Congress

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

Nov. 21, 2013: In this photo reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier closes the gate at the now abandoned Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Defense bill gives Obama rare Guantanamo victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many detainees at Guantanamo Bay may be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the […]

12/18/2013

This photo taken May 10, 2013 shows Cody Wilson holding what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American Statesman, Jay Janner)

Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — […]

12/09/2013

Job applicants arrive for an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. ( AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

White House pushes for jobless aid extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn’t renewed by the […]

12/05/2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Congress governs self under ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you’re confused by “Obamacare.” It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in […]

11/01/2013

In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington after a two-hour meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and Senate leaders. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Outlaw shutdowns? That might make Congress worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite […]

10/28/2013

House passes $8.2 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats united Wednesday to overwhelmingly pass an $8.2 billion House bill mapping out plans for dams, harbor, river […]

10/23/2013

The U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Short-term debt deal won’t mask big barriers ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand […]

10/16/2013

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