Post Politics: Congress


Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Congress returns with one goal: Do no (political) harm

Fewer than 200 days remain until Election Day, with a handful of things left to do.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Immigration, Senate

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Sen. John Boozman expected to make full recovery

Senator leaves hospital to monitor tornado recovery efforts while his surgeon says he’s doing “doing amazingly well” after emergency heart surgery.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Rep. Michael Grimm indicted, according to people familiar with case

Two-term New York lawmaker expected to face charges for campaign finance violations.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Republicans

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Boehner ‘mocked’ colleagues on immigration

The speaker takes a notably theatrical tone in conveying sentiments he’s expressed for months: That Congress needs to find a way to take up the issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 04/24/2014

John Boozman moved out of intensive care following heart surgery

The senator from Arkansas continues recovery from emergency heart surgery.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:09 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 04/24/2014

22 Senate Republicans express ‘grave concerns’ on deportation review

Letter comes as administration reconsiders what to do about deportations.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:37 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Immigration, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Sen. John Boozman suffered ‘acute aortic dissection’

The senator from Arkansas underwent emergency heart surgery on Tuesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/22/2014

John Boozman has emergency heart surgery

The junior senator from Arkansas has held the seat since 2011.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Senator comes dangerously close to moving train (Video)

Stay off the yellow line, senator.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Staffer accused of leaking video of kissing congressman resigns

A local pastor has said the staffer, Leah Gordon, was in possession of the video.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Keystone XL opponents ask for study of its effect on public health

Democratic senators call on the State Department to study whether the pipeline would affect the health of people living near it.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Environment, Senate Democrats

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Jindal: McAllister an ‘embarrassment,’ should resign

“Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign,” Jindal says.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Vance McAllister scandal a reminder that harassment policies vary on Capitol Hill

Unlike federal agencies and most of the private sector, there is no blanket policy requiring sexual harassment training for new House and Senate employees.

By Ed O'Keefe and Emily Heil  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Boehner says McAllister has ‘decisions that he has to make’; state GOP chair calls for resignation

House speaker comments as head of Louisiana GOP calls on congressman to step down.

By Wesley Lowery and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/10/2014

House approves Ryan plan to cut budget $5 trillion

The House approved Rep. Paul Ryan’s final budget proposal on a largely party-line vote.

By Paul Kane  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/10/2014

Angus King suggests he may caucus with GOP if it retakes Senate

Maine’s independent senator has always left open the door of switching allegiances in the interest of his state.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Cory Booker, Tim Scott team up for the first time

The two African American members of the U.S. Senate came to the chamber under similar circumstances but are on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Senate falls six votes short of passing Paycheck Fairness Act

Despite heavy messaging push, Democrats can’t persuade any Republicans to vote for the pay equity bill.

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, pay equality

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Former Democratic opponent: McAllister should resign after staffer-kissing scandal

Embattled Congressman under fire at home as he remains a no-show on the Hill.

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:21 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Vance McAllister skips votes for a second day

Louisiana lawmaker vows not to resign, but hasn’t shown up for votes as a colleague floats the idea of mandatory sexual harassment courses for lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Despite video scandal, McAllister says he does not intend to resign

Republican congressman has asked forgiveness for video showing him kissing staffer.

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:08 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Senate passes extension to unemployment insurance, bill heads to House

Bill now heads to the House, where it faces a tough pathway to passage

By Wesley Lowery  |  06:40 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Report: Video shows Republican congressman kissing staffer

The freshman congressman emphasized his Christian faith on the campaign trail.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:55 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 04/06/2014

Hayden suggests Feinstein too ‘emotional’ about CIA interrogation techniques

The Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman says last week’s 11-3 vote to declassify the report shows there is consensus.

By Aaron Blake and Ed O'Keefe  |  02:20 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/06/2014

Pelosi: I didn’t ‘necessarily’ want to be House minority leader

“I actually did not necessarily want to be leader again, but they wanted me to be, so here I am,” Democratic leader says.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014

GOP push for immigration reform thwarted

A committee chairman says he’ll keep two GOP-written immigration proposals out of a must-pass defense policy bill.

By Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Congressman: Members of Congress are underpaid

Members of Congress make $174,000 per year. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says that’s not enough.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014

House votes to repeal Obamacare work rule

Responding to concerns of business and workers, proposal repeals law’s definition of “full time” as 30 hours a week or more.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Harry Reid calls for expansion of gun background checks in response to Fort Hood shooting

But Senate leader admits he still lacks the support needed to expand the program.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns; 113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Top Democrats continue to hammer Paul Ryan’s budget proposal

Criticisms underscore renewed focus on midterm messaging

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, 2014, Ryan budget

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Stockman once again calls for repeal of weapons ban on military bases

Texas lawmaker first introduced his proposal after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Senate Democrats push for minimum wage vote as GOP senator floats bipartisan deal

Democrats continue to stress “fair shot” messaging, while a key GOP broker suggests she might have a way to raise the minimum wage.

By Ed O'Keefe and Wesley Lowery  |  03:53 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Two key senators say they will vote to declassify parts of CIA report

Susan Collins and Angus King had been considered the critical swing votes on the 15-member panel.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:34 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Ryan’s last budget proposal would slash $5 trillion over next decade

Spending plan would slash $5 trillion over the next decade, mostly by repealing Obamacare and revamping Medicaid. He also ignores a more ambitious tax code overhaul.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House Republicans

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Reid: Paul Ryan’s budget a blueprint for ‘Kochtopia’

Senate majority leader says Ryan budget linked to Koch agenda

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, midterms

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 03/31/2014

For 17th time in 11 years, Congress delays Medicare reimbursement cuts as Senate passes ‘doc fix’

Bills passage means 17th delay of reimbursement cuts in the last 11 years but no permanent fix to structural Medicare problem

By Wesley Lowery  |  07:11 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Dave Camp to retire after his current term

Head of the powerful tax-writing committee has served in Congress since 1991.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  04:58 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Boehner on Obamacare: ‘House Republicans will continue to work to repeal this law’

House to vote this week to repeal the law’s “30-hour rule.“

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Obamacare

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Rep. Mike Rogers to retire, launch national radio show

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is a former FBI agent, declined overtures to run for a U.S. Senate seat.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:04 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Senate launches debate on extending unemployment insurance

Senators agree to begin considering a bipartisan proposal, but its fate in the House remains uncertain.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:51 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Congress moves toward approval of Ukrainian aid deal

Package expected to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees and about $150 million in direct U.S. assistance.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/27/2014

In voice vote, House approves Medicare ‘doc fix’

After hours of uncertainty over whether the bill had sufficient support to pass, House Republican leaders moved quickly to approve the measure by voice vote.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Medicare

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Boehner on health-care extension: ‘What the hell is this, a joke?’

But he’s not laughing.

By Katie Zezima  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Senate Democrats to unveil 2014 legislative game plan

None of the bills involved is expected to ever pass Congress. Instead, they will provide campaign talking points.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Reid will reimburse campaign after inquiry about gifts purchased from granddaughter

Reid’s campaign spent more than $16,000 on gifts from a jewelry company owned by his granddaughter.

By Aaron Blake and Paul Kane  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/25/2014

House Dems ramp up pressure on GOP over immigration

House Democrats tout economic benefits of immigration reform to pressure Republicans.

By David Nakamura  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/25/2014

McConnell: Reid ‘injects hyperpartisanship’ into Ukraine debate

Senate leaders spar over Ukraine aid as the House and Senate continued debating competing bills Tuesday with no signs of resolution.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Harry Reid accuses GOP of helping Russia annex Crimea as Ukraine aid deal clears procedural hurdle

Comments come as proposed aid package for Ukraine clears a key procedural hurdle in the Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Report: Markwayne Mullin earned $600,000-plus in outside income against House rules

The earnings violate House rules, according to a congressional watchdog report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/24/2014

No special ethics investigation of Cathy McMorris Rodgers, committee says

Fourth-ranking House Republican improperly mixed campaign and official funds over the course of reelection, leadership races, report says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘I believe that it’s a winner’

House Democratic leader also scolds a reporter, reminding him to refer to the law by its proper name.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Reid asks CIA to let Senate investigators probe computers

Senate leader dismisses as “patently absurd” suggestions that staffers improperly accessed classified information.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Boehner has ‘serious concern’ with Senate unemployment insurance deal

House speaker cites concerns of state workforce officials who say the agreement might take too long to implement.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 03/17/2014

McCaul: Missing Malaysian airplane could be used as giant bomb

The Homeland Security Committee chairman is convinced the plane was hijacked.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:06 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/17/2014

House stenographer on outburst: ‘I did not have a breakdown’ (Video)

Dianne Reidy and her husband say the video was edited to include comments she actually made later.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Obama, lawmakers sing ‘Wild Rover’ at Friends of Ireland Luncheon

They sang along at one of the rare moments when top political leaders break bread together.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 03/13/2014

House Democrats try -- and fail -- again to pass resolution condemning Issa

House Democrats still demanding apology after Issa cut short oversight committee hearing

By Wesley Lowery  |  06:42 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Oversight

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 03/13/2014

McCain: ‘Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans’ if you oppose Senate Ukraine aid deal

Senator blasts fellow Republicans who oppose a Senate aid package for Ukraine.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:16 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans, Ukraine

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Senate passes flood insurance, child-care bills

Senate approves two bipartisan measures before leaving for a week-long recess

By Wesley Lowery and Ed O'Keefe  |  05:59 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Flood Insurance

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Pelosi: Trademark office should reject Redskins team name

House Minority Leader says it’s time for NFL franchise to ditch controversial name

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:50 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, redskins

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Lawmakers join quilt effort for Boston Marathon victims

Republican and Democratic leadership organize signings for their caucus members.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:31 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Boston Marathon

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Senate confirms Caroline Krass as CIA general counsel

Confirmation had been held up in part by lawmakers angered by the ongoing dispute between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

By Greg Miller  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, CIA

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Harry Reid accuses Republicans of using Ukraine aid as bargaining chip

American campaign politics are now holding up U.S. foreign policy as Democrats and Republicans feud over new IRS rules on political groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress

Congressional leaders invite the pontiff to address lawmakers during a visit to the U.S. expected in 2015.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Dingell to undergo minor surgery to address irregular heartbeat

The longest-serving congressman is expected to be released from the hospital Friday.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:44 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014

House passes bill making it easier for Congress to sue the president

Democrats fear the bill, if passed, would force the deportation of children of illegal immigrants.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Chambliss: Senate Intelligence panel reviewing CIA accusations

Ranking Republican on the panel says he isn’t fully aware of the situation or accusations and asks colleagues to refrain from discussing them publicly.

By Doug Wong  |  06:37 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CIA, Congress

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Seven senators to visit Ukraine this weekend

Group to meet with Ukrainian political leaders, show support for country.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Rogers on CIA accusations: ‘The important thing here is to make sure we get the facts’

Head of House Intelligence Committee says he sought to stay out of a dispute between senators and the CIA.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Senators rally around Feinstein, demand answers from CIA

If true, “this is Richard Nixon stuff,” one senator says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:32 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, CIA, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Senators conclude all-night climate change talkathon

Democrats spend about 15 hours talking about the issue, but not actually debating any legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Senate Democrats plan all-nighter tonight for climate change

It’s been in the works for months and will include some of the chamber’s most liberal members.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:35 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Mitch McConnell, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Issa apologizes to Cummings

The committee chairman’s apology comes after Democrats attempted to censure him.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:31 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Senate rejects further revamp of how Pentagon handles sex assault

Emotionally-charged issue is a familiar one to senators who’ve been aggressively lobbied by two female colleagues.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, military, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Dalai Lama visits Capitol Hill and prays in the Senate: ‘May there be joy in the world’

The Tibetan spiritual leader is a frequent guest of lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe and Wesley Lowery  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Obama: Defeat of Adegbile nomination is a ‘travesty’

“As a lawyer, Mr. Adgebile has played by the rules,” Obama said. “And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.“

By Aaron Blake  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/05/2014

McCain, Rubio agree with Clinton’s Putin-Hitler comparisons

But one of them believes Clinton still deserves blame for the deterioration of the U.S.-Russian relationship.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Dalai Lama to give Senate opening prayer Thursday

He will step in for the Senate chaplain, who often invites visiting religious leaders to give the opening prayer.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Congressional support builds for $1 billion Ukraine aid package

Lawmakers expected to approve a loan package and possible sanctions in the coming days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Ukraine aid package, sanctions possible, lawmakers say

Package could be approved as early as next week, according to aides.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:29 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Senate postpones votes until Wednesday due to snow

A series of confirmation votes are scheduled to occur this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Boehner on seeking reelection as speaker: ‘It won’t even be close’

“I think I’m in better shape with my own caucus than I have ever been in the last three years,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

More information released on lawmakers who donated after shutdown

Revelations come after The Post reported on members of the House and Senate who gave money after the 16-day impasse.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Congress is taking a snow day Monday

The House and Senate won’t meet Monday, aides to top leaders say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Warren: Minimum wage hike needed to ‘stop income inequality in America’

The Massachusetts senator also suggests the minimum wage could be triple what it currently is.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014

More members respond to inquiries about shutdown pay

More lawmakers respond and reach out after The Post first published data Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Government Shutdown, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Ed Pastor retiring from Congress

Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee represents a safely Democratic district.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Bob Corker: Obama’s GOP outreach ‘was optics,’ Senate in ‘death spiral’

Senator who’s long sought to cut deals with Democrats now says he won’t waste his time talking to the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, President Obama, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Democrats begin push to force vote on minimum wage

They hope that collecting signatures for a rarely used procedural tactic will put pressure on Republicans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress; House Democrats

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/26/2014

‘Ha, ha, ha,’ says Boehner to retirement rumor

Speaker says purchase of Florida condo in no way indicates plans for him to retire.

By Robert Costa  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography, immigration charges

The former congressman was convicted of sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography in the mid-1990s.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/16/2014

McCain: Cruz had ‘no plan’ on debt ceiling

“There was no plan once we had taken the United States on the brink of this financial crisis that we were approaching,” McCain says.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/16/2014

Kevin Spacey on House of Cards: ‘Our storylines are not that crazy’

“Some people feel that 99 percent of the show is accurate, and the 1 percent is that you could never get an education bill passed,” actor jokes.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama knocks GOP for fighting unionization of Tenn. VW employees

President wades into a fight with Tennessee Republicans concerned about the state’s business-friendly image.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, Obama

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama says little about House Democrats winning races this year

The little he did say contrasted sharply with what he told them a year ago in the same setting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Biden: ‘There isn’t a Republican Party’

Vice president starts laying out Democratic arguments for the upcoming midterm elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Joe Biden

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Cruz, Lee introduce ‘State Marriage Defense Act’

The bill would bring back many provisions invalidated by the overturn of DOMA last year.

By Jaime Fuller  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Obama commits to six more fundraisers for House Democrats

President’s draw may help Democrats maintain a cash edge over GOP campaign committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Biden cancels, dozens of House Democrats skipping annual meetings

The absentee rate is notable because President Obama is planning to visit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Democrats cheer new Obamacare enrollment figures

Leaders say new numbers show that the American public is catching on.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Obamacare

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Senate votes to restore military COLA benefits

Senate adopted the House’s solution of extending automatic cuts to Medicare to accompany the pension increase.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, military

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Congress approves increase in debt limit after dramatic vote

House-approved bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, debt limit, Eric Cantor, John Boehner

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014

What are House Democrats discussing at their retreat this week? Here’s the agenda

Topics include immigration reform, job creation, and how to win the votes of unmarried women.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, Immigration

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014

On debt limit, Reid credits Boehner for ‘doing the right thing’

Reid praises Republican House leadership for bringing forward “clean” debt bill.

By Wesley Lowery  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Democratic congressman: Republicans ‘want people to starve’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the 1 percent cut in food stamps is aimed at hurting people and nothing else.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Insurers now outspending Kochs’ group on Obamacare ads

Companies such as Cigna and Kaiser Permanente poured about $40 million into television ads.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress, Obamacare

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Tea party group: Replace Boehner as speaker

In an e-mail to supporters, the Senate Conservatives Fund cites Tuesday’s decision by House GOP leaders to allow a vote on a so-called “clean” debt ceiling increase.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 02/11/2014

House GOP leaders will bring up ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill

GOP leaders told members Tuesday that their latest attempt at seeking a concession will not attract enough support.

By Robert Costa, Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe  |  10:14 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Lawmakers say Redskins should change name without congressional strong arm

While several local members of Congress say they support a name change, it does not appear that there is currently enough political support for action.

By Wesley Lowery  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Maryland Delegation, NFL, Washington Redskins

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Ted Cruz: GOP needs to ‘think bigger than Keystone’

In speech Monday, senator plans to begin shifting focus to topics other than the health-care law by focusing on energy policy.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2016, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Schumer to GOP: Set immigration law to kick in after Obama leaves office

The Democratic senator has a solution for Republicans who don’t trust the president.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, Sunday Shows

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Lew sets debt-ceiling deadline: Feb. 27

That’s the date when the government might lose its borrowing authority, Lew told the House speaker in a letter.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Pelosi: Sochi ‘a very bad choice’ for Olympics

Pelosi sharply criticized the Olympic Committee in an interview with NowThis News.

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Max Baucus confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China

The senator’s departure will set off a round of musical chairs among Democratic committee chairmen.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Obama not ‘offended’ if vulnerable Dems stay away

“The president said that he is thoroughly committed to helping Democrats in tough races,” a senator said.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz: Obama, Reid ‘dancing’ over GOP’s immigration push

Senator says that new focus on immigration could upset GOP chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Farm bill passes after three years of talks

The $956.4 billion measure dramatically overhauls the nation’s farm and nutrition policies and will mean notable cuts to food stamp funding.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Farm Bill, House, Senate

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Obama, Biden to address House Democrats next week

Their appearances will occur during the House Democratic policy retreat next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Lew sets debt ceiling deadline for end of February

Lew says the government can’t extend the deadline as long as it usually can, with limited “extraordinary measures” at its disposal.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Democrats line up for Waxman’s prime committee post

Reps. Pallone and Eshoo both want to be the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Democrats go after McMorris Rodgers

They target a claim made in McMorris Rodgers’s speech, which was widely praised.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014

House Republicans might propose canceling ‘Obamacare bailouts’ to raise debt limit

No final decision has been made, but there is growing support for the plan among conservatives.

By Robert Costa and Ed O'Keefe  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014

McCain: House GOP immigration ‘principles’ wouldn’t have happened ‘if Boehner hadn’t gotten control’

Senator suggests House Republicans’ discussion of immigration couldn’t have happened just a few months ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014

House GOP has alternative for Obama’s executive orders: Pass our bills instead

The four areas identified are: job training, natural gas, workplace rules and research.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Grimm: ‘When you’re wrong, you’re wrong’

“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you have to admit it and it shouldn’t have happened.”

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Trey Radel ethics investigation ends

The committee no longer has jurisdiction over the now-former lawmaker.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Farm bill passes House, heads to Senate for final approval

The measure now moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to easily pass later this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) threatens reporter: ‘I’ll break you in half’

A media outlet says Grimm told the reporter “I will break you in half” and threatened to throw him over a balcony.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:53 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Drama of the State of the Union, with a reality-TV side show

For the first time in the history of State of the Union addresses, a reality television star nearly upstaged the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, State of the Union

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Campaign cash used to pay for some State of the Union guests

In some cases, lawmakers are using money raised for political purposes to pay for their invited guest to travel to Washington. And it’s legal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Barack Obama State of the Union 2014, campaign finance, Congress, Democrats, GOP, House, House Republicans, Obama, Obama SOTU 2014, Obama speech, Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, SOTU 2014, State of the Union 2014, state of the union address, White House

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Reid: State of the Union ‘isn’t going to be very long’

Senate leader admits he’s dozed off during previous presidential addresses to Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Half of Americans say budget deal accomplished nothing

They think the deal made “no real progress” on long-term fiscal problems.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:04 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Sarah Palin: John McCain is my friend

The former vice presidential candidate knocks Arizona Republicans for labeling McCain not conservative enough.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:38 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2008, Congress

Posted at 09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Negotiators unveil new farm bill; vote expected this week

Bipartisan, budget-busting agreement will slash billions in spending and prop up 16 million farming jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Boehner invites several activists to attend State of the Union

He’s bringing Catholic school children and activists for children with cancer and military families.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014

Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days

Release of a final bill will cap years of difficult talks between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Rand Paul: Women are winning the ‘war on women’

Paul cites enrollment in law school and medical school, where women are a majority.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, former Lamar Alexander aide, dead in suicide

Jesse Ryan Loskarn was charged last month with possessing and distributing child pornography.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Boehner appearing on Leno: GOP is to blame for shutdown

Speaker tells Leno he’s not willing to give up simple pleasures to be president of the United States.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Schumer: Time for ‘robust defense of government’

The N.Y. senator lays out a five-point set of issues that Democrats need to focus on in the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections.

By Paul Kane  |  05:05 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/23/2014

NAACP leader unapologetic after calling black GOP senator a puppet

“What people should have righteous indignation over is the pain and the misery that is being caused by extremist politics,” the Rev. William Barber said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/23/2014

69 percent support extending unemployment insurance

More than two-thirds of Americans want the benefits to last at least one year -- longer than the current 26 weeks.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/22/2014

GOP congressman’s book: ‘The wife is to voluntarily submit’ to her husband

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) emphasizes, though, that submission is not about women being inferior.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Nearly 2/3 of Americans unhappy with U.S. system of government

It doesn’t necessarily mean, for example, that democracy is falling out of style. But it does suggest that things continue to get worse in Washington.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/21/2014

NAACP leader likens black GOP senator to ventriloquist’s dummy

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” the Rev. William Barber said of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

By Aaron Blake  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/17/2014

How many congressional staffers have enrolled for health-care? That’s confidential.

Officials say that D.C.’s health-care exchange is working well. But how many congressional staffers enrolled? They can’t say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  healthcare; 113th Congress

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill

The bill’s passage guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1.

By Lori Montgomery  |  06:23 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, Senate

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Bipartisan group releases plan to fix Voting Rights Act

Four states would have to run voting law changes by the federal government under a new bipartisan bill.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Political odd couples push sentencing reform

Partisans in Congress have found one area where they can agree: Reforming America’s sprawling and costly prison system.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/16/2014

McCain responds angrily to report on drones

Citing Post story, senator excoriates appropriators for making significant policy decision in secret.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014

House approves spending measure, sending it to the Senate

Agreement now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve the deal by Saturday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Jim Moran will retire at the end of the year

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

By Ben Pershing  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Senate deadlocks on extending jobless benefits

It could take up the legislation again later this month.

By Paul Kane  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/14/2014

House passes short-term funding extension

The House passed a short-term extension of current government funding levels to give lawmakers a few more days to work through the omnibus spending package.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:03 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Senate confirms Obama’s final pick to serve on key federal court

The nomination is one that helped spark the Senate rules and a fresh round of partisan acrimony.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:25 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, confirmation fights, Senate

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Cruz hires aide who was fired by Republican Study Committee

Tea party groups were upset by Paul Teller’s ouster. Now he’s got a new job.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014

House approves HealthCare.gov security bill

Measure would require swift notification of people potentially affected by a security breach on the site.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Omnibus spending bill to be finalized this weekend, top appropriator says

Senior appropriator says an agreement should be finalized this weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Boxer, Whitehouse announce new push on climate

The pair said they had formed a new “Climate Action Task Force” with other Democratic senators.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Fundraising roundup: Top GOP House recruit DeMaio raises $370K

The Republican put up another healthy total.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 01/08/2014

House Dems Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) to retire

McIntyre’s decision is a boon to Republicans, who have a close eye on picking up his seat.

By Sean Sullivan and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:05 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Boehner comments on Gates’s book

House Speaker John A. Boehner demurred when asked to comment on former defense secretary Robert Gates’s new book.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:32 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 01/07/2014

House GOP leaders coach rank-and-file on discussing unemployment

By Robert Costa  |  04:41 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Embattled Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) gets first primary challenger

The congressman, who has vowed to remain in office, will face former state representative Paige Kreegel.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Unemployment insurance extension clears key hurdle in Senate

Despite some drama, the bill wound up clearing a key procedural hurdle by a vote of 60 to 37, with six Republicans voting in support.

By Paul Kane and Aaron Blake  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Unemployment

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Unemployment insurance extension struggles to find GOP support

Bipartisan proposal would cost $6.5 billion and most Republicans want a plan to pay for the extension.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:24 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Liz Cheney to end Wyoming Senate bid, citing family health issues

The daughter of the former vice president ends her bid for a U.S. Senate seat.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Harry Reid: Dean Heller ‘not some maverick’ who is ‘spewing socialism’

The Democratic leader seeks to paint Heller in a flattering light to his fellow Republicans.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Peter King: Open to unemployment deal, but Dems must compromise

Democrats and Republicans tussle over unemployment benefits.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Trey Radel coming back to Congress next week

Freshman lawmaker plans return to Congress next week after guilty plea, drug rehab.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Ex-senator Pressler announces independent bid in South Dakota

The South Dakota Senate race officially gets a twist.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:59 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Americans for Prosperity hits Democrats with Obamacare ads

The conservative groups targets two House Democrats.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:12 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 12/20/2013

DCCC outraises NRCC in November

The House Democratic campaign arm won the money chase last month.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:33 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Senate ends session with more battle over 2013 nominations

By Paul Kane  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 12/20/2013

DSCC outraises NRSC in November

The Senate Democratic campaign arm topped the $5 million mark.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:38 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Senate reaches deal on nominees, but delays vote on Janet Yellen

With recess fast-approaching, senators will confirm three more nominees, then go home.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:59 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Radel doesn’t plan to resign

Radel has been in rehab for the last four weeks after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

By Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake  |  04:11 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Reid: Unemployment insurance first on Senate’s 2014 to-do list

The Senate majority leader said that a bipartisan plan to extend the benefits for three months will get a vote on Jan. 6 or 7.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Harry Reid wants to stay majority leader for years to come

Reid turned 74 this month and says he wants to keep his job for as many as eight more years.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:43 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/18/2013

McCain says he worries about effects of retirement

McCain also says he doesn’t want to grow too old in the Senate.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Congress, John McCain

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Republican Bradley Byrne wins Alabama special election

The Republican’s win is a victory for the business wing of the GOP.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:16 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will retire

The conservative Democrat will step aside.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Budget clears procedural hurdle in the Senate

Senate is expected to give final passage to the budget bill in the coming days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Glenn Close visiting Capitol Hill to advocate for mental health bill

The actress is joining a Hollywood campaign to pass new mental health legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Guns, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 12/16/2013

House Ethics Committee to investigate Trey Radel

The launch of a formal probe may result in a formal reprimand by the full House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:04 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Reid lays out ambitious schedule, threatens holiday session

Reid wants the Senate to deal with about a dozen nominations.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Members of Congress viewed worse than car salespeople

Just 8 percent of Americans say members of Congress are highly ethical, according to a new poll.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polls

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘got his Irish up’ with tea party

Ryan says Boehner decided to fight back against tea party groups because he was just so frustrated with them.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Budget agreement poised to advance in the Senate

Several Republican senators signaled they’re likely to help the measure clear procedural hurdles, even if they ultimately vote against it.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, Senate Republicans

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Boehner invites Obama to deliver State of the Union on Jan. 28

“...we welcome an opportunity to hear your ideas, particularly for putting Americans back to work.”

By Scott Wilson  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, SOTU

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Senate to begin debating budget Tuesday, cancels Saturday session

Word of a possible agreement came as senators showed up before sunrise early Friday to hold another in a series of confirmation votes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) sworn in

Clark won a special election Tuesday for Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) old House seat and has now been sworn in.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:33 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, Congress

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013

At deaf caucus meeting, jokes about Mandela interpreter

Joking aside, the group is forming to address concerns of the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Senate pulls an all-nighter to confirm Georgetown law professor to federal bench

The move comes as the chamber continues adjusting to new rules on confirmation votes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:13 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate; Senate Republicans; Senate Democrats; 113th Congress

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff arrested on child pornography charges

“I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned,” Alexander said about allegations against Ryan Loskarn.

By Ed O'Keefe and Matt Zapotosky  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013

House conservative caucus staffer fired for undermining lawmakers

Paul Teller was ousted came after reports that Teller had been working with outside conservative groups against the two-year budget deal.

By Paul Kane  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Boehner blasts conservative groups critical of Ryan-Murray plan

The House speaker pushes back against criticism from the right.

By Lori Montgomery, Ed O’Keefe and William Branigin  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Landrieu trumpets proposed Obamacare fix in first ad

The Democrat’s first ad is on Obamacare.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:11 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Farm Bill won’t be approved until January

Whether or not Congress needs to pass a formal extension of current policy remains an open question.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Katherine Clark wins Massachusetts special election

The state senator was a heavy favorite after winning a crowded Democratic primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:21 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, Congress