With less than two weeks before federal lawmakers take a holiday break, prospects in Congress for a speedy passage of the long-delayed farm bill appear to be fading.
The House and Senate farm bills take different approaches to rewriting commodity programs. But the biggest obstacle to agreement on a farm bill is the food stamp program, which makes up about 70 percent of the bill's overall spending of about $100 billion annually.
Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation are displeased that Obama administration has proposed new rules that would maintain a limit on the use of corn ethanol in gasoline. That could slow the growth of ethanol producers in Minnesota, the nation's fifth-largest producer.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted with their party today on the so-called nuclear option to restrict the use of the filibuster, a decades-old Senate procedure that allows the party in the minority to block final key votes.
It's clear at some Democrats are starting the view the Affordable Care Act as a potential political liability.
The fallout from the problems with the federal health care law has some Minnesota Democrats suggesting that they would support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law.
The political fallout from the problems with the Affordable Care Act have some Minnesota Democrats suggesting they'll support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law.
At a hearing convened by U.S. Sen. Al Franken Wednesday, Obama administration officials defended keeping secret the details of government electronic surveillance programs.
A dispute over a 2010 California law concerning the treatment of egg-laying chickens looks like it may add to the complications for congressional negotiators trying to reach agreement on a new five-year farm bill this week.
Republicans in Minnesota are using the troubled roll-out of the Affordable Care Act to attack Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is among a group of Democratic incumbents up for re-election next year.
After two years of starts and stops, lawmakers begin formal negotiations Wednesday on the farm bill, but the talks are being overshadowed by negotiations that aim to undo automatic cuts to the federal budget.
During the recent federal government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress went to war over GOP efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act.
Hours after Nolan's GOP challenger, Stewart Mills, said he raised $244,000 in his first quarter on the campaign trail, Nolan's campaign announced it had raised just $129,000. The two campaigns' bank accounts were closely matched with Nolan holding $261,000 and Mills holding $234,000.
In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training.
The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling.
Ellison is one of seven lawmakers who were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for blocking a street during a rally on the National Mall to urge Congress to vote on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.