September 13, 2013 Republican leaders recall how their party was blamed for the shutdowns of the mid-1990s and earnestly want to avoid a repeat, especially heading into an election year.
September 11, 2013 With the Syria debate on hold, Congress now must pivot to the continuing resolution needed to keep the federal government from shutting down Oct. 1.
September 9, 2013 Calls and emails to congressional offices have been close to unanimously negative. The latest polls show solid majorities of Americans opposed. With feelings running so high, many politicians are wary of offering support for military strikes on Syria.
September 6, 2013 While opponents of military action in Syria drown Congress in phone calls, the president's grass-roots organization sits on the sidelines.
September 6, 2013 Now that the president has consulted with Congress on military action in Syria, he must abide by its vote, says a House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican who backs limited strikes.
September 5, 2013 When it comes to military action against Syria, members of Congress are divided by factions rather than party lines. That means the president still has a long way to go to assemble enough votes for a majority.
August 31, 2013 Many congressional leaders had pushed for the White House to seek authorization before going ahead with a strike against the Damascus regime.
August 31, 2013 Iraq and Afghanistan War vets have strong misgivings about the idea of military strikes in Syria, especially in the absence of congressional authorization.
August 7, 2013 For employees on Capitol Hill, the new health law left some ambiguity as to who will be required to switch from federal worker insurance to health exchanges. For those who will have to switch, it's unclear what sort of employer contributions they can expect into the future.
August 2, 2013 The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.
June 10, 2013 Controversies over the National Security Agency's phone records and Internet snooping, and self-proclaimed leaker Edward Snowden, present some in Congress with a dilemma.
March 22, 2013 There's disagreement in Washington, D.C., this week on whether the USPS has the freedom to end Saturday mail delivery in August, as planned. The passage of a bill funding the federal government through September re-ignited the debate.
March 21, 2013 A government shutdown has been averted, with the house passing a spending bill that keeps things open through the end of September.
March 12, 2013 Americans expect a lot from the president — any president. Modern presidents are believed to control the economy, when the reality is that they have fewer tools even to control Congress or public opinion.