Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust.
Congress is poised to extend a taxpayer-funded lifeline to cash-strapped states after the Senate on Wednesday advanced another round of $26 billion in stimulus spending for teachers and health care, and House Democrats said they will break their six-week summer vacation to return to Washington to vote on it next week.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Wednesday that extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthier would be a $700 billion mistake.
The Senate on Wednesday tossed a taxpayer-funded lifeline to financially strapped states, advancing a bill that would extend parts of last year's stimulus bill to cover more health care costs and fund more state and local government jobs.
More than four months after pushing through President Obama's health care legislation, Democrats said Missouri voters who overwhelmingly rejected the new law still don't know enough about it.
The full Senate opened debate Tuesday on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by rehashing old squabbles over her qualifications, none of which are expected to keep her from becoming the fourth woman in history to serve on the nation's highest court.
Supporters and opponents of Elena Kagan painted vastly different portraits of the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday, as they got their final say on the Senate floor before a near-certain vote to confirm her later this week.
The road to a Republican congressional majority may not run through New England, but GOP officials expect to make at least a few inroads this fall in a region where they suffered heavy losses in recent election cycles.
A letter by William Hartung "Smart new START" (Thursday) explained his support for the ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) while criticizing Kim R. Holmes for the column opposing ratification of the treaty ("A better way to arms control," Page 2, July 22). Both authors are taking aim at the wrong issue.