Stories tagged: Congress
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Legal defense fund created for Michael Flynn in Russia probe
The family of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has established a legal defense fund for him as he is scrutinized by investigators looking into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
House passes $1.2 trillion spending bill
The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Bipartisan effort to stabilize health insurance markets is coming down to the wire
Despite broad support from consumer advocates, state officials and health care leaders across the country, a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize health insurance markets and control rising premiums is …
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 3:57 p.m.
Congress: Michigan, Great Lakes wolves could lose federal protection
Legislation under committee consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday moves to strip great wolves in the western Great Lakes states of protections they enjoy under the Endangered …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Trump wants Congress to reauthorize surveillance tool
The Trump administration is urging Congress to reauthorize an intelligence surveillance law set to expire at the end of the year.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
Editorial: Politics infecting science, public health
We applaud the winners of this year’s Lasker prizes, but can’t help but wonder how much more could be achieved if science and public health could be inoculated against politics.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Alaska congressman apologizes after lashing out at Washington colleague
Veteran Alaska Rep. Don Young has apologized after addressing a 51-year-old female colleague as “young lady” and saying she “doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.”
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
Congress sends aid bill, debt hike to Trump
Congress on Friday sent President Donald Trump a massive package of $15.3 billion in disaster aid linked to an increase in the nation’s borrowing authority that angered conservative Republicans who …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
Five governors urge Congress to bolster Obamacare markets for 2018
Five governors – critics and backers of the Affordable Care Act – called on Congress Thursday to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the law, challenging President Donald Trump’s argument …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Whitman instructor threatens lawsuit against McMorris Rodgers over response to Facebook posts
Whitman instructor Devon Wootten blames the congresswoman for federal authorities calling his employer and suggesting he has a mental illness. An attorney representing McMorris Rodgers said Wootten’s rights weren’t violated …
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
Jay Ambrose: Help young illegal immigrants the right way
As kind as it was that the 800,000 got some relief, it was also politically advantageous, and Obama was weakening representative democracy.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.
Hurricane aid measure grows to $15 billion as Irma bears down
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 5:45 p.m.
Trump Jr. tells senators he ‘did not collude’ with Russians
President Donald Trump’s eldest son told lawmakers Thursday he was open to receiving information about Hillary Clinton’s “fitness, character or qualifications” in a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, who represents suburban Seattle, announces retirement after 7 terms
Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state said Wednesday that he was retiring from Congress after seven terms, giving Democrats renewed hope of winning a district solely held by Republicans …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Trump Jr. to speak to Senate staff about Russia contacts
President Donald Trump’s oldest son is expected to meet privately with a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more …
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017
Keillor: When a red state gets the blues
If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in …
Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Trump ends DACA immigration program – with a twist
President Donald Trump, answering pleas from his base but again breaking with many congressional Republicans, on Tuesday ended Barack Obama’s program that shielded from deportation individuals who came to the …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
Congress to speed up Harvey aid, tackle debt limit
Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful …
Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5 a.m.
How big business is trying to convince Congress to save the ‘dreamers’ from Trump
Business leaders across industries, from tech to agriculture, are turning their attention to Congress to protect nearly 800,000 undocumented workers from deportation as President Donald Trump is expected on Tuesday …
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Mnuchin: Congress should tie Harvey aid to debt limit bill
Congress needs to combine a $7.9 billion disaster relief package for Harvey with a contentious increase in the nation’s borrowing limit, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says, arguing it is needed …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight
Republican hopes for repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama’s health care law are still twitching in Congress, though barely.
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
McMorris Rodgers, challengers talk health care after tumultuous summer in Congress
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the bill the House of Representatives passed in May, now languishing in the Senate, is just a first step in reforming the country’s health care …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
Don’t dash hopes, contributions of Dreamers
The prospect of President Donald Trump ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program spotlights one of the more maddening examples of a self-inflicted wound in the name of politics. …
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017
Ramesh Ponnuru: Republicans face scaled-back tax plans
Republicans still have a vocal deficits-don’t-matter faction that will push for large tax cuts that the Congressional Budget Office would score as fiscally ruinous.
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
As Houston recovers, House GOP eyes $1 billion in cuts to disaster funds to finance Trump’s border wall
President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Republican congressman seeks end to Mueller’s Russia probe
A Republican congressman from Florida made a special demonstration of his loyalty to President Donald Trump last week by introducing an amendment to protect him from the Russia investigation led …
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
Montana congressman Gianforte booked after assault conviction
Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has been photographed and fingerprinted after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter on the eve of the special election that put him in office.
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republican agenda
President Donald Trump can’t enact his agenda without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell may not have a majority to lead without Trump’s help. It’s simple, and still so complicated.
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
Trump’s path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes
President Donald Trump has yet to release a plan despite his campaign pledge to create jobs by building bigger and better transportation and other types of infrastructure projects.