John Boehner re-elected as speaker, but more GOP infighting is likely

The first Republican-controlled Congress in eight years got off to a rocky start Tuesday after a brazen revolt by GOP conservatives failed to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner but cast a familiar shadow over his ability to lead the emboldened majority. | 01/08/15 03:11:19 By - By LISA MASCARO AND MICHAEL A. MEMOLI

Rubio won’t discuss presidential plans, timetable

Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t ready to divulge any 2016 plans. | 01/07/15 18:29:50 By - By David Lightman

Farm states: Let us sell to Cuba

Farm state lawmakers and agricultural groups are ramping up efforts to lift the trade embargo against Cuba in the wake of President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize diplomatic ties with Havana. | 01/07/15 18:23:15 By - By Lesley Clark and Lindsay Wise

As a top Senate leader, Texas’ John Cornyn has ‘to deliver’

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, just started his third six-year term in office and it is shaping up as the best yet for the 62-year-old lawmaker, certainly better than what he says are the last eight “miserable” years in the minority. | 01/07/15 17:22:22 By - By Maria Recio

Congress is ready to pass Keystone, but is pipeline even viable?

The battle over the Keystone XL pipeline, the nation’s noisiest referendum on energy and the environment, is reaching a climax in Congress after six years. | 01/07/15 15:46:08 By - By Sean Cockerham

Huelskamp, other GOP rebels say Republican leadership punished them for vote against Boehner

Payback time apparently has begun against House Republicans who didn’t support John Boehner’s re-election as speaker. | 01/07/15 14:01:49 By - By Lindsay Wise and William Douglas

House requires calculations of economic impact of major bills

House Republicans have changed they way congressional number crunchers calculate the economic impact of major bills, a controversial step that will make it easier to cut taxes. | 01/07/15 14:01:19 By - By JIM PUZZANGHERA

McCaskill to travel to Cuba, says lifting embargo would benefit Missouri agriculture

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri announced on Wednesday that she will take a trip to Cuba next month to explore how farmers and other businesses in her state might benefit from opening Cuban markets to U.S. agriculture products. | 01/07/15 13:33:33 By -

Dems to McConnell: “Hahahahahaha...”

The economy is doing well, at the same time Republicans are taking over Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted Wednesday. | 01/07/15 11:27:45 By - By David Lightman

Republicans make slight gains among Jewish Americans

Republicans are gaining some support among Jewish Americans, but Democrats remain overwhelmingly popular. | 01/07/15 09:02:04 By - By David Lightman

Payback? Two GOP Boehner foes kicked off House committee

Payback time apparently began Tuesday night against House Republicans who didn’t support John Boehner’s re-election as speaker. | 01/06/15 22:41:04 By - By William Douglas

Boehner survives rebellion by GOP conservatives

The Republican-controlled 114th Congress was sworn in Tuesday with John Boehner surviving a challenge to his speakership from dissatisfied lawmakers from his own party. | 01/06/15 19:31:37 By - By William Douglas and Lindsay Wise

Butterfield takes helm of Congressional Black Caucus, promises focus on criminal justice reform

The Congressional Black Caucus will focus on criminal justice reform, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina said in a speech on Tuesday at a ceremony where he was sworn in as the group’s new chairman. | 01/06/15 18:28:13 By - By Renee Schoof

California’s Rep. Ami Bera hopes for some common ground in 2015

Rep. Ami Bera was sworn in Tuesday for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, but only a few months ago, his return to the Capitol was anything but certain. | 01/06/15 18:45:01 By - By Curtis Tate

Lone Star State lawmakers settle into Capitol Hill

On the first day of the 114th Congress on Tuesday, Texans were players in the House of Representatives and the Senate as Republicans claimed control of both chambers, taking the Senate for the first time since 2007. | 01/06/15 17:34:02 By - By Maria Recio

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