Poll: Congress gets record low approval rating in midterm year
June 16th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Poll: Congress gets record low approval rating in midterm year

(CNN) – A new Gallup survey indicates that the congressional approval rating has dropped to its lowest point ever–16%–in a midterm election year since such ratings were first measured by the organization in 1974.

That sets the stage for potentially big turnover this fall in Congress. Gallup notes that in midterm years when the congressional job approval is low, there tends to be more shake-up at the voting booths.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Polls
Labrador jumps into race for House majority leader
June 13th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
5 months ago

Labrador jumps into race for House majority leader

(CNN) – Conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho announced Friday he will campaign to become House majority leader, a position soon to be vacated by outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor.

"I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement. "Americans don't believe their leaders in Washington are listening and now is the time to change that."

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Cantor • House • Raul Labrador
Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader
June 11th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
6 months ago

Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader

(CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican after losing his Virginia primary in a stunning upset, a senior GOP source tells CNN's Dana Bash.

Cantor is expected to step aside as majority leader on July 31. The decision sets up a leadership scramble among Republicans in the House, which is led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote
June 10th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote

Washington (CNN) - When the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee missed the vote on his bill allowing veterans waiting for health care to access non-VA facilities, he got a do-over.

"It's on me," Miller told reporters Tuesday outside the House chamber, admitting that he was the reason the House was voting twice on his legislation.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Veterans Affairs
With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty
June 5th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
6 months ago

With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty

(CNN) - It got ugly pretty quickly in the Senate battle in Iowa, a crucial contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

The campaign of Republican nominee Joni Ernst Thursday charged that the Democratic nominee in the race, Rep. Bruce Braley, is "degrading women by comparing Joni Ernst to a 'chick' in his latest campaign ad."
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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst
Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'
June 5th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'

Washington (CNN) – The timing of when the Obama administration told Harry Reid about Bowe Bergdahl's release doesn't matter, the Senate Majority Leader argued Thursday.

"Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?" the Nevada Democrat said at a press conference.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
June 3rd, 2014
05:22 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi

Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 6/3/2014

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.

With 87% of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. ET, state Sen. Chris McDaniel was narrowly ahead of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 49.9% to 48.4%, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.

In Iowa, CNN projects state Sen. Joni Ernst, who garnered support from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, will win the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. But the two races that are grabbing the most attention are the contests in Mississippi and Iowa.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
June 1st, 2014
04:17 PM ET
6 months ago

Members of Congress waiting for briefing on Bergdahl release

(CNN) – More than 24 hours after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he still has not been briefed by administration officials on the swap.

The California Republican plans to hold hearings about the Bergdahl exchange, he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buck Mckeon • Congress • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama • Terrorism
House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers
May 29th, 2014
08:29 PM ET
6 months ago

House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers

(CNN) - The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead, including the killer.

The Republican-led chamber added $19.5 million to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is a federal database that states access when processing gun sales.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • House
May 29th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
6 months ago

After 'Blackfish,' lawmakers urge action to protect orcas

(CNN) – Over three dozen members of Congress want the government to ensure the humane treatment of orca whales and other marine animals in captivity, following an outcry sparked by the documentary "Blackfish."

The letter, released Thursday and signed by 37 Democrats and one Republican to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, cites outdated regulations protecting those sea mammals and asserts that the current rules don’t reflect “updated science."

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