February 18, 2011 Rep. Barney Frank seemed ready to upset the House's march toward completing work on a spending bill that will make deep cuts in the federal budget.
January 21, 2011 The idea of bipartisan seating at the State of the Union is favored by 72% of the public. That means lawmakers have a lot more to gain than lose by sitting with members of the opposing party. And once the speech is over, they can get back to sniping.
January 20, 2011 While the GOP House's health law repeal action may not become law, it gives both Republicans and Democrats fresh campaign fodder for 2012.
January 19, 2011 Much of the drama in the House health law repeal vote will be watching how certain members vote. Republican Sean Duffy of Wisconsin is definitely one to keep an eye on since he didn't campaign on repealing the health care law.
January 11, 2011 Obama's speech will be his first to a joint session of Congress since the GOP's House takeover. It will make for a new sight, Speaker John Boehner sitting behind the president as he delivers his speech.
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.