David Welna

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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 Tuesday morning from the Senate floor.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's chairwoman — normally a stalwart of Washington's spooks — essentially accused the spy agency of illegally and ...


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

All this week, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared over and over on the Senate floor that there's a downside to the recovering economy.

"It's true," he said. "The rich are getting a lot richer, and the poor are getting poorer."

That observation may not be surprising, coming from a Democrat. ...


The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The Senate gets back to work Monday after a two-week holiday break. Just as Majority Leader Harry Reid promised, the first piece of legislation getting a vote will be a three-month extension of the long-term unemployment benefits that ran out a week ago for 1.3 million jobless Americans.

Though the ...


Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

Sunday, December 22, 2013

In the two-year, $2 trillion budget deal that cleared the Senate last week, one item, worth just one-sixth of 1 percent of that total, was the reason many senators said they voted against it.

That item would produce some $6 billion in savings by shaving a percentage point off annual ...


Senate Takes a Break After 48-Hour Debate

Saturday, December 14, 2013

After pulling two consecutive all-nighters, a bleary-eyed Senate is taking a breather on Saturday.

The fractious 48-hour session that ended Friday was fallout from a decision that the chamber's ruling Democrats made last month to move stalled nominees.

This week's session was the first since Democrats detonated the "nuclear ...


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. And as more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits, that deficit is bound to keep growing.

At the same time, the overall share of wages being ...


Tax Break For Mass-Transit Commutes May Soon Be Slashed

Friday, November 29, 2013

Unless Congress acts quickly, taking mass transit to work is about to get more expensive for some people.

For the past four years, public transportation users and people who drive their cars to work and pay for parking have been able set aside up to $245 a month in wages ...


With Nominees Stalled, Democrats Reprise Filibuster Threat

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For the third time this year, the Democrats who run the Senate are threatening to change that chamber's rules on the Republican minority's most potent weapon: the filibuster. They say the GOP's obstruction of President Obama's nominations leaves them no other choice.

Democrats say that this time, they're ready to ...


Senate Votes To Send A Message Ahead Of Next Year's Election

Monday, November 11, 2013

Midterm elections are still a year off, but the scramble to gain a political edge at the polls is already well underway on Capitol Hill.

Bills are brought up and votes taken not so much in hopes they will prevail, but rather to send a political message. In the Senate, ...