David Welna appears in the following:
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.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Senate voted on Thursday to abandon precedent and change its rules to end the filibuster for most of President Obama's judicial and Cabinet nominations. The rules change strips the Senate's GOP minority of a potent tool.
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.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The Justice Department has called for prison sentencing reform — but it's really Congress that would have to carry it out. The time may be right: Crime is down, and even conservatives favor sentencing reform to save money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Some GOP lawmakers want to block all money for Obamacare in a stopgap spending bill that must be approved next month to prevent the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. But other Republicans say that won't work and may well backfire.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Second term GOP congressman Blake Farenthold is being targeted during Congress' summer recess by advocates of the Senate's immigration bill. Activists are organizing petitions and a demonstration at Farenthold's "open house" at his Corpus Christi office. And opponents are fighting back.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Over the weekend, the western Kentucky town of Fancy Farm was the site of the first meeting between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his likely Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes. National Democrats promise to make defeating McConnell the top priority as they head into a mid-term election that offers Republicans a good chance of taking control of the Senate.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Congress goes on its annual August break Friday afternoon. And for the first time in recent years, members will leave town without a full-on crisis over must-pass legislation. No debt-ceiling meltdown, no fiscal cliff, not even a government shutdown. At least, not yet.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
With a potential blowup over executive branch nominations defused for now, the Senate may next have to wrestle with judicial nominations. President Obama wants three appointees to the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals approved quickly, but Republicans question the need for any more judges there at all. The impasse may bring the chamber to another showdown over the use of the filibuster.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A House subcommittee Tuesday discussed possible legislation to grant legal status to people who entered the country illegally as children. The hearing offers a clue to the direction House Republican leaders may take in response to a comprehensive immigration overhaul passed by the Democratically controlled Senate last month.