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2chambers: June, 2012

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Student loan deal passed by Congress

Lawmakers agree to a one-year extension of lower rates.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Congress passes two-year transportation bill

The agreement averts a crisis for the nation’s highway construction projects.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  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 04:48 PM ET, 06/28/2012

House votes to hold Holder in contempt

Eric Holder is the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:48 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Harry Reid responds to Affordable Care Act ruling (video)

The Senate majority leader speaks out moments after the ruling.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:24 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Nancy Pelosi on Affordable Care Act ruling: ‘Now, Teddy can rest’

The House Democratic leader’s reactions to the health-care ruling.

By Ed O’Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:05 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  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 05:00 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Fast and Furious: ‘A couple dozen’ Democrats may vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt

Votes by some House Democrats to hold the attorney general in contempt could undercut the Obama administration’s argument that the vote is a GOP election-year ploy.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 06/27/2012

John Boehner: If Supreme Court doesn’t strike down health-care law, ‘House will move to repeal what’s left of it’

Says House will act if the Supreme Court doesn’t.

By Ed O'Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:09 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  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 08:00 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Fast and Furious talks between White House, House GOP fail to yield agreement

White House, House GOP fail to cut a deal.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  08:00 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Student loan rate deal reached, Senate leaders say

The agreement would mean rates would not double July 1.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:10 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Senate should hold firm on VAWA provisions, Murray says

No bill would be better than acceding to the House’s desire to drop provisions dealing with Native Americans, immigrants and gays, says Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  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 10:10 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave

Office says he’s been out since June 10.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:10 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Capitol Assets: Google+ Hangout about lawmakers’ finances

Post reporter, editor discuss financial trades by U.S. lawmakers.

By T.J. Ortenzi  |  05:16 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Eric Holder ‘Fast and Furious’ contempt vote to be held Thursday

The House decision on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in contempt will come on same day as Supreme Court health-care ruling.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:00 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Capitol Assets: Should Congress change the way it handles trading?

USER POLL | Vote and make your argument for what should be done about how Congress handles disclosures of stock and bond trades.

By Dan Keating  |  08:30 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  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 12:44 PM ET, 06/24/2012

Darrell Issa: No evidence White House involved in ‘Fast and Furious’

2CHAMBERS | Lawmaker says nothing so far suggests West Wing knew about the policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:44 PM ET, 06/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Student loan deal appears near in Senate

Senators are closing in on a framework agreement funding the rate freeze with items proposed by both parties.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:50 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  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 03:13 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Boehner: No ‘spiking the ball’ if court rules against health care

Republicans should not celebrate if Supreme Court goes their way, House speaker says.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:13 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Ron Barber to hold first ‘Congress On Your Corner’ event in Tucson

He’ll meet with constituents at a Safeway, similar to what Giffords was doing before she was shot.

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

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 06/21/2012

As Senate approves farm bill, lawmakers agree to ask for more details on impact of automatic budget cuts

Senate requests Obama administration to explain how so-called sequester will be implemented, as experts warn of dire affects.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:17 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Marco Rubio: Eric Holder should resign

Florida senator joins with other GOP colleagues in calling for the attorney general to go.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  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 08:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Marco Rubio demurs again on VP speculation

Florida senator demurs again on talk about the vetting process.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:00 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 07:20 PM ET, 06/19/2012

No resolution in ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal; Eric Holder contempt vote still scheduled for Wednesday

House panel still plans to vote Wednesday to hold AG in contempt.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  07:20 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Ron Barber sworn in to succeed Gabrielle Giffords

He succeeds Gabrielle Giffords in the House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:17 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/19/2012

McConnell declines to take position on Obama’s immigration decision, until Romney does

The Senate minority leader said he would wait — until presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had taken a position first.

By David A. Fahrenthold and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Harry Reid to reporter: ‘That’s a clown question, bro.’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) borrowed the phrase of his fellow Nevadan-turned-Washington figure.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 06/19/2012

John Boehner: Obama’s immigration move ‘put everyone in a difficult position’

Says Obama’s decision will make it difficult to reach a bipartisan deal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:10 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Mitch McConnell: Tax code favors lower-income Americans

Senate GOP leader also reiterates vow to repeal health-care law.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Supreme Court should televise health-care ruling senators say

Senate Judiciary Committee renews a longtime push to televise hearings.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:50 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  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 10:00 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Senate reaches deal on farm bill

Includes 73 amendments to the five-year measure.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:00 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Fox issues clarification to report on drones

In an earlier report it had said that the EPA was using unmanned drone aircraft to spy on Midwest farmers.

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  05:22 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  2chambers

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Harry Reid: Immigration reform should be ‘tough, fair and practical’

Says it should be ‘tough, fair and practical.’

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:15 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Mitt Romney and John Boehner campaign in Ohio (video)

The pair make their first campaign appearance together.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:55 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  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 02:30 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Cynthia Dill and Charlie Summers: Who are they? (And what do they think of Angus King?)

They’re facing Angus King in the Maine Senate race.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:30 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Boehner, Romney to rally together in Ohio

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will hold their first joint rally this weekend.

By Washington Post editors  |  05:31 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  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 01:55 PM ET, 06/11/2012

House committee schedules contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder

Vote scheduled for next week.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Angus King: ‘An unencumbered U.S. senator is a profound threat to the whole system’

The Maine independent wants to fix the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:48 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Negotiations to avoid taxmageddon have begun, top Senate Democrat says

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus says Congress should avoid divisive votes that will make a deal harder.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:09 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  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 08:30 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Mitt Romney does another favor for Orrin Hatch

The GOP presidential candidate does another favor for the Beehive State senator.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:30 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  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 05:50 PM ET, 06/07/2012

House votes to repeal ‘medical device tax,’ but Senate unlikely to agree

It’s the first of several GOP bills meant to strip the health-care overhaul law. But the Senate is unlikely to agree to the repeal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:50 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  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 09:20 PM ET, 06/06/2012

‘This isn’t your father’s farm bill’

Lawmakers vow to pass a slim-downed version.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:20 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 06/06/2012

John Boehner: Wisconsin has taken ‘bold action’ (video)

The House speaker also notes h Bill Clinton’s comments on tax cuts.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Heckler interrupts Senate proceedings (video)

Man appeared to be shouting anti-abortion sentiments.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:45 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 06/05/2012

John McCain wants special counsel to investigate national security leaks

The senator suggests leaks of natural security secrets appear politically timed to benefit Obama.

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

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Paycheck Fairness Act fails in the Senate, as expected

GOP lawmakers voted en masse against the measure, as expected.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Mitt Romney names Catherine McMorris Rodgers to lead House liaison team

Cathy McMorris Rodgers will serve as his top liaison to House lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:37 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  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 03:30 PM ET, 06/01/2012

President Obama appears with Rep. Steve Rothman ahead of close New Jersey congressional primary

The president backs the lawmaker who backed his 2008 presidential campaign — instead of the lawmaker who backed Hillary Clinton

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:30 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/01/2012

Jeb Bush is not yet a candidate, but gets treated like one on Capitol Hill

Democrats use the former Florida governor’s appearance at a Congressional committee to pin him down on touchy issues — just in case

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  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 03:48 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Republicans outline new ideas for keeping student loan rates low

GOP opens new negotiations on the politically charged issue that had appeared to be at a stalemate.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:48 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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