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  • Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill

    July 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. The bill is intended to help veterans avoid long... more »
  • Governor against BESE testing compromise

    July 10, 2014 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State school board leaders announced a compromise Thursday in the ongoing political fight over Common Core testing in Louisiana, but it was dead on arrival at Governor Bobby Jindal's office. BESE President Chas Roemer said the board sent a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal proposing that... more »
  • Budget stalemate could continue in Gonzales Play Video

    June 23, 2014 9:47 PM

    GONZALES - The city council accepted a second budget proposal Monday evening after Mayor Barney Arceneaux vetoed the original last month. Arceneaux did not support amendments that were made by the council. The mayor warned when submitting another proposal, he will likely veto the budget again if the council... more »
  • Louisana lawmakers revisiting REAL ID compliance

    March 28, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The leader of the House Transportation Committee is trying to broker a compromise that could put Louisiana driver's licenses in line with a federal identification law. Without it, Louisiana residents could face difficulties trying to board planes in two years. State lawmakers enacted a prohibition against the federal... more »
  • Senators reach deal extending jobless benefits

    March 13, 2014 3:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators says they have reached a compromise extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for five months. If the Senate approves, the deal would break a months-long stalemate over the issue in the chamber between the two parties. Two leaders of the... more »
  • Obama signs student loan deal

    August 9, 2013 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to restore lower interest rates on loans for millions of students heading back to college this fall. Friday's Oval Office ceremony caps a frenzy of negotiations that led to a rare bipartisan compromise to lower rates before classes resume.... more »
  • Obama to sign student loan deal

    August 9, 2013 9:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - Students heading back to college this fall will save thousands in interest charges on their loans after they graduate once President Barack Obama signs into law a rare bipartisan compromise. The president is scheduled to sign the deal Friday at the White House, ending a frenzied summer... more »
  • Student loan compromise heads toward final vote

    July 31, 2013 8:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A deal that gives college students and their parents lower interest rates for loans is heading toward its final vote. The House is expected Wednesday to take up a bipartisan compromise that links student loan interest rates to the financial markets. Immediately, borrowers would see lower... more »
  • Compromise takes shape on student loans

    July 11, 2013 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - A deal that would lower interest rates on student loans appears to be taking shape in Congress. Lawmakers and their aides have been in talks about how they might reduce rates on subsidized Stafford loans. The rates doubled to 6.8 percent last week after Congress failed to act.... more »
  • Catholic hospitals accept birth control rule

    July 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - A trade group for Catholic hospitals says it can accept the Obama administration's compromise on birth control coverage. The Catholic Health Association says it's pleased with final rules for faith-affiliated nonprofits from the Department of Health and Human Services. The new health care law requires employers to cover... more »
  • Budget deal passes in session's final hours Play Video

    June 6, 2013 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have completed their work for their regular session, agreeing to a $25 billion budget compromise and then heading home an hour early. The budget deal will finance state government operations in the fiscal year that begins July 1. It received final approval with a 38-1 Senate... more »
  • House backs $25 billion budget compromise

    May 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After days of closed-door negotiations, the Louisiana House has backed a nearly $25 billion budget that deeply diverges from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Lawmakers objected to Jindal's proposal to use $500 million in uncertain financing from property sales, legal settlements, fund sweeps and other... more »
  • Reworked budget compromise taking shape in House

    May 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House is considering substantial tweaks to an alternative proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget for next year. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to strip out $500 million in uncertain funding proposed by Jindal. In its place, lawmakers are proposing changes to tax break... more »
  • Republicans clash over House budget compromise

    May 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is making a strong bid to kill a bipartisan budget compromise that contains $329 million in cuts to tax break programs that largely benefit businesses. Jindal assembled a group of industry lobbyists Tuesday to criticize the budget proposal, which was devised by conservative House... more »
  • Budget compromise taking shape, without Jindal

    May 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted bipartisan House budget negotiations today as a secretive, back-door attempt to raise taxes on Louisiana businesses and residents. The governor's criticism Monday came as lawmakers in the House moved ahead with the building blocks of a budget compromise that Jindal opposes because it... more »
  • Hackers compromise AP Twitter account

    April 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    LONDON - Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House. The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated... more »
  • Boehner on averting fiscal cliff: 'God only knows'

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says he's still open to talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding the double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts but he needs Obama to compromise more. Boehner spoke to reporters Friday morning, hours after his rank-and-file Republicans handed him... more »
  • Lieberman urges compromise in final Senate speech

    December 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman in his final Senate floor speech is urging Congress to put partisan rancor aside and reach across party lines to break Washington's gridlock. The Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut said Wednesday that strong bipartisan leadership is needed to solve the nation's most pressing problems such as... more »
  • Obama 'won't compromise,' but holds back on GOP criticism

    December 10, 2012 3:26 PM

    REDFORD, Mich. - President Barack Obama says he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes. However, Obama held back from directly criticizing Republicans for opposing his tax plans, perhaps signaling that private negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" are showing progress. Obama and Boehner met... more »
  • Buffett urges Congress to raise taxes on wealthy

    November 26, 2012 10:33 AM

    OMAHA, Neb. - Billionaire Warren Buffett is again calling for higher taxes on the "ultra-rich" and he's urging Congress to compromise on spending cuts and tax increases. Buffett expressed his views on fiscal policy in an opinion article Monday in The New York Times. In the article, Buffett mocked the... more »
  • Obama: Wealthy must see higher taxes under plan

    November 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says raising taxes on wealthiest Americans must be part of deficit reduction plan but says he is "open to compromise" and "new ideas." Obama says he will refuse to accept any approach that "isn't balanced." Obama says in his first public comments since the election... more »
  • Obama must work with status-quo Congress to avert financial crisis

    November 7, 2012 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - With a second term ahead of him, President Barack Obama faces the urgent task of working with Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession. Automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff" are set... more »
  • Paul adds delegates in Louisiana compromise

    August 21, 2012 5:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Ron Paul is picking up more delegates to the Republican National Convention after his supporters reached a compromise over disputed delegates from Louisiana. Charlie Davis, who served as Paul's campaign chairman in Louisiana, said the Texas congressman will get 17 of the state's 46 delegates in the... more »
  • House begins debate on debt limit compromise

    August 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has started debating the debt limit compromise negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders. The GOP-run House began considering the bill less than a day after the White House and top lawmakers reached agreement on a dispute that had locked them in deadlock for months.... more »
  • Mayor Holden: Tax plan moving forward

    July 28, 2011 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One day after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council killed his nearly $800 million bond proposal, Mayor-President Kip Holden said the plan is moving forward but wouldn't elaborate how. Nine of the 12 Council members voted to kill the proposal before it was to be discussed... more »
  • House GOP tries to work out budget compromise

    May 26, 2011 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House leaders are trying to hammer out a compromise on next year's $25 billion budget, to lift a deadlock that has stalled all work on the spending plans. Republicans, who hold a majority of seats in the House, were working Thursday to settle on $81 million... more »
  • SUNO, UNO merger pulled from consideration

    May 18, 2011 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The controversial merger of Southern University of New Orleans and the University of New Orleans is no longer being considered by the state Legislature, according to lawmakers. The Legislative Black Caucus put out a release Wednesday afternoon saying the Speaker of the state House, Rep. Jim... more »
  • La. lawmakers working on congressional compromise

    April 13, 2011 1:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has sent a compromise congressional district map to the House, hoping to break through a stalemate with only hours to go before the redistricting special session must end. The House is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on the map to shrink the state's... more »
  • Obama defends tax deal, says best for the nation

    December 7, 2010 1:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Facing a Democratic rebellion, President Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his decision to compromise with Republicans and temporarily extend about-to-expire tax cuts for all Americans. "There are some who would have preferred a protracted political fight," the president said at a White House news conference a day... more »
  • Obama optimistic about bipartisan deal on taxes

    December 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he is optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will come to agreements on several issues in the coming weeks. Obama says the most important issue lawmakers must resolve is making sure taxes don't increase for middle-class families when Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end... more »
  • Attorneys compromise over Gosserand blood sample

    November 29, 2010 12:12 PM

    NEW ROADS - Attorneys in the Victoria Gosserand vehicular homicide case have reached a compromise over the accused's blood sample. Prosecutors say that sample shows Gosserand's blood was nearly four times the legal limit the night she crashed her vehicle into another car, killing 23-year-old Terri Parker and badly... more »

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