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A: The country will reach the debt limit on Jan. 19, at which point the Treasury Department will begin using extraordinary measures.

The U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit this week, forcing the new, divided Congress into negotiations over the debt limit much sooner than expected, though a potential date for the nation to default isn’t expected until this summer. Read more»

The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete. Read more»

The U.S. Senate sent President Joe Biden a one-week government funding bill late Thursday, giving negotiators a few more days to wrap up talks on what is expected to be a $1.7 trillion package to keep the federal government up and running through September. Read more»

President Joe Biden, joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries, participates in a Q&A at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Philadelphia on March 11, 2022.

Hakeem Jeffries of New York was named U.S. House Democratic leader - making history as the first Black lawmaker to head any party in Congress - when Democrats gathered Wednesday to elect its top leaders for the 118th Congress. Read more»

The permitting bill was part of a deal Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made with Manchin to secure his support for Democrats’ major climate, health care and taxes bill, which provided $370 billion in clean energy spending.

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment - but the bill may still not have the support it needs to pass. Read more»

$31 million from the Senate Majority PAC, aligned with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, went to reelection ads for U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, who is attempting to fend off a challenge from Republican Blake Masters.

The super PAC aligned with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has spent a record amount advertising for GOP Senate candidates this cycle, about $178 million in five key U.S. Senate races. Read more»

The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections after a drive to get at least 10 GOP senators to support the bill appears to have fallen short. Read more»

Graham’s decision to reintroduce a nationwide abortion bill Tuesday is a change of course from comments he made following the Supreme Court’s decision.

U.S. Senate Republicans are skeptical about a 15-week nationwide abortion ban that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Tuesday, with some saying they want to leave the issue to state lawmakers instead of taking it up in Congress. Read more»

The group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber's leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 76 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus' ideological spectrum. Read more»

The U.S. Senate is on track to vote on a bill codifying marriage equality as soon as next week with negotiators increasingly confident it could become law. Read more»

President Joe Biden is joined by Democratic lawmakers as he signs the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 16, 2022.

The climate change and health care bill signed into law this week will lower U.S. carbon emissions by a gigaton by 2030, a new analysis from the Department of Energy said, further cementing claims already made about the the bill's clean energy programs. Read more»

The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. Read more»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema might hold in her hands the fate of a blockbuster bill to fight the climate crisis.

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care and energy bill released Wednesday night, saying the measure represents a historic step toward addressing the climate crisis. Read more»

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A climate change and health care package is primed to make its way through House goal posts, a stunning coup for the Biden administration after the Democratic majority leader of the Senate found middle ground this week with the coal-rooted Senator Joe Manchin. Read more»

Medicare is the health care program for people 65 and older, some younger Americans with disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease.

U.S. Senate Democrats have reached a tentative agreement to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs in the Medicare program, the first step in passing a long-stalled package that’s expected to include tax and climate change provisions as well. Read more»

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