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U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

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  • Renewal of federal tax breaks for homeowners facing bumpy road

    WASHINGTON — Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward recently, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer — and potentially bumpier — than previously...
  • A tax break worth saving

    A tax break worth saving
    With lawmakers showing little enthusiasm for an ambitious proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to overhaul the byzantine U.S. tax code, Congress has to decide what to do about dozens of temporary tax breaks that...
  • IRS proposes new curbs on campaigning by tax-exempt groups

    IRS proposes new curbs on campaigning by tax-exempt groups
    WASHINGTON — In a long-anticipated move to restrict the flood of secret money in campaigns, the IRS for the first time proposed rules to rein in the political activities of tax-exempt groups that have emerged as heavyweight players in American...
  • Glitch delays online tools for U.S. health insurance marketplaces

    Glitch delays online tools for U.S. health insurance marketplaces
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, facing glitches in necessary computer systems, is delaying two online tools supposed to go live Tuesday for enrolling Americans in insurance under the president's health law. California is unaffected by the...
  • Simpson and Bowles: Budget deal is just a start

    Simpson and Bowles: Budget deal is just a start
    The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over...
  • A to-do list for Republicans

    A to-do list for Republicans
    The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans." After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
  • A helping hand or cold shoulder for the middle class?

    A helping hand or cold shoulder for the middle class?
    How's the U.S. economy doing? If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously." Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. "Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee...
  • Lew won't commit to paying bondholders if debt limit is breached

    Lew won't commit to paying bondholders if debt limit is breached
    WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday would not commit to paying interest on government bonds if the debt limit is not raised, saying it would be extremely difficult to choose which bills to pay if there is not enough money. On top...
  • Debt-limit uncertainty already stressing financial markets, Lew warns

    Debt-limit uncertainty already stressing financial markets, Lew warns
    Appearing before lawmakers a week before the deadline to raise the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday warned that the uncertainty caused by the fiscal stalemate was stressing financial markets and could "deeply damage" the economic...
  • Financial benefits of wind energy

    Amidst all the bluster in the Tribune’s Jan. 5 editorial on wind energy, the editorial board missed several key facts (“Let the wind subsidy blow away”). The editorial’s assertions about the cost and reliability of wind power and...
  • U.S. lawmakers reach accord on paying doctors for Medicare

    U.S. lawmakers reach accord on paying doctors for Medicare
    WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare's system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation's senior...
  • Obama's drug czar confirmed as border chief

    WASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed Gil Kerlikowske on Thursday to be the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, allowing the White House "drug czar" to take on his new post overseeing the Border Patrol. Kerlikowske came to the White House as...