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  • Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    January 28, 2015 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll says most Americans would want Congress to restore federal subsidies for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of that aid. A poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 6... more »
  • Democrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigation

    January 27, 2015 2:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Promises of bipartisanship and cooperation in a congressional investigation have turned into finger pointing and accusations of political grandstanding and power plays eight months later. A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began last year with an encouraging tone. But as the... more »
  • House heads to vote on border security bill

    January 22, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House will vote next week on a border security bill as Republicans try to show they can chart their own course on immigration - not just oppose President Barack Obama. The bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee late Wednesday on a party-line vote of 18-12.... more »
  • Obama in State of the Union: Economy growing, help middle class, tax very wealthy, seek common ground

    January 21, 2015 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has used his first State of the Union Address to a GOP-controlled Congress to say that the nation's economy is emerging from the "shadow of crisis." The president listed positive economic indicators including higher employment and a lower national debt. After finishing the rundown,... more »
  • In State of the Union, Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

    January 20, 2015 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress. Obama's... more »
  • Obama warns Congress new sanctions could blow up Iran deal

    January 16, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the likelihood is very high that nuclear negotiations with Iran would collapse if Congress moves forward with new sanctions. He says he'll veto a sanctions bill if it comes to his desk. Obama is urging members of Congress including Democrats not to pursue new... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

    January 13, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The guest list hasn't changed, but President Barack Obama faces a different type of crowd when he meets with congressional leaders on Tuesday. Obama's sit-down with House and Senate leaders is his first since the new, fully Republican-run Congress was seated last week. Senate Democratic leader Harry... more »
  • Obama to call for laws on data hacking, student privacy

    January 12, 2015 2:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama would announce the proposed... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • Senate panel takes up pipeline bill despite veto threat

    January 8, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate committee has taken up a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline with plans to move it toward the full Senate, despite a veto threat from the White House. Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski says lawmakers shouldn't be deterred by President Barack Obama's threat. She... more »
  • House passes bill to renew terror insurance program

    January 7, 2015 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed long-sought legislation to renew the federal program that props up the private market for insurance against terrorist attacks. The 416-6 vote revives the government's terrorism risk insurance program. The program provides a backstop in which the government steps in to cover the bulk of... more »
  • Boehner re-elected speaker over tea party opposition

    January 6, 2015 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions. The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year... more »
  • New Congress convenes with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In the House, John Boehner was widely expected to win another term as speaker. Two Louisiana lawmakers were... more »
  • Louisiana's new U.S. House members to be sworn in Tuesday

    January 6, 2015 3:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The newest members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are officially taking their seats. Recently-elected U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves, both members of the GOP, will be sworn into office Tuesday, along with 56 other freshmen lawmakers from around the country. They will join a growing Republican... more »
  • New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. ... more »
  • GOP preps plan to block Obama on climate in 2015

    January 5, 2015 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress. Republicans have promised to send Obama a barrage of bills to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. GOP leaders will be... more »
  • GOP focus for Congress: Cut deficit, don't stumble

    January 3, 2015 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama. GOP leaders plan to focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget. And avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make Americans wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run... more »
  • Scalise calls 2002 speech to supremacists a 'mistake'

    December 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after a 2002 speech given by Rep. Steve Scalise to a white supremacist group made national headlines, the Congressman said his decision to speak to the group was a "mistake." Scalise, the House Majority Whip, released a statement Tuesday which said the speech to... more »
  • Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

    December 18, 2014 6:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress. His initiative opened fissures in both parties. Criticism came mostly from Republicans, but some prominent Democrats voiced opposition, too. Opponents spoke of holding up money to... more »
  • Senate votes to extend tax breaks through December

    December 16, 2014 6:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a last-minute bill extending a massive package of temporary tax breaks through the end of year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 tax returns. Beyond this year, their fate is uncertain. The bill... more »
  • Vitter to sit on Judiciary committee in US Senate

    December 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he has been appointed to sit on the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee - placing the Republican Louisiana politician in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress: Fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general and... more »
  • New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

    December 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming Republican chairman of the House Budget committee says he's going to draft a fiscal blueprint to balance the budget in 10 years and call for transforming Medicare into a system that places future retirees in private health insurance plans - much like outgoing chairman Paul Ryan... more »
  • Government is funded while Senate considers spending bill

    December 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to act on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, there's no threat of a shutdown in federal services. That's because lawmakers quickly passed a measure providing a 48-hour extension in existing funding, to give the Senate time to act. President Barack Obama quickly signed it.... more »
  • Landrieu talks of 'extraordinary peace' in election defeat

    December 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's not "the least bit sad or the least bit afraid" of ending her 18-year career in the Senate, after an overwhelming defeat in her re-election bid. Landrieu gave her farewell speech Thursday to her Senate colleagues. She said while her departure... more »
  • Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

    December 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds 86 percent of Americans lack confidence that Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the nation's problems. Approval ratings for the president and Congress are about the same as before the election, with 41 percent approval for... more »
  • Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns

    December 7, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama is about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president's desk. That's because Senate Democrats blocked it. But Republicans will control both chambers of Congress come January, and that mean Obama finding himself... more »
  • Candidates make push to polls Play Video

    December 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Candidates for both the 6th District Congressional race and the Senate race canvased Louisiana Wednesday in a bid to gather more voters before the polls open on Saturday. Mary Landrieu spent her day in New Roads asking supporters to vote against her opponent Bill Cassidy and... more »
  • House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

    December 3, 2014 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for certain long-term expenses. The 404-17 vote on Wednesday approves the most sweeping legislation to help the disabled since 1990, affecting as many as 54 million people. It now... more »
  • Immigration hardliners push to oppose Obama

    December 3, 2014 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Immigration hardliners in Congress are mounting a challenge to House Republican leaders' plans for legislation to keep the government running. They are insisting that the funding bill include explicit language to block President Barack Obama's move to extend deportation relief to millions here illegally. Sen. Ted Cruz of... more »
  • House moves to extend tax breaks through December

    December 3, 2014 6:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is moving to extend a $45 billion package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns. Beyond Dec. 31, their fate would be uncertain. The... more »
  • Obama to announce immigration plans Thursday

    November 19, 2014 12:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - People familiar with White House planning say President Barack Obama will announce on Thursday executive action on immigration that will sidestep Congress and shield potentially millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. The administration is considering steps that would provide work permits for up to... more »
  • Health officials urge Congress for Ebola help

    November 12, 2014 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials are telling Congress that they have trained 250,000 American nurses, doctors and other health workers on how to safely handle any Ebola patients who arrive in this country. Beefing up the U.S. response is a key part of President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid... more »
  • Ebola workers ask Congress for help

    November 12, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease. Despite reports that the number of infections... more »
  • Incoming GOP Senate chairman plans border bill

    November 10, 2014 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal... more »
  • Boehner sketches early agenda

    November 6, 2014 12:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner says the Republican-controlled Congress will act to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, make changes in the health care law and encourage businesses to hire more veterans. The Ohio Republican made his remarks at the opening of his first postelection news conference in the Capitol complex.... more »
  • New Congress to include at least 101 women

    November 5, 2014 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - After winning a special election, Democrat Alma Adams of North Carolina will take office next week as the 100th female member of Congress. That's the most women Congress has ever had. It will be a short-lived record. With several races still to be called, the next Congress will... more »
  • McConnell cites trade agreements, taxes for action

    November 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action. McConnell says he spoke with President Barack Obama Wednesday and says he looks forward to finding areas... more »
  • Obama seeks $6.2 billion to fight Ebola

    November 5, 2014 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to fight Ebola. The request covers spending to confront the disease at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread. Administration officials say the money would be apportioned into... more »
  • Reid to remain as Dem leader in GOP takeover

    November 5, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will seek to lead the Democrats in the next Congress as they hand over the majority to Republicans. Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, said Wednesday that the five-term Nevada Democrat plans to remain leader and other Democrats indicated that he is unlikely... more »
  • Scandals old and new mark House races

    November 4, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four of the six U.S. House races on Louisiana's ballot are dreary matters by the state's colorful standards, with incumbents in line for easy re-election. But the 6th District race features 87-year-old former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who hopes to overcome memories of his corruption conviction in Tuesday's... more »
  • Campaigns bring ground game as elections near Play Video

    November 3, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out. Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
  • Cassidy won't say who he backed in 6th District

    October 27, 2014 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After he cast his ballot in early voting, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy wouldn't say who he chose to replace him in Congress. Cassidy, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate, leaving his Baton Rouge-based 6th District seat up for grabs. Eleven candidates are vying for the... more »
  • Candidates talk weed, terrorism at 6th congressional debate Play Video

    October 23, 2014 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven of the candidates vying for the 6th congressional seat took time this afternoon to answer questions in front of voters. The forum, hosted by Leaders with Vision and broadcast on WBTR, focused on questions from a panel of journalist and the candidates themselves. Three... more »
  • Republican gives final OK to $700M to fight Ebola

    October 10, 2014 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - A GOP senator has lifted his objections to a $750 million Pentagon request to fight Ebola in Africa, freeing up the money immediately. Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Inhofe gave his OK to shift leftover Afghanistan war money to... more »
  • Felder drops out, endorses Claitor in 6th Dist.

    October 9, 2014 10:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The field of Republicans hoping to take over the congressional seat being vacated by Bill Cassidy has narrowed. Attorney Cassie Felder dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed state Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge. Felder announced her decision on her campaign website and in an... more »
  • 'Duck Dynasty' family members cut ad for nephew

    September 24, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican congressional candidate Zach Dasher is getting an advertising assist from his famous "Duck Dynasty" family. The TV clan's patriarch, Phil Robertson, and his wife Kay are featured in a new radio ad released Wednesday across the northeast Louisiana-based 5th District. Dasher, a political newcomer, is one... more »
  • Landrieu skips endorsement of Edwin Edwards

    September 23, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu dodged talk Monday of backing the convicted felon for an open Baton Rouge-based congressional seat. She said Edwards... more »
  • House approves arms, training for Syrian rebels

    September 17, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. The bipartisan vote was 273-156 on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to back the program as early as Thursday. It is one part of the... more »
  • Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

    September 12, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. It's part of an effort to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it... more »
  • Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants Play Video

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad. But administration officials say Obama will press... more »
  • Obama says he has authority for militant campaign

    September 9, 2014 4:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has told congressional leaders he has the authority he needs to take the action against the Islamic State militants that he will outline Wednesday night. Obama discussed his plans with congressional leaders Tuesday. Following the meeting, the White House said Obama... more »
  • House condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    September 9, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders. The vote on Tuesday was 249-163 for the nonbinding resolution. Democrats label the vote an election-year, partisan attack... more »
  • Summer break over, must-do tasks await Congress

    September 8, 2014 2:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is returning for a short September session in between its summer break and the November elections. The must-do list includes preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet. Lawmakers also will find time for votes conveying political messages primed for... more »
  • Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    September 1, 2014 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled... more »
  • Election sign-up period continues into second day

    August 21, 2014 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The field of candidates vying to oust Louisiana's embattled congressman, Vance McAllister, has grown larger on the second day of the election sign-up period for the Nov. 4 election. Zach Dasher, a relative of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV clan, officially qualified Thursday for the 5th District... more »
  • Candidate wants Edwards out of 6th District race

    August 19, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Candidate for Congress, Cassie Felder, has asked Edwin Edwards to quit the race for the 6th District. Felder, in a news release Tuesday, called Edwards' probable success through the primary a media circus. Edwards, a convicted felon, faces Felder and a list of others in the upcoming... more »
  • Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

    August 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana. Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of... more »
  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill Play Video

    July 30, 2014 3:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate. It comes as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction, just a few days before Congress' five-week summer recess. Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill is designed to... more »
  • House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

    July 30, 2014 3:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote on the $17 billion bill as early as Wednesday, with a Senate... more »
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    July 29, 2014 9:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal... more »
  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    July 29, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on... more »
  • Pastor gets endorsement from strip club

    July 28, 2014 7:47 PM

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA- A Democrat running for Congress got an endorsement from a strip club and he says he's happy to have the vote of confidence. The Rev. Jarrett Maupin says he's happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix. Maupin calls himself a... more »
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    July 23, 2014 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover operatives were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is... more »
  • TSA fees set to increase Play Video

    July 22, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - If you thought your last flying experience was bad, it could be getting worse. The TSA is set to double and even triple the fees you pay to fly. The raised prices were mandated by Congress and will automatically be added when you book your flight.... more »
  • Lawmakers face long to-do list before break

    July 22, 2014 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things, such as overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics. Only two weeks remain before lawmakers' annual August... more »
  • VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

    July 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the... more »
  • Senate chairman warns against border policy change

    July 17, 2014 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it's not acceptable to change U.S. policy to speed Central American kids home faster from the border without court hearings. Sen. Robert Menendez is a New Jersey Democrat. Menendez says the change would take due process rights away... more »
  • VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

    July 15, 2014 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. VA Undersecretary Allison Hickey tells Congress that the benefits backlog has been whittled down to about 275,000. That's a 55 percent decrease from... more »
  • House to take up highway bill as deadline looms Play Video

    July 15, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave... more »
  • Obama to press for action on transportation funds

    July 14, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. The White House says Obama will discuss the issue during remarks Tuesday at a facility in Virginia that tests new technologies for highway transportation. He'll also tout the need to... more »
  • No "stand down order" in Benghazi

    July 10, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- Testimony from nine members of the military contradicts claims by some Republican members of Congress that a "stand down order" held back military assets that could have saved four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya. The contention from the lawmakers is that the Special Operations team of four was... more »
  • Obama: Congress can act now to fix border crisis

    July 9, 2014 6:18 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S. Obama spoke in Dallas after meeting Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry and other officials about the unaccompanied minors entering the country... more »
  • Obama asks for more money to deal with border crisis

    July 8, 2014 6:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes... more »
  • Obama backs off border policy changes

    July 7, 2014 5:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster. The approach is a change from what the White House has signaled and follows criticism from immigration advocates who said the administration's planned approach was too harsh.... more »
  • Dan Claitor officially announces 6th District run

    June 26, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state Senator Dan Claitor officially announced his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District seat Thursday. Claitor first announced plans last year to seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running against U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Claitor currently represents the... more »
  • Republican EPA chiefs to Congress: Act on climate

    June 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Top environmental officials for four Republican presidents are telling Congress what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming. EPA administrators for Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan said Wednesday they hoped to inject reason into a debate that is increasingly... more »
  • Senate to consider massive spending bill

    June 18, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A massive spending bill to fund five Cabinet departments for the upcoming budget year is about to hit the Senate floor, giving senators a chance at a rare opportunity for open debate. But that's a maybe. The chamber easily advanced the measure on a 95-3 test vote,... more »
  • 'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Congress

    June 16, 2014 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's 5th District congressional race has a new candidate with a "Duck Dynasty" connection. Zach Dasher, a Republican whose uncle is the TV family patriarch Phil Robertson, announced Monday that he's running for the seat in the Nov. 4 election. Dasher, from Calhoun, has never run for... more »
  • Immigration a political quandary for Republicans

    June 13, 2014 2:39 AM

    DENVER, CO - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the GOP's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are... more »
  • House, Senate move to improve health care for vets

    June 11, 2014 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care could soon get help from Congress. The Senate is poised to vote by Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who've encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors... more »
  • Senator Landrieu: EPA is full of "unelected bureaucrats" Play Video

    June 9, 2014 9:21 PM

    NEW ROADS - Senator Mary Landrieu called officials at the Environmental Protection Agency "unelected bureaucrats" and urged her cohorts in Congress to block the agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions. "[The] EPA doesn't have the authority, and I think Congress should take the responsibility, to set energy policy," Senator... more »
  • Skyrocketing flood insurance comes down to Earth Play Video

    June 6, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Biggert Waters Act of 2012 sent some flood insurance premiums in Louisiana through the roof, but now those payments should be more manageable. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, passed in March, brings insurance premiums back down to their previous level for homes purchased before 2012.... more »
  • GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    May 30, 2014 1:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The GOP-controlled House has come out in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote early Friday came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The amendment by conservative... more »
  • First lady set to respond to school meal critics

    May 27, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards. She is holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has... more »
  • GOP pressing Obama to confront Russia over nukes

    May 27, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty. The Obama administration has acknowledged concerns over Russia's testing of a ground-launched cruise missile, which would violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed... more »
  • Kissing congressman may return to politics

    May 23, 2014 10:00 PM

    MONROE- The kissing congressman is not ruling out a future career in politics. According to Politico , Vance McAllister is not quite ready to leave politics completely. The website posted this week, McAllister was quite open about his future in what is described as a brief interview about his... more »
  • Congress passes $12.3 billion water projects bill

    May 22, 2014 3:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending the White House a $12 billion-plus bill authorizing new flood control projects in Iowa, North Dakota and California, harbor expansions in Boston and Georgia, and environmental restoration in Louisiana. The legislation authorizes a number of projects aimed at restoring and preserving the Lousiana coastline along... more »
  • House poised to pass curbs on NSA surveillance

    May 22, 2014 2:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records. The compromise bill is displeasing many civil liberties activists but would significantly change the most controversial program revealed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. The USA Freedom... more »
  • Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

    May 14, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling Hudson River bridge to try to pressure Congress into giving America's roads, bridges and ports an infusion of cash. The Tappan Zee Bridge outside New York City is in dire need of replacement nearly six decades after being built.... more »
  • American forecasting needs improvement

    May 13, 2014 9:33 AM

    Meteorologists are tasked with the unenviable duty of predicting the future. Commerce, industry and daily life depend on forecasts of the potential for killer twisters, crippling cold and destructive hurricanes. As society progresses, so too does the need for more of these forecasts to come farther and farther in advance.... more »
  • Clay Aiken primary opponent dies

    May 13, 2014 5:18 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken praised the North Carolina entrepreneur who died as he trailed him in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary for a Congressional seat, saying Keith Crisco never forgot his humble beginnings. A statement from his family says the 71-year-old Crisco died Monday after an... more »
  • What's in a name?

    May 9, 2014 8:12 PM

    WASHINGTON- Add Congress to the name controversy surrounding the NFL's Washington Redskins. Congressman Henry Waxman of California asked for a hearing calling the name "another example of racial insensitivity in sports" in the wake of Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA. Sterling's ban resulted from racist comments... more »
  • Congress moves toward new Venezuela sanctions

    May 8, 2014 2:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is moving closer to imposing economic penalties against Venezuela's government. A Senate committee will hold a hearing on sanctions Thursday. A House panel is expected to finalize on Friday its version of a bill authorizing penalties. The legislation in both chambers is relatively modest. It centers... more »
  • Warren: Allow student loan borrowers to refinance

    May 6, 2014 5:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the next debate in Congress on student loans to focus on helping borrowers refinance their debt. The Massachusetts Democrat planned to file a bill Tuesday that would open the door for potentially millions of borrowers of earlier federal loans to refinance that debt... more »
  • Kissing Congressman to visit our area this month

    May 2, 2014 11:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The "Kissing Congressman" will meet with voters in the southernmost areas of his district in two weeks. Friday, GOP Congressman Vance McAllister announced a series of meetings throughout the 5th Congressional District. He'll be in the Felicianas and Tangipahoa on Wednesday, May 14th. It will be... more »

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