- With law expired, Senate mulls changes to phone collection Updated: Jun-02-15 3:35 am
WASHINGTON - The Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities.
- Last-minute budget changes made amid corporate concerns Updated: Jun-02-15 1:23 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut lawmakers made last-minute changes Monday night to a proposed two-year, $40 billion Democratic budget that had prompted several major employers to sharply criticize proposed tax increases, with two raising the possibility of leaving the state
- Dingell, Levin honored for distinguished public service Updated: Jun-01-15 9:04 pm
DEARBORN, Michigan - Two retired Michigan congressmen are being awarded the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service at a ceremony Monday night in Washington.
- Walker says Paul not helped by Patriot Act position Updated: Jun-01-15 12:15 pm
DELAVAN, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he does not think Rand Paul's opposition to allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk is not helping the Kentucky senator's presidential run.
- GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA Updated: Jun-01-15 3:31 am
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.
- Democratic hopefuls seek support at party dinner in Ohio Updated: Jun-01-15 1:02 am
MASON, Ohio - Two Ohio candidates seeking to be the Democratic party's nominee for U.S. Senate in 2016 took their political messages to the Warren County Democratic Party on Sunday, but one had the advantage of name recognition.
- Beau Biden dies at 46; son of VP had life of adversity Updated: May-31-15 4:05 pm
DOVER, Delaware - He was the privileged son of a longtime U.S. senator and two-term vice president, yet Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III was no stranger to personal adversity.
- Obama's trade agenda faces tougher odds heading into House Updated: May-31-15 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON - After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.
- Challenger to Va. House speaker looking for Brat-like upset Updated: May-31-15 10:55 am
FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia - Susan Stimpson is hoping the anti-incumbent mood that helped a little-known economics professor unseat the second most powerful member of the U.S. House last year is still strong among Virginia's Republican voters.
- Schumer: Federal rules needed to stamp out scrap metal theft Updated: May-31-15 5:35 am
ALBANY, New York - A U.S. senator from New York state says the federal government needs to crack down on the problem of scrap metal theft.
- Kentucky GOP embraces Bevin's candidacy at annual dinner Updated: May-30-15 9:29 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - In one year, Matt Bevin has gone from party crasher to party leader.
- Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire Updated: May-30-15 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.
- Coast Guard defends cleanup response to California oil spill Updated: May-30-15 11:10 am
LOS ANGELES - The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.
- Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing Updated: May-30-15 9:53 am
SINGAPORE - China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating.
- FEMA begins reviewing Sandy flood insurance claims Updated: May-29-15 5:22 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it has begun reviewing flood insurance claims of Superstorm Sandy victims, some of whom have said their damages were underestimated.
- Paul claims new momentum ahead of second Senate showdown Updated: May-29-15 4:44 pm
CHICAGO - A confident Rand Paul claimed new momentum Friday in his fight against government surveillance programs, just days ahead of his second Capitol Hill showdown in as many weeks.
- Latest US proposal for ethanol could have political fallout Updated: May-29-15 3:46 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Va. senators recommend Boente to stay on as US Attorney Updated: May-29-15 3:35 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Virginia's U.S. senators are recommending that the top federal prosecutor in northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads stay on as U.S. Attorney.
- Senator requests radar update to clear way for wind energy Updated: May-29-15 2:59 pm
PENDLETON, Oregon - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is asking officials to update Air Force radar in Fossil because the current system is outdated and preventing the generation of nearly 4,000 megawatts of wind energy across eastern Oregon and Washington.
- Duckworth: Democratic 2016 Senate primary hurts Kirk Updated: May-28-15 6:54 pm
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said Thursday that a potential challenger in the Democratic primary for Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat won't hurt her in a 2016 contest that's already heating up.
- Bosworth to appeal conviction for election law violations Updated: May-28-15 5:48 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Former South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth plans to appeal to the state Supreme court over her conviction for election law violations, her attorney said Thursday.
- Senator wants to encourage utilities to invest in storage Updated: May-28-15 8:55 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich wants electric utilities to invest in storage technology.
- Indiana Senate voices support of putting woman on $20 bill Updated: May-28-15 7:54 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Before the Indiana Senate adjourned last month, the mostly male chamber took action to show its support of replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman relevant to U.S. history.
- Jury convicts ex-US Senate hopeful of violating election law Updated: May-28-15 12:08 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.
- US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away' Updated: May-27-15 8:10 pm
HAVANA - The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.