Retired U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly on Tuesday delivered a brief opening statement before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on his nomination to be Homeland Security secretary in the Donald Trump administration. "I have never had a problem speaking truth to power," Kelly said.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, testified on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination for attorney general in the Donald Trump administration. "I can be trusted to do what I say I will do," Sessions said. Protesters shouted him down twice during opening remarks.
Democratic leaders from both the Senate and House met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday to discuss the future of his signature healthcare law. "They're like the dog who caught the bus," said Schumer of his Republican colleagues who are vowing to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act. "They can repeal, but they have nothing to put in its place and that means so many good things go away."
Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday discussed plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's controversial health care law. Pence was on Capitol Hill to meet with Republican congressional leaders to discuss strategy.
Speaker Paul Ryan urges House members to seize opportunities provided by a “unified government” during a speech to the 115th Congress. He was re-elected as Speaker of the House on Tuesday.
Democratic opponents of a popular water projects bill, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., showed no signs of giving up during Friday's filibuster before the three week congressional holiday, blasting provisions to divert more water to corporate farmers.
Representatives from the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, including retired UFC champion Randy Couture and Rep. Jeff Dunham (R-Calif.), testified before Congress on Dec. 8 in favor of providing MMA fighters with more protections from promoters, more regulation of marketing, and standardized health and safety practices.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) gave an emotional farewell on the Senate floor on Wednesday. She expressed excitement for Kamala Harris to take her seat, and heartbreak about the presidential election. Boxer said she knows that the unfinished work will continue through the passion of her colleagues, stressing the importance of working across party lines.
House Speaker Paul Ryan explained 'draining the swamp' during a press briefing Thursday, and said congressional Republicans are ready to move forward with President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda.
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf faced another round of questioning Thursday by the House Financial Services Committee over his bank's creation of fake accounts. "I am fully accountable for all unethical sales practices in our retail banking business," Stumpf said.
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