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CQ on Congress

Mar 2, 2016

Congress is trying to finish a child nutrition bill in an election year – no small task with a tight legislative calendar and sensitive decisions over questions such as the size of reimbursements for federally subsidized lunches and breakfasts. The outcome will affect subsidized lunches and breakfasts served to...

Feb 25, 2016

The presidential candidates are spending a lot of time warning about the influence of millionaires and billionaires on American politics. But the rhetoric isn’t likely to change Congress’ low-energy approach to restructuring campaign finance laws – a process that’s been hindered by vested interests and a lack of...

Feb 24, 2016

Congress is looking at privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system in order to help raise funds for efforts such as a next generation navigation system. But the spinoff faces powerful opposition from lawmakers who control the purse strings, the military and other players who contend the idea would be a sop to...

Feb 22, 2016

The battle between Apple and the Justice Department over access to iPhone data is putting encryption policy back in the congressional spotlight. But it's unclear whether Congress get around the perennial challenge of balancing security with privacy and sort out whether the case sets a dangerous precedent.

Feb 19, 2016

The new Democratic Governor, John Bel Edwards, and the Republican Legislature are going to have to work together to clean up a mess that even some Republicans in the state say was created by Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Bobby Jindal.