David Welna appears in the following:
Friday, March 07, 2014
The crisis in Ukraine is galvanizing unusually swift bipartisan action on Capitol Hill. The GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain why smaller budgets will require a smaller army — even as tensions with Russia flare anew in the Ukraine.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Rep. Dave Camp, who heads the Ways and Means Committee, is releasing a tax overhaul plan that would simplify the tax code. But even fellow Republicans are skeptical about its prospects.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is the longest-serving member in the history of Congress. The 87-year-old announced on Monday that he will step down at the end of this term.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" speech, the clash between Republicans and Democrats on how to alleviate poverty has come front and center. Republicans insist that anti-poverty programs have failed; Democrats say they have worked and should be expanded.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Senate Democrats will ring in the New Year with a vote on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Benefits for those jobless for more than six months expired on Dec. 28. Prospects for a revival of benefits are uncertain at best in the Senate, and the measure faces even bigger hurdles in the House.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Last week's budget deal includes a reduction of military pensions for those under age 62. The provision has some Republican senators howling, saying that the cuts hit veterans too hard.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
In the first Senate session since Democrats detonated the "nuclear option" and eliminated the minority's ability to filibuster most nominations, Republicans fought back by dragging debate out as long as possible, keeping the Senate in session for over 48 straight hours.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. As more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits and the overall share of wages subject to taxation under the program shrinks, that deficit is bound to keep growing.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Unless Congress acts, the current monthly benefit for commuters using public transportation will be cut nearly in half starting Jan. 1. On the other hand, those who drive to work will see their benefit for parking costs rise slightly.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The interim nuclear deal with Iran has quickly drawn criticism. Many Democrats argue the U.S. needs to demand more concessions from Iran. Some Republicans say the deal was done to distract from the problems with the health care law. Both parties are demanding more sanctions be placed on Iran.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
With Republicans blocking the nominations of one African-American and two female judges to a key appeals court, Senate Democrats are again pondering a rules change to curtail the minority's ability to filibuster judicial appointments. But even Democrats themselves are split on whether to proceed.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing up bills that are putting Republicans on the spot — like a measure to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It's pre-election-year positioning — and Republicans are trying to do the same.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Monday's vote opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.
Monday, November 04, 2013
The Senate voted Monday to move ahead on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill won the approval of enough Republican senators late Monday to cross the 60-vote threshold and move onto a floor vote. Such a thing would have been impossible even a few years ago.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in Thursday, making him only the fourth African-American elected by popular vote to the United States Senate, and only the second in the chamber currently. This is in contrast to the 41 blacks who represent House districts.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
For all their notoriety as wasteful "pork barrel" projects, earmarks did have one obvious benefit: They helped congressional leaders pass spending bills. A multibillion-dollar appropriations package was much easier to sell to members if they could brag about something for their home states. In recent years, with earmarks banned, spending bills have largely been replaced with "continuing resolutions," which simply keep spending levels for existing programs going for a few more weeks or months.
Friday, October 25, 2013
As House Republicans pummeled the White House at a hearing Thursday on the rocky online debut of federal insurance exchanges, President Obama tried changing the subject. He again urged Republicans in the House to do as the Senate has done and pass a broad rewrite of the nation's immigration laws. But the chances that could happen any time soon appear remote.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
AIPAC has blanketed Capitol Hill with lobbyists trying to convince Congress to authorize a military strike against Syria. But despite its close ties with many lawmakers, the lobby has had little success.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
One of the most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill is AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which commands bi-partisan respect on Middle East issues. But on the matter of possible military strikes on Syria, AIPAC is having a rare tough go of it.