Sen. Mitch McConnell
The United States should keep a residual force of about 10,000 in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014, the Senate Republican leader said Monday after a series of meeting with military leaders in the country.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she would use the 14th Amendment to automatically raise the debt ceiling if she were president.
Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next defense secretary.
Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.
A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government. “The American dream is in peril,” said House Speaker John Boehner, re-elected to his post despite a mini-revolt in Republican ranks.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was so upset with President Obama’s proposed “fiscal cliff” deal to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that he burned it.
A Senate Democrat says he believes “odds are better than people think” that a deal can be reached to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts next week.
A deadline looming, President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday in search of a compromise to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” of across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell insisted on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and Democrats spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any massive budget deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” double hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.
As several GOP leaders agreed to close loopholes and deductions to increase tax revenue, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reminded them that they are breaking their oath against raising any taxes.