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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/02/2013

2chambers adjourns, sine die

It's been a wild two-year session of Congress. Now, our coverage is moving elsewhere.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  All About Congress, Ed O'Keefe, Felicia Sonmez

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Wife of Rep. John Lewis dies

Lillian Miles Lewis, the "devoted wife" of the congressman, died in Atlanta, according to a statement issued by his office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:41 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Bob Dole pays respects to Daniel Inouye in Capitol Rotunda

The former Senate majority leader came to pay respects to his lifelong friend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:13 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Dole, Daniel Inouye, Elizabeth Dole, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Inouye receives full honors from colleagues in memorial service

Vice President Biden and members of the House and Senate plan to attend and speak at a memorial service in the Rotunda beginning at 10 a.m.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012

As 'Plan B' vote nears, John Boehner seen whipping votes on House floor

2CHAMBERS | The House speaker was seen glad-handing colleagues on the House floor.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, House Republicans, John Boehner

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012

John McCain's holiday must-reads

The Arizona lawmaker takes to Twitter to share some last-minute holiday gift ideas.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John McCain, Senate

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Democrats unveil proposals to address Newtown shooting

Several Democratic proposals in the House and Senate could be adopted as part of the White House review.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:32 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  All About Congress, Barbara Boxer, Daniel Inouye, Diane Feinstein, FCC, FTC, gun control, House, House Democrats, Jay Rockfeller, Patrick Leahy, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Daniel Inouye to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, House and Senate leaders announced Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  09:28 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Patrick Leahy sworn in as Senate President Pro Tempore

Vermont's senior senator is now third in line to the presidency.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:56 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Inouye, Harry Reid, Jon Kyl, Orrin Hatch, Patrick Leahy, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Daniel Inouye dies: What it means for the Senate

2CHAMBERS | What the death of the chamber's most senior member means for leadership of the chamber and plum committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:46 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barbara Mikulski, Daniel Akaka, Daniel Inouye, Patrick Leahy, Rob Portman, Senate Pro Tempore

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 12/17/2012

When senators learned that Daniel Inouye died

2CHAMBERS | The Senate stood in stunned silence as Harry Reid announced the news.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:05 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amy Klobuchar, Chuck Schumer, Daniel Inouye, Dick Durbin, Harry Reid, John Thune, Mary Landrieu, Mitch McConnell, Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Senate, Senate Pro Tempore, Tom Harkin

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Harry Reid: 'Every idea should be on the table' as Congress responds to Connecticut shootings

2CHAMBERS | The Senate's leaders observe a moment of silence, respond to the attacks, suggest a debate is forthcoming.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun rights, Harry Reid, mental illness, Mitch McConnell, Newtown shooting, Senate

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012

What Kay Bailey Hutchison won't miss about serving in the Senate

The senior senator from Texas is leaving the Senate -- and won't miss certain strains of the job.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heading for the Exits

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012

What is 'chained CPI?'

2CHAMBERS | And is this the proposal that could help policymakers strike a deal?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: 'We have to be careful' about new gun laws

Most senior Republican woman in Congress noncommittal on review of nation's gun laws.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C-SPAN, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, gun control, House, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Senate retirement speeches, in 3 minutes (Video)

VIDEO | Six retiring senators say their final goodbyes to the chamber, bemoan the lack of bipartisanship.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:47 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Nelson, Daniel Akaka, Joe Lieberman, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Kent Conrad, Richard Lugar, Senate

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Awaiting a 'fiscal cliff' deal, lawmakers pass other legislation

Lawmakers are biding their time by passing modest bills long languishing on the House and Senate dockets.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:27 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  All About Congress, Amy Klobuchar, Eric Cantor, House, Jay Rockefeller, John Boehner, Patrick Leahy, Senate, TSA, Vice President Biden

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Watchdogs warn House ethics process is at risk

Government watchdogs are warning that the independent office responsible for overseeing ethics investigations of House lawmakers could become a toothless entity.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethics, House, House Ethics Committee, John Boehner, Judicial Watch, League of Women Voters, Nancy Pelosi, Office of Congressional Ethics, Public Citizen

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

What are the biggest tax deductions and exemptions? And whom do they benefit?

2CHAMBERS | A look at the nation's most popular tax breaks and whom they benefit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Olympia Snowe leaving Congress, not the national debate

2CHAMBERS | The moderate Republican is bittersweet about leaving, but vows to remain involved.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:58 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heading for the Exits, Olympia Snowe, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Senate filibuster faces federal court challenge

2CHAMBERS | Group challenging the rules say they are "an accident of history."

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:01 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Why are we talking about the debt ceiling again? And what is the debt ceiling anyway?

It's been raised about 100 times through U.S. history -- so why are we talking about it again?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Edsplainer, George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell, president obama

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Joe Manchin objects to MTV's 'Buckwild' reality show

Lawmaker sends letter of protest to network president after seeing previews of “Buckwild.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Manchin, MTV, Senate

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/07/2012

What's the difference between raising tax rates and raising tax revenue? (And why does this matter politically?)

2CHAMBERS | It’s why Obama and lawmakers haven’t yet avoided jumping over the "fiscal cliff.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Mark Kirk to return to Senate following stroke recovery

Kirk, a freshman senator elected in 2010, has been recovering in Chicago since suffering the stroke in January.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:14 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Congress votes to strike 'lunatic' from federal laws

2CHAMBERS | One Republican lawmaker voted against final passage of the measure. Who was he?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Senate to attend special screening of 'Lincoln'

The screening will occur right before Christmas -- and after several other political screenings of the hit movie.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:58 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abraham Lincoln, Senate

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/05/2012

House Democrats tout diversity in the ranks

Unlike the GOP, Democrats note that members who are White, Black, old, young, urban and rural earned top spots on House committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Candice Miller, Henry Waxman, House, House Administration Committee, House Democrats, House Republicans, John Boehner, Louise Slaughter, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Nita Lowey, Sander Levin

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Joe Lieberman has few regrets

Connecticut's senior senator reflects on his 24-year Senate career, his role in the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns and how he kept the Jewish sabbath.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heading for the Exits, Joe Lieberman, Senate

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/05/2012

If tax cuts expire, how much will you owe?

2CHAMBERS | If Congress doesn't act, most are likely pay more next year in federal income taxes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012

When Barney Frank announced he was coming out of the room' (er the closet)

VIDEO | Retiring lawmaker recalls the colleagues he told privately before he told the nation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012

Will Hurricane Sandy relief fall off the fiscal cliff?'

2CHAMBERS | Federal aid to storm-ravaged states could get tied up by ongoing fiscal talks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 11/30/2012

House Republicans will have one woman committee chair

Only one woman will chair a House committee, but GOP counts a few women in other leadership positions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:27 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Candice Miller, Gregg Harper, House, House Administration Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, John Boehner, Senate, women

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/30/2012

2013 House, Senate calendars released

House lawmakers will meet for slightly more days than this year -- but still enjoy week-long stretches back home.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Cantor, House, House calendar, Senate

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012

John Boehner: Potential Senate rules change designed to marginalize Senate Republicans'

The House speaker has no formal say, but felt the need to weigh in anyway.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Presidential Inauguration theme announced: Faith in America's Future'

The inauguration coincides with the 150th anniversary of the capping of the U.S. Capitol Dome.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:11 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Schumer, Inauguration, JCCIC, president obama

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Ron Paul, exit stage right

WATCH | The retiring Texas lawmaker sits down for an interview as he gets ready to leave D.C.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Susan Rice meets with more GOP critics

2CHAMBERS | A second round of talks appears to do little to quell Republican criticism.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:06 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Corker, Libya, Senate, Susan Collins, Susan Rice

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Bowles, key debt voice, remains pessimistic about a deal

Erskine Bowles, a key voice on debt deal, says there is only a one in three chance the country will avoid going over the "fiscal cliff."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012

What is the Gang of Eight' (and who's in it)?

Lawmakers eager to tackle the nation's fiscal policy issue have ganged up to force a deal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Susan Rice, CIA director meet with GOP critics on Libya

U.N. ambassador, deputy CIA director meet with her leading GOP critics to allay concerns.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:38 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Libya, Lindsey Graham, Senate, Susan Rice

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 11/27/2012

AIDS activists arrested after stripping in House speaker's office

Three female AIDS activists protesting budget cuts threatened by the fiscal cliff were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they stripped in the outer office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to authorities.

By Peter Hermann  |  03:03 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Filibuster fight reignites partisanship in Senate

Back-and-forth could spoil the need to reach a compromise that averts more than $500 billion in annual automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 11/27/2012

GOP introduces Dream Act alternative

The plan includes no special path to citizenship for eligible immigrants.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:28 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration reform, John McCain, Jon Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senate

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

What is the Simpson-Bowles Commission? (and why does it still matter?)

The bipartisan commission that set policymakers on the path to negotiations underway now.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Susan Rice meets Tuesday with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte

The meeting comes after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled a willingness to hear her out on her justifications for the Libya attack.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:57 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Libya, Lindsey Graham, Senate, Susan Rice

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/23/2012

#5in5 by the numbers so far…

After a few days in Florida, it's time to look at where we've been -- and where we're going next.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/22/2012

#5in5: Florida, Florida, Florida

2chambers heads to the Sunshine State for a final look at competitive House races.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 10/08/2012

2chambers, renovated

Short summary of story

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:01 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2chambers, congress, congress news, congressional news, Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/28/2012

#5in5: Ad watch: Betty Sutton vs. Jim Renacci

More than $2 million is being spent in this race.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

#5in5: Rep. Betty Sutton: ‘People don’t want a government on their back, but they do want a government on their side’

“People don’t want a government on their back, but they do want a government on their side.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

#5in5: Rep. Jim Renacci: ‘We’ve got to be able to work across the aisle’

Republican lawmaker touts his bipartisan record.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

#5in5: OH-16: In this race, somebody’s going back to Washington and somebody’s going home

#5in5 | GOP and Democratic House incumbents square off in a genuine toss-up race in a redrawn district.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012

#5in5: Ad Watch: Bill Johnson vs. Charlie Wilson

Both sides spending millions on this swing district race.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012

#5in5: Six years after his first win, can an ex-congressman win again?

#5in5 visits the Ohio 6th Congressional District to find out.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/26/2012

#5in5: Ad Watch: Bob Gibbs vs. Joyce Healy-Abrams

Long-shot Democrat pouring money into TV ads.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

#5in5: Joyce Healy-Abrams: ‘Congress is broken’

A first-time candidate explains the perils of campaign ‘call time.’

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

#5in5: Rep. Bob Gibbs: Obama is ‘the most divisive president in our history’

#5in5 | The Republican Ohio lawmaker calls Obama ‘most divisive’ president in history.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

#5in5: Ohio! Ohio! Ohio!

Day three will focus on a House race in an area ripe with swing voters.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

#5in5 by the numbers so far

Where has Ed been so far?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012

#5in5: Ad Watch: Mark Critz vs. Keith Rothfus

Tongue-in-cheek spots distinguish the Critz-Rothfus race.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012

#5in5: Mark Critz on Mitt Romney: ‘I think he steps in it every chance he gets’

2CHAMBERS | A moderate Democrat defends Congress and his D.C. experience.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Which Democrats voted for changes to Obama administration welfare policy?

Several moderates opted to end Obama administration change.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012

GOP moves to block Obama’s welfare reform changes

Lawmakers introduce resolution opposing changes to welfare work requirements.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012

What’s in the continuing resolution?

2CHAMBERS | A quick look at the short-term spending deal expected to be passed in the coming days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. is back in D.C., but still not voting

The Illinois lawmaker is back in D.C., but has yet to report for work.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012

5 things to watch this week in Congress: Continuing resolution, Farm Bill, Jesse Jackson Jr., Violence Against Women Act, Postal Service — and demonstrations of bipartisanship

Precious few days remain for legislating before Election Day.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comments topic of new Democratic attack calls

Fresh nationwide effort reminds voters of party’s stance on abortion at start of its convention in Florida.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/20/2012

5 lessons from 5 days on the road

Visiting districts in the Midwest proves voters love Paul Ryan and don’t care about Congress (yet).

By Ed O’Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/17/2012

5 in 5: Illinois 11th: Judy Biggert vs. Bill Foster

The 5 in 5 Project ends its tour in a suburban Chicago district.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/16/2012

5 in 5: Illinois 8th Congressional District is a race between Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth

#5in5 | The opponents continue their war of words in a Chicago-area district.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/15/2012

5 in 5: Illinois 16th Congressional District

#5in5 | We visit a deep-red part of the state that was recently redrawn to include more Chicago suburbs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Christie Vilsack: I’ve been running against Paul Ryan for months

Christie Vilsack says she’s been running against Ryan’s budget plan since the start.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:15 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Steve King: Paul Ryan listens to me

The Iowa lawmaker weighs in on the GOP’s new VP pick and his re-election chances.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012

5in5: Steve King vs. Christie Vilsack in Iowa’s 4th District

2chambers | Conservative hero Steve King faces most significant Democratic challenge yet.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012

#5in5: Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

2chambers | No matter who wins in Iowa’s 3rd District, the state will lose a longtime congressman.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012

How about a summer road trip? Welcome to #5in5

2chambers is visiting five Midwestern congressional districts in five days. Where’s he going?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Which Democrats voted for the House Republican tax cut plan?

Take a look at which vulnerable members supported the proposal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Bills would make Olympic medals tax-exempt

Lawmakers — clearly seizing on Olympic fever — are trying to ease the tax burden for American athletes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Obama budget chief Jeffrey Zients to Congress: Sequestration ‘not the responsible way’ to cut debt

In a hearing that was at times highly partisan, Jeffrey Zients squabbled with GOP lawmakers over who is to blame for failing so far to avert $110 billion in spending cuts.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Ed O’Keefe  |  12:55 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/30/2012

5 things to watch this week in Congress

What, if anything, can lawmakers resolve before the August recess?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/26/2012

John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte to headline sequester-themed town halls

Hosted by top Republican senators, the effort will highlight threat of military budget cuts in four key states.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 07/25/2012

‘Audit the Fed’ bill passes in the House with bipartisan support

The House measure passes with bipartisan support.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:19 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/25/2012

House Republicans support a 94 percent unemployment rate — if you believe typos

2CHAMBERS | Mistake suggests Republicans are pushing for a 94 percent unemployment rate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/24/2012

How much did last year’s debt fight cost taxpayers?

And how many extra hours in overtime did government workers bill taxpayers?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/23/2012

5 things to watch this week in Congress: Colorado shootings, Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ bill, tax cuts get up or down votes, new national egg standards

Lawmakers response to Colorado shooting, Ron Paul gets his wish and national standards for “egg-laying hens.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Bob McDonnell to Congress: ‘You’ve got to fix this sequestration problem’

GOP leader warns his state will suffer from automatic spending cuts.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/18/2012

What is the sequester? (video)

And why does it matter? This video explains.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 07/17/2012

What is the sequester? (Video)

Our first "Edsplainer" tackles the number-one issue facing Washington in the coming months.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:09 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Edsplainer, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012

How did senators vote on the DISCLOSE Act?

See which senators voted for or against proceeding with the bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Dick Cheney, House GOP to talk about ‘sequester’

The former vice president wants to talk about the forthcoming ‘sequester’ of defense funds.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012

Tax cuts, DISCLOSE, sequester, oversight and the Veepstakes: 5 things to watch this week in Congress

2CHAMBERS | On the agenda: Debating tax cuts and inquiries about the Cabinet’s travel schedule

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Which Democrats voted to repeal health-care law?

House Republicans voted en masse Wednesday to repeal the 2010 health-care reform law, and five House Democrats voted with them.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/11/2012

House has voted 32 times to repeal all or part of health-care reform law. Here’s the full list.

2 CHAMBERS | The magic number is 32, and will be 33 after today’s vote. We have the full list.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Cybersecurity chief urges action by Congress

The director of the National Security Agency made a fresh appeal Monday for cybersecurity legislation to enable the sharing of threat data between the private sector and the government.

By Ellen Nakashima  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Americans still divided on health-care reform: poll

Americans are as divided as ever about the law, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012

‘Obamacare’ repeal, small-business tax cuts and voting records smashed: 5 things to watch this week in Congress

A repeal vote on Obamacare and small business tax cuts are on the agenda after a week-long recess.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Which Democrats voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress?

Check to see which Democratic lawmakers voted for contempt.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012

Supreme Court, Fast and Furious and baseball: 5 things to watch today in Congress

It promises to be one of the busiest days of the year on Capitol Hill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Some GOP critics of President Obama plan to attend the White House Congressional Picnic

Banter between the president and members of Congress at an annual dinner tonight could get a bit uncomfortable.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Fast and Furious: Darrell Issa presses White House on executive privilege decision

The GOP lawmaker makes a last-ditch effort to avoid Holder contempt vote.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012

In case you missed it: ‘Capitol Assets’ highlights

34 members of Congress moved holdings after talks with Treasury or Fed officials during economic crisis.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Supreme Court, Eric Holder, student loans and more: 5 big things to watch this week in Congress

From a Supreme Court health-care decision to student loan deals, it promises to be busy on Capitol Hill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Marco Rubio’s struggle with work/life balance

The senator admits it’s difficult being in Washington with young children at home.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Eric Holder contempt vote likely cements Darrell Issa’s legacy

Vote may stand as most notable move of his committee tenure.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Fast and Furious: House committee votes 23-17 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress

VIDEO | Watch excerpts from the hearing and follow updates from Post reporters on Twitter.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Congressional Women’s Softball Game tonight!

It’s the women vs. the women — for a good cause.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

What’s in the farm bill? Some issues unrelated to farms.

There are some notable “non-germane“amendments, unrelated to farms or food.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Mitt Romney adviser Mike Leavitt meets with conservative GOP lawmakers about health care

The Romney transition chief talks health care with conservative GOP members.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Lawmakers supporting D.C. school voucher program strike deal with White House

Supportive lawmakers strike deal with White House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:45 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Student loans, highway bill, waiting for the Supreme Court and can Eric Holder strike a deal? (and what else is happening this week in Congress)

Congress returns to D.C. for what promises to be one of the most active two-week stretches of the year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012

John Boehner prebuts President Obama’s jobs speech in new video

Video presses the president to get Democrats to vote on GOP-sponsored legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Why (rocker) Joe Walsh endorsed Tammy Duckworth against (Congressman) Joe Walsh

And why the campaign says it doesn’t want the support of the “Hotel California elite.”

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Congressional approval is up. But barely.

Climbs 7 percent since January, new poll says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/10/2012

House begins its 7th week-long break of the year

Folks griping about a lack of summer vacation may want to run for a seat in the House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 06/08/2012

John Boehner irks Barbara Boxer on highway bill

The speaker and the senator leading the highway bill debate disagree.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:15 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Why did John Boehner hug Nancy Pelosi? (video)

Why did the speaker and minority leader hug it out?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Boehner shuffles senior aides in bid to better manage House

He shuffled his senior staff Thursday in an effort to better manage the unwieldy House.

By Paul Kane  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Intelligence director summoned to Capitol Hill to discuss media leaks

They plan to meet with the director of national intelligence to discuss concerns over leaks to news outlets.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:16 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Senate to vote on women’s pay bill (and what else is going on this week in Congress)

Measure, which is unlikely to pass, is meant to drive wedge between Mitt Romney and GOP lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Who says lawmakers don’t speak well?

“I deem the Sunlight Foundation’s findings fatuous,” one congressman said in a House floor speech.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Senate furniture stolen and sold illegally, report says

Watchdog report details theft of tables and chairs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/30/2012

House to begin debate Wednesday on bill banning abortions based on sex of child

The House plans to begin debating a bill Wednesday that would ban abortions based on the sex of a child.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012

House Republicans’ summer schedule heavy on jobs and repealing ‘Obamacare’

Expect a series of political singles and doubles — and no home runs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan apologizes for Colombia prostitution scandal

Mark Sullivan’s testimony comes as a federal watchdog probes whether the director rushed his investigation.

By Ed O'Keefe and Carol D. Leonnig  |  11:25 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Secret Service hearing ‘an important day’ for Director Mark Sullivan, lawmaker says

Director Mark Sullivan making his first public appearance before lawmakers to address questions about sex scandal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Congressional discourse getting dumber, study says

2CHAMBERS | Congress collectively speaks at almost a full grade-level lower than it did seven years ago, a new study finds.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 05/20/2012

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner double down on deficit concerns

Using sharp rhetoric reminiscent of last summer’s fight over the issue, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that President Obama “needs to become the adult” in discussions with congressional leaders on spending and debt.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:48 AM ET, 05/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Export-Import Bank reauthorized by House; Senate expected to act soon

The bipartisan deal is hailed by business and manufacturing groups as critical to helping the economic recovery.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 05/08/2012

IRS may issue $26 billion in fraudulent tax refunds, watchdog tells Congress

Inspector general warns Congress that agency may mistakenly issue the money in the next five years.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:50 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Gregory Jaczko, nuclear safety chief, under fire from House Republicans

Gregory B. Jaczko is the latest Obama administration official targeted by the GOP. Republicans want to know whether Gregory Jaczko ever mistreated female employees by harassing or verbally abusing them.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012

What do John Edwards and Newt Gingrich have in common? (A look at the week ahead in Congress.)

Don’t be surprised if senators invoke the former politicians’ names this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/03/2012

House Democrats plan to pounce again on GOP budget

In a new memo, Democrats blame the GOP for targeting the poor and Obama administration programs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2012

‘Hey Girl, it’s Paul Ryan’ explained

2CHAMBERS | Why did a Chicago libertarian launch the new Tumblr? He’s an “economic heartthrob” in certain circles.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/02/2012

What Elijah Cummings plans to tell the Secret Service

The agency plans to put all of its 3,500 agents and 1,400 uniformed officers through mandatory ethics training.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/30/2012

An interview with Tom Latham

The Iowa Republican explains why he moved to a different part of the state to run for reelection.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/30/2012

An interview with Leonard Boswell

The Iowa Democrat faces the closest reelection fight of his long career.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/27/2012

House approves student loan plan; White House vows veto over health fund depletion

The White House vows to veto the plan because it would take money from a health fund, setting up a campaign-season fight.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Two Republican House members say Obama misquoted them

Two Republican members of Congress are striking back at President Obama for personally targeting them in speeches about keeping student loan rates low.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Senate begins debate on Postal Service; approves plan capping agency spending

The plan is adopted as an amendment to a massive postal reform bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012

John Boehner keeps talking

In a TV interview, the speaker forecasts November’s elections and strikes back at David Axelrod.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Postal Service prompts tricky votes in the Senate

Postal reform pits lawmakers from urban areas against those from smaller rural states.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2012

How some senators would fix the Postal Service

Take a look at some of the ideas floated this week on Capitol Hill. Some might earn approval, others definitely won’t.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Obama plans to renominate GOP member of NRC, averting fight with Senate Republicans

The White House plans to renominate a Nuclear Regulatory Commission member who accused the panel’s chairman of inappropriate behavior.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 04/19/2012

House approves small-business tax cut plan

The plan has no hope of passage in the Senate — and that’s just fine with the GOP.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Ed O’Keefe  |  02:04 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Senate begins debating future of U.S. Postal Service

Senators begin considering what to do about the struggling delivery service.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2012

What do Warren Buffett, Lena Horne and Mark Twain have in common?

Find out why lawmakers will be talking about the business guru, the singer and the author.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Dennis Kucinich ‘looking at all my options’ in Washington state

The soon-to-be former Ohio lawmaker exploring options ahead of a possible run out West.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Sen. Ron Johnson denies a staff shakeup

Spokesman says the Republican freshman isn’t purging his D.C. office.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Dick Lugar: Too mild to be memorable?

The Indiana Republican faces a tough challenge from a tea party-backed opponent.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Who does Mitch McConnell want to win the Louisville-Kentucky game?

The Senate minority leader weighs in on this weekend’s closely-watched Louisville-Kentucky men’s college basketball game.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Ben Bernanke: Congress needs ‘political courage’

The Federal Reserve chairman opines in a rare interview on the “toxic paralysis” of Capitol Hill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Trayvon Martin’s parents coming to Capitol Hill

The couple is set to appear at an event hosted by House Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Senate set to fight over oil company tax cuts

Republicans have been itching for a fight over rising gas prices and Democrats want to end subsidies for large oil companies.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Senate turns attention to the Postal Service

The politically tricky issue gets its turn, while the House plans a short-term transportation bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Senate should quickly confirm nominees, panel says

A new commission urges presidential candidates and senators to think more seriously about the White House transition process.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

House Republicans launch ‘Citizen Cosponsor’

House Republicans launch a new online project allowing constituents to ‘cosponsor’ legislation — kind of.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

How much do Paul Ryan’s videos cost?

2CHAMBERS | Democrats raise questions about snazzy videos starring the budget chairman and his spending plan.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Looking for your lawmaker? There’s an app for that.

New feature lets confused voters determine who represents them in Washington.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Illinois House primaries critical to balance of power (And other stories I read this morning)

The Land of Lincoln could decide the congressional balance of power. Plus: A Giffords aide goes all in.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Republican budget proposal to be unveiled

We know Democrats won’t like Paul Ryan's plan — but he may have a tough sell with some Republicans, too.

By Ed O'Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:03 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012

GOP turns attention to health-care law

Republicans are beginning a multi-pronged approach to tear down President Obama’s signature issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Paul Ryan’s dramatic budget preview

The House Budget Committee chairman turns to YouTube to unveil his spending proposal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Senate GOP to IRS: Keep politics out of Super PAC probe

Twelve Republicans want to know why the tax agency is probing tea party-affiliated groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Can Congress be fixed? Some lawmakers think so

A Senate committee plans to review plans Wednesday to revamp the budget and nominations process.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Congress remains deeply unpopular, poll finds

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll delivers more bad news — with Republicans especially upset with GOP lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Democrats target House GOP ethics concerns

New Web site designed to serve as clearinghouse for voters seeking information on GOP members.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012

What is Congress doing this week? (Afghanistan, highway bill, judicial nominations and ‘No Budget, No Pay.’)

The Senate takes up a highway bill and may shift next to federal judge nominations... and what will lawmakers say about Afghanistan?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 03/08/2012

House passes jobs legislation

Republican leaders call on Senate to quickly consider similar legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:16 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Dennis Kucinich’s most memorable moments

With the Ohio Democrat’s primary loss, we look back at some of his statements, speeches, and sightings.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Senate highway bill fails test vote; deal could come later Tuesday

But the Senate may still give the green light to move forward later today.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Sticking up for George Washington (and his birthday)

Virginia lawmakers try to get holiday marking first president’s birthday moved back to its original date.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Payroll tax negotiations heat up again

House and Senate negotiators will need to make progress, or we may see a repeat of the bitter December fight that resulted in an agreement to extend the tax cut for just two months.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012

As Democrats shift to offense, Obama, Biden address House retreat

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, House Democrats are gearing up to go on offense against their GOP counterparts with an eye toward retaking the chamber this November.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/05/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Democrats keep up payroll tax pressure; Cordray up for a vote

A look at the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 09/24/2011

2chambers recesses

By Felicia Sonmez  |  07:31 AM ET, 09/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  2chambers

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 09/09/2011

White House requests $5.1 billion for disaster relief

The White House formally requested $5.1 billion in supplemental funds for the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s disaster relief fund Friday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:26 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Five things to watch on the Hill next week

Our rundown of the top five things to keep your eye on next week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:31 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 09/09/2011

House GOP leaders request Obama jobs plan details

The top four House Republican leaders on Friday requested the specifics of President Obama’s jobs plan, broadly outlined in an address before a joint session of Congress.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  04:54 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 09/09/2011

House passes Sept. 11 resolution

As the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 nears, the House on Friday unanimously approved a resolution honoring the victims of the terror attacks.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:05 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Pelosi urges Boehner to support quick action on Obama jobs plan

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to back swift action on the Obama jobs measure.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:55 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Obama’s jobs speech: The view from inside the chamber

Here are some of our observations from within the House chamber during Obama’s speech Thursday night.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Deficit reduction panel opens work with optimism

Successfully reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years would help create jobs, members of the new bipartisan “supercommittee” said at the panel’s first meeting.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:10 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Leaders set high expectations for debt supercommittee

Usually, the expectations game in Washington is governed by a simple mantra: Underpromise and overdeliver. But when it comes to the bipartisan debt supercommittee, the opposite appears to be true.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Boehner, McConnell meet with GOP supercommittee members

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met Wednesday with the six Republican members of the debt supercommittee, one day before the bipartisan panel is set to hold its first public meeting.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:10 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/07/2011

FEMA funding could get quick action in Congress

Comments by Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Eric Cantor suggest Congress may find a rare area of bipartisan agreement in coming days to refill the stressed disaster relief fund.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Some Republican lawmakers plan to skip Obama’s jobs speech

Several GOP lawmakers say that they don’t plan to be in the House chamber when Obama delivers his jobs address to a joint session of Congress.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:20 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Boehner, Cantor call on Obama for bipartisan meeting on jobs

House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday penned a letter to President Obama proposing a meeting between the White House and bipartisan congressional leaders ahead of the president’s Thursday jobs speech.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:24 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/06/2011

McCaul, Issa top list of wealthiest members of Congress

Two Republican House members are at the top of the list of the 50 richest members of Congress.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:47 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 09/05/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: A high-stakes jobs battle on the horizon

A look at the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:41 PM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Debt supercommittee to hold first meeting next week

The bipartisan “supercommittee” tasked with identifying $1.5 trillion in deficit savings will hold its first meeting on the day of President Obama’s jobs speech.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:02 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 09/02/2011

House to send delegations to Sept. 11 memorial services

The House will send bipartisan delegations to memorial services in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, Pa., next Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:39 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Five things to watch when Congress comes back

2CHAMBERS | Here are five things to keep an eye on as both chambers return to Washington next week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:11 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Poll: Only 17 percent view federal government favorably

The public’s opinion of the federal government has hit a new low, according to a Gallup survey released Monday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/01/2011

One day until the debt deadline: The day ahead on the Hill

Monday is a make-or-break day in the negotiations on raising the country’s debt ceiling.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/29/2011

13 Democratic senators unveil ‘It Gets Better’ video for gay youths

Democratic senators release a video for the “It Gets Better” project highlighting Democrats’ efforts on gay rights issues.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Purported Gaddafi letter presses Congress for cease-fire

Some congressional leaders have received a letter purportedly authored by Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi calling for a cease-fire and for humanitarian aid.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:21 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Former top House ethics committee lawyer joins immigration law firm

The former top lawyer for the House Committee on Ethics and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration has joined the immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/05/2011

House Democrats, liberals and conservatives to offer counter-proposals to Paul Ryan budget plan

The House next week is likely to consider a number of alternate budget proposals for the 2012 fiscal year in addition to the plan that Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled Tuesday, including a House Democratic leadership proposal, a Congressional Progressive Caucus proposal and a plan put forth by the conservative Republican Study Committee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Budget battles, Libya, Japan and more Muslim hearings

Our preview of the week ahead on the Hill.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)