WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal lawmakers from Congress and a coalition of like-minded groups rallied outside the White House on Tuesday, voicing frustration at the Democratic president they say has let them down by proposing cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before it is unveiled, President Barack Obama's new budget is opening to poor reviews from liberal allies entrenched in their opposition to shaving benefit programs and GOP opponents equally opposed to new tax increases. The double-edged criticism comes even though the plan reprises a framework that once held the promise of a long-sought "grand bargain" for reducing government deficits.
The League of Conservation Voters and the National Wildlife Federation have launched a new advertising campaign to press vulnerable senators to back Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee Gina McCarthy, The Hill reports.
Former John Kerry campaign staffer Larry Rasky's firm has been hired by Alberta to promote the Keystone XL pipeline, while former White House aide Bill Burton serves environmental groups opposed to the project, Bloomberg reports.
Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopefuls Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey criticized billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's influence in the race during their second primary debate. Lynch, the target of Steyer's spending, called him a "bully," The Hill reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as it adds fuel to battles over taxes and Social Security, President Barack Obama's budget will reprise lots of smaller bore proposals that have gone nowhere in a gridlocked Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White's nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, making her the first former prosecutor to lead the federal agency that oversees Wall Street.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is pressing Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to reject the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's compromise chemical safety bill because she doesn't think the legislation is strong enough, Roll Call reports.