• The American Flag flies at the U.S. Capitol Building, as Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a State of Emergency due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Senate Passes One-Week Funding Bill to Avert a Shutdown

    The Senate on Friday approved a one-week stopgap bill to fund the government and avoid a partial shutdown after midnight, buying lawmakers more time to negotiate a coronavirus relief plan and...

  • An F/A-18F Super Hornet jet flies over the USS Gerald R. Ford as the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier tests its new launch and flight arrest systems

    Defying Trump, Senate Passes Defense Bill

    By Michael Rainey

    In defiance of a veto threat from President Trump, the Senate on Friday easily passed the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021. Following an overwhelming 335-78 result...

  • McConnell Deals a Blow to Covid Relief Talks

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called himself the “grim reaper,” relishing his role in killing off the legislative priorities of Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. McConnell may...

  • Rand Paul Delays Defense Bill, Raising Risk of Shutdown

    By Michael Rainey

    The House passed the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday with enough votes to overcome a threatened veto by President Trump, and the Senate was expected to follow suit in short...

  • Unemployment claims are soaring as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down businesses.Unemployment Forms

    Jobless Claims Jump to 3-Month High

    By Michael Rainey

    While lawmakers in Washington remain deadlocked over a new fiscal relief package, the economy is sending signals that it needs more help. New jobless claims rose sharply to 853,000 last week, the...