involving financial matters
Ending a climactic
fiscal showdown in the final hours of the 112th Congress, the House late Tuesday passed and sent to President Obama legislation to avert big income tax increases on most Americans and prevent large cuts in spending for the Pentagon and other government programs.
a concluding action
In approving the measure after days of legislative intrigue, Congress concluded its final and most pitched fight over fiscal policy, the
culmination of two years of battles over taxes, the federal debt, spending and what to do to slow the growth in popular social programs like Medicare.
existing in name only
Democrats, while hardly placated by the compromise, celebrated Mr. Obama’s
nominal victory in his final showdown with House Republicans in the 112th Congress, who began their term emboldened by scores of new, conservative members whose reach to the right ultimately tipped them over.
In that showdown, Senate Democrats and Republicans passed legislation, and while House Republicans
fulminated, they were eventually forced to swallow it.
social organization in which a female is the family head
When they are all sworn into office on Thursday, New Hampshire will become the first state in the nation’s history to send an all-female delegation to Washington. And the
matriarchy does not end there.
support and strengthen
While New Hampshire is doing more than its share of
bolstering the number of women on Capitol Hill, six states — Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota and Vermont — have never elected a woman to the House.
an accidental event that seems to have been arranged
Although the women in New Hampshire are serving all at once by
happenstance, women have long held prominent positions in New Hampshire government.
cut with an edge tool for cutting grass
He watched in dismay as Latvia’s misery deepened under a harsh austerity drive that
scythed wages, jobs and state financing for schools and hospitals.
adhering to what is commonly accepted
Now its abrupt turn for the better has put a spotlight on a ticklish question for those who look to
orthodox economics for a solution to Europe’s wider economic woes: Instead of obeying any universal laws of economic gravity, do different people respond differently to the same forces?
a person from your own country
Daniels Pavluts, Latvia’s economics minister, recently visited Dublin and London and met with émigré associations to encourage his
compatriots to come home.