The 64-36 vote was far closer than the one in the House, reflecting the particular politics of the Senate, where coming elections shaped some Republicans’ votes.
Continue reading Senate Sends Two-Year Budget to Obama
In Congress, the party is pushing an agenda that is almost identical to the one it lost with in November, with no regrets and few efforts to reframe it.
Continue reading Republicans Don’t Let Vote Get in Way of Confidence
Economists agree that keeping a government’s debt within reasonable limits is a good thing, but there is disagreement over how important actually balancing the budget is.
Continue reading News Analysis: Balanced Budget Fight Is Philosophical and Fiscal
Representative Paul D. Ryan’s proposal would cut spending by $4.6 trillion through 2023, largely by taking aim at President Obama’s legislative accomplishments.
Continue reading Ryan Budget Plan Aims to Roll Back Obama Agenda
The work holds little promise of resolving the federal debt or partisan divide, but it will look more like regular business and less like a crisis.
Continue reading Congress Ready to Start Work on Budget
It may be hard to believe, given the intense partisan strafing ignited by the automatic government spending cuts set to begin on Friday, but this year’s budget wars have yet to fully get under way.
Continue reading The Caucus: Spending Cuts Are Only One Skirmish in 2013 Budget Wars
Representative Eric Cantor is reasserting himself in the House after Republican election losses, with plans to unveil softer proposals beyond reining in the debt.
Continue reading Eric Cantor, the G.O.P. Majority Leader, Looks Beyond Debt
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is asserting his leadership among Republicans on immigration, previewing a proposal that includes measures to give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.
Continue reading Marco Rubio Pushes Republican Party on Immigration Changes
Representative Paul D. Ryan backed the bipartisan tax deal sought by President Obama, aligning him with Speaker John A. Boehner but putting him in conflict with close colleagues.
Continue reading Paul Ryan Balances Pragmatism and Politics
Representative Paul D. Ryan expects to play a leading role in a Romney administration’s drive to enact a budget-shrinking government and overhauling programs like Medicare.
Continue reading Paul Ryan Is Said to be Planning an Active Role
Mitt Romney started a bus tour across Ohio by casting himself and his running mate, Paul Ryan, as reformers prepared to correct America’s course, by reining in debts, salvaging Medicare and reducing taxes.
Continue reading The Caucus: Echoing 2008 Obama Slogan, Romney Calls for Change
Paul D. Ryan’s appearance in Pennsylvania, added late into an existing trip to eastern Ohio, could be a sign that his strategists believe the campaign has stronger prospects there than once thought.
Continue reading The Caucus: Ryan Campaigns in Coal Country