(CNN) - Polls are open in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District, where voters are casting ballots to fill a vacant seat in the U.S House of Representatives that was long held by Democrat Ed Markey.
The winner of the election between Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose and Republican attorney Frank Addivinola of Boston will serve the final year of Markey's term.
Washington (CNN) - As Congress struggles to complete its lengthy to-do list before a holiday recess, bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate defense committees are pushing a compromise that would allow them to quickly pass a critical defense bill that is currently stalled in the Senate.
The bill, which Congress has passed for 52 straight years, has been held up over a bitter disagreement on how many amendments would receive votes.
Washington (CNN) – For Washington, Christmas could come early. Or it could not come at all.
The deal to end the government shutdown in October included a new deadline - come up with a plan to fund the government by December 13 - or risk another partial government shutdown next month.FULL STORY
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Washington (CNN) - Congress itself is now having so much trouble signing up for the Obamacare exchanges that late Friday the top administrator in the House of Representatives laid out a backup plan in case lawmakers and staff can't get through the process by the time their enrollment ends Monday.
The red flags started reaching critical mass Thursday and Friday, when some staff and members of Congress told House administrators they were having trouble enrolling through the Washington health exchange, known as DC Health Link. The D.C. exchange is the official signup portal for Congress, where members must go to get health care through their job.
(CNN) - Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, will run for a seventh term next year, his spokesman Chris Gallegos confirmed to CNN.
Until Friday, it was unclear whether the longtime Senator would try to keep his seat. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, already faces a primary challenger in conservative state Senator Chris McDaniel.
Washington (CNN) - Note to anyone watching the high-stakes, trillion-dollar budget talks in Washington: you can take a break from constantly checking for a deal. Senior Republican and Democratic aides tell CNN that the two leaders running negotiations have left Washington for the weekend and any agreement is not expected until next week.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has returned to Wisconsin and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray is in Washington state, the aides confirm.
Washington (CNN) – A top lobbying group for federal workers rushed to Capitol Hill Thursday, following news that budget negotiators were considering a $20 billion change in government workers’ paychecks. The fast pushback is a potential political issue for budget leaders who aides say have been getting closer to a deal.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, who sits on the budget compromise committee, told reporters Thursday that Republicans were pushing for, and negotiators have been discussing, a proposal to increase how much most federal workers contribute toward their pension. A senior Republican House aide confirmed to CNN that the idea has been on the table in spending talks.
(CNN) – U.S. lawmakers and former presidents from both sides of the aisle took time Thursday to mark the death of Nelson Mandela, the prisoner-turned-president who reconciled South Africa after the end of apartheid, is dead.
Mandela was age 95.
Washington (CNN) – While immigration reform is stalled in Congress, some members are calling on President Barack Obama to take the matter into his own hands, urging him to suspend deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Thirty Democratic members of Congress wrote in a letter that he has the authority to pause deportations of undocumented immigrants, urging "the sensible and moral step of stopping deportations."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - When it comes to getting things done in the nation's capital, a new poll suggests Americans expect more of the same gridlock in 2014.
The first year of President Barack Obama's second term in office included the first federal government shutdown in nearly two decades and little legislative accomplishments by Congress.