Congress' prohibition on covering IVF and fertilization services for injured veterans is particularly ironic because the Department of Defense currently can and does cover those costs for injured active duty military personnel. In other words, a medical service now available to active duty members of the military vanishes the moment that a soldier leaves the service. This must change
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama revived his call Thursday for an end to deep cuts in federal spending, an appeal that fell squarely in the divide between Republicans in Congress who want to rein in costs and those who want to boost the Pentagon's budget.
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.
Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television show to lick his wounds and contemplate his future.
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.
As the late budget agreement cleared the way for federal workers across Maryland to go back to work and government offices to reopen Thursday, attention in Washington shifted to the next fiscal deadline: Jan. 15, when funding is set to run out again.
CHARLOTTE — Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the self-styled dean of the Democratic women, called on voters to back female candidates in an address to her party's national convention Wednesday that came as both presidential campaigns are working to court the key demographic.
Legislation introduced by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski that would try to ensure more equal pay for women will be thrust into the national spotlight in coming days as Democratic leaders push to put the controversial bill to a vote.