Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Tuesday he will consider changes to the Senate Finance Committee, if that is necessary to advance an offshore wind measure to the full Senate for debate in the upcoming legislative session.
The Senate is set to endorse legislation that both normalizes trade with Russia and highlights the discord between the two countries over human rights issues.
While he now demands that higher tax rates for the wealthy must be part of a "fiscal cliff" deal, President Obama took a very different line just over a year ago in the last major clash with Congress over a long-term budget deal.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner did what Washingtonians call the "full Ginsburg" on Sunday. The term refers to Monica Lewinsky's lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, who was the first to appear on all five network Sunday interview shows in one day.
President Obama's opening bid in negotiations to rein in the national debt and avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" last week largely mirrored his previous budget proposals, angering Republicans who said the White House is not offering any new ideas or even the smallest concessions.
After the supercommittee's failure in 2011, the Senate Finance Committee's chief economist suggested this week Congress may turn to a new "Super Duper Committee," in an effort to avoid the fiscal cliff, with dire consequences that are too big to fail.
Each job created with federal stimulus cash through the Obama administration's advanced battery manufacturing program cost more than $158,000 and many of them likely were temporary, according to an analysis released Wednesday by two senior Republicans.
While the economy and proposals to help middle-income Americans have dominated the election season rhetoric, a payroll-tax cut that has put an extra $20 a week in the pockets of many workers since last year seems likely to die a quiet death in January.
Republican congressman W. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign in Missouri after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.