| Nov 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Government shutdown. Hyper-partisanship. Ideological warfare. Gridlock in Congress.
While those are four things that too many associate with Washington, the reality is that along the banks of the Potomac, sensible minds from across the political and...
| 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 6, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Sen. Ben Cardin sent a letter to Democratic Senate leaders Thursday expressing outrage over reports that a budget deal developing in Congress may include further cuts to the federal workforce -- the latest member of Maryland's delegation to push back on...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Like her colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tiffany House packed up her desk last week hoping the government shutdown would last only a few days.
But the single mom from Hyattsville will be in a position different from...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 3:05 AM
Members of Howard County's legislative delegation to Annapolis predict tough spending decisions, election-year grandstanding and progress on hot-button statewide issues with local implications when the General Assembly's session starts next week....
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| 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.
| Oct 14, 2013
| 3:00 AM
In a city where government contracts make up a multi-billion dollar industry, it is surprising that with the exception of a couple of articles that received moderate attention, the mainstream media has largely ignored the impact of the shutdown on federal...