David Welna

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An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

During a hearing Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy vented anger about a USAID program to fund a failed, Twitter-like network in Cuba.


Senate Committee Votes To Declassify CIA Interrogations Report

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to ask the CIA to declassify portions of a committee report detailing the agency's interrogation of terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001.


To Broaden Appeal, Afghan Candidates Make Surprising Choices

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The three leading candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election are all urbane, Westernized men who usually wear suits. Yet their running mates range from notorious warlords to a woman.


Democrats: Benghazi Probes Are Wasteful, Politically Motivated

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Citing millions of dollars spent already, Democrats argue politics is not a good reason to spend millions more investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya more than a year ago.


With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Congress has approved a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine. Both chambers voted in favor, two days after Senate Democrats removed a provision to overhaul the International Monetary Fund.


Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The best-known symbol of the nation's capital is literally cracking up: The cast-iron dome crowning the U.S. Capitol has more than 1,300 cracks below its layers of lead paint.


Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

House Republicans are proposing a limit on the National Security Agency's phone records program. President Obama also repeated support for having phone companies keep the records, rather than the NSA.


With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The majority leader informed the CIA director that the Senate's chief law enforcement officer would be conducting a "forensic examination" to get answers in the unprecedented dispute.


Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The dust is still settling on Capitol Hill after California Democrat Dianne Feinstein fired a verbal bazooka at the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday, and the fight is far from over.


Aid Package For Ukraine Moves Slowly Through Congress

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Democrats and Republicans generally agree that Congress needs to approve an aid package quickly. But it's proven harder than expected for everyone to agree on what should be in that aid package.


House Backs Obama's Request To Back Loans For Ukraine

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.


Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military

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.


Rep. David Camp Releases Tax Overhaul Plan

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.


After 58 Years Of Service, John Dingell To Vacate House Seat

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.


The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

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.


The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress

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.


Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

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.


Senate Takes a Break After 48-Hour Debate

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.


To Fix Social Security, Some Democrats Want To Lift Wage Cap

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.


Tax Break For Mass-Transit Commutes May Soon Be Slashed

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.