January 17, 2015 7:38 PM
WASHINGTON - A delegation of congressional Democrats is visiting Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. The delegation's leader, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, says in a statement Saturday that the lawmakers want to explore opportunities for greater cooperation and... more »
December 16, 2014 2:29 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year now that they are no longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics. That total would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats... more »
December 11, 2014 2:17 AM
WASHINGTON - The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal prosecution worldwide. The Senate Intelligence Committee's... more »
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 »
December 3, 2014 3:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Democrats have filed ethics complaints against Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, alleging he misrepresented his medical work for the LSU hospital system. Complaints were filed Wednesday by the Louisiana Democratic Party, through a University of New Orleans faculty member, and by the American Democracy Legal Fund. Cassidy... more »
November 20, 2014 10:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama's unprecedented executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation is being met with harsh criticism.
"This is an issue of the president going above and beyond the powers that he has granted to him by the constitution," Louisiana Republican Party spokesman Ben... more »
November 12, 2014 3:03 PM
ATLANTA - Some black political leaders are unhappy that Democrats kept their distance from President Barack Obama during the midterm election campaigns. They say it caused a lack of enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party's base of voters. They point to losses in Senate races in... more »
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 »
November 3, 2014 10:23 AM
ATLANTA - More people have voted early in 10 states than in 2010, and Republicans and Democrats alike say the numbers show they have the advantage in key races for Senate and governor races heading into Election Day. Registered Democrats have out-voted registered Republicans by 16 percentage points in North... more »
November 1, 2014 5:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Trying to fire up her Democratic base, Sen. Mary Landrieu is getting some big name help from Hillary Rodham Clinton with only days remaining before Election Day. The former secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential candidate was the draw Saturday at a rally for Landrieu in... more »
October 27, 2014 3:51 PM
ATLANTA - Democrats hold early voting leads in a handful of states that will help determine who controls the U.S. Senate in January. But Republicans have narrowed their historical gap in Iowa, where Joni Ernst is vying for a Democratic-held Senate seat. The GOP also maintains that its overall strength... more »
October 22, 2014 3:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
October 21, 2014 3:24 PM
WASHINGTON - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate. And by a 47 to 39 percent margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Republicans hold... more »
October 21, 2014 2:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Republicans are intentionally drumming up fear about Ebola. GOP officials say the Democratic senator isn't putting enough pressure on the Obama administration to address the public health concerns. Landrieu said Tuesday that while Ebola is a very serious situation, Republicans are using... more »
October 3, 2014 3:56 PM
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - President Barack Obama is giving Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours of Obama's remarks, GOP candidates across the political landscape sought to capitalize on his words with ads tying... more »
September 15, 2014 2:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Democratic group has lodged an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, alleging he violated state campaign finance restrictions. The American Democracy Legal Fund announced Monday it filed the complaint with the Louisiana ethics board. It seeks an investigation into a $100,000 fund transfer from... more »
September 8, 2014 2:58 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Democratic Central Committee is endorsing former Gov. Edwin Edwards in the race for the state's 6th Congressional District seat. Monday's announcement acknowledges that the conservative southeast Louisiana district, now represented by Republican Bill Cassidy, is "challenging terrain" for a Democrat. It makes no mention of the... more »
September 4, 2014 2:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Democratic group has filed charges that Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has violated state and federal laws by filing conflicting personal income statements in 2008. The Advertiser reports The American Democracy Legal Fund filed the charges with the House Office of Congressional Ethics and the Louisiana... more »
September 2, 2014 4:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Democrats blasted Governor Jindal over his healthcare policies as the threat to close the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City renewed calls for the governor to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
Ethel Wicker is grateful for Baton Rouge General having a working emergency room. She... more »
May 9, 2014 10:34 AM
WASHINGTON - House Democrats say before they decide whether to take part in a new investigation of Benghazi, they want assurances from House Speaker John Boehner that the probe will be bipartisan, and not a political spectacle. Party leaders have been meeting today with rank-and-file Democrats to decide whether to... more »
May 9, 2014 2:42 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Democrats will meet Friday to decide the next step. Republicans rammed through a resolution on... more »
May 8, 2014 2:25 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up. Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee,... more »
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 »
April 10, 2014 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON - The House has passed a GOP budget blueprint that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years through sweeping cuts across the federal budget and eliminating health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the... more »
April 9, 2014 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have derailed an election-year Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more... more »
February 18, 2014 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says raising the federal minimum wage would increase pay for more than 16.5 million workers but may cost 500,000 jobs.
The breakdown comes as the Senate prepares to debate a plan pushed by Democrats to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour... more »
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 »
December 19, 2013 4:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Democrats slammed GOP governor Bobby Jindal for his references to Miley Cyrus and encouraging tolerance of differing viewpoints Thursday in response to a Duck Dynasty cast member being removed from the show.
Earlier in the day, the governor said "this is a free country and everyone is... more »
October 5, 2013 12:06 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, 200 House Democrats demand the government re-open, ending the current shutdown.
Lead by Congressmen Timothy Bishop and Patrick Murphy, the letter expressed a bipartisan majority in favor of ending the government shutdown.
House Demcorats urged... more »
June 26, 2013 7:38 AM
AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol.
Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
June 18, 2013 4:04 PM
WASHINGTON - House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women. Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic... more »
May 23, 2013 2:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party is blasting the legislative auditor's office after both the GOP and the state Democratic Party were asked to turn over financial statements to comply with a long-overlooked law. Republican officials were angered by the request and accused the office of targeting conservatives. Democrats simply... more »
March 27, 2013 10:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - Democrats critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax swap plan sounded off at the state Capitol today.
Representative James Armes (D-La. 30) said Jindal's plan to eliminate the state income tax and increase the state sales tax would take from the poor and give to the rich,... more »
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 »
March 12, 2013 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. The panel approved the measure by 10-8, supported by all Democrats and opposed by every Republican.... more »
February 7, 2013 2:50 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues ranging from the economy to immigration to guns. Obama is meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Va., one day... more »
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 »
January 1, 2013 8:17 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans are dropping their demands for additional spending cuts and will hold a House vote on whether to give final congressional approval to the Senate-approved compromise averting "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts. The House vote was expected Tuesday evening. A decision by the Republican-run House to... more »
December 22, 2012 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Holiday shoppers were out today despite current talks from Washington on potential tax increases.
Kelli Bagwell said she is aware of how close the nation is to teetering to the fiscal cliff, but she is not going to let it ruin her holiday season. "I'm getting... more »
December 20, 2012 11:04 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to round up enough support, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession. In a... more »
November 28, 2012 10:20 AM
WASHINGTON - The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to expire. Conservative Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole has told GOP colleagues that it's better to make sure that tax cuts for... more »
November 26, 2012 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON - Efforts to avoid the "fiscal cliff" have resumed in Washington following the long holiday weekend. Congress and President Barack Obama have until the end of the year to avoid tax increases and automatic spending cuts. White House and congressional aides say Obama spoke separately over the weekend with... more »
November 7, 2012 6:02 PM
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is offering to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order. Boehner tells reporters a day after the president's clear re-election... more »
November 7, 2012 4:29 PM
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he and President Barack Obama are anxious to move forward on a bipartisan solution to the looming "fiscal cliff" that could force tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts next year. Biden told reporters Wednesday the real question is what Republicans in Congress will... more »
November 5, 2012 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- Republicans and Democrats might not be burning the midnight oil in Louisiana, but they are working to make sure people know: vote Tuesday.
Monday night, Democrats were making calls on behalf of Barack Obama. Republicans said they were having volunteers make calls from their homes for Mitt... more »
September 27, 2012 3:19 PM
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities. Obama chided rival Mitt Romney for saying, in secretly taped remarks months ago, that nearly... more »
September 4, 2012 11:57 AM
WASHINGTON - Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama's call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Delegates will vote Tuesday to adopt the platform that reflects the president's argument that his work is unfinished and... more »
July 10, 2012 1:39 PM
WASHINGTON - The tax fight isn't just playing out on the campaign trail today -- it's also taking center stage in the Senate, where leaders of both parties are belittling each other's tax-cutting plans. Democrats today are trying to advance legislation that would lower taxes for companies that hire new... more »
May 16, 2012 3:43 PM
WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling the Senate have rejected for the second consecutive year a budget plan passed by House Republicans. The vote came after a daylong debate Wednesday in which Democrats blasted Republicans for refusing to consider tax increases as part of a solution to trillion-dollar deficits. Republicans in turn... more »
March 13, 2012 7:38 PM
A Republican congressional candidate in Iowa says he'll double-check his schedule from now on, after addressing a group of Democrats by mistake. Dan Dolan got to the Albia County Courthouse early for a Republican convention and when he saw a large group of people, he mistakenly asked to address them.... more »
February 26, 2012 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON - Democrats are playing defense in governors' races in 2012, protecting eight seats - including conservative states like North Carolina and Montana - while Republicans are safeguarding just four.
But one of those is in Wisconsin, where a recall effort against incumbent Scott Walker has emerged as a... more »
February 21, 2012 12:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote or to change parties in the Louisiana presidential preference primary next month.
Registered Democrats and Republicans will vote on March 24th for who they want to get their party's presidential nomination.
Only those registered in a party... more »
December 1, 2011 12:34 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - After a string of losses and the inability to field a slate of statewide candidates this fall, Louisiana's Democratic Party is retrenching.
Party leaders say they are focused on rebuilding grass-roots support, re-establishing local leadership committees and attracting candidates with an eye to the 2012... more »
July 18, 2011 1:22 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says President Barack Obama would veto the "cut, cap and balance" plan proposed by tea party-backed House Republicans if it lands on his desk.
In a statement, the Office of Management and Budget says that setting arbitrary spending levels and a balanced budget amendment... more »
June 20, 2011 7:46 PM
The Democratic National Committee says it raised $10.5 million in May compared to the $6.2 million Republicans raised in the same month. Part of the Democrats money is for a joint fund with President Obama's re-election campaign. The Obama campaign has set a goal of raising $60 million through the... more »
June 14, 2011 3:26 AM
WASHINGTON- With Rep. Anthony Weiner resisting calls to quit and President Barack Obama saying he'd resign if he were in Weiner's shoes, House Democrats are wrestling with what to do next. Democrats are to meet today for the first time since the New York congressman admitted to sexually charged online... more »
April 1, 2011 7:39 PM
The House passed a Republican bill that declares $61 billion in budget cuts is the law of the land even if the Senate doesn't pass it and President Obama vetoes it. Members acknowledge the bill has no practical effect but it reminds voters that they passed a budget while the... more »
February 22, 2011 12:50 PM
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon.
Walker said in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs wouldn't take effect immediately.... more »
February 18, 2011 1:28 PM
WASHINGTON - The House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams.
By a 281-148 vote, lawmakers rejected an effort by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum that would have ended the practice.
McCollum aides said the Army is spending $7 million... more »
January 5, 2011 1:00 PM
WASHINGTON - Rep. John Boehner has been elected speaker of the House, sealing newfound Republican power-sharing in Congress and drawing the curtain on the history-making Nancy Pelosi era at the helm.
Cheers broke out among GOP lawmakers on the House floor as Boehner, a veteran lawmaker from Ohio, defeated... more »
December 15, 2010 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes for the next two years while also reducing their Social Security taxes and extending jobless benefits.
The $858 billion package now goes to the House, where many... more »
December 14, 2010 11:32 AM
ST. MARTINVILLE- State Democrats lose another vote in the State House. State Rep. Fred Mills will join the GOP. Mills, a pharmacist from St. Martinville, is in his first term at the state House and is planning to run for a vacant state Senate seat in a special January election... more »
December 10, 2010 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at President Barack Obama's side on Friday to back the tax cut compromise Obama negotiated with Republicans. "I don't believe there is a better deal out there," Clinton told reporters in the White House briefing room who'd been summoned at... more »
December 4, 2010 10:27 AM
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked legislation allowing taxes to rise on upper income taxpayers on Jan. 1.
The vote Saturday was 53-36 - seven short of the 60 needed to advance the measure.
Without action by Congress, all income tax cuts enacted when George W. Bush was... more »
December 2, 2010 12:55 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he is optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will come to agreements on several issues in the coming weeks. Obama says the most important issue lawmakers must resolve is making sure taxes don't increase for middle-class families when Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end... more »
November 18, 2010 1:13 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans in the House have blocked a bill that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the holiday season.
The most recent extension of jobless benefits expires Dec. 1.
Two million people will lose benefits averaging $310 a week nationwide by the end... more »
November 17, 2010 1:29 PM
WASHINGTON - House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader in the next Congress.
The closed-door vote Wednesday will let the California congresswoman shift from House speaker to minority leader in January, despite concerns by some Democrats that the party needs new leadership after suffering huge midterm election... more »
August 26, 2010 11:31 AM
A new polls shows most people in the United States believe the government is unprepared for a natural disaster as large, or larger than Hurricane Katrina. The 5th anniversary of the storm is this coming weekend. The survey was conducted by Pew Research Center and says 6 in 10, about... more »
August 10, 2010 7:30 PM
The White House defends Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for criticizing what he calls the "Professional Left." GIbbs said some liberals critical of the administration need to be drug-tested and wouldn't be satisfied until the Pentagon was eliminated. Gibbs' comments were published in The Hill newspaper and drew angry retorts from... more »
July 30, 2010 1:03 PM
Actor Andy Griffith has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama's health care law to seniors in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare.
The TV star - whose role as sheriff of Mayberry made him an enduring symbol of small-town American values - tells seniors that "good... more »
July 28, 2010 8:21 PM
A coal company asked its counterparts to ante up a pool of money for a political offensive against Democrats in Kentucky and West Virginia. International Coal Group wants other mining concerns to take advantage of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that loosened restrictions on corporate contributions to political causes. ICG... more »
July 27, 2010 3:03 PM
Senate Republicans have blocked legislation imposing restrictions on political activity by special interest groups.
The vote was 57-41, three short of the 60 the bill needed to advance.
Democratic supporters backed by the White House said the legislation was needed to force shadowy interest groups that run millions... more »
July 18, 2010 9:36 AM
Democratic lawmakers leading their party's election efforts are predicting Democrats will retain control of Congress this fall.
GOP leaders are looking to a strong Republican showing amid voter anger over one-party government.
Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas says he thinks the GOP will have a net gain... more »
June 22, 2010 10:57 AM
Democrats and Republicans are pushing the Obama administration to give money to the legislation that would tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Today lawmakers asked the administration to support the bill for exports of gasoline and other petroleum products.
The House and Senate reached an agreement Monday on legislation.... more »
June 16, 2010 7:24 AM
Faced with a losing showdown vote Wednesday, Senate Democrats trying to extend unemployment benefits and help for doctors facing Medicare payment cuts are scaling back a catchall tax and spending bill. Anxiety over record budget deficits is fueling the moves, which include rolling back last year's $25 a week increase... more »
March 30, 2010 1:09 PM
The Republican National Committee has fired a staffer who helped organize a $1,946 visit last month to a sex-themed Hollywood club, and the GOP says it will recoup the money from a donor who also participated.
The episode is the latest in a string of questionable spending by the... more »
March 25, 2010 1:27 PM
President Barack Obama has a message for Republicans who say they'll try to repeal his health care overhaul: "Go for it."
Obama says those who try to overturn the sweeping changes will have to face voters who see immediate benefits from the law.
Speaking at the University of... more »
March 23, 2010 10:19 PM
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joined 12 other states in a federal lawsuit against the health care reform plan, filed minutes after President Obama signed it into law Tuesday. Virginia filed a separate lawsuit.
Health law instructor Paul Race at Southern University doubts the lawsuit has legs. But those... more »
March 20, 2010 3:10 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he has "the commitment of a significant majority" of Senate democrats, enough to help send health care legislation to the White House.
House leaders expect to pass the Senate's version of the legislation on Sunday.
House Democrats want to make changes in... more »
November 21, 2009 8:00 PM
The Senate will debate health care legislation.
Thanks in part to Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, who's vote helped give Democrats a 60 vote majority, the controversial health care reform bill cleared an important hurdle and intense Republican opposition.
The bill now goes to the Senate floor, where it... more »
November 7, 2009 11:27 PM
In a vote that ran along party lines...the US House of Representatives has passed its version of a health care bill.
The bill would extend health care coverage to tens of millions of americans.
The final tally was 220 votes to 215 with only one republican...Louisiana representative Ahn... more »