Congress

Justin Amash faces rally by critics in home district

Calls by Rep. Justin Amash for President Trump's impeachment aren't going over well with some fellow Republicans in his Michigan district. A "squash Amash" rally is set for June 14 in Grand Rapids, the key ...
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House Democrats push for first congressional pay raise in a decade

House Democrats are pushing for the first congressional pay raise in a decade, a politically fraught issue that may face populist opposition from lawmakers in both parties. A $1 trillion spending package to provide cover ...
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Beto proposes term limits for Congress and Supreme Court

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke released a sweeping plan to boost voting rights that includes term limits for members of Congress and Supreme Court justices, banning political action committees from contributing to campaigns, and making Election ...
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Schumer: Trump 'needs a way out of his bluster' on Mexico tariffs

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stepped up his claim Trump will not follow through with his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports next week. The president is simply looking for an off-ramp, Schumer, D-N.Y., ...
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Pelosi: Trump is threatening Mexico tariffs to distract from Mueller report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday President Trump's new threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports is an effort to distract from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into connections between the Trump campaign and the ...
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Marco Rubio breaks with Senate Republicans to defend Trump’s tariffs on Mexico

Unlike other Senate Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio is defending President Trump’s tariffs on Mexico. The senator from Florida said Wednesday he doesn’t typically support tariffs, but there were few other options in convincing Mexico to ...
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Democrats plan Capitol Hill event to put Trump's mental health under fire

Democrats are planning to host a Capitol Hill event featuring psychiatrists who will warn that President Trump is unfit for office based on his mental health. The event will be led by Dr. Bandy Lee, ...
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Republicans join Democrats to kill Rand Paul's fiscally responsible Pennies Plan because no one cares about the debt crisis

That was a nice decade of Republicans pretending to care about our $22 trillion national debt and annual multitrillion-dollar deficit. But as of Monday, we can safely say the Tea Party is over. Sen. Rand ...
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Kevin McCarthy adds Gingrich-era adviser to leadership team

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is adding to his staff a veteran of early-1990s era Republican politics who helped the GOP win a majority in the chamber for the first time in 40 years. The ...
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Republicans warn White House they could block Trump’s tariffs

The Trump administration is headed for a standoff with congressional Republicans if the president follows through on a threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports next week. Senate Republicans Tuesday told a group ...
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Rand Paul: Deep state protected John Brennan's security clearance

Sen. Rand Paul suspects someone revoked President Trump's order to have former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance revoked. The president announced in August that Brennan's security clearance was being stripped due to "erratic behavior" ...
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Top Democrats push back against critics of plan to protect incumbents from opponents like AOC

Top House Democrats are defending a move to protect their incumbents from primary challenges like the successful one that propelled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into Congress. The move has prompted criticism from the Left that the plan ...
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Top House Democrat calls for Mueller subpoena if he refuses to testify

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday the House should issue a subpoena to special counsel Robert Mueller if he refuses to voluntarily testify before the oversight committees who want to hear from him. “If ...
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Lindsey Graham: Hillary Clinton committed obstruction of justice

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Hillary Clinton, not President Trump, is the one who committed obstruction of justice. During an interview on Monday, the South Carolina Republican said he suspects the FBI let Clinton off because ...
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'Unintended consequences': CBS host worries Democrats are protecting white, male lawmakers

'CBS This Morning' host Tony Dokoupil wondered if a Democratic policy designed to protect incumbents from primary challengers is keeping the party's elected officials from becoming more diverse. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced in ...
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First Romney floor speech assails Trump foreign policy

Mitt Romney, in his first speech from the well of the U.S. Senate, offered a veiled criticism of President Trump's foreign policy, urging fidelity to traditional American allies in Europe and Asia and vigilance toward ...
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Top Democrat reverses course on impeachment

A top Democrat is walking back his comments that Democrats would eventually impeach President Trump, now saying that he could not be “farther away” from supporting impeachment. “I’m probably farther away from impeachment than anybody ...
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Republicans hope Mexican delegation can talk Trump down from tariff threat

Senate Republicans said they are hoping President Trump does not follow through with a threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports if the country does not curb the massive flow of migrants that ...
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Mitch McConnell takes victory lap over judiciary wins at anti-abortion gala

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted at a prominent anti-abortion gala that he had helped confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh despite Democratic and outside opposition, a move he viewed as one of many victories ...
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On fourth try, House passes $19.1B disaster aid package

House lawmakers cleared a critical disaster aid package Monday, overruling a group of conservatives who had blocked unanimous consent of the measure after three attempts at passing it last week. The measure now heads to ...
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Judge rejects Democrats’ attempt to block funds transfer for border wall

A federal judge rejected a request by House Democrats to stop President Trump from transferring funds to build his border wall. Judge Trevor McFadden ruled that one chamber of Congress cannot sue the executive branch ...
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House voting next week to hold William Barr in contempt over Mueller report

The House will vote next week on a resolution citing Attorney General William Barr with contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ...
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William Barr, Wilbur Ross notified of contempt vote over Census citizenship question

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings notified Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that his committee is moving forward with a vote to hold them in contempt of Congress. In a pair of ...
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Democrats summon Nixon aide-turned-Trump critic John Dean to testify on Mueller

House Democrats are to hear testimony from President Richard Nixon's White House counsel and Watergate figure John Dean during hearings into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The House Judiciary Committee announced the ...
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21 years later, Dems can still learn from the Clinton impeachment

As House Democrats wrestle with the question of whether, or when, they ought to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, many are looking to lessons from 1998, when House Republicans unsuccessfully sought to remove ...
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A socialist and a Tea Partier crash K Street

What do Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have in common? They both ran against Washington's swamp creatures in government and in private industry, highlighting that, in the long run, there’s scant difference between ...
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GOP Sen. Kennedy taunts Democrats on impeachment: ‘Buy a spine’

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana ripped Democrats over their hesitancy to bring about impeachment proceedings against President Trump, telling them that if they wanted to go forward the should "buy a spine." Speaking on ...
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Schiff 'not convinced' on impeachment despite Trump ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Democrats were not ready to impeach President Trump even as he said a lot of the president's behavior met the Constitutional bar of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” “But in terms ...
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Clyburn says impeachment a matter of 'timing' as Democrats seek to strengthen vote

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said impeachment proceedings against President Trump are matter of "timing," saying he wants to wait in order to beef up the vote. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the ...
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Schiff pushes ballot box given 'no sign' impeachment can remove Trump

SAN FRANCISCO — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told a revved up crowd of fellow California Democrats late Saturday that impeaching Trump shows "no sign" of working given that the Senate won't convict, saying ...
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Congress wants Pentagon to rebuild stockpile and close the China missile gap

The United States needs more production lines making more missiles. That's the message from Congress to the Pentagon, via the Senate Committee on Armed Service's recent markup of the 2020 defense budget. The markup contains ...
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'That's not what America is about': Veterans walk out on meeting with Ocasio-Cortez

Two military veterans stormed out of a meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after the 29-year-old lawmaker bashed U.S. foreign policy, according to a new report. Ocasio-Cortez held a closed-door meeting with community leaders in the ...
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'Impeach' chants interrupt Pelosi at California Democratic Convention

SAN FRANCISCO — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech before the California Democratic Convention was briefly disrupted by calls for President Trump's impeachment. "With the power of the gavel we will continue to legislate to make ...
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Taylor Swift urges Tennessee senator to support pro-LGBTQ Equality Act

Singer Taylor Swift called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act to mark the beginning of Pride Month. Last month the House approved the bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act ...
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With the USMCA, free trade finally goes digital

Congress will soon debate and vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, a monumental deal that modernizes North American trade for the 21st century. The new pact contains a host of critical provisions that ...
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