That 1% cut in federal spending in the debt limit law? It’s complicated. 

BY: - August 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The debt limit law Congress approved earlier this year included a much-publicized provision that would cut all federal spending by 1% if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach agreement on the dozen government funding bills before Jan. 1. That sounds pretty threatening. But, the across-the-board automatic spending cut wouldn’t actually have any real-world […]

Pa.’s Fetterman, U.S. Senate Dems seek answers from USDA on SNAP program changes

BY: - June 26, 2023

'We remain concerned about the changes to eligibility and increases to work requirements overall,' the lawmakers wrote.


Six lessons from the debt deal. What did we learn? | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - June 15, 2023

A real debt deal that puts America on a sane fiscal path does not appear likely no matter who is in charge in Washington.

The U.S. Capitol Building on June 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Was the debt ceiling compromise a good deal? And for whom? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - June 7, 2023

Inside the Beltway, a manufactured crisis ended. For the poor, the climate, and students, real-life crises just got worse.

The U.S. Capitol Building on June 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

We should feel good about sane adults reaching across the aisle | Dick Polman

BY: - June 5, 2023

The debt ceiling deal is the kind of compromise voters say they want from their elected leaders.

(Photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa.)

Pa.’s Fetterman votes against debt ceiling bill because of SNAP restrictions

BY: - June 2, 2023

U.S. Senate sends Biden debt limit legislation ahead of Monday default deadline.

Cherry blossoms outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. (Capital-Star photo by Jennifer Shutt).

U.S. House approves debt limit package, sending it to Senate days before default deadline

BY: and - May 31, 2023

Pennsylvania U.S. Reps. Scott Perry, a Republican, and Summer Lee, a Democrat, cast ‘no’ votes on the debt deal.

New work requirements for some SNAP recipients included in debt limit deal

BY: - May 31, 2023

Some limitations on TANF made it into Saturday’s agreement, but work requirements for Medicaid were dropped.

As Congress preps for debt limit vote, Pa.’s Perry slams the deal

BY: and - May 30, 2023

'I am focused on defeating this bill,' House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry, R-10th District, said.

Dems hit Pa.’s Perry, Fitzpatrick over debt ceiling vote, vets funding | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 30, 2023

A U.S. House vote on a debt ceiling bill could come as soon as Wednesday.

Biden, McCarthy say they have brokered a debt limit deal to avert U.S. default

BY: and - May 27, 2023

McCarthy was expected to speak with members of the House Republican conference on a call later Saturday night.

With debt default as soon as a week away, U.S. House jets off for holiday break

BY: - May 25, 2023

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.,  said negotiators want to get to an agreement 'that’s correct.'