Washington (CNN) – The House passed legislation Thursday in a 402-14 vote that will provide funds for expanded sexual harassment training for all members and their staff.
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California introduced the measure as an amendment to the legislative branch spending bill. The legislation allocates $500,000 from that bill to pay for the effort, and Speier ultimately wants the training to become mandatory.
Updated 4:17 p.m. ET, 12/5/2013
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he believes the GOP should support the party's openly gay candidates.
"I do," he said when asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if he backs such House hopefuls.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a rare visit to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with House and Senate Democrats ahead of the month-long summer recess, according to two Democratic congressional sources.
"He's going to discuss our shared Democratic agenda to keep moving the country forward by growing the economy, rebuilding the middle class, implementing the affordable care act and reforming our broken immigration system," one source said.
Updated 1:56 p.m. ET, Tuesday, 6/11, to reflect a schedule change for the meeting.
Washington (CNN) – The two top Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will meet Wednesday with families who lost loved ones in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.
According to an aide to John Boehner, the House speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will sit down with the families, who will be in Washington to mark six months since the massacre that left 26 dead.
Washington (CNN) - Certain Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they'll now vote for John Boehner's re-election as House Speaker, despite earlier offering uncertainty over whether they'd cast their vote for the top Republican.
Rep. Michael Grimm, the freshman Republican who represents Staten Island, said he would "absolutely" vote for Boehner, hours after saying he would likely abstain when the House votes for the position on Thursday.
Washington (CNN) – Joining a chorus of voices wanting tougher gun laws, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took her own step towards reform Wednesday by announcing a new task force on preventing gun violence.
"Here in Congress, what we need now are not more words. What we need is action," Pelosi said, announcing Rep. Mike Thompson, a wounded Vietnam veteran and "avid hunter" from California, as the leader of the group.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner named Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan as the chairman of the House Administration Committee on Friday, three days after the Republican conference took heat for electing only males as committee heads.
"From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee," Boehner said in the statement.