As Student Debt Hits $1.2 Trillion, Senate to Debate Loan Refinancing Bill
The Senate will debate next week a bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to allow students to refinance their loans.
Washington Watchers See a Lull in Budget Wars
Noting that it's an election year, Washington analyst Greg Valliere predicts the next Congress will be "more conservative than this one."
Taxing Matters for the New Year
Two lawmakers struck a two-year budget deal in mid-December, just days shy of the budget conference committee’s Dec. 13 deadline to find a way to keep the government running beyond the expiration of the current continuing resolution (CR) on Jan. 15.
Budget Bill Nears Senate Passage
The Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, ensuring it will pass the chamber no later than Wednesday.
Pension Advocates Blast Budget’s Premium Hike
“It is simply unacceptable that members of Congress of both parties...view pension plans as a piggy bank," American Benefits Council president says.
Budget Deal Heads for Likely House Passage
Speaker John Boehner criticized conservative groups for opposing it; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "neither side got everything it wanted."
Senators Say Retirement Planning Is a Growing Priority
“Too many Americans make decisions by inaction, and they need investment advice,” said Sen. Ben Cardin.
Sen. Harkin Floats Bill to Help Charities, Co-Ops Offer Pensions
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for charities and cooperatives to continue to offer pensions to their employees.
Congress’ Next Slugfest: Debt Ceiling, 3 Battling Budgets
Now that the government is funded through September, Congress must tackle the debt ceiling and three separate budgets, says Andy Friedman of The Washington Update.
Congress Gets Ready to Tackle Tax Reform, Budget
Congress is abuzz with activity this week as lawmakers start overhauling the tax code and plan to finish a continuing resolution to fund the government.