January 11, 2011 As lawmakers review their security arrangements in the wake of the Tucson shootings, they know practical limits exist to what they can do. Being a lawmaker means being accessible to constituents and that accessibility brings with it risks.
January 7, 2011 The narrow split in the public between those for and against repeal of the health care law ensured the messaging fight being waged by lawmakers and the Obama Administration would intensify.
January 6, 2011 The House's reading of the Constitution is another chance to disagree about what the document means. And there's plenty to disagree about since the Founders left important parts vague in order to win ratification. But vagueness can be a strength.
January 5, 2011 At Wednesday morning's bipartisan prayer service, Congress members on the left and right set aside their differences to acknowledge that which unites them: love of country, and service. The mood was short-lived.
January 5, 2011 The 112th Congress which opens Wednesday represents the return of Republicans to legislative power since 2006. Rep. John Boehner will become speaker which means he will drive the House's agenda.
January 3, 2011 As Republicans take over the House, no end to partisanship was in sight as anti-Obama action loomed. A vote to repeal the health-care overhaul law and probes of the Obama Administration all appeared in the offing.
December 23, 2010 New House rules should increase transparency and efficiency, the House's new GOP leaders say. Lawmakers will be forced to vote specifically to raise the debt limit, for example, and will need to offer constitutional justification for legislation.
December 15, 2010 With House passage of a stand-alone bill to end the military ban on gays serving openly, it's now on the Senate to act. Repeal supporters think they have the 60 votes to pass the measure — if it is brought to the floor after the spending bill.
December 15, 2010 Congress faces a severe time crunch and many complicating factors as it tries to finish big legislation before Christmas. Besides approving a Bush tax cut extension, it must take up a spending bill as well as give a repeal of DADT another try.
December 15, 2010 Congressional Democrats unveiled a $1.1 trillion which many Republicans immediately hit as too big and earmark-filled. Republicans bashed what they called spending and demanded that Democrats put off a vote on the bill until the new Congress.
December 13, 2010 About equal percentages of Republicans, Democrats and independents support the agreement, a new national survey shows.
November 29, 2010 In its waning days, the Democratic-controlled Congress is like a football team that must score by getting passage of important issues like raising the debt limit, extending unemployment insurance and how to do the same with the Bush tax cuts.