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  • C-SPAN online feed interrupted by Russian site

    January 12, 2017 6:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - C-SPAN says its online feed of House floor action was briefly interrupted Thursday by programming for the Russian news site RT. The network says the problem was likely a routing issue, since RT is one of the networks that C-SPAN regularly monitors. Spokesman Howard Mortman says C-SPAN's website... more »
  • Edwards administration defends flood response Play Video

    January 6, 2017 12:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Edwards' Administration pushed back against criticism Thursday that it's too slow in responding to the August flood. Friday Edwards will present the state's first disaster relief program 147 days after the storm. "Only twenty of the days have been in the control of the state," said... more »
  • Kansas Congressman's son 'dabs' during swearing-in photo op

    January 4, 2017 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Kansas Congressman is dishing out discipline after his 17-year-old son pulled a dance move resembling a sneeze during a photo shoot with House Speaker Paul Ryan after the U.S. House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall tweeted: "He's grounded." ... more »
  • Republican John Kennedy sworn in as new Louisiana US senator

    January 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's newest U.S. senator, Republican John Kennedy, has taken the oath of office as the latest term of Congress began. Also sworn in Tuesday were two new U.S. House members for Louisiana's delegation: Republicans Clay Higgins in the southwest Louisiana-based 3rd District and Mike Johnson in the... more »
  • Mike Johnson elected to Louisiana's 4th District

    December 10, 2016 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Mike Johnson will head to Washington in January to represent Louisiana's 4th Congressional District. The state lawmaker from Benton won Saturday's runoff election for the open seat, defeating Democrat Marshall Jones, a lawyer from Shreveport. Johnson focused on his conservative record, both his decades as a... more »
  • Congress Oks more than $1.25B for Louisiana flood recovery

    December 10, 2016 7:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Congress has approved more than $1.25 billion for Louisiana's flood recovery. The additional allocation approved Friday means Congress has dedicated between $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion, including an initial $438 million in disaster relief funds, for Louisiana's long-term rebuilding. Still, that's short of the at least $2.6... more »
  • Congress averts shutdown, backs spending bill

    December 10, 2016 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has averted a government shutdown - with less than hour to spare. The vote in the Senate late Friday night was 63-36 for a stopgap spending bill that will keep the government operating through April 28. The bill provides disaster relief to Louisiana after summer flooding and... more »
  • Congress OKs biomedical bill, eyes adjournment

    December 7, 2016 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan bill speeding government drug approvals and bolstering research on cancer and other diseases. It's part of a final burst of legislation for the 114th Congress, which leaders hope to adjourn for the year by week's end. Lawmakers are also working... more »
  • US Sen. Vitter bids farewell, says he was 'blessed' to serve

    December 5, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter called his tenure in Congress "the greatest honor of my professional life," as he gave a farewell speech ahead of the end to his 12-year tenure in the Senate. The Republican incumbent didn't run for a third term, after losing the Louisiana governor's... more »
  • House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

    November 30, 2016 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday. Her win came despite disenchantment among some in the Democratic caucus over the party's disappointing performance in the... more »
  • Congress backs bill on customer rights for online review

    November 28, 2016 9:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to ensure that customers who want to post negative reviews on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor can do so without legal repercussions. The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Monday night. Supporters of the bill say it is needed to... more »
  • Garret Graves wins re-election in 6th district

    November 8, 2016 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Congressman Garret Graves returns to Washington, D.C. – as expected – having won re-election to the seat he's held since January 2015. Five others campaigned for the seat. Graves won the election with {xx} percent of the vote. Graves originally was elected to Congress in... more »
  • Angelle expected a lock on runoff spot in 3rd District race

    October 29, 2016 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, the third-place finisher in last year's governor's race, is expected to easily reach the runoff for Louisiana's open 3rd District U.S. House seat in the Nov. 8 election. But it's not clear who he'll face in that December runoff. Angelle, a well-known... more »
  • Senator: Louisiana to get $437M in flood recovery assistance

    October 8, 2016 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Bill Cassidy says Louisiana will get $437 million of the $500 million in flood recovery assistance allocated by Congress. Cassidy announced the news in a press release Friday. Congress approved the $500 million in flood recovery assistance as part of a hybrid spending measure passed in... more »
  • Boustany files suit over book's prostitution claims

    October 3, 2016 6:39 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Congressman Charles Boustany filed a lawsuit Monday against the author of a new book and the book's publishers. Boustany's attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, said a newly-published book about the murder of eight prostitutes in Jennings, Louisiana, falsely accuses Boustany of having a relationship with the women. The suit... more »
  • Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

    September 29, 2016 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has completed its most elementary task - but only after an intense, weekslong struggle to reach a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline. The legislation extends existing spending levels a mere 10 weeks, past Election Day, while finally addressing the Zika... more »
  • Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $500 million in flood aid

    September 28, 2016 10:28 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus as well as $500 million for Louisiana flood aid. The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after... more »
  • Flood victims to wait for federal aid Play Video

    September 28, 2016 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As congress is expected to approve $500 million for flood relief in South Louisiana, state leaders say it will take some time for the money to get to victims. "It can take anywhere between five to eight months," said Pat Forbes Monday, the executive director of the... more »
  • Congress praised for early flood aid package, but leaders say more is needed

    September 22, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards praised Congress for its effort to secure up to $500 million for flood relief Thursday, but stressed the need for additional money to help people in flood-ravaged south Louisiana rebuild. The money is made available in a federal, short-term continuing resolution item.... more »
  • Congressional report slams NSA leaker Edward Snowden

    September 15, 2016 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - A House intelligence committee report on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he's not a whistleblower and that the vast majority of the documents he stole were military and defense secrets that had nothing to do with Americans' privacy. The committee on Thursday released a three-page unclassified... more »
  • Aides: GOP make offer on Zika holdup; Dems welcome move

    September 15, 2016 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say Republicans are proposing to drop a restriction on Zika-fighting money for Planned Parenthood as negotiators try to reach a deal and adjourn Congress for the fall campaign. Democrats are welcoming the move. It would address their chief complaint to a GOP plan intended to combat... more »
  • Praised by viewers of FEMA hearing feed; Who is Rep. Mica?

    September 9, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - People watching WBRZ's Facebook Live feed of the Congressional hearing into FEMA's response to the flood rallied around a Florida lawmaker. "We have to do a better job of meeting our federal responsibility," Congressman John L. Mica (R), said in his closing remarks of the Subcommittee... more »
  • House vote on impeaching IRS chief possible next week

    September 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House will vote as early as next week on a conservative effort to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen. After House Republicans met privately today for the first time since Congress returned from summer recess, leaders said GOP lawmakers will meet again next week to discuss their next... more »
  • Mayor Kip Holden qualifies for US House race

    July 20, 2016 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor of Baton Rouge, whose city is embroiled in the aftermath of shootings and protests, has signed up to run for a congressional seat. Kip Holden, a Democrat who is term-limited as mayor, qualified Wednesday for the 2nd District race, challenging Democratic incumbent Cedric Richmond. The... more »
  • Obama urges Congress to pass Zika prevention bill

    July 1, 2016 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in "fairly short order" if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease. Obama says researchers are beginning to develop and test a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus. He... more »
  • Washington flummoxed over federal Confederate flag displays

    July 1, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - A year after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, official Washington is struggling with further restrictions on the flag's display on federal property, including the U.S. Capitol complex. The National Park Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Army have longstanding guidelines for... more »
  • From cop to Congress? 'Cajun John Wayne' launches campaign Play Video

    May 19, 2016 12:12 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Tough-talking cop Clay Higgins, who became a viral sensation in videos that earned him the moniker "Cajun John Wanye" could have a new title soon- U.S. Congressman. Higgins announced he was running for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Charles Boustany (R), who's running... more »
  • Mayor Holden announces candidacy for congress

    May 16, 2016 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden held a press conference on Wednesday to announce his candidacy for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives race this week. Holden said back in March that he was “90 percent” sure he was running. Currently democrat Cedric Richmond holds the... more »
  • GOP takes on Library of Congress on immigration terminology

    April 22, 2016 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress may not be able to overhaul the immigration system, fix the broken tax code or even pass a budget. But it's telling the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally. That's how conservative Republicans are responding to a move by the library... more »
  • GOP Congress' incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

    April 3, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year. The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even... more »
  • Clinton tries to win New York with her congressional record

    April 1, 2016 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will release a $10 billion plan aimed at revitalizing manufacturing in Syracuse on Friday, part of an effort to highlight her work as a senator from New York ahead of that state's primary later this month. The Democratic presidential candidate plans to set off on a... more »
  • Lawmakers criticize plan to allow US dollars to be used in dealings with Iran

    March 31, 2016 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Some critics in Congress say Iran would be getting more than it deserves from last year's nuclear accord, if the administration eases financial restrictions that prohibit U.S. dollars from being used in transactions with that country. No final decision has been made, but officials say it's an idea... more »
  • VA watchdog releases reports on wait-time manipulations

    February 29, 2016 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Reports documenting scheduling problems and wait-time manipulation at the Department of Veterans Affairs are being made public, as the agency's internal watchdog bows to pressure from members of Congress and others to improve transparency. The VA's Office of Inspector General released 11 reports Monday outlining scheduling problems and... more »
  • GOP says no hearings, no votes for Supreme Court nominee

    February 24, 2016 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - No hearing. No vote. Don't even bother knocking on our door. That's the message Senate Republicans delivered to President Barack Obama and his sometime-soon nominee for the Supreme Court, an extraordinary election-year rebuff as the GOP insists that replacing Justice Antonin Scalia rests with voters in November's election... more »
  • Apple to tell judge in California case: Congress must decide

    February 23, 2016 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that Apple Inc. will tell a judge this week in legal papers that its fight with the FBI over iPhone encryption should be kicked to Congress, rather than decided by courts. Apple will also argue that a court order to help it hack... more »
  • Supreme Court scuffle triggering a constitutional clash

    February 20, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - It only took one man's death to give Congress the opening to permeate its dysfunction throughout the rest of government. Republican opposition to letting President Barack Obama replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked a constitutional clash over the president's right to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Democrats... more »
  • US House backs bill requiring EPA notify about lead

    February 10, 2016 3:12 PM

    LANSING, Mich. - The U.S. House has approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water. The bill is the first approved by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint stopped using treated water... more »
  • Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

    February 9, 2016 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists. The new spending plan, for the budget... more »
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to make women register for draft

    February 4, 2016 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican congressmen who are military veterans have introduced a bill requiring women to register for the draft. Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana announced Thursday that the legislation is aimed at provoking a fuller discussion of the Pentagon's decision to open all combat... more »
  • Lawmakers anxious to hear from Shkreli, but he's taking 5th

    February 4, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers are anxious to hear from 32-year-old pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli about severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired. But it's unlikely the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals will answer questions in his appearance Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform... more »
  • EPA water chief says Flint crisis was avoidable

    February 3, 2016 12:17 PM

    DETROIT - The acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's water office has told Congress that the crisis in Flint caused by lead in drinking water was "avoidable" and that state officials resisted calls to deal with it. Joel Beauvais said Wednesday that EPA's regional staff urged Michigan officials "to... more »
  • Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control

    February 3, 2016 11:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation introduced in the House would transfer responsibility for air traffic control operations from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation. That idea is part of an overhaul in how Washington oversees the aviation system. That new federally chartered air traffic control corporation would come under a board... more »
  • Bill would make it harder for sex offenders to travel abroad

    February 1, 2016 7:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Registered sex offenders who have committed crimes against children will have a harder time traveling internationally under legislation Congress has sent to the president's desk. The House passed the legislation by voice vote Monday after Senate passage in December. If signed by the president, the U.S. would... more »
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    January 30, 2016 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy.... more »
  • South Carolina Senate committee OKs bill to track refugees

    January 27, 2016 4:01 PM

    COLUMBIA - A bill requiring state police to track refugees coming to South Carolina and to hold their sponsors liable for damages if they commit an act of terrorism is on its way to the floor of the state Senate. A Senate committee approved the measure on Wednesday. A spokesman... more »
  • Drug abuse bill raises hopes for election-year achievement

    January 27, 2016 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - There's a glimmer of hope that a bill aimed at fighting heroin and opioid addiction will let Congress claim an achievement this election year, despite the likelihood that lawmakers will gridlock over most other issues. Bills in both the Senate and House creating grants to combat abuse and... more »
  • Price-hiking pharma exec Martin Shkreli gets House subpoena

    January 20, 2016 4:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to compel former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for price-gouging, to appear at a congressional hearing next Tuesday. An aide to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform confirmed the news Wednesday. The committee is investigating several companies for exorbitant... more »
  • McConnell: No intention of pushing for new war powers vote

    January 10, 2016 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has no intention of pushing lawmakers to approve President Barak Obama's request for new war powers to fight the Islamic State group. He says he fears it could "tie the hands" of the next president. The Obama administration has proposed a... more »
  • House may vote next week on North Korea sanctions bill

    January 7, 2016 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives will vote as early as next week on legislation imposing new sanctions on North Korea. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California promised Thursday there will be strong bipartisan support for the measure. It comes after the authoritarian regime drew international condemnation by boasting of... more »
  • GOP-led panel passes bill for oversight of Iran nuclear deal

    January 7, 2016 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-led House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved legislation that would give Congress greater oversight of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Passage of the bill comes with the United States poised to begin lifting sanctions against Iran as Tehran fulfills its obligations under the July 14 agreement.... more »
  • Top Democrat says no evidence of NSA spying on lawmakers

    January 7, 2016 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - A key House Democrat says there's no evidence that the intelligence community was spying on members of Congress. That follows a report saying the National Security Agency swept up some conversations with members of Congress in the course of spying on Israel. Congressman Adam Schiff of California is... more »
  • Obama plugs final State of Union address on new video

    January 6, 2016 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his final State of the Union address will focus on the "big things" he thinks will make the country stronger and more prosperous. The White House on Wednesday released a brief video of Obama sitting on top of his Oval Office desk and talking... more »
  • House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

    January 6, 2016 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk Wednesday striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement. Obama will veto the bill, and so the ultimate outcome will be... more »
  • Ryan: Obama is 'subverting' Congress

    January 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch"... more »
  • Vote to repeal Obama's health law marks testy start to 2016

    January 4, 2016 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House gets back to work today, and its first item to tackle is another vote to undo President Barack Obama's health care law. It's no surprise that the president will veto the repeal bill, which also would cut money for Planned Parenthood. So Republicans plan to schedule... more »
  • Obama returns from Hawaii saying he's 'fired up' for 2016

    January 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama returns to the rancor of the nation's capital after two weeks of fun and sun in his native Hawaii, saying he's "fired up" for the year ahead and ready to tackle unfinished business. At the top of the list appears to be executive action that... more »
  • House Intelligence chair seeks answers on NSA spying report

    December 30, 2015 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House Intelligence chairman says his committee will look into a report the U.S. spied on the Israeli prime minister and in the process swept up communications with Congress. Congressman Devin Nunes of California tells The Associated Press that he's asked the director of National Intelligence and the... more »
  • Steamship supporters seek exemption to resume cruises

    December 28, 2015 1:29 PM

    HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. - Supporters of the Delta Queen say they'll continue working to get Congress to approve an exemption that would allow the historic steamship to resume offering cruises on the Mississippi River. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports legislation for the exemption from federal fire safety laws was bogged... more »
  • For Congress in 2015, GOP upheaval overshadows legislating

    December 19, 2015 7:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - For Congress, 2015 was a year of ideological clashes, showdown votes and harsh words. And that was just among Republicans. It was the first year of Barack Obama's two terms when Republicans ran both the House and Senate. That meant a blend of compromise and confrontation - a... more »
  • Congress backs bill banning microbeads in soap, body wash

    December 18, 2015 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved legislation banning plastic microbeads used in soaps, body washes and other personal-care products after complaints that the tiny beads were harming fish and wildlife. The measure prohibits the manufacture or sale of products that contain plastic microbeads as of July 1, 2017. Microbeads... more »
  • House delays vote targeting Planned Parenthood, health law

    December 16, 2015 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders have decided to delay until January a House vote to unravel President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and block federal money for Planned Parenthood. The measure has already cleared the Senate, and House passage seems assured. Congress is ready to tackle major budget bills this week... more »
  • Ryan: Can't get everything you want

    December 16, 2015 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - "In divided government, you don't get everything you want." That's how House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending the spending and tax-cut compromise that's being prepared for House and Senate votes by the end of the week. The measure extends dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families, while... more »
  • Congress Oks short-term spending bill hours before deadline

    December 11, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through next Wednesday. The measure was approved by voice vote hours on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The White House has said he will... more »
  • Congress in final-stage talks on massive budget, tax bills

    December 11, 2015 4:26 AM

    WASHINGTON- Lawmakers and the White House are rushing to finalize a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill and a sprawling tax package touching all sectors of the economy. Policy disputes remain as both parties try to attach their priorities to the must-pass spending legislation. Republicans are seeking to lift the oil... more »
  • Rep. Fleming officially announces for Louisiana Senate race

    December 7, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming has launched his campaign for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter. Fleming is positioning himself as a contender willing to take on Washington's GOP leaders. In a video posted Monday, Fleming - in office since 2009 - says... more »
  • On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn to rise

    December 5, 2015 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn. For months, tea party lawmakers provoked crisis and unrest in Congress - and even drove out a speaker. But now, GOP leaders have turned to the business of governing, and they're pushing forward a series of bills destined to get the... more »
  • Congressional staffer arrested after loaded gun found in bag

    December 2, 2015 5:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police say they have arrested a congressional staff member who tried to enter a Senate office building with a loaded handgun. A Capitol Police spokeswoman says Christopher Carpenter of Stafford, Virginia was arrested on Tuesday when routine x-ray screening revealed a loaded 9mm handgun in... more »
  • Republican lawmakers may try to block Syrian refugee plan

    November 16, 2015 12:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers may try to use must-pass government spending legislation to block President Barack Obama's plans to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. Pressure to do so follows Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. Congress is facing a Dec. 11 deadline to approve a spending bill... more »
  • Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

    October 22, 2015 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill in a rebuke to congressional Republicans. Obama says the bill does a number of good things, but falls woefully short in other areas. He says it "resorts to gimmicks." The White House invited reporters and photographers... more »
  • Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel today as Congress took the initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system. On a vote of 15-5, the Judiciary Committee approved a bill to give judges discretion to give... more »
  • Ex-Republican Gov. Crist running for Congress as a Democrat

    October 20, 2015 10:55 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for Congress as a Democrat in an attempt to return to politics after losing a U.S. Senate bid in 2010 and the governor's race last year. Crist made the announcement Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg. Crist served... more »
  • Budget deficit lowest in 8 years

    October 15, 2015 9:05 PM

    WASHINGTON- Tax revenue is out pacing U.S. Government spending and the budget deficit for 2015 dropped to its lowest level in 8 years. The Treasury Department says the deficit fell to $439 billion in the just-completed budget year. That is equal to 2.5 percent of the economy and is... more »
  • Boehner likely to move on debt limit hike before departure

    October 14, 2015 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is signaling that he'll move must-do legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap before he leaves Capitol Hill. The statutory cap on the government's so-called debt limit needs to be raised by early November, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday, confirming a recent warning... more »
  • House forms special panel to probe Planned Parenthood

    October 7, 2015 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House has voted to create a special panel to investigate Planned Parenthood and its procurement of fetal tissue for research. Wednesday's near party-line vote was 242-184. The roll call underscored how the GOP is pressing an issue that has galvanized conservatives. Republicans say the committee is... more »
  • VW, with limited lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

    October 6, 2015 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers probing the company's emissions cheating scandal. The world's No. 1 automaker has a modest political footprint in Washington through lobbying and fundraising, compared... more »
  • No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open

    September 30, 2015 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20... more »
  • Planned Parenthood chief says Congress should be investigating activists instead

    September 29, 2015 6:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The president of Planned Parenthood is asking why Congress is investigating her group -- instead of investigating the anti-abortion activists who secretly made recordings in which Planned Parenthood officials talk about providing fetal tissue for research. Cecile Richards testified before a House panel today. She says it's... more »
  • House chair: Planned Parenthood doesn't need federal money

    September 29, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A House committee chairman is using Planned Parenthood's first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos to say the organization does not need federal money. Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashed out at the organization for what he called "exorbitant" spending for salaries, travel, parties and... more »
  • Planned Parenthood president 'proud' of fetal tissue work

    September 28, 2015 7:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood's president says she is proud of its work providing fetal tissue for researchers as she prepares to make the organization's first appearance before Congress since the release of undercover videos. Cecile Richards says just 1 percent of Planned Parenthood's nearly 700 clinics retrieve the tissue.... more »
  • Congressman swipes Pope's drinking water glass

    September 25, 2015 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pope's water glass used during his address to a joint meeting of Congress yesterday was taken by a Representative from Pennsylvania who brought it to his office and took a sip. Congressman Bobby Brady of Philadelphia is a Catholic and made a bee-line to the lectern and... more »
  • Jindal says McConnell should step down

    September 25, 2015 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP's top senator to step down. The Louisiana governor told The Associated Press on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should follow the lead of House Speaker John Boehner, who announced earlier in the day plans to... more »
  • Boehner says his resignation is for the good of the House

    September 25, 2015 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - John Boehner says his "first job" as speaker of the House is to "protect this institution that we all love." And he says if he were to stay on as speaker, there would be a "prolonged leadership turmoil" that would "do irreparable damage" to the House. In... more »
  • Democratic-led filibuster stalls stopgap funding measure

    September 24, 2015 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked an effort by GOP leaders to keep the government open over GOP efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer funding. The measure failed on a 47-52 vote, failing to win a majority of the Senate, much less the 60 votes required to overcome... more »
  • Pope urges Congress to welcome immigrants, protect family

    September 24, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis urged lawmakers to embrace immigrants, abolish the death penalty, and protect families while also calling for the U. S. to help avert climate change. Tens of thousands of spectators watched from the West Lawn of the Capitol as the... more »
  • Pope wrapping up Cuba trip ahead of US flight

    September 22, 2015 9:18 AM

    SANTIAGO, Cuba- In his final formal event in Cuba, the pope has called on Cubans to strengthen the bonds of family, which he calls "true spaces of freedom." He says the breakup of families fragments societies or makes them uniform. He says that in both cases, "people turn into... more »
  • Senate Democrats block disapproval vote on Iran deal

    September 10, 2015 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has survived a key vote in the Senate, in a victory for President Barack Obama. Democrats held together to block a resolution of disapproval against the deal. The vote was 58-42 in favor of proceeding, but 60 votes were needed for the resolution... more »
  • Iran deal seems on track after day of discord

    September 9, 2015 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - A day of maneuvering and speechifying in and outside Congress has done little to change the reality. Barring unlikely success of an eleventh-hour gambit by the House, the international accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions will move ahead. Congressional Republicans... more »
  • Obama trying to boost free community college plan

    September 9, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has been unable to get Congress to approve free access to the nation's community colleges. Now he's trying to boost state and local programs that do just that. Obama is teaming up with Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, on Thursday for a... more »

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