Stories tagged: Congress
Thu., May 26, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over LGBT rights
Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBT protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday in a stark display of the potency of a civil rights issue …
Tue., May 24, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
House approves bill to regulate toxic chemicals
The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing …
Sun., May 22, 2016
Stagnant Congress lacking leadership
Among the group of people who watch Congress closely, there was unanimity: This will end up as one of the least productive years in congressional history.
Sun., May 22, 2016
Congress getting more sensible about medical marijuana
Attitudes are changing on medical marijuana, even in the paranoid halls of Congress. Part of the turnaround can be attributed to a far greater drug concern: opioid addictions.
Fri., May 20, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
Airlines say Congress is contributing to long airport lines
As airport security lines get longer, the finger-pointing over blame is growing too. The nation’s leading airlines, already feuding with the Transportation Security Administration, are now taking on Congress.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 12:50 p.m.
Judge orders Dennis Hastert to report to prison by June 22
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been ordered to report to prison by June 22 to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 9:46 a.m.
Bipartisan deal in House to help Puerto Rico with $70B debt
In a breakthrough, House Republicans and Democrats have struck a deal with the White House to help rescue Puerto Rico from $70 billion in debt.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 9:19 a.m.
House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles
The House has voted to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at Veterans Administration cemeteries.
UPDATED: Tue., May 17, 2016, 1 p.m.
Senate easily advances $1.1 billion in Zika funding
The Senate voted decisively on Tuesday in favor of a bipartisan $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus this year and next, cutting back President Barack Obama’s request but …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 7:35 a.m.
Senate bill calls for women to register for draft in 2018
Women would begin signing up with Selective Service in January 2018 under a measure approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee, another step toward a day when young Americans of …
Thu., May 12, 2016
What’s with ‘pro-life’ silence on Zika?
ZikDelayed action on Zika is inevitably going to cause more fetuses to be deformed - and perhaps aborted - and a caucus supposedly devoted to protecting them is silent.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Defiant Trump brushes off GOP critics on eve of Ryan meeting
Donald Trump declared Wednesday he doesn’t need support from House Speaker Paul Ryan or other leery Republican leaders, brushing off his Capitol Hill critics even as he prepared to sit …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 4:57 p.m.
Benghazi investigation: House lawmaker fires back at Pentagon critique
The chairman of the House Benghazi panel fired back Friday at the Defense Department for criticizing the Republican-led investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal
The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Legislation approved by Congress would elevate the bison’s stature to approach that of the bald eagle, long the …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 1 p.m.
Defense secretary investigating accuracy of military sex crimes cases
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he’s investigating whether his department misled Congress in order to derail a bill changing how the military handles sexual misconduct allegations.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 11:24 a.m.
Dennis Hastert victim’s lawsuit can proceed, judge rules
The morning after Dennis Hastert was sentenced to a 15-month prison term in federal court, a lawsuit brought by the man at the center of the disgraced former U.S. House …
Wed., April 27, 2016, 4:37 p.m.
Iran nuclear deal dispute blocks spending bill
Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate’s first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear deal and scuttle U.S. plans …
Wed., April 27, 2016, 1:32 p.m.
House GOP plan to cut wartime money troubles Defense Secretary Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that he’s deeply troubled by a House Republican proposal to reduce wartime funding by $18 billion to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon …
Wed., April 27, 2016, 10:31 a.m.
Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to prison
Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a …
Tue., April 26, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
Details of sex abuse could mean prison time for Hastert
When Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty last year to breaking banking laws, sentencing guidelines suggested that the former House speaker would probably serve no more than six months in prison for …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
‘Individual A’ sues Dennis Hastert over unpaid hush money
A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago and was later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet has filed a federal …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Pentagon, Congress at odds over base closures
The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
Ex-Clinton staffer again says no to testifying to Congress
A lawyer for the former Hillary Clinton staffer who set up her private email server has told Congress that his client still will not appear before Senate committees investigating the …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 9:04 a.m.
Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources
The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 8:41 a.m.
House Speaker Ryan won’t back bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to endorse bipartisan legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role that …
Mon., April 18, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases, AP report says
The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases in an effort to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change …
Mon., April 18, 2016, 9:56 a.m.
Senate Democrats press for $1.9B to fight Zika virus
Democrats are pressing top Senate Republicans to stop dragging their feet and act immediately on President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to combat the Zika virus.
Thu., April 14, 2016, 1:56 p.m.
Paul Ryan says he sees why Trump comments rattle Mideast allies
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the whole world is watching American politics and that he can understand how Middle East allies would be rattled by Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s …
Wed., April 13, 2016, 5 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers’ Glamour op-ed contradicts voting record on equal pay
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers penned an opinion piece this week for Glamour magazine outlining ways lawmakers could push for gender equality in pay. But the fourth-ranking Republican in the House …
Wed., April 13, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
Zika funding on hold until September, top Republicans say
Top House Republicans said Wednesday that they are likely to grant a portion of President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus but they will probably wait …