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The House passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- meant to prevent the financial conditions that led to last year's economic collapse -- by a 223-202 vote Friday.
Struggling dairy farmers in Wisconsin may get what they want - and need - most for Christmas: a check from the federal government.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, delivered that news to hundreds of west-central Wisconsin farmers Wednesday evening during a telephone town hall meeting focusing on agricultural issues.
Washington - Rep. Ron Kind returned Sunday from a congressional fact-finding trip to Pakistan - a weeklong visit that comes at a time when the Obama administration is turning up the heat on Pakistan to do more to fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Now that the House of Representatives has had its historic 220-215 vote for health care reform, the battle of the news releases has resumed in earnest.
Supporters of the 1,990-page, $1.2 trillion plan have argued that the current situation leaves 15 percent of Americans without health insurance and unfairly discriminates against Midwest hospitals and clinics.
Missed out on Cash for Clunkers? Congress has another deal for you: Buy a home before May 1 and collect up to $6,500 from the government. If you're a first-time home buyer, get up to $8,000.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced a deal Thursday that may remove the biggest hurdle to his support for federal health care reform.
The agreement would link health care providers' Medicare payments to quality of care rather than quantity, which the La Crosse Democrat long has sought.
House leadership and a group of Representatives from low-cost states made news with a deal Thursday that will deliver their support for a public option which would pay providers according to rates based on Medicare. In return, the Representatives will get a study to start fixing low reimbursement rates in low-cost areas of the country.
AT $2.87 a gallon, the average price of milk is down 27 percent from a year ago. That means cheaper groceries for recession-weary consumers and more bang for the taxpayer's buck in food stamps and other federal nutrition programs. What's not to like? Well, dairy farmers hate it: They are facing a $12 billion decline in sales this year, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.
Amid mounting speculation over the future of the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit, Congress moved today to give American service members another 12 months to claim the popular incentive.