Kirsten Gillibrand

Boehner Caves, Agrees to Hurricane Sandy Aid Vote on Friday

Under intense pressure from angry Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner agreed late Wednesday to a vote this week on aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery. He will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion for the national flood insurance program and another on Jan. 15 for another $51 billion in aid.

The Weirdest Things Your Taxes Pay For

Sen. Tom Coburn has released his Wastebook 2012, a look at over $18 billion in projects that are bizarre and hard to justify. Admittedly, that's just a drop in the federal budget. But ... Thoreau-based video games? Robot squirrels?! Take a peek at our gallery of weird government expenditures.

Elected Insiders: Why the STOCK Act Matters to You

Four times in five years, lawmakers have introduced the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act to bar senators and representatives from investing based on knowledge they gained in the course of their duties. Three times, the STOCK Act has died in committee. Will the fourth time be the charm?

Liberal U.S. Senator Now Big Hunting Fan?

Liberal New York Senator Charles Schumer has taken up hunting and recently introduced a bill favorable to the sport. But with the Brooklyn Democrat's reelection on the horizon, the National Rifle Association isn't buying it, calling him a "Johnny-come-lately."