Congress

12:00pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Politics

Poll Suggests Tight Colorado Senate Race

U.S. Senate

Colorado’s U.S. Senate race is still months away but new details are emerging for both the incumbent, Mark Udall (D), and who could ultimately be his Republican challenger.

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5:19am

Wed February 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 10:40 am

Sen. Patrick Leahy chats with Sen. Mazie Hirono before hearing from retail company executives on Tuesday.
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The sheer size and frequency of the recent credit card data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other companies are prompting lawmakers to consider legislative options to keep sophisticated cyberthefts from happening.

"If anything, we've learned from this major, major breach that we can no longer do nothing," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. "We have to take action."

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2:45pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Politics

Senate Approves Farm Bill, Now To President's Desk

After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
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The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.

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9:29am

Wed January 29, 2014
Agriculture

House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a five-year farm bill.

The $100 billion-a-year measure included small cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved some farm subsidies. The vote in the House was 251-166.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve it. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law.

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5:50am

Wed January 29, 2014
It's All Politics

Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 10:49 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday as he focused on themes that are central to his second-term agenda. The changes he proposed in his annual State of the Union speech were relatively modest, but flashes of ambition showed in his promise to move forward, with or without Congress, to address issues of income inequality.

Here's what President Obama proposed on the policy front:

Minimum Wage

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