Emily Belz

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

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Congress balks

Economy | Despite Harry Reid's assurances that Congress will release $350 billion in bailout funds by week's end, Republicans and Democrats in Congress aren't biting
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/14/09, 12:00 am

How to convince a majority of 534 lawmakers to release $350 billion for financial bailouts when the last $350 billion has yet to reach taxpayers in the form of credit where they need it? Senate Majority leader Harry Reid says he has the votes to get the cash on its way to the Treasury Department, while Speaker Nancy Pelosi tries to rally support in the House by arguing that President-elect Obama will oversee the billions of spending better than President Bush has. Votes on the legislation could happen as early as Thursday.

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Stars of the Senate

Politics | Activity on Capitol Hill Tuesday included a visit from President-elect Obama and hearings for his cabinet
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/13/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-One former senator from Chicago, Barack Obama, and another soon-to-be-former senator were, among others, on parade Tuesday on Capitol Hill for hearings and policy lunches.

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Hello, 111th

Politics | A new Congress convened Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with much pomp and drama
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/06/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Under icy rain outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Roland Burris, 71, declared, "I am the junior senator from Illinois," despite being barred from the Senate chambers minutes earlier. Burris, who Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed last week to fill President-elect Barack Obama's empty Senate seat, said that the secretary of the Senate, Nancy Erickson, told him he did not have the signature of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on his credentials, which prevented him from taking the seat.

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