Stories tagged: Congress
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 …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
GOP Congress being labeled with do-nothing moniker
Congress increasingly is being defined by what it’s not doing this election year.
Thu., March 31, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers criticizes, but doesn’t disavow, Trump
The highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives said at a campaign kickoff event Thursday that Americans were in “uncharted territory” in this presidential election but refrained from taking …
Thu., March 17, 2016, 2:03 p.m.
Google gives federal plan for self-driving car
Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market a self-driving car that has no steering wheel …
Thu., March 17, 2016, 11:47 a.m.
Senate Dem leader accuses GOP of ‘moral cowardice’ on Trump
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is accusing the congressional Republican leaders of what he says is “moral cowardice” for failing to stand up to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
Wed., March 16, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Senate effort to block food labeling of modified food stalls
The Senate, on a 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling of genetically modified …
Tue., March 15, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
Conservatives block budget; Ryan cites anxiety among voters
The same band of conservatives that toppled former Speaker John Boehner is blocking Speaker Paul Ryan’s efforts to pass the GOP’s annual budget draft.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 9:07 a.m.
Senate GOP delays action on budget
A Senate panel has delayed action on an annual budget blueprint, as Republicans disagree among themselves on spending levels and trillions of dollars in longer-term budget cuts.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 5:26 p.m.
Can Senate GOP hold majority with Trump?
Senate Republican campaigns are now thinking in practical terms about what a Donald Trump-led ticket would mean for their own down-ballot efforts, increasingly certain that they’ll be running alongside him …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
Democrats object as House GOP holds hearing on fetal tissue
House Democrats suggested on Wednesday that a special House panel investigating Planned Parenthood could be complicit in future assaults or even murders of abortion providers at the Republican-led committee’s first …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 3:13 p.m.
FBI, Apple clash before Congress as encryption fight simmers
The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 11:56 a.m.
Supreme Court vote analysis: House lawmakers want their say
What if a single story dominated Congress for an entire election year, and four out of every five members had no formal avenue for getting involved?
Tue., March 1, 2016, 11:43 a.m.
Obama, Senate GOP still at odds over Supreme Court vacancy
President Barack Obama called Democrats and Republicans to the White House Tuesday to discuss election-year standoff over the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Neither side showed signs of budging.