Congress

House Adopts Rules Package With Few Democratic Defections Over PAYGO Provision
Congress
House Adopts Rules Package With Few Democratic Defections Over PAYGO Provision

The House on Thursday adopted the bulk of a rules package for the 116th Congress that featured dozens of changes designed to restore more committee and bipartisan involvement in the legislative process, increase... Read More

Violence Against Women Act Lapses During Shutdown, Putting Help for Victims at Risk
Congress
Violence Against Women Act Lapses During Shutdown, Putting Help for Victims at Risk

Dozens of crucial programs meant to help victims of domestic and sexual violence face uncertain, worrisome futures because of the partial government shutdown. The Violence Against Women Act, regarded as an... Read More

‘Trump Show,’ Act III: What to Watch as House Democrats Take Control
Congress
‘Trump Show,’ Act III: What to Watch as House Democrats Take Control

Act III of the Trump presidency, which can often feel like an off-Broadway production, officially began at noon Thursday when Democrats took control of the House and everything changed for Donald Trump. Read More

Democrats Take Over House Determined to Challenge Trump on Shutdown, His Border Wall and Much More
Congress
Democrats Take Over House Determined to Challenge Trump on Shutdown, His Border Wall and Much More

Democrats took control of the House on Thursday with a show of unity and confrontation against President Donald Trump, electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their speaker and passing legislation to reopen government... Read More

The Freshman Class of House Democrats Is Already Making Waves
Congress
The Freshman Class of House Democrats Is Already Making Waves

Even before they are sworn in Thursday, the 100 newly elected House members are promising to be one of the most independent — and difficult to control — freshman classes in years. They are far younger and more... Read More

Opposition to Pay-As-You-Go Proposal Prevents Unity on House Democrats’ Rules Package
Congress
Opposition to Pay-As-You-Go Proposal Prevents Unity on House Democrats’ Rules Package

House Democrats’ rules for the 116th Congress contain a wide array of consensus changes but a pay-as-you-go, or “PAYGO,” provision that would require offsets for deficit increasing legislation is preventing party unity... Read More

Republicans Expect the Worst in 2019 but See Glimmers of Hope From Doom and Gloom
In The News
Republicans Expect the Worst in 2019 but See Glimmers of Hope From Doom and Gloom

Republicans who support President Donald Trump are bracing for an onslaught of congressional investigations and court battles that could paralyze the White House over the next year. Read More

After Years of Assailing 'Obamacare,' Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout
Health
After Years of Assailing 'Obamacare,' Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout

Republicans in Congress, fresh off an election that punished their party for opposing health care protections... Read More

Republicans Appear Happy to Shuttle Shutdown Impasse to Pelosi
Congress
Republicans Appear Happy to Shuttle Shutdown Impasse to Pelosi

During a combative White House meeting with Democratic leaders on Dec. 11, President Donald Trump declared that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was constrained in her ability to negotiate for a border wall because of a leadership fight in the House. Read More

Lone Senator at the Capitol During Shutdown
Congress
Lone Senator at the Capitol During Shutdown

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts manned the empty Senate chamber by himself Thursday afternoon, while colleagues from both parties remained away during the partial government shutdown. Roberts and his wife Franki, who... Read More

How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?
In The News
How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?

Homeland Security officials laid out the stakes in the budget brinkmanship that threatens a partial government shutdown late Friday: the $5 billion the House has approved for a border wall would be enough for about 215 miles of barrier. Read More

House GOP in Chaos Amid Looming Federal Shutdown
Congress
House GOP in Chaos Amid Looming Federal Shutdown

House Republicans pushed the federal government Thursday to the brink of a shutdown over money for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, in a final reprise of the chaos that came to define their ... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top