UPDATED 11:51 AM EST, March 1, 2013 | By Kellan Howell
Federal employees may be furloughed, Navy patrols reduced and everyday citizens inconvenienced by the sequester budget cuts that take effect Friday, but there's one group of Americans who won't have to worry about paychecks: members of Congress.
The White House Office of Management and Budget and the Clerk of the House of Representatives say lawmakers can't suffer any salary cuts from the sequester because of a provision amended into the U.S. Constitution.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked Vice President Joe Biden to become involved in a last-minute effort to avert tax increases on virtually every worker. Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid acknowledged McConnell had made an offer last night but said "at this point we are unable to make a counter-offer."
The public exchange between the top negotiators on averting the so-called fiscal cliff injected a note of pessimism little more than 24 hours before taxes are set to go up.
Rep. Joe Barton, a key Republican on the House energy committee who helped fashion the legislation that opened the door to today's clean energy funding, says the political connections are "eerily similar" between the government-funded A123 Systems battery maker that went bankrupt last week and the earlier failed Solyndra solar maker.
Barton, R-Texas, reacted to a Washington Guardian story last week that detailed how A123's executives spent $1 million on a federal lobbyists and showered Democrats with donations even as the firm struggled for financial viability.
BOSTON (AP) — Two members of Congress have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether a specialty pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak violated any federal laws or regulations.
The number of illnesses associated with contaminated steroid shots distributed by New England Compounding Center climbed to 233 in 15 states, the Centers for Disease Control reported Tuesday. Fifteen people have died.