- Analysis: Dog of year in Congress whimpers to end Updated: Dec-07-13 2:30 pm
- Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year's deadline Updated: Dec-05-13 6:20 pm
- GOP opposes Democratic drive to renew jobless aid Updated: Dec-03-13 6:13 pm
- Roundup of Oklahoma editorials Updated: Dec-03-13 9:05 am
- Blue ribbon panels stumble on trimming red ink Updated: Dec-02-13 12:15 am
- Should you worry or is US military at the ready? Updated: Nov-29-13 3:59 am
- Senate women unite in fighting sexual assault Updated: Nov-19-13 4:27 pm
- Ending tax breaks eyed as way to ease budget cuts Updated: Nov-14-13 4:27 pm
- Rep. Boehner rules out new taxes in budget talks Updated: Nov-14-13 12:31 pm
- Lower US deficit fails to jumpstart budget talks Updated: Nov-14-13 12:04 am
- Spending cuts, shutdown lower US budget deficit Updated: Nov-13-13 4:34 pm
- Automatic spending cuts would bite more in 2014 Updated: Nov-11-13 7:25 pm
- Washington governor signs Boeing incentive bills Updated: Nov-11-13 6:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term unemployment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
WASHINGTON - With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.
WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
WASHINGTON - Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation's thorniest fiscal problems. Seldom have their recommendations spurred congressional action.
WASHINGTON - Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by budget cuts.
WASHINGTON - One by one, the women of the Senate stood up, speaking out about the scourge of sexual assault in the military and their collaborative effort to address the long-neglected issue.
WASHINGTON - Democrats' new mantra in budget talks is to close tax loopholes for certain businesses, investors and professionals as a way to raise more revenue to help ease autopilot spending cuts that soon are to become more painful.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says a budget deal "won't happen" if Democrats keep insisting on more tax increases.
WASHINGTON - Across-the-board spending cuts, a better economy and the partial shutdown combined to help the U.S. government kick off the 2014 budget year with a smaller deficit. A steadily shrinking deficit, however, has done little to jumpstart tense budget negotiations in Washington to keep the government open past January.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to reach a deal to keep the government open past January.
WASHINGTON - It's not just longstanding battles over taxes and curbing mandatory spending that are obstacles to a year-end pact on the budget. Another problem is a perception among some lawmakers that the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration haven't been as harsh as advertised.
SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval Monday to a package of tax breaks for Boeing Co. in hopes of landing the company's new 777X, signing legislation at Seattle's Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.