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In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee and a physician, appears before the Rules Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Analysis: GOP needs budget cuts to fulfill political promise

Thanks to Congress' recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans intent on fulfilling a political promise will have to propose far deeper cuts to domestic programs to bring the government's deteriorating balance sheet back into the black.

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United States Capitol building (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
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Arrests of Iraqi refugees increase pressure in Congress

House Republicans renewed their call Friday for swift Senate action on a bill cracking down on Syrian and Iraqi refugees, following the arrests of two Iraqi-born men on terrorism-related charges.

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In this photo taken May 19, 2015, meat labels are seen at a grocery store in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Consumers won’t know meat origin after US ends labeling law

After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the animal's country of origin on packages of red meat.

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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, The Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Vote to repeal Obama’s health law marks testy start to 2016

Legislation repealing President Barack Obama's health care law comes to the forefront when the House reconvenes this week, marking a sharply partisan start to a congressional year in which legislating may take a back seat to politics.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., smiles as he walks to the House chamber, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. The House on Friday easily passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September, capping a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., smiles as he walks to the House chamber, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Congress OKs year-end budget deal, sends to Obama

Congress on Friday sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan but deficit draining year-end budget package that boosts federal agency spending and awards tax cuts to both families and a sweeping array of business interests.

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2105 file photo, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The massive year-end spending measure includes a bill encouraging companies to share cyber threat information with the government. Schiff urged lawmakers to support the bill and said it was a major improvement over the bill put forward last session, which he opposed because of what he said were its lack of privacy protections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2105 file photo, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Massive year-end spending bill includes cybersecurity act

The massive year-end spending measure includes a provision that will encourage companies to share cyber threat information with the government.

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Congress OKs bill banning Guantanamo detainees from US

Congress passed a $607 billion defense policy bill Tuesday that bans moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States -- something Barack Obama has been trying to do since he was sworn in as president.

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The House’s big day: Budget deal vote, GOP nominating Ryan

The House was poised to approve a two-year budget truce and Republicans were set to nominate Rep. Paul Ryan as the new speaker Wednesday, milestones GOP leaders hope will transform their party's recent chaos into calm in time for next year's presidential and congressional campaigns.

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Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2008, file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Paul Ryan: On the path to job he says he never wanted

Ryan worked as a congressional intern in college, returning later to work as a paid staffer on Capitol Hill. By 28, he was a member of the House. By his early 40s, he was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and then the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. In 2012, he was a vice presidential candidate and a talked-about future presidential contender.

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Boehner to push budget vote over conservative opposition

House Republican leaders on Tuesday pushed toward a vote on a two-year budget deal despite conservative opposition, relying on the backing of Democrats for the far-reaching pact struck with President Barack Obama.

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