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.
Washington (CNN) – Congress is on pace to have its least productive year in modern history, earning a "do-nothing" label and adding another unwanted statistic to a body already facing chronically low approval ratings.
Cue the blame game.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday joined a fast aimed at encouraging the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
The freshman Democratic congressman from Massachusetts is among six activists who will replace current members of the "Fast for Families" group, many of whom are too weak to continue after 22 days of foregoing any sustenance except water. The group has been camped out on the National Mall to protest the lack of progress on immigration measures pending in the House.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected the label that this is a "do nothing" session of Congress, telling reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, "we've done our work."
Boehner pointed the finger at the Democratic-led Senate for holding up legislation. "When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate, you can see where the problem is."
Washington (CNN) – As the White House begins a series of events over the next few weeks to highlight the benefits of the new health care law, the number two House Democrat said the President's signature domestic achievement doesn't need to be rebranded, but he regrets referring to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare."
"I wish I hadn't' called it Obamacare before because that has politicized it and has been used by Republicans as a pejorative term," Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters on Tuesday.
(CNN) – He may have served as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but Scott Brown is dropping more hints that he might make a bid to return to Capitol Hill from neighboring New Hampshire.
Brown, who owns a vacation home in the Granite State, will serve as the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire GOP's holiday reception on Dec. 19. The news, first reported Tuesday by WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire, was confirmed by CNN.
(CNN) – House lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to approve a 10-year extension of a federal law requiring that all guns be detectable by metal screening machines.
But partisan wrangling could still mean the Undetectable Firearms Act will expire next Monday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Congressional budget talks have entered a pivotal phase with some lawmakers working to lower expectations. But the two top negotiators and their staff have outlined how a possible deal, if they agree on one, could get through the House and Senate.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Washington, are leading a conference committee convened to work out differences between House and Senate budget resolutions.
The marquee issue is more forced spending cuts, or sequester, set to take effect in mid-January.
Washington (CNN) - The top Republican leading the charge against Obamacare is now signed up for it and will take thousands of dollars in government support to help with its costs, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner confirmed to CNN.
Boehner's premiums for his new plan under the Affordable Care Act will nearly double from his current monthly payments, even with the federal contribution.FULL STORY