursday's first public meeting of a new congressional deficit reduction "supercommittee," party leaders say they are confident the panel will rise above partisan rancor - despite wide disagreement on how best to achieve its goal.

  • Inside Politics

    The United States says it has seen no signs yet that North Korea is prepared to meet conditions for resuming multinational talks on nuclear disarmament.

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