United States Congress

Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an issue lawmakers may not want to have to explain at town hall meetings back home: An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a […]

08/16/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, where she told  reporters that Congress has too much critical, unfinished work to be leaving for a five-week recess.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Health care fix spares insurance hike for Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a forthcoming fix from the Obama administration, American taxpayers will continue paying for most of the health benefit costs for members of Congress and their aides who are being marshaled into […]

08/02/2013

With a chart listing thwarted acts of terrorism, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., left, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Government braces for coming changes to NSA powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s national security team argued Wednesday to keep its sweeping domestic surveillance powers intact, even as it acknowledged some limitations appear inevitable. Facing unexpectedly harsh opposition from both parties over […]

07/31/2013

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration proposed new steps Friday to ensure that fresh produce, cheeses and other foods imported into the United States are safe. The proposed rules, required by a sweeping […]

07/26/2013

Hillary Clinton (AP Photo)

Clinton says future of voting law in jeopardy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says the future of the Voting Rights Act is in “real jeopardy” following the Supreme Court’s decision striking down parts of the law. She says Congress should […]

07/16/2013

Chuck Hagel

Hagel warns Congress to stop defense budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned lawmakers Wednesday of severe and unacceptable effects on the U.S. military if Congress doesn’t end the automatic spending cuts projected to slice $52 billion from the defense […]

07/10/2013

Former US President George W. Bush speaking at dedication of George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas. (AP Photo)

Bush: ‘Benevolent spirit’ must drive reform plans

  DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says national immigration reform must be guided by a “benevolent spirit” and an understanding of the contribution of immigrants to the country. Bush spoke briefly Wednesday […]

07/10/2013

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Farmers warn of high milk prices without farm bill

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress’ failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the […]

06/28/2013

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Watchdog: IRS fought oversight in tea party cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service long has resisted efforts by an internal watchdog to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, creating a culture that enabled agents to improperly target such organizations for additional scrutiny, […]

06/26/2013

US President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Obama ‘disappointed’ in Voting Rights Act ruling

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s deeply disappointed with a Supreme Court decision halting the use of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.   Obama says in a statement Tuesday […]

06/25/2013

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