House Passes Bill to Replace No Child Left Behind

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday passed legislation outlining their vision for national educational policy to replace the No Child Left Behind law. The measure would give state and local governments greater powers to determine how best to improve schools and would sharply reduce federal involvement in education matters. The Student Success Act reflects the […]

House to Vote on Unveiling Frederick Douglass Statue

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WASHINGTON – Congress is set to take the final step toward moving the District of Columbia’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the U.S. Capitol. The House votes Tuesday on a resolution that would authorize the use of the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall to unveil the statue in June. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who […]

CHARLENE CROWELL: $8.5 Billion Agreement with Mortgage Servicers

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OPINION – The recent joint announcement by two key federal regulators believed a negotiated agreement with 10 mortgage servicing firms would help more than 3.8 million consumers who were wrongfully foreclosed during 2009 and 2010. Brokered by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), mortgage servicing firms agreed to […]

Despite Deal, Taxes To Rise For Most Americans

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WASHINGTON — While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That’s because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. […]

With New Year’s Day Vote, Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff

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WASHINGTON — Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote […]

Democrats Support Maxine Waters in Ethics Flap

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WASHINGTON – House Democrats this week rallied behind California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters following an announcement by the ethics committee that it did not violate the congresswoman’s rights during their pursuit of her case. A total of 68 Democrats signed a letter Thursday calling on the bipartisan House Ethics Committee to release their report– which […]

Get Elected and Get Paid: 47% of Congress are Millionaires

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WASHINGTON  – About 47 percent of Congress, or 250 current members of Congress, are millionaires, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics of lawmakers’ personal financial disclosure forms covering calendar year 2010. The Center’s analysis is based on the median values of lawmakers’ disclosed assets and liabilities. That lofty financial status […]