Pushed by the new GOP freshmen to uphold a campaign pledge, the House Appropriations Committee announced moments ago that it plans to increase its proposed cuts to this year's budget from $74 billion to $100 billion from what President Obama had originally requested.Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., had planned to release the appropriations bill today in anticipation of next week's vote, but pressure from the right prompted him to make deeper cuts. Read More
When the 112th Congress convenes Jan. 5, many familiar faces will be gone from the Capitol's hallways, replaced by newcomers sent by angry voters eager to shake up Washington, D.C.
The incoming class of freshmen lawmakers is enormous by historical standards, and mostly Republican. Of the 435 House members, 96 were newly elected Nov. 2 and 87 of them are Republicans. Read More