Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. (AP/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trigger happy

Congress | If lawmakers in the House give D.C.
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/13/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Several weeks ago, D.C. politicians celebrated when the Senate passed legislation granting the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House. The Senate stonewalled the legislation two years ago, so when it passed in that chamber this time, Washingtonians thought the bill would sail through the House, granting them a vote in that body beginning in the next session.

"They haven't had a basic civil right," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said about the city's 600,000 residents when the Senate passed the bill.

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Associated Press/Photo by Charlie Riedel (file)

'Courage to do nothing'

Environment | Democrats and Republicans chew over Obama's controversial proposal to charge businesses for carbon emissions.
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/12/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-A proposed tax intended to fight climate change is facing some heat on Capitol Hill. The cap-and-trade system, which President Obama has proposed as one way to fund his budget for next year, would require businesses who exceed certain carbon emissions limits to pay for offsets. And now that the proposal is being aired, debate is rising before an energy bill takes shape in committees over the next few weeks.

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Sen. Harry Reid (AP/Photo by Lauren Victoria Burke)

Budget passes

Congress | Congress finally passes last year's budget, overcoming squabbling between parties in the Senate
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/10/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The Senate approved Tuesday evening an overdue $410 billion spending package to cover the budget year that began in October 2008, but only after Democrats played legislative ball with Republicans. The bill passed 62-35.

"This has taken far too long," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, adding that Republicans are "saying no to everything."

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