Washington (CNN) - The Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation on Thursday extending the federal government's ability to borrow new money through mid-May, delaying a partisan standoff that some analysts warn could derail a fragile economic recovery.
The bill, which passed in a 64-34 vote, cleared the Republican-run House of Representatives last week. It now advances to President Obama's desk to be signed into law.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – If voters want major change in Washington, they won't find it in the next Senate's leadership. There will be little turnover in the chamber's top ranks in January, according to Democratic and GOP caucus election results announced Wednesday.
Nevada's Harry Reid is returning for another term as leader of the majority Democrats, who defied expectations by expanding their caucus from 53 to 55 members. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin will once again serve as assistant majority leader, while New York Sen. Chuck Schumer returns as Democratic conference vice chairman – the party's number three slot.
Washington (CNN) - Members of the House Ethics Committee have voted unanimously to spend up to $500,000 extending the contract of a special counsel examining alleged wrongdoing by California Rep. Maxine Waters, according to a committee statement released Thursday.
Prominent Washington attorney Billy Martin was hired to take charge of the roughly three-year investigation last summer, at a cost of up to $800,000, in order to investigate reports of possible improper communication between committee attorneys and lawmakers on the ethics panel. His contract has been extended twice and runs through the end of the current Congress.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson misused government staffers for a variety of political and personal purposes, and should be formally reprimanded by the full House of Representatives, according to a report released Wednesday by the House Committee on Ethics.
The committee unanimously recommended both the reprimand and a $10,000 fine for the three-term congresswoman, who has admitted wrongdoing and accepted the proposed penalty. House members are expected to approve the recommendation of the panel, which is divided equally between Republicans and Democrats.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Another month, another weak jobs report. And don't expect Congress to do much about it anytime soon.
With unemployment stuck above 8%, congressional Democrats and Republicans blasted each other Friday for blocking legislation that would help create new jobs and spark stronger economic growth. Both parties have a number of proposals on the table, but with the campaign now in full swing neither side expects anything to pass before Election Day.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Congress took up one of the most divisive issues in politics Thursday as the House of Representatives rejected a controversial measure banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.
In the House, 246 representatives backed the bill while 168 voted against it, leaving the proposal short of the two-thirds total necessary for passage. Most Republicans supported the measure; the majority of Democrats opposed it.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - There's good news for drivers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend: Gas prices are falling.
Regular unleaded dropped to a national average of $3.71 per gallon this week, 23 cents below an April high of $3.94, according to the federal government.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would replace looming Pentagon spending cuts opposed by the GOP with a series of domestic program reductions opposed by congressional Democrats.
The bill passed in a strongly polarized 218-199 vote. No Democrats supported the measure.FULL STORY