Rep. John Boehner
In Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry led back-to-back, closed-door briefings, trying to sway lawmakers to approve the deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities sent a letter to congressional leaders saying it’s “time to test and evaluate approaches limiting” the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages, in the interest of fighting obesity and related diseases.
They just couldn’t get anything done. A high-stakes meeting at the White House to avoid the next fiscal cliff at midnight ended with no deal, but instead another round of the blame game.
That’s the hashtag being used by some Republicans, including the House Speaker John Boehner, to blame President Barack Obama for the automatic federal cuts that are a week away.
The measure has passed with bipartisan support twice in the senate, most recently last week.
President Barack Obama said the national union is strong State of the Union Address Tuesday night, but he still has a raft of sticky-wicket problems to deal with at home and abroad.
The final House vote was 241-180 — 192 Democrats were joined by 38 Republicans in approving the measure.
The law give the Federal Emergency Management Agency increased borrowing power. The agency said it was poised to run out of money if Congress had not acted.
Several lawmakers from New York and New Jersey said House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to abandon a vote this session would be a crushing blow to states ravaged by the devastating storm.
Factcheck.org’s Rob Farley told WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot that “both sides” are doing the deceiving.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that if the federal government goes over the ‘fiscal cliff,’ it would mean a big hit in the wallet for Empire State residents.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not renegotiate a year-long extension of payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits unless the House first approves a bipartisan two-month version that House Republicans strongly oppose.
Over 100 New York City business leaders have written a joint letter to the leaders in Congress, asking that they not cut homeland security funding for the world’s biggest terrorist target.
Leaders of the House and Senate say votes could come as early as this evening on the deficit-cutting plan that’s expected to avert a government default on its debts.
The standoff on Capitol Hill over deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling shows no signs of breaking.