WASHINGTON — The House voted last week to suspend a new tax penalty facing Americans who do not purchase health insurance required under the Affordable Care Act.
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Facing a crowded field of six candidates, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall and former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe finished an easy 1-2 in the Republican primary balloting for the 4th Congressional District Tuesday, setting the stage for the first runoff election the 4th CD has seen in more than three decades. Hall fell four points shy of the 50 percent threshold that would have precluded the runoff and all but ensured an 18th term in the House for the 90-year-old. The former U.S. Attorney Ratcliffe utilized a hefty chunk of his personal fortune and a seemingly well-oiled campaign machine to secure 29 percent of the vote.
By Steve Tetreault
In an effort to provide Texas voters with as much information as possible to inform their votes, the Herald Democrat reached out to each of the six Republicans vying to represent the 4th Congressional District in Washington. The only candidate not to respond was Tony Arterburn Jr., who is out of the state with a sick family member.
WASHINGTON – Congress this week agreed to allow the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through March 2015.
WASHINGTON – Congress completed work last week on a long-stalled farm bill, sending to President Obama a measure that authorizes $956 billion over the next 10 years on nutrition aid to the poor, and crop subsidies and insurance for agribusiness.
WASHINGTON — The House last week broke a two-year impasse and passed a farm bill that authorizes almost $1 trillion for crop subsidies and nutrition programs.
WASHINGTON – Congress approved a $1 trillion spending bill last week, striking a bipartisan deal that ensures the federal government will remain open through September.
His pitch bipartisan and inclusive, Republican Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday in Democratic-leaning New Jersey amid talk of a possible 2016 presidential run. Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly won the Virginia governor’s race, leading what Democrats hoped would be their first sweep of statewide offices in decades.
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — Terry McAuliffe wrested the governor’s office from Republicans on Tuesday, capping an acrimonious campaign that was driven by a crush of negative advertising, non-stop accusations of dodgy dealings and a tea party-backed nominee who tested the limits of swing-voting Virginia.