Congress approves short-term spending bill to end government shutdown

Congress has approved a bipartisan agreement to re-open the federal government after a three-day partial shutdown. The House approved the bill, 266-150, hours after the Senate backed it, 81-18. President Donald Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure to fund government operations through Feb. 8. The votes set the

Trump visits Pittsburgh to endorse House candidate

President Trump visited suburban Pittsburgh on Thursday to support a GOP candidate in a special election for an open House seat. The president called the candidate, Rick Saccone, “a person people are hearing more and more about, a real friend and spectacular man.” But he spent most of his time

GOP says it’s lacking votes to avoid government shutdown

Conservatives say there’s enough Republican opposition to scuttle a plan by House GOP leaders to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. Around half of the roughly 30 members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus met privately late Tuesday. When they emerged, leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said there are

House reauthorizes controversial surveillance program

The House on Thursday reauthorized a surveillance program used by the country’s intelligence agencies to spy on foreigners but voted against limiting it. An amendment that would have put privacy restrictions on how authorities can use information gathered during the monitoring failed by a 233-183 vote. Moments later, the House

House reauthorizes controversial surveillance program

The House on Thursday reauthorized a surveillance program used by the country’s intelligence agencies to spy on foreigners but voted against limiting it. An amendment that would have put privacy restrictions on how authorities can use information gathered during the monitoring failed by a 233-183 vote. Moments later, the House reauthorized the

House reauthorizes controversial surveillance program

The House on Thursday reauthorized a surveillance program used by the country’s intelligence agencies to spy on foreigners but voted against limiting it. An amendment that would have put privacy restrictions on how authorities can use information gathered during the monitoring failed by a 233-183 vote. Moments later, the House

United apologizes to passenger booted for congresswoman

United Airlines has apologized to a female passenger and given her a $500 travel voucher after she accused the company of giving away her first-class seat to a Texas congresswoman, an airline spokesperson said Monday. Jean-Marie Simon, 63, of Washington, DC, claimed she was tossed aside to make way

House, Senate reach deal on tax overhaul

WASHINGTON — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year. Top GOP aides said lawmakers had

House, Senate reach deal on tax overhaul

WASHINGTON — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year. Top GOP aides said lawmakers had reached an

House passes GOP bill allowing concealed carry across state lines

WASHINGTON — Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. The House

Family feud brews in bid to fill Conyers’ seat

Rep. John Conyers’ resignation Tuesday has set off a family feud as to which relative will replace the longest-serving member of the House. Conyers, 88, announced he supports his oldest son, John Conyers III, 27. But the Detroit congressman’s grand-nephew, Ian Conyers, 29, also wants the job. “The difference between

House approves more overtime pay for Secret Service to protect Trump

The House of Representatives passed a bill to raise overtime limits for the Secret Service — as the agency is reportedly cash-strapped from protecting President Trump’s large family. The House voted overwhelmingly to pass the bipartisan Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017 — which temporarily raises the

Congressman accused of sexual harassment by ex-staffer

A woman has come forward to accuse Congressman Ruben Kihuen of harassing her and making sexual advances during his 2016 congressional campaign, a report said Friday. More On: nevada Police stop suspect after active shooter fears in Reno Did you lose your loincloth at Burning Man? Dad accused of murder 'would rather have

Conyers to assess future plans based on health

DETROIT — An attorney for Michigan Rep. John Conyers said on Friday that the congressman will discuss whether to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct in the coming days, but his health will be the paramount factor and not pressure from Washington politicians. see also Arnold Reed told a news

Congressional Black Caucus member wants Conyers to step down

Rep. Gregory Meeks said Wednesday that veteran Rep. John Conyers should step down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while the House Ethics Committee probes allegations of sexual misconduct against him. “I think that he needs to step down and a person should be put up

Anti-abortion congressman reportedly asked mistress to abort baby

PITTSBURGH — An anti-abortion congressman asked a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair to get an abortion when he thought she might be pregnant, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said it obtained text messages between Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Shannon Edwards. A

House cancels voting session due to Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma forced the US House of Representatives to cancel its scheduled voting session Monday, lawmakers said. There were expected to be a “large number of absences” as a result of the storm, largely from reps returning to DC, the House majority leader’s office said Sunday. The first votes of the week

Congress agrees on Russia sanctions, setting up showdown with Trump

Congressional negotiators from both parties agreed Saturday on a bill to punish Moscow for meddling in the US presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. The measure would handcuff President Trump’s ability to ease the sanctions on his own. Trump would have to explain to Congress why he

China upset about “negative’ Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill

BEIJING – China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defense bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan. China considers democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and has never renounced

Paul Ryan to ease dress code for women in parts of Capitol

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’ll modernize a congressional dress code that bars women from wearing sleeveless tops and open-toed shoes in certain parts of the U.S. Capitol. The decision by Ryan comes one week after a female journalist was forbidden from entering the Speaker’s lobby, a private hallway

Ex-staffers indicted for sharing nude footage of Congresswoman

Two former staff members of Congress were indicted Thursday for sharing nude photos and videos of a female lawmaker and her husband on Facebook. Juan R. McCullum, 35, and Dorene Browne-Louis, 45, allegedly circulated pictures of a House of Representatives member identified simply as “Delegate S.P.,” according to prosecutors. The pair had

Paul Ryan to ease dress code for women in parts of Capitol

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’ll modernize a congressional dress code that bars women from wearing sleeveless tops and open-toed shoes in certain parts of the U.S. Capitol. The decision by Ryan comes one week after a female journalist was forbidden from entering the Speaker’s lobby, a private hallway

The Census Bureau is a mess that needs to be cleaned up

I must have told you a hundred times about the mess at the Census Bureau. And how the agency is having trouble putting together the policies and procedures for its 2020 decennial census. This needs to be fixed. Census is an important agency — and if you don’t believe me, consider

House Dems back panel that could boot Trump from office

At least 25 House Democrats support a bill to create an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity — a panel that would judge a president’s mental fitness for office. A clause in the 25th Amendment, which lays out the rules for succession in case of presidential disability, lets Congress set up its

Pelosi under fire from Democrats: “It’s time for her to go’

WASHINGTON – Democrats are wondering if is time to ditch Nancy Pelosi as their leader after suffering a stinging defeat Tuesday night in the special election for a congressional seat in Georgia. The ultra-liberal House minority leader was featured in numerous GOP ads linking her to 30-year-old political novice Jon Ossoff,