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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Appeals court rules House should get Trump financial records

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives.


White House and Democrats clash over rules for impeachment

The U.S. Constitution gives the House “the sole power of impeachment” – but it confers that authority without an instruction manual. Now comes the battle royal over exactly what it …


Thornberry of Texas is latest House Republican to retire

A Texas congressman is the latest House Republican to announce he won’t run for reelection.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

Rep. Chris Collins of New York is resigning from Congress ahead of his expected guilty plea in an insider trading case

Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican from western New York, submitted his resignation from Congress on Monday ahead of an expected guilty plea in an insider trading case in which he …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

McConnell: ‘No choice’ to take up impeachment after House

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he would have “no choice” but to take up any House-approved impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.


Commission named every 10 years to redraw Washington’s congressional, legislative boundaries

A bipartisan commission draws Washington’s congressional and legislative boundaries.


House rebukes Trump on border wall, but he plans veto

The Democratic-controlled House made a second attempt Friday to overturn President Donald Trump’s use of emergency powers to raid military base projects such as schools and target ranges to pay …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

U.S. House passes marijuana banking bill, with support of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The congresswoman said she supported the bill because of its limited scope, and potential to reduce crime by allowing state-approved marijuana firms from conducting business solely with cash.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

AP Source: Darrell Issa to run for Duncan Hunter’s seat

Former California Rep. Darrell Issa plans to run against indicted fellow GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter, The Associated Press has learned.


Washington plunges into Trump impeachment investigation

President Donald Trump repeatedly pushed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of a summer phone call that is now at the center of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Investigator says FAA training inspectors weren’t qualified

Federal investigators say some safety inspectors who helped set pilot-training standards for the Boeing 737 Max 8 were unqualified and the Federal Aviation Administration seemed to mislead Congress about their …


House votes to end forced arbitration in business disputes

The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights.


China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

China’s foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. congressional leader Nancy Pelosi of making irresponsible remarks about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, one day after she welcomed activists from the city …


Wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn dies at age 80

Emily Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who helped raise millions of dollars to help students attend the alma mater they shared, died in …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Trump says gun negotiations going ‘very slowly’

President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill …


Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday welcomed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters in their months-long campaign for …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

McConnell says Congress in ‘holding pattern’ on gun control

Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains “in a holding pattern” on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Teen activist to lawmakers: Forget praise, work on climate

Members of Congress are hailing Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg as a “superpower” for her work to spark a worldwide, youth-driven push to fight climate change. But Thunberg is not impressed.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at impeachment hearing

As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation.


House votes to bar Arctic drilling; Senate action unlikely

The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

CEOs speak out on gun violence, want congressional action

The CEOs of more than 100 companies are stepping into the nation’s gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong “red flag” law.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

House committee approves guidelines for impeachment hearings

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says there’s no confusion about what his committee is doing: It’s an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.


Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders trade barbs

Congress appears no closer to approving legislation to curb gun violence as President Donald Trump wavers.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Congress marks 400th anniversary of slaves arriving in U.S.

Members of Congress are observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America.


Congress returns to McConnell’s legislative ‘graveyard’

Congress returns for the fall session with pressure mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to address gun violence, election security and other issues.


States, politicians back gun-maker in Sandy Hook appeal

Ten conservative states and nearly two dozen Republican members of Congress are supporting gun-maker Remington Arms as it fights a Connecticut court ruling on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.


Judiciary panel subpoenas former White House aide Rob Porter

The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House staff secretary Rob Porter as part of its investigation into President Donald Trump’s conduct in office and whether he should be …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

200 years ago, the Cherokee Nation was offered a seat in Congress. It just announced its chosen delegate.

The Cherokee Nation principal chief had an important announcement to make last week. Standing on a stage in the Cherokee capital, Chuck Hoskin Jr. told his people, and the United …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 11:51 a.m.

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin resigning from Congress

Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who was on the cast of MTV’s “The Real World” before he went into politics, announced Monday that he …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Amazon’s strategy to win over congressional critics: Tours of its giant warehouses

From the White House to the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nomination, politicians have found a popular punching bag in Amazon, accusing the retail giant of paying subsistence wages …