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  • 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 »
  • House panel rejects cuts in military benefits

    April 30, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is saying "not so fast" to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits. The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its draft legislation Tuesday, and Republicans... more »
  • McAllister not running for re-election

    April 28, 2014 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana GOP Rep. Vance McAllister, now widely known as the "Kissing Congressman", announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in November. A security tape released earlier this month showed McAllister kissing Melissa Peacock, an aide and family friend. McAllister apologized and Peacock resigned. In... more »
  • Obama pushes again for minimum wage increase

    April 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is again encouraging Congress to pass a bill raising the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says increasing the pay for minimum-wage workers would help 28 million workers. He says Republican lawmakers not only don't want to... more »
  • 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 »

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