Angus King

Can Congress Get a Budget Deal Done?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCongress doesn’t get much done on the budget without a deadline hanging over it, and this time it’s staring at a deadline — or at least a first deadline — of Dec. 13. That’s the date by which lawmakers on a bipartisan conference committee — led by Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), her House counterpart — are supposed to come up with a budget deal. Without a deal, the government runs out …

Even Without Carl Levin, There’ll Be Plenty of Gray Hair in the Senate

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEven the exit of a crop of senators born before World War II doesn’t seem to be having much effect on the average age in the U.S. Senate, the Washington Post reports. That’s because the freshmen arriving in recent years haven’t exactly been dewy-faced youngsters. (Example: 68-year-old Angus King, a Maine independent.) Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, 78, last week became the fourth senator age 70 and older to announce he’ll retire instead of running for reelection next year. The other …