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  • Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours. No injuries were reported. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. or 3 a.m., Capitol Police said. A...

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate committees took steps Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before the government says it will have to slow down payments. The House Ways and Means Committee approved on a voice vote a bill by its chairman, Rep....

  • Senators block election-year bill aiding hunters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and liberal Democrats on Thursday derailed a Senate bill to help hunters and potentially aid Democratic senators seeking re-election in GOP-leaning states. It's the latest bipartisan measure to fall victim to election-year maneuvering. The broadly popular...

  • Senate confirms housing chief to run budget office

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's housing chief as the new director of the White House budget office, completing a second-term Cabinet shuffle. In his new job, Shaun Donovan will be responsible for preparing Obama's annual budget request and reviewing...

  • Pelosi backs gay-rights bill despite concerns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. Some gay-rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption. The California Democrat...

  • Senate panel backs tighter rules on political cash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent to their colleagues a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending. Democrats who lead the Judiciary Committee moved forward with an effort to limit...

  • Reps: Don't count on Congress to end LIRR dispute

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Several members of the New York House delegation in Washington met Wednesday with the head of the Long Island Rail Road's parent organization, telling him — and pronouncing later to union leaders — that they should not count on Congress to resolve a long-running contract...

  • Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections. The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent...

  • GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such items. A House Appropriations subcommittee acted...

  • Senate OKs San Antonio mayor as housing secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a Democrat with a compelling biography who's considered a vice presidential contender in 2016. The 71-26 vote...

  • Senators press for more sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican senators exasperated with the Obama administration's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine threatened on Wednesday that Congress will act unilaterally on new sanctions. "What are we waiting for?" Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Senate...

  • Sen. Menendez wants federal probe of Cuba role

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday that he has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the Cuban government had a role in allegations against him that have made him a target of a federal probe. Among the charges are so far unsubstantiated allegations that Menendez,...

  • House GOP wants to spend $3.3M on Benghazi probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have called for spending up to $3.3 million this year on the special select committee tasked with investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The seven-member GOP majority would receive some $2.2 million for staff and other operations while the...

  • GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying on Capitol Hill, where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade. Rebuffed in Congress, the U.S. Chamber of...



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