Congress

This March 5, 2014 file photo shows former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service has lost more emails connected to the tea party investigation, congressional investigators said Tuesday. The IRS said last Friday it had lost an untold number of emails when Lois Lerner's computer crashed in 2011. Lerner used to head the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight federal employees connected to the tea party investigation experienced hard drive crashes, resulting in an unknown number of lost emails, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Friday in an […]

06/20/2014

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads and bridges

President Obama will push for more infrastructure funding today, as he visits a nearly 60-year-old bridge that is in dire need of replacement. While in New York,  President Obama will also headline a pair of high-dollar […]

05/14/2014

Members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House lawmakers vote to block their pay hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers voted for the sixth year in a row on Thursday to deny themselves the cost-of-living pay hike that they would otherwise automatically receive next January. The move would freeze congressional […]

05/01/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival for his three-day visit in Malaysia, at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang, Malaysia, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Obama pushes again for minimum wage increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is again encouraging Congress to pass a bill raising the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says increasing the pay for […]

04/26/2014

GM recall

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect in 2005 but canceled both of them without taking action, according to a memo released Sunday by the House subcommittee investigating GM’s […]

03/30/2014

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From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress

DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent   WASHINGTON (AP) — Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at […]

02/09/2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Boehner: ‘We’re not going to default’ on debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won’t miss a late-February deadline to increase the government’s borrowing cap. “Look, we do not want to default on our debt, and […]

02/06/2014

Amid smiles and tears, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., announces his intention to retire from Congress at the end of the year after eleven terms, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

11-term Rep. McKeon leaving, exodus continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joining an exodus from Congress by both Democrats and Republicans, veteran Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon tearfully announced Thursday that he’s retiring after 21 years, stepping down as House Armed Services Committee chairman. […]

01/16/2014

Job seekers checking out companies at a job fair. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

AP Exclusive: New jobless benefit plan advanced

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed optimism Thursday about chances for compromise on jobless legislation, and officials said talks were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would […]

01/09/2014

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (AP Photo)

Roberts renews call for court funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation’s federal courts to keep from undermining “the public’s confidence in all three branches of government,” Chief Justice John Roberts said […]

12/31/2013

House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. ”(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals […]

12/30/2013

President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Dec. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama says 2014 can be breakthrough year for America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and […]

12/20/2013

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