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From the House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate, get the latest on recent bills, laws and issues currently being debated in Congress.

Nov 17, 2010

Party caucuses in both houses of the incoming Congress have stated their support for limits - or an outright ban - on earmarks, reports ABC News.

The Senate Republican caucus is the latest group to officially weigh in on the future of earmarks for the 112th Congress, deciding in a closed-door vote to create a moratorium on earmarks over the next two years.

Both parties in the House of Representatives have called for limits to the practice as well, although the parties disagree on to what degree the practice should be limited.

Nov 10, 2010

One of the top decisions for Congress, which is set to return next week after a break for the elections, centers around a proposed $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government in operation, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Unless Congress finalizes a substantial spending package by December 3, the federal government could face the possibility of shutting down, according to the news provider.

One option, which is favored by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill, which would fund the government through September 30, 2011.

Nov 2, 2010

Tax advisers and business owners say that it is becoming increasingly likely that former president George W.

Oct 21, 2010

Despite plenty of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum and the public, the most recent session of Congress that is now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century, the Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, this many significant issues have not been addressed since the most explosive years of the Civil Rights Movement and the debut of government-supported healthcare for the elderly and poor.

While many feel that this recent session was merely a gridlock, history will remember the 111th Congress much differently, the ne

Oct 11, 2010

At recent Senate hearings, a career adviser for a for-profit college said her employer exaggerated job placement statistics using "tricks and sleight of hand," the Associated Press reports.

The allegations were part of the latest hearings that have scrutinized for-profit education and included intense partisan finger-pointing as well as new data claiming the schools had experienced too many dropouts, the news source said.

Kathleen Bittel, who works in career services for Education Management Corporation's Art Institutes, told the Senate Committee on Health, Educ