Congress

Deal or no deal, Congress primed to act on Iran

Whenever a deal is announced on Iran’s nuclear program, President Barack Obama faces a tough slog in Congress, where skepticism abounds about the ability of the administration and five world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. | 03/31/15 19:56:59 By - By William Douglas

House Benghazi panel calls for Clinton to testify in private

The House of Representatives committee that’s investigating the 2012 fatal attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, formally asked Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to appear before lawmakers for a closed-door interview to answer questions about the use of a private email account while she was secretary of state. | 03/31/15 17:12:55 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

For Marco Rubio, Senate vote-a-rama offers insight into presidential intent

For a peek into the mindset of Sen. Marco Rubio, just review what he was up to in the wee hours of Friday morning, when the Senate considered scores of amendments to the body’s major budget resolution for the year. | 03/30/15 16:27:39 By - By Chris Adams

Democrats cheer; Duckworth will challenge Kirk for Senate

Illinois instantly became a state to watch in the battle for control of the next U.S. Senate Monday, as Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., jumped into the race. | 03/30/15 15:32:48 By - By David Lightman

McConnell, in Israel, shares Netanyahu’s concerns about Iran nuke deal

With a Tuesday deadline approaching for Iran, the Obama administration, and five other world powers to strike a deal to stem the Tehran government’s nuclear program, congressional Republicans Sunday ratcheted up pressure against the yet-to-be completed pact. | 03/30/15 06:30:04 By - By William Douglas

N.C. Rep. Pittenger named to terrorism funding panel

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger has been tapped to help lead a new bipartisan task force studying how to cut off terrorism funding. | 03/30/15 00:00:00 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Ethics panel will investigate Ky’s Rep. Whitfield

The House of Representatives has created an investigative panel to probe whether Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., improperly pushed legislation that his wife lobbied on for the Humane Society. | 03/27/15 17:04:18 By - By Sean Cockerham

Looking for the next Harry Reid, expect Senate Dems to go with what they know

Senate Democrats have a once-a-decade chance to pick a leader, a fresh, new face of a party that badly needs a jolt. | 03/27/15 15:50:34 By - By David Lightman

N.C. Democrats press Republican colleagues to support Lynch for AG

North Carolina’s three Democratic members of Congress are urging their state colleagues in the Senate to reconsider their opposition to the nomination of Loretta Lynch for United States Attorney General. | 03/27/15 12:26:19 By - By Franco Ordoñez

GOP: Reid 'instantly...irrelevant'

That didn’t take long. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election wasn’t even an hour old, and the battle for his seat began. | 03/27/15 08:59:36 By - By David Lightman

House passes Medicare bill to help doctors, children

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a Medicare overhaul bill that shields doctors from pay cuts and extends a children’s health insurance program. | 03/26/15 17:29:53 By - By William Douglas

Kansas tea partier Huelskamp: Another irate Obamacare customer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t the only ardent critic of Obamacare in Congress who is signing up for health coverage under a law he’s vowed to repeal. | 03/26/15 16:40:33 By - By Lindsay Wise

Calif.’s Westlands Water District hires new political power

The politically muscular Westlands Water District of California is reinforcing its already estimable roster by hiring the chief of staff of a San Joaquin Valley congressman deeply involved with the region’s water issues. | 03/27/15 07:00:00 By - By Michael Doyle

Steel executives ask Congress to help industry fend off imports

The chief executive officer of Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor joined other leading steelmakers on Thursday warning members of Congress about the dangers of foreign steel flooding U.S. markets. | 03/26/15 15:10:50 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Activists seek Senate vote for AG nominee Loretta Lynch

About 20 African-American women marched into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Capitol Hill office Thursday morning to demand that the Kentucky Republican set a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. | 03/26/15 14:27:21 By - By MariSsa Horn

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