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CQ on Congress

Dec 29, 2015

Congress cleared most pressing issues off its decks by striking a budget deal and passing a huge tax and spending package at the end of 2015. The question is whether the House and Senate in 2016 will amplify election year messaging or whether lawmakers and the White House come together to strike deals on other...


Dec 21, 2015

CQ Now introduces you to a very special piece of American history at the Library of Congress:the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It is the first book printed in what is now the United States and it helped shape everything from religious expression to the political culture in the 13...


Dec 18, 2015

A tumultuous and unusually productive year for Congress ended quietly on Dec. 18 with the passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running and a package of tax breaks for businesses and individuals worth about $680 billion. Everyone in Washington had some flesh in the game, and the hundreds of...


Dec 16, 2015

The 457-mile rail route from Washington to Boston is the busiest in the country, connecting four of the nation's 10 largest metropolitan areas and serving about a fifth of the U.S. economy. It's also the most bureaucratically tangled, with eight commuter lines, four freight railroads and Amtrak all sharing the...


Dec 14, 2015

A House bill that would require warrants for government access to personal and business emails attracted more than 300 co-sponsors as well as support from technology giants like Google. But the measure has stalled over concerns from law enforcement and federal agencies that want exceptions to the requirement.