| Jan 5, 2014
Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement.
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Needle exchange advocates are urging lawmakers to use a coming must-pass budget bill to lift the decades-old prohibition on spending federal funds for clean syringes for drug users, supporters of the effort said Thursday.
The groups are pressing...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Senior lawmakers unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Monday that would keep the federal government running for most of this year while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland interests — from the James Webb Space Telescope to...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:48 PM
As legislators grilled Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday over the dismal debut of Maryland's health insurance exchange, the O'Malley administration stood by the website and said it will not switch to the federal version.
Rejecting calls to shut...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley proposed a $39 billion state budget Wednesday that puts more money toward education, prisons and the environment, but calls for no new fees or taxes.
"This budget should be an articulation of who we are and what's important to us,"...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday to begin a critical week of budget negotiations with wide-ranging economic implications for Maryland — on issues that include Baltimore harbor dredging, preschool classrooms and the Eastern Shore's...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:55 AM
It may have been a long time coming, but President Barack Obama's decision to stand up to the obstructionists in Congress that led to the 16-day government shutdown in October has begun to pay off.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, recognizing...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:27 AM
Well, so much for the return of reason to the Congressional budget debate.
Even before the ink was dry on the bipartisan agreement that is supposed to stabilize the budget debate for the next two years — and before the Senate has even voted on the...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:39 AM
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is in South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial, but that doesn't mean he's abandoned domestic policy. In fact, Cummings said he and other Democrats in the official delegation have used the trip to debate with Sen. Ted Cruz on...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland.
The two-year deal would replace $63 billion in...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:49 AM
At first glance, it would be tempting to condemn the bipartisan budget agreement announced late Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, if only because it asks further sacrifice of the unemployed and of federal workers. Those are hardly the two...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Clayton Cooper, a furloughed federal employee from Laurel who has made it his mission to park in front of the Capitol every work day until the government shutdown ends, said he thought his efforts, on Day 4, were gaining steam.
“We had like 20...