07/30/14 07:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing...
07/30/14 06:47 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and...
By Susan Ferrechio | 07/30/14 06:46 PM
The House Thursday passed a resolution authorizing an unprecedented congressional lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive authority to delay the employer mandate in the health insurance reform law.
07/30/14 06:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials. Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan, the Armed Services Committee chairman, and Bill...
07/30/14 06:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and rewrite...
By Sean Lengell | 07/30/14 05:05 PM
With Congress poised this week to pass a temporary measure to fund road, transit and rail programs, it likely will have a greater direct impact on Americans than most congressional initiatives this year.
07/30/14 04:31 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer. Senators voted 63-33 to advance the $3.5 billion emergency...
07/30/14 04:31 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. The bill would have prohibited companies from deducting expenses related to moving their operations to a foreign country. It also would have...
07/30/14 04:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., led the effort, with lawmakers from both parties saying they have heard...
By David M. Drucker | 07/30/14 02:51 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is threatening to attach comprehensive immigration reform to targeted legislation intended to address the border crisis.
By Susan Ferrechio | 07/30/14 02:33 PM
Democrats Wednesday took to the House floor to protest the GOP resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama as the party simultaneously worked to cash in on the matter.
By Lisa Ruhl | 07/30/14 02:25 PM
A bipartisan group of eight Senators on Wednesday introduced new legislation aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college and university campuses.Â
By Paul Bedard | 07/30/14 01:17 PM
Influential Rep. Paul Ryan said "There is just no confidence or faith" that President Obama will enforce new immigration laws.
07/30/14 11:33 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia. Action would ease a Senate backlog currently keeping more than 50 diplomatic nominees in limbo. The State Department and White House have bemoaned the delays....
By Susan Ferrechio | 07/30/14 08:54 AM
Though both Democrats and Republicans in Congress want to address the recent influx of unaccompanied minors at the southern border before the August recess starts, a deal looks farther away than ever.
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