Three senior U.S. government experts testify before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to urge Congress to pass a $1.1 billion Zika prevention bill stalled by partisan politics. The bill stalled after a House GOP version added provisions to block funding to Planned Parenthood for birth control.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended her decision in front of the House Judiciary Committee to close the Hillary Clinton email investigation without criminal charges, insisting the Justice Department had no reason to reject the unanimous recommendation of FBI investigators.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked companies to tell Congress that the fossil fuel industry does not represent their stance on climate change.
Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) joined Democrats during sit-in protest as the party occupied the floor to advocate for gun control. During her speech, the Charlotte-area congresswoman told the National Rifle Association to “get the Hell out of the way” so lawmakers could hash out a compromise.
The U.S. Senate rejected four partisan measures designed to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. Despite the predetermined outcome, all 100 senators voted – an indication of the importance attached to the issue. "We learned in the months after Sandy Hook that the NRA has a vice-like grip on this place, even when 90% of the American public wants change," said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) pleaded with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Thursday to allow a vote on President Obama’s nomination for Secretary of the Army. Roberts refused, citing his opposition to the president’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer detainees to U.S. sites.
Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts opposed the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to lead the FDA during a Senate hearing on Feb. 23, 2016. Sen. Markey said the United States has an “epidemic” of opioid abuse that “starts at the FDA."
McClatchy's national and political correspondents talk about what exactly happened when California Representative Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the race to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives today, and answer what it means for the Republican party and how it affects America overall. (Natalie Fertig / McClatchy)
The Washington state Democrat predicts chaos for the next four years under Donald Trump: "He's like a 15-year old."
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died at 95. Glenn was the oldest person to venture into outer space, at age 77. He also represented Ohio for 24 years in the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama presented him with a 2011 Medal of Freedom.
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