Congress

Obama’s fast-track trade plan forced to slow start by liberals

Things got off to a slow start Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade plan, which has emerged as one of the most divisive issues facing Democrats in the new Congress. | 04/22/15 18:14:42 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Burr bill tightens rules on military sex offenders

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed an amendment by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., closing a loophole that has allowed convicted military sex offenders to avoid having their names placed on public registries. | 04/22/15 17:26:49 By - By Renee Schoof

Here’s what’s facing Lynch if she becomes attorney general

A slow-moving and sharply divided Senate is finally expected to confirm Loretta Lynch on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney general. Then the real testing starts. | 04/22/15 13:55:26 By - By Michael Doyle and William Douglas

Farm-state senators introduce bill to ease ag sales to Cuba

Two senators announced legislation designed to boost the sales of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba, seeking to tap a market that has seen shipments from the U.S. dwindle in recent years. | 04/22/15 13:08:29 By - By Chris Adams

Farm interests push senators to help expand ag sales to Cuba

U.S. farm interests see the potential for more than $1 billion a year in sales to Cuba, a market that right now is hamstrung by restrictions that remain despite the thawing of relations between the countries. | 04/21/15 16:31:34 By - By Chris Adams

Senate intelligence chief defends his plan to curb cyberattacks

North Carolina’s senior senator, Richard Burr, stepped up advocacy this week for his cybersecurity bill following the release of an Intelligence Committee report over the weekend detailing members’ support for – and concerns about – the controversial proposal. | 04/21/15 15:01:51 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Senate reaches deal that enables Lynch confirmation vote

Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal Tuesday to vote on a bipartisan human trafficking bill, paving the way for a confirmation vote on the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch to become attorney general. | 04/21/15 14:54:45 By - By William Douglas

Senate reaches deal that enables Lynch confirmation vote

Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal Tuesday to vote on a bipartisan human trafficking bill, paving the way for a confirmation vote on the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch to become attorney general. | 04/20/15 19:06:08 By - By William Douglas and Maria Recio

Congress starts work on slashing trillions from federal budget

Congressional negotiators began narrowing differences Monday on competing budget resolutions, and although Republicans now control both chambers, experts see little likelihood of starting the next fiscal year with a funded federal government. | 04/20/15 18:09:43 By - By Kevin G. Hall and William Douglas

As some U.S. farmers see markets in Cuba, those in Florida see worries

Congress this week will be talking up the possibility of expanding agricultural markets to Cuba – a shift encouraged by U.S. farmers and some members of Congress, who see a $2 billion market just 90 miles from U.S. shores. | 04/20/15 16:18:39 By - By Chris Adams

N.C. lawmakers push to reverse cut of Fort Bragg air wing

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., says he’s lobbying to get the Air Force to change its decision to inactivate the 440th Airlift Wing because it would harm the ability of the Army’s Global Response Force to fly from Fort Bragg to trouble spots in any part of the world in 18 hours or less. | 04/17/15 12:09:19 By - By Renee Schoof

Missouri’s Rep. Cleaver contemplates party leadership role

Rumors are buzzing on Capitol Hill that Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver might be in line for a spot on House Democrats’ leadership team. | 04/16/15 17:57:21 By - By Lindsay Wise

WH: Sen. Chuck Grassley in Washington ‘too long’

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest lashed out at congressional Republicans on Thursday for delaying a confirmation vote for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, suggesting Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley “has been in Washington too long.” | 04/16/15 16:54:30 By - By Lesley Clark

How Sen. Corker became Mr. Fix-It and forged deal on Iran

Fighting to get Congress a voice on an Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Bob Corker found himself in an increasingly familiar spot – in the thick of a difficult situation. | 04/16/15 16:33:42 By - By William Douglas

Kansas senator’s ‘Frozen’ ring tone interrupts hearing, goes viral

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas became an Internet sensation on Thursday when his cell phone went off in the middle of a senate finance committee hearing, filling the somber room with the first few bars of a song from Disney’s “Frozen.” | 04/16/15 14:28:45 By - By Lindsay Wise

Recent Homepage Headlines

loading...

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT BLOG

Planet Washington

"Planet Washington" is a group blog by journalists in McClatchy's Washington Bureau. Send a story suggestion.

Stay Connected

Sign up for email newsletters RSS
Follow us on your iPhone Follow us on your Android device
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us using Google Currents