WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates say a spending bill set for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday could reopen a fight over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate pollution entering small headwater streams that feed into larger bodies of water, including the Chesapeake Bay.
Unless Democrats can be persuaded that voting in the congressional and senatorial elections is of critical importance to give Mr. Obama more time to address the challenges he and they profess to be committed, his final two presidential years may be just more of the same partisan stalemate now being endured.
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown, by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.
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 Maryland.
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 thousands of federal employees in Maryland.
By By John Fritze and Lisa Mascaro and The Baltimore Sun
After five years of enduring Republican obstructionism against President Obama's executive and judicial appointments in the Senate, and general GOP naysaying in the House, Sen. Reid has pulled the trigger on the so-called nuclear option. Henceforth, a simple majority in the Senate will be able to cut off debate on such nominations, though not on legislation
Congress Wednesday night approved a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling into early next year, a measure that will send tens of thousands of federal employees in Maryland back to work.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from both parties in Congress dug in to their positions Tuesday, obscuring a path to a budget deal as federal agencies in Maryland and elsewhere prepared for the second day of a government shutdown.
President Barack Obama told thousands of students at Prince George's Community College on Thursday that his signature health care law is "here to stay," despite a renewed intense debate over the law taking place over the law in Congress.
Six weeks after taking over the U.S. Department of Labor, Marylander Thomas E. Perez is receiving praise from unions, concern from business leaders and hope from others that he will expand the agency's mission.
Senate leaders struck a deal Tuesday to avoid a showdown over the use of filibusters, ending a political drama and clearing the way for Marylander Thomas E. Perez to win confirmation as head of the Labor Department.
Thomas E. Perez, the Marylander nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, is set to face a critical vote in the Senate this week that puts his confirmation in the middle of a blistering battle over the use of the filibuster.
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee vote on Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez was postponed hours before it was set to take place Wednesday, highlighting what appears to be a growing partisan fight over the confirmation of the former Maryland official.