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 20, 2014 1:28 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away. Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and... 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 25, 2014 1:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is getting campaign help this weekend from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Maness campaign says Palin will visit a Jefferson Parish restaurant on Saturday to eat alligator with Maness. The event is a nod to a Maness TV ad that... more »
September 13, 2014 12:09 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping Florida Republicans focused on trying to get Gov. Rick Scott re-elected. Jindal is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Florida's annual fundraising dinner being held Saturday at Walt Disney World. Jindal is another potential 2016 presidential... more »
August 1, 2014 2:11 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
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 »
July 28, 2014 11:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is making a campaign issue out of a congressional fight over a banking agency targeted for elimination by conservative Republicans. The Democratic incumbent supports the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies. Landrieu says it promotes trade, creates jobs and helps... more »
July 23, 2014 10:14 AM
WASHINGTON - House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants. The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate. A Senate bill would... more »
July 16, 2014 2:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds. The vote on Wednesday was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed. Democrats sponsored the... more »
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 »
July 9, 2014 5:15 AM
TEXAS - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his... more »
July 8, 2014 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The eight Republicans vying for the open 6th District congressional seat are trying to highlight differences among their personal resumes, as they strike largely similar policy positions. In a debate Tuesday, held by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, the contenders described themselves as conservatives... more »
June 11, 2014 4:00 PM
WASHINGTON - Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset... more »
May 19, 2014 10:37 AM
WASHINGTON - House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money. A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they are losing money on school lunch... 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 »
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 »
April 8, 2014 11:52 AM
WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he's pleased a Republican congressman from Louisiana apologized after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn't his wife.
But Cantor stopped short of calling for U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister to resign. Cantor, of Virginia,... more »
April 2, 2014 6:56 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are pressing ahead with a plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Barack Obama. The GOP... 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 13, 2014 2:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Republicans considering or already in the 2015 governor's race are sitting on more sizable campaign war chests than the lone Democrat who's announced plans to run. Campaign finance reports have been trickling into the state ethics board. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who says he'll be in the... 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 »
February 5, 2014 3:16 PM
WASHINGTON - New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight.
... 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 11, 2013 8:07 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of an economy-shaking federal default. Obama plans a White House meeting with GOP senators on Friday. Senate Republicans say they want... more »
October 10, 2013 8:21 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans Thursday to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default.
The White House meeting comes as House GOP leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed... more »
September 30, 2013 2:29 PM
WASHINGTON - There are signs that Republican unity may be weakening, as the deadline for averting a government shutdown draws near. For the first time since the showdown began more than a week ago, some Republican lawmakers are voicing dissent over the strategy that has been carried out at the... more »
August 9, 2013 4:14 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight. Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's... more »
August 2, 2013 11:33 AM
WASHINGTON - Republicans have pushed legislation through the House preventing the Internal Revenue Service from implementing any part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It's the 40th time the chamber has voted to repeal all or part of the 2010 law. The bill is sure to be ignored by... 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 16, 2013 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON - The authors of a report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are telling a House Republican that they will testify in public -- but they won't submit first to private interviews with investigators for a House oversight panel. Thomas Pickering and former Joint... more »
May 9, 2013 3:15 PM
WASHINGTON - The battle over President Barack Obama's health care law continues to play out today -- with congressional Republicans saying they won't nominate candidates for an advisory board that's supposed to play a role in holding down Medicare costs. The board would have the power to force payment cuts... more »
March 1, 2013 10:52 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Americans will get through the automatic spending cuts kicking in Friday. Obama says the nation shouldn't be making "dumb and arbitrary" cuts. He says Republicans have allowed the cuts to happen. Obama stays he still believes the cuts can be replaced, but he wants... more »
January 25, 2013 1:06 PM
GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. KEN THOMAS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Looking for a new direction, many Republicans are turning to the states for ideas on how to come back from their 2012 election defeat. Republicans are promoting the tax and... more »
January 14, 2013 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress quickly raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit, telling reporters, "we are not a deadbeat nation." At a White House news conference less than a week before he takes the oath of office for a second term, Obama warned that if... 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 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 »
December 13, 2012 3:54 PM
WASHINGTON - Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on Americans in Libya. President Barack Obama, in a statement, said he accepted Rice's decision to remove her name... 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 »
August 27, 2012 1:17 PM
TAMPA, Fla. - Republicans have gaveled open their convention that will culminate with the nomination of Mitt Romney to be president. Party Chairman Reince Priebus banged the gavel on an abbreviated Monday session as the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac forced the GOP to cram four days of speeches 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 »
June 13, 2012 1:19 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats seem to be living on different planets when it comes to how to meet U.S. energy needs. A new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research of public attitudes about energy shows that Republicans in the poll overwhelmingly push for more oil... more »
March 13, 2012 2:46 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's governor hadn't publicly made an endorsement in today's GOP primary -- but today, a spokesman says, Gov. Robert Bentley voted for Rick Santorum.
The spokesman says he believes Santorum is "the most conservative candidate" in the race. Voters in Mississippi are also choosing among the... 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 »
January 16, 2012 3:56 PM
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Republican presidential contenders are campaigning their way into the first of two debates before a decisive weekend vote in South Carolina. Hours before the candidates were to gather Monday night in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the Fox News Channel-sponsored forum, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman... more »
December 13, 2011 5:56 PM
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation sought by President Barack Obama to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts through 2012. But the bill also includes a requirement for construction of an oil pipeline that has drawn a veto threat. The vote was 234-193. The measure now goes to... 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 »
October 28, 2011 7:35 PM
Republicans in Congress are blocking President Obama from filling seats on the National Labor Relations Board which could cause it to lose some power to enforce workplace laws next year. The Senate is in recess and the GOP is not allowing the President to make appointments in the meantime. The... more »
July 15, 2011 6:07 AM
WASHINGTON- With six months to go before the first votes are cast, Republican presidential contenders are disclosing how much cash they have available - and how much debt they have to overcome - to win the GOP's nomination. Federal election reports are due today and are expected to offer an... 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 17, 2011 3:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS- As Republicans gather in this conservative bastion to hear from the party's presidential candidates, they'll also be sending a not-so-subtle message to President Barack Obama - the South is GOP territory. No less than five GOP hopefuls were appearing at the four-day Republican Leadership Conference, planning to introduce... more »
April 8, 2011 10:56 AM
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat in the Senate says the White House and Republicans have agreed on a spending cut of $38 billion but a fight over federal dollars for Planned Parenthood is blocking a deal.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters Friday he's cautiously optimistic... 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 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 »
February 16, 2011 12:45 PM
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama wants a civil and reasonable discussion with Republicans as he negotiates reductions in Social Security and Medicare spending.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that making needed changes in the two massive programs will require compromise.
He would... more »
January 8, 2011 10:44 AM
WASHINGTON - Republicans are spotlighting steps being taken by the new GOP House majority, including trimming members' operating budgets and moving to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The GOP contends the law extending coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans is a budget-busting job-killer. In the weekly GOP... 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 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 9, 2010 3:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military's policy of "don't ask, don't tell" and allowed gay troops to serve openly. Democrats failed Thursday to cinch a procedural deal with Republicans in the waning days of the lame-duck session. The 57-40 test vote fell three... 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 3, 2010 12:19 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says no political party will be able to dictate the direction the country will take.
A day after Republicans won back control of the House and increased their numbers in the Senate, the president says each political party has certain beliefs and principles that... more »
September 8, 2010 1:10 PM
President Barack Obama says it's time to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class - but the nation can't afford the Republican approach of extending tax cuts for the wealthy as well.
In remarks he's prepared for a speech in Ohio, Obama directly addresses House Minority Leader John... 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 »
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 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 »
April 9, 2010 1:21 PM
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says her "Don't retreat - reload" slogan is a call for political activism, not violence.
Addressing fellow conservatives at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Palin accused the media of twisting her words and tarnishing the reputation of the tea party movement.
She... more »
March 27, 2010 3:07 PM
President Barack Obama is blaming Republicans for his decision to make 15 recess appointments.
The positions include members of his economic team, the National Labor Relations Board and the head of Customs and Border Protection.
Obama says Senate Republicans are not living up to their responsibility to either... 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 »
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 »