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  • National media: McAllister kiss could be kiss of death

    April 11, 2014 11:09 PM

    MONROE- There was more national attention for the so-called "Kissing Congressman" Friday. This time, it was from The Washington Post where it was discussed about the likelyhood Vance McAllister will be able to shake the kissing scandal. Monday, video surfaced of him kissing a woman who was not... more »
  • 'Kissing Congressman' facing resignation push, Alexander would consider run

    April 10, 2014 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Louisiana Republican Party in saying Rep. Vance McAllister should resign amid the kissing scandal. "Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," the governor said Thursday. McAllister said a day earlier, he was not expecting to be in Washington,... more »
  • 'Kissing Congressman' at home, not in D.C.

    April 9, 2014 3:51 PM

    MONROE- The man some have dubbed the "Kissing Congressman" won't ask the feds to investigate how surveillance video of him, kissing a woman who wasn't his wife, was able to be leaked to the news media and posted on the Internet. The video surfaced Monday, and quickly went viral.... more »
  • Congressman's kiss on video could be probed by the feds

    April 8, 2014 11:25 PM

    MONROE- The Louisiana congressman who was caught kissing a woman other than his wife on his office surveillance cameras plans to ask federal investigators to probe the leak of the recording Wednesday. Vance McAllister (R-Monroe), through his chief of staff, told KNOE TV , he will discuss a possible... more »
  • Voters shocked to see Congressman's kissing video Play Video

    April 7, 2014 4:19 PM

    MONROE - Newly-elected Congressman Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness Monday, after a video purportedly showing him kissing a woman who wasn't his wife surfaced on the Internet . McAllister's staff did not answer phone calls, but released a statement hours after the video was posted. "There's no doubt... more »
  • Louisiana congressional delegation reacts to being 'underpaid'

    April 4, 2014 10:49 PM

    WASHINGTON- Members of Louisiana's delegation to the nation's capitol do not support one member of Congress who suggested leaders there are underpaid. "I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said. Moran feels the $174,000 salary is too low... more »
  • Edwin Edwards returns to politics with his famous one-liners Play Video

    March 17, 2014 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's no doubting that Edwin Edwards is trying to be his old, wise-cracking self as he returns to politics. Monday, announcing his candidacy for Congress, Edwards had a room full of people laughing and clapping like he did two decades ago. Later, on WBRZ News 2 at... more »
  • At dinner, everyone's talking about Edwin Edwards Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - People did not hold back, discussing their thoughts about Edwin Edwards' decision to return to politics after federal prison and a more than twenty-year hiatus from public service. At Don's Seafood Monday night in Denham Springs, the dinner table banter was flowing as much as beer... more »
  • Edwards talks Congressional chances on WBRZ Play Video

    March 17, 2014 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards spoke with News 2 about his chances making it to Congress. The 86-year-old Edwards announced Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge he'd seek the state's 6th District seat. Edwards served four terms as governor before his conviction on... more »
  • Big announcement expected from Edwin Edwards

    March 17, 2014 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former La. Gov. Edwin Edwards will announce today whether or not he will again seek public office. Many expect him to enter into the race for the 6th District Congressional seat. That is the spot currently held by Congressman Bill Cassidy, but will be vacated as... more »
  • Senators strike bipartisan jobless benefits deal

    March 14, 2014 6:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One partisan election-year battle that senators seem likely to resolve when they return from recess later this month is the fight over renewing expired benefits for the long-term unemployed. Bipartisan Senate negotiators say they've struck a $9.7 billion compromise over the issue. They say they've agreed to... more »
  • Congress clears bill to ease flood insurance hikes

    March 13, 2014 5:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to ease big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners and allow below-market rates to be passed on to people buying homes with taxpayer-subsidized policies. The measure breezed through the Senate and on to Obama's desk... more »
  • Senators reach deal extending jobless benefits

    March 13, 2014 3:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators says they have reached a compromise extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for five months. If the Senate approves, the deal would break a months-long stalemate over the issue in the chamber between the two parties. Two leaders of the... more »
  • House pushes bill to ease flood insurance hikes

    March 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases. Lawmakers approved the bill, 306-91, Tuesday night. The measure would allow sellers to pass along their subsidized, below-market insurance... more »
  • Jindal's ex-coastal leader running for Congress

    February 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former coastal chief, Garret Graves, is running for Congress this fall. Graves, a Republican, announced Wednesday that he'll seek the vacant 6th District seat, representing from Pointe Coupee Parish down into Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, containing most of the metropolitan Baton Rouge area.... more »
  • Gay-marriage foes scrambling after court setbacks

    February 15, 2014 10:47 AM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of America's most conservative states to accept gay nuptials. Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill introduced in Congress that would... more »
  • Obama to seek additional financial aid for Jordan

    February 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Seeking crucial help for a key Middle Eastern ally, President Barack Obama announced late Friday that he will ask Congress to approve a new round of financial aid for Jordan, which is struggling to manage the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the civil... more »
  • Senate clears debt limit bill for Obama

    February 12, 2014 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's Democratic allies. But the vote to pass the... more »
  • House passes debt ceiling increase

    February 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies. The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would... more »
  • GOP to advance 'clean' debt limit hike

    February 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders have announced they will advance this week an increase in the government's borrowing cap that's free of any add-ons. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a plan to... more »
  • Vitter wants food stamp users to show ID

    January 15, 2014 10:55 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items. "Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
  • LA's unspent hurricane recovery money

    January 2, 2014 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has yet to spend $1.5 billion of federal disaster recovery aid provided by Congress after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike ravaged the state in 2005 and 2008. The flexible block grant rebuilding and strengthening money remains set aside for infrastructure repairs, home rebuilding, school reconstruction... more »
  • White House calls for passage of jobless benefits

    January 1, 2014 5:30 PM

    HONOLULU - The White House is calling on Congress to make its first legislation of the new year the restoration of unemployment insurance for Americans whose benefits have expired. More than 1 million Americans lost jobless benefits last week. White House economist Gene Sperling says restoring the benefits would not... more »
  • Congress renews expiring ban on undetectable guns

    December 9, 2013 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. But it has defeated gun-control advocates' push for tougher restrictions. The Senate used a voice vote Monday to renew the ban. The House did the same last week,... more »
  • Congress debates plastic gun ban

    December 3, 2013 6:50 AM

    WASHINGTON- Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. The ban expires next Monday night. With 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats and gun control advocates say the restrictions must be tightened. The Republican-led House is... more »
  • McAllister sworn in as Congressman

    November 21, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Vance McAllister has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress. He will represent northeast, central, and a portion of southeast Louisiana. The Republican newcomer defeated State Senator Neil Riser in a runoff for Louisiana's 5th District. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner held the... more »
  • Vance McAllister starts readying for Washington

    November 18, 2013 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Vance McAllister hasn't ever been to Washington. He'll make his first trip this week - as Louisiana's newest congressman. The Republican businessman was meeting Monday with his predecessor, Rodney Alexander, to start working out the details of his new job representing the 5th District after his surprise,... more »
  • 5th District runoff focuses on Obamacare

    November 14, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The runoff for Congress in Louisiana's fifth district has focused on health care. Republicans Vance McAllister and Neil Riser are facing off in the November 16 election. They differ on the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. Riser is pushing for repeal of the law and... more »
  • Lawmakers push to delay flood insurance hikes

    October 29, 2013 8:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing for a four-year delay to changes to the federal government's flood insurance program that threaten to sock thousands of people with premium hikes. The move comes as the government is beginning to implement a significant overhaul of the much-criticized program... more »
  • Two Republicans to face off in runoff for Congress

    October 19, 2013 11:19 PM

    MONROE- No final decision on who will be Louisiana's next congressman, but one thing is for sure: they'll be a Republican. Vance McAllister, a businessman who self-funded his campaign, and Neil Riser, a second-term lawmaker, will compete in the Nov. 16 election. Both are members of the Republican Party.... more »
  • Senate won't go along with GOP call for negotiating committee

    October 1, 2013 9:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate vote this morning has left Democrats and Republicans no closer to resolving the deadlock that has brought a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Senate today rejected the House's call to form a negotiating committee to resolve the deadlock. Republicans who control the House are... more »
  • Area hunting destination closed due to gov't shutdown

    October 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters. Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues. An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
  • Last minute work as shutdown looms

    September 30, 2013 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears. It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight. "There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
  • Congress approves bill to avert helium shortage

    September 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress has moved to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines. The Federal Helium Program, which provides about 42 percent of the nation's helium from a storage site in... more »
  • Obama looks to pressure Congress against shutdown

    September 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama heads today to Kansas City, Mo., where he'll tour an auto plant and press his case that Congress mustn't jeopardize economic progress with threats of a government shutdown. At the same time, the House is scheduled to vote today on a stopgap funding bill that... more »
  • Obama: 'Locked up' Washington could hurt economy

    September 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is touting positive gains in the economy but also warning that a "locked up" Washington is delaying progress on other issues that could build on that growth. Obama says the most obvious example is his push for a comprehensive immigration bill. He says a Senate-passed... more »
  • GOP leaders revise strategy on stopgap funding

    September 17, 2013 4:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders are looking to reverse course and agree to tea party demands to try to use a vote this week on a must-pass temporary government funding bill to block implementation of President Barack Obama's new health care law. A GOP aide says the latest strategy, to... more »
  • Boustany says he'll vote against Syria strike

    September 9, 2013 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has become the third member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to say he opposes U.S. military intervention in Syria. Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, announced his decision Monday to vote against President Barack Obama's proposal after a closed-door briefing with other members of Congress,... more »
  • La. members of Congress largely undecided on Syria

    September 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's congressional delegation remains hesitant and uncommitted to President Barack Obama's request for support of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Only one member of the state's delegation, Republican Rep. John Fleming, has taken a definitive stance on the proposal. And he's in solid opposition to U.S.... more »
  • Local children are not cut under Head Start funding problem

    August 19, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year. The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
  • Sign-up begins for 5th District congressional race

    August 19, 2013 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two state lawmakers have made their candidacies official for the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Republican state Sen. Neil Riser showed up at the Secretary of State's Office before qualifying even opened Monday. Hours later, Democratic state Rep.... more »
  • Marksville lawmaker jumps into 5th District race

    August 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another state lawmaker is joining the field of candidates for Louisiana's 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. State Rep. Robert Johnson, a Democrat from Marksville, said Wednesday that he will formally announce his campaign on Thursday at a local public high school. Johnson, a... more »
  • Congressmen endorse Sen. Riser for 5th District

    August 8, 2013 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The special congressional election hasn't even been called yet, but a state senator running for the post already has picked up support from two Louisiana congressmen. Republican state Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia received the endorsement Thursday of GOP U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette, in the... more »
  • Alexander announced as new state VA secretary

    August 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office. The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has... more »
  • Rising tax revenue shrinks deficit

    August 6, 2013 7:30 PM

    WASHINGTON- Higher tax receipts helped shrink the federal deficit to less than half of what is was a few years ago but that's a double-edged sword according to economists. The shrinking deficit will shape the debate in Congress next month to continue, end or modify billions of dollars in automatic... more »
  • La. Congressman tired of Washington 'gridlock,' won't run again

    August 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    MONROE- Louisiana will lose its most senior member of the U.S. House since Rodney Alexander (R) announced he will not seek re-election today. Alexander represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers part of the Florida Parishes and mostly north east and central Louisiana. The lines of his district were... more »
  • Hopes are high for a Delta Queen return

    July 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a hope along the Mississippi River that the sound of the Delta Queen's three octave calliope will pierce the air along the river. Legislation has moved out of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee allowing the vessel to resume river cruises. The Delta Queen, built in... more »
  • Obama hails legacy of late Rep. Lindy Boggs

    July 27, 2013 11:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is remembering late congresswoman Lindy Boggs as a champion of civil rights and women's rights. Boggs represented her Louisiana district for nearly 18 years in the House. She died Saturday at her home in suburban Washington at the age of 97. In a statement Saturday... more »
  • House GOP considers food stamp work requirements

    July 24, 2013 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid. Now, House Republicans are considering whether the work requirement should be strengthened as they seek cuts to the... more »
  • More questions from Congress on surveillance

    July 17, 2013 12:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a heated confrontation over domestic spying, members of Congress say the government has gone too far. And they're threatening to curtail the government's authority to sweep up Americans' phone records. The most intense moments came when Rep. James Sensenbrenner said Congress never intended to allow the Justice... more »
  • Congress recalls watchdog to explain IRS audit

    July 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative political groups is heading back to Capitol Hill as a key House Democrat says his committee's investigation has found no evidence of political bias at the agency. IRS inspector general J. Russell George is... more »
  • McCain, Schumer express optimism on immigration

    July 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they're encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. Sen. Chuck Schumer says it seems that a "large percentage" of the House realizes that doing nothing on immigration is not an... more »
  • Report says immigration bill cuts deficit

    June 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says a sweeping immigration bill before the Senate would cut deficits by $197 billion over 10 years. The bill would add $262 billion in new spending and tax credits over 10 years, a sum more than covered by $459 billion in increased revenues, according... more »
  • Biden reporting progress on gun executive actions

    June 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is reporting progress on President Obama's initiatives to reduce gun violence, but says the most important step would be getting a reluctant Congress to pass new firearms laws. Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the administration has completed or significantly advanced 21 of the... more »
  • Boehner: Congress can do immigration this year

    June 11, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says he thinks there's a good chance that legislation overhauling America's immigration system can be signed into law "by the end of the year." The Ohio Republican gives his assessment hours before the Senate casts its first votes on a landmark bill that... more »
  • House Dem pushes for repeal of military force law

    June 10, 2013 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many American troops on the battlefield today were on playgrounds when Congress gave the president broad authority to wage the war on terror. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says that's one reason why it's time to repeal the law - at least by the end of 2014 when combat... more »
  • Area congressman wants major changes amid IRS drama

    June 4, 2013 10:45 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) Tuesday, called for the IRS to be abolished and replaced. "Our privacy and political freedoms should not be sacrificed," Rep. Cassidy said. Cassidy said he is frustrated after it was revealed the IRS may have increased scrutiny on political organizations like... more »
  • Obama: Congress must 'fully fund' embassy security

    May 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to "fully fund" his administration's budget request for embassy security. The request comes as Obama seeks to get ahead of the controversy over his administration's response to the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Obama said he... more »
  • New challenger enters Senate race

    May 14, 2013 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A retired Air Force colonel from Madisonville says he plans to run for the U.S. Senate next year, seeking to oust Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. Rob Maness, a Republican who said he works for Entergy Services Inc. and owns a family farm, announced his candidacy Monday.... more »
  • Senate committee takes up immigration bill

    May 9, 2013 7:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bill to remake the nation's immigration system for the first time in decades faces its first congressional test Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the 844-page legislation to secure the border, provide new avenues for workers to come to the U.S. legally, crack down... more »
  • Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

    May 7, 2013 7:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the... more »
  • Senate vote nears, background check bill in trouble

    April 17, 2013 7:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan drive to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the effort to curb gun violence. The Senate planned to vote Wednesday on the proposal. As growing numbers of Republicans declared their opposition to the measure,... more »
  • Dem, GOP senators reach background check deal

    April 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two pivotal senators have announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The agreement could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would... more »
  • Newtown parents to lobby lawmakers

    April 9, 2013 8:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats continue to mull strategy for their efforts at gun legislation, especially expanded background checks. They're holding a lunchtime meeting today to assess whether West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has reached an acceptable compromise - or has a realistic chance of getting one - with Pennsylvania... more »
  • Democrats bring gun control bill to Senate floor

    April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have brought gun control legislation to the Senate floor amid a threat from conservative Republican senators to use delaying tactics to prevent formal debate from even beginning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the first procedural step to begin debate on Monday. He said Republicans owed relatives... more »
  • Debate on immigration to get under way

    April 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week. Their plan is sure to open a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11... more »
  • Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

    April 5, 2013 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security as an attempt to compromise with Republicans on the budget. A senior administration official says the budget Obama will offer to Congress next Wednesday would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years. It includes a revised inflation... more »
  • Fleming won't run for U.S. Senate

    April 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming says he won't enter the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu because he doesn't want to divide GOP support. Fleming's announcement Thursday comes after his fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his candidacy Wednesday. Fleming, a doctor from... more »
  • Cassidy announces Senate bid in online video

    April 3, 2013 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Rep. Bill Cassidy officially announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate this morning. Cassidy made the announcement in a video posting to his website, along with his wife, Laura. He will challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who will be running for her fourth... more »
  • Cassidy running for US Senate in 2014

    April 2, 2013 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is running for the Senate next year, seeking to keep Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu from a fourth term. Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor elected to Congress in 2008, will release a video Wednesday announcing his candidacy. The video was provided to... more »
  • Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

    March 22, 2013 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats say they will include expanded background checks for firearms purchasers in the gun-control measure the Senate debates next month. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signals that Democrats will press forcefully in their drive to close background check loopholes. Polls show the public overwhelmingly supports... more »
  • Congress spares military's tuition aid program

    March 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has spared the military's tuition assistance program from the budget knife. The House cleared a bill on Thursday to keep the government running. It includes a provision reversing the decision by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to suspend the program. Faced with some $43 billion... more »
  • Senators press parochial hopes in spending debate

    March 18, 2013 6:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has given a big boost to a bipartisan full-year funding bill despite opposition from Republicans who were denied chances to offer changes aimed at boosting military readiness and easing closures of air traffic control towers. The legislation advanced on a 63-35 procedural vote that sets up... more »
  • Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks

    March 12, 2013 7:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee was meeting today to debate a bill broadening the requirement for federal background checks to nearly all firearms buyers. It also planned to consider banning assault... more »
  • Senate committee starting votes on curbing guns

    March 7, 2013 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama's prospects for expanded background checks for gun sales seem shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for Congress' first votes on curbing guns since the mass school shooting in Newtown last December. The Democratic-led panel is also planning to consider bills banning assault weapons and magazines... more »
  • Boustany won't challenge Landrieu in '14 Senate race

    March 5, 2013 2:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Count at least one person out of the race for Senate next year. Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, who represents a large section of South and Southwestern Louisiana, said he would not challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Landrieu will run for re-election. A spokesperson for Boustany... more »
  • Obama signs order to begin spending cuts

    March 1, 2013 9:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert. Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts. Obama has insisted... more »
  • Automatic cuts will have to wait until midnight

    March 1, 2013 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says automatic spending reductions set to kick in will be put off until as close to midnight Friday as possible. Congress passed the law in January. It says that "on March 1, 2013, the president shall order a sequestration for fiscal year 2013."... more »
  • Bowling Congress tournaments return to Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 27, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The United States Bowling Congress announced they will return to Baton Rouge. The city will play host to the Women's Championships in 2017, and host the Open Championships again in 2025. East Baton Rouge Parish saw an estimated $113 million economic impact when they hosted... more »
  • White House calls immigration proposal a backup

    February 18, 2013 9:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is downplaying its immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. Republican and Democratic lawmakers tell President Barack Obama that it won't be necessary. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says that Obama wants... more »
  • House moves to extend pay freeze for fed workers

    February 15, 2013 7:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House is voting on whether to extend the current pay freeze for the nation's 2 million civilian federal workers. They say that blocking a raise proposed by President Barack Obama for the last nine months of this year will save $11 billion and that well-compensated federal employees... more »
  • Obama asks Congress for boost in manufacturing

    February 13, 2013 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is launching three manufacturing hubs and is asking Congress to create 15 more. Obama says the "manufacturing innovation institutes" would bring together businesses, universities and the government to create high-tech jobs. The proposal is a central element of Obama's plan to spur manufacturing, which has... more »
  • Obama tries to unify Senate Democrats

    February 6, 2013 7:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is working to sell Senate Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas. The president meets with senators Wednesday at a closed-door retreat in Annapolis, Md. Obama's prospects for enacting his ambitious second-term agenda depend partly on Senate... more »
  • Congress passes bill to extend borrowing authority

    February 1, 2013 2:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved must-do legislation to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February. The 64-34 vote in the Senate on Thursday sends the measure to President Barack Obama,... more »
  • Defense nominee Hagel defends his record in Senate

    January 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary is defending himself against critics who have seized on his past statements about Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons. Chuck Hagel says he cannot be defined by a single vote or quote. He insists that his worldview hasn't changed and the United... more »
  • Husband of wounded lawmaker says Congress must act

    January 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The husband of wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says that while curbing gun violence is a complex problem, it is no excuse for inaction by lawmakers. Former astronaut Mark Kelly told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he and his wife, former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,... more »

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