Congress

Senate Democrats block Obama’s trade bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls the outcome of the vote “pretty shocking,” saying the president’s top economic priority had been rejected by senators of his own party. | 05/12/15 18:06:48 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Obama trade bill faces first test in Senate Tuesday

The Senate will vote on whether to debate Obama’s request for special authority that would make it easier for him to pass a Pacific Rim trade deal on Tuesday. | 05/12/15 13:06:16 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Few from Jim Wright’s political generation remain to attend to his funeral

Instead of a planeload of members of Congress going to a service from Washington, as is often the case when a former member dies, only a handful of appear likely to be going to Fort Worth for the ceremony. | 05/09/15 10:10:48 By - By Maria Recio

Missouri senators want to rename Washington’s Union Station after Truman

Missouri’s two senators marked the 131st birthday of Harry S. Truman on Friday with a bill that would rename Washington’s Union Station after the former president. | 05/08/15 13:08:56 By - By Lindsay Wise

McCaskill seeks to overhaul programs that provide military gear to police

Police departments would no longer be able to obtain the heavy armored vehicles used by troops in Afghanistan and Iraq from roadside bombs if a bill by Sen. Claire McCaskill becomes law. | 05/07/15 17:05:42 By - By Lindsay Wise

With Rubio’s backing, Senate votes to approve Iran nuclear review bill

Capping a long and divisive debate, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would give Congress the authority to review a proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. | 05/07/15 16:17:31 By - By Rob Hotakainen

In N.C., Obama finds unlikely support on trade authority

In the current political climate, it’s tough to imagine a time when President Barack Obama would have more support from conservative Republicans like Rep. Patrick McHenry, Robert Pittenger and Richard Hudson than from his own Democratic stalwarts such as Reps. Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price. But that’s the case in North Carolina when it comes to trade. | 05/07/15 18:06:16 By - By Franco Ordoñez

GOP pushing aside conservative amendments to Iran nuclear deal bill

The Republican-controlled Senate is pushing aside amendments offered by two of its most conservative members in order to clear the way for likely approval of a bill that would give Congress the power to review a nuclear agreement with Iran. | 05/06/15 17:42:31 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Ex-House Speaker Jim Wright dies, a longtime Texas lawmaker

Jim Wright, a former longtime congressman from Fort Worth, Texas, who rose to be third in line to the president only to resign soon after under an ethics cloud, died Wednesday in Texas at 92. | 05/06/15 17:40:12 By - By Maria Recio

McConnell moves to end debate on Iran nuclear bill

Seeking to end a Republican feud, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky moved Tuesday evening to wrap up debate on a bill that would give Congress the power to review a nuclear agreement with Iran. | 05/05/15 18:43:32 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Rubio says lifting sanctions on Iran would threaten Israel

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday defended his plan to force Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of a broader bill aimed at giving Congress a greater say in nuclear talks. | 05/01/15 18:10:54 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Cruz’s ideology trumps Texas’ interests, businesses complain

When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in his first year in the Senate, he took to the floor to oppose a bill on a program to manage federal helium that was about to expire and that all sides had agreed on. | 05/01/15 17:08:01 By - By Maria Recio

House passes water bill, but drought solutions still under debate

The House on Friday passed a big energy and water spending bill that showcases the continuing federal discord over how to handle California’s drought. | 05/01/15 16:16:58 By - By Michael Doyle

Sen. Burr would shift funds to aid poor schools

North Carolina would get an additional $23.5 million a year for schools as a result of a change in federal education funding that Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., added to the new version of the K-12 education law that’s now before Congress. | 05/01/15 18:30:23 By - By Renee Schoof

Boehner says Obama must `step up his game’ to win on trade

With his trade plans in trouble on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama must "step up his game" if he expects to prevail in Congress, Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said Thursday. | 04/30/15 16:31:40 By - By Rob Hotakainen

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