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Internet sales tax fight hits Congress

Internet sales tax fight hits Congress

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Supporters and opponents of collecting sales taxes for online transactions are lining up U.S. congressional backing for their positions, officials say.

AFL-CIO says Dems' debt plan hurts jobs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A proposal by Democratic members of the bipartisan, bicameral supercommittee could undercut President Obama's jobs drive, the AFL-CIO chief said Monday.

Obama won't join debt cut process further

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- President Obama won't join in the U.S. debt reduction process other than press for changes he has already proposed, his spokesman said Friday.
GOP rejects Dems' plan to cut budget $3T

GOP rejects Dems' plan to cut budget $3T

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Thursday rejected a Democratic plan to cut U.S. debt by $3 trillion because it includes $1.3 trillion in new taxes.
Deficit reduction super panel meets in open

Deficit reduction super panel meets in open

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Lawmakers can't always look to non-defense discretionary spending for cuts to spending the Democratic co-chairwoman of the supercommittee said Wednesday.
Congressional budget director questioned on federal spending

Congressional budget director questioned on federal spending

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The committee responsible for cutting the U.S. deficit by at least $1.2 trillion asked the congressional budget chief hard-hitting questions about the government's discretionary spending.
ANJELICA TAN, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Written for UPI

Stupidity may be the answer

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Will Rogers once theorized that stupidity got to us into a mess so perhaps stupidity is the only way out. Would that work for 21st-century problems?
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Lobbyists swamp supercommittee members

Lobbyists swamp supercommittee members

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Lobbyists are scrambling to get their messages to the U.S. supercommittee charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions, filings indicate.

Part of COLA to go to Medicare Part B

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Many seniors welcomed word of the first U.S. Social Security cost-of-living increase since 2009 but AARP says part of the increase will go to Medicare.

Healthcare tops Tea Party debt cut list

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- People who took part in a Tea Party group's online survey overwhelmingly targeted U.S. healthcare reform law for budget cuts, the group said Tuesday.
House Dems to supercommittee: Raise taxes

House Dems to supercommittee: Raise taxes

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- House Democratic leaders Thursday urged the supercommittee charged with debt reduction to approve tax increases.
Senate Dems propose millionaire surtax

Senate Dems propose millionaire surtax

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democratic leaders gave their own take to pay for President Obama's jobs plan, proposing a 5 percent surtax on millionaires to cover the initiative.
Military official: Defense spending part of solving U.S. deficit

Military official: Defense spending part of solving U.S. deficit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Faced with an array of threats, including a deficit problem, the United States must make immediate but significant cuts to its military budget, a defense officials said.
ALEXANDRA SCHWAPPACH, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Writen for UPI
McCain to Obama: 'Let's sit down'

McCain to Obama: 'Let's sit down'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to "sit down" with Republicans to find solutions to the nation's struggling economy.
A rare bipartisan accord: Sell stuff

A rare bipartisan accord: Sell stuff

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Several elected officials in Washington said selling federal property is one budget-reduction idea that may appeal to Democrats and Republicans alike.
Supercommittee super secret about meetings

Supercommittee super secret about meetings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The bicameral, bipartisan congressional committee tasked with reducing the U.S. deficit has met in secret and its members are mum, observers said.

State lawmakers want revenue on debt table

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A delegation of state lawmakers urged the congressional supercommittee to include new revenue as part of its discussions to reduce the U.S. deficit.
Obama's debt reduction plan has cuts, hikes

Obama's debt reduction plan has cuts, hikes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama's debt-reduction plan pays for the American Jobs Act and produces a net savings of $3 trillion-plus over the next decade, the White House said.
Obama: Plan 'not class warfare. It's math'

Obama: Plan 'not class warfare. It's math'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama's plan to reduce the U.S. deficit by about $3 trillion through the next decade would strip tax loopholes for the wealthy and big corporations.
Supercommittee: Cuts won't be 'fun'

Supercommittee: Cuts won't be 'fun'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Members of the deficit-cutting supercommittee emerged from their first closed-door meeting in Washington Thursday offering positive vibes but no details.
No lobbyists for Kerry until Thanksgiving

No lobbyists for Kerry until Thanksgiving

BOSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry said he has no time for lobbyists while on a congressional "supercommittee" tasked with cutting the federal budget deficit, a report said.
Supercommittee members have lobbyist ties

Supercommittee members have lobbyist ties

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Nearly 100 lobbyists once worked for congressional members on the so-called supercommittee tasked with cutting the federal deficit, a study indicates.

Waters calls for $1 trillion jobs program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said Sunday U.S. President Barack Obama should propose a "bold" jobs program costing $1 trillion or more.
Hatch aide to head 'supercommittee' staff

Hatch aide to head 'supercommittee' staff

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate tax lawyer will head the staff of the congressional "supercommittee" tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in budget cuts, leaders said Tuesday.
Cantor unveils jobs plan big on regulation cuts

Cantor unveils jobs plan big on regulation cuts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined a jobs plan that would target 10 regulations for elimination and enact one major tax cut for businesses.
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