- Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill Updated: Dec-01-15 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems - a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his administration to achieve.
- In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule Updated: Dec-01-15 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.
- 2 election challenges heading to Mississippi House committee Updated: Dec-01-15 5:55 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Democrat who lost a primary in Pike and Walthall counties and a Republican who lost in the general election in Smith and Jasper counties are trying to have election results overturned so they can become Mississippi House members.
- Lawmaker: Military better prepared for Benghazi-like attack Updated: Dec-01-15 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is better prepared now for an attack in Africa than it was when a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, came under a deadly siege in 2012, a member of the House Benghazi committee said Tuesday.
- House may move quickly to overhaul visa waiver program Updated: Nov-30-15 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress may move quickly to overhaul a program that allows travel to the U.S. with no visa, something that has come under criticism following the Paris terror attacks.
- McCarthy predicts no gov't shutdown over Planned Parenthood Updated: Nov-30-15 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON - A top House leader predicted Monday that Washington will avoid stumbling into a government shutdown next week over a tea party-backed drive to take away Planned Parenthood's funding.
- Demographers: Virginia likely to gain 12th US House seat Updated: Nov-30-15 2:00 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Demographers say Virginia will likely pick up another U.S. House seat after the 2020 caucus.
- Massachusetts' newest members of Congress strong fundraisers Updated: Nov-29-15 12:56 pm
BOSTON - The three newest members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are turning out to be three of its most prolific fundraisers.
- Florida counties fight fracking push Updated: Nov-28-15 11:56 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Dozens of Florida cities and counties oppose a plan to give the state control over the oil and gas exploration process known as fracking.
- Vietnam-era veterans receive well-deserved recognition Updated: Nov-28-15 8:01 am
BRUNSWICK, Georgia - Serving in one of the most disputed wars in American history, Vietnam, meant many of those in the Ballard Park gym on Nov. 23 never received a genuine "thank you" upon their return from combat.
- Clarification: Congress-Health Repeal story Updated: Nov-25-15 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON - In a story Nov. 24, The Associated Press listed Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., as one of several Republican senators who might find it difficult to vote for a bill eliminating federal money for Planned Parenthood.
- Congressional hopeful rejected by GOP in '14 running again Updated: Nov-24-15 2:56 pm
NILES, Illinois - A suburban Chicago woman whom GOP officials unsuccessfully tried to toss from their 2014 primary ballot after she linked same-sex marriage and abortions to autism, dementia and tornadoes is running for Congress again.
- Florida Gov. Scott's budget: Tax cuts, more for schools Updated: Nov-23-15 8:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by rows of machines and dozens of manufacturing employees, on Monday announced a nearly $79.3 billion spending plan for the coming year that is heavy on tax cuts and help for businesses.
- Congressmen readying for announcement on US Senate race Updated: Nov-23-15 5:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two of Louisiana's congressmen are making it clear they intend to run for the U.S. Senate next year, after Republican David Vitter announced he won't seek re-election.
- House Dean Rep. Conyers announces re-election campaign Updated: Nov-23-15 3:36 pm
DETROIT - Michigan Rep. John Conyers declared his candidacy for a 27th consecutive term in Congress on Monday, saying he wants to continue pressing for employment opportunities and universal health care coverage.
- After victory, Edwards starts piecing together transition Updated: Nov-22-15 6:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off a strong victory in the Louisiana governor's race, Democrat John Bel Edwards began to work Sunday on his plans for the transition into his new office and an upcoming term in which he'll have to grapple with a hefty state financial crisis.
- US Rep. Clark pushing bill to combat "swatting" attacks Updated: Nov-21-15 10:49 am
BOSTON - U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark is pushing legislation aimed at combatting so-called "swatting" attacks.
- Bipartisan agreement on bill to rework No Child Left Behind Updated: Nov-20-15 4:22 am
WASHINGTON - The Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law has long been criticized as unworkable, too punitive and in need of repair. After years of trying, Congress is finally on the verge of rewriting the 2002 law.
- House launches probe of Rep. Pittenger but will defer to FBI Updated: Nov-19-15 6:06 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The House Ethics Committee said Thursday that it will delay a probe into Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger while federal authorities investigate his family's business.
- 2 Massachusetts Reps. back GOP bill to curb Syrian refugees Updated: Nov-19-15 4:46 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts' all-Democratic U.S. House delegation has split on the issue of whether to establish fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.
- Guns on campus among 4 gun bills set for full chamber votes Updated: Nov-19-15 4:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A contentious proposal to let concealed weapons permit holders bring guns on state university and college campuses was among four firearm bills that made their final committee stops Thursday and will now be before their respective legislative chambers.
- Utah's Mia Love endorses Marco Rubio for president Updated: Nov-19-15 2:28 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - U.S. Rep. Mia Love of Utah is endorsing Republican candidate Marco Rubio for president.
- Missouri lawmakers seek special session over refugees Updated: Nov-18-15 7:59 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - Some Republican Missouri lawmakers are calling for a special legislative session aimed at preventing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon from allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in the state, adding to a wave of pressure on the issue from primarily GOP officials.
- Key issues before Legislature in final 2015 sessions Updated: Nov-18-15 6:09 pm
BOSTON - A look at some of the key issues before the Massachusetts Legislature as the House and Senate on Wednesday held the final formal sessions of 2015. Bills that do not win final approval but are not defeated altogether remain alive and could be taken up again during the second year of the two-year legislative session in 2016.
- Passport in Paris attacks fuels fears of Syrian refugees Updated: Nov-18-15 5:55 pm
WARSAW, Poland - After the bombs and Kalashnikov fire of the Paris attacks, a mere document - a passport - found near the body of an attacker is generating a new wave of dread throughout Europe and beyond. But whether the document ended up there by chance, or was part of an elaborate plot to sow panic, is not clear.