December 23, 2011 As with everything happening in Congress these days, the deal reached Thursday to pass a 2-month extension of a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed wasn't a "done deal" until one more step was taken.
June 24, 2011 Republicans and Democrats shared some of the same reasons for voting to defund the Libya mission from defending the warmaking prerogatives of Congress, to anger at the president for not doing more to consult Congress and dissatisfaction with him for playing semantic games, as they saw it, to evade the War Powers Act. (It depends on what the meaning of "hostilities" is.)
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 6, 2011 A woman shouted "Except Obama" as a lawmaker read the Constitution's qualifications to be president. She was arrested. Aside from that, the reading went without incident.
January 6, 2011 House reads the Constitution; House takes up spending bill; former Ill. governor George Ryan makes emergency plea to go to wife's bedside
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 4, 2011 House GOP members want to show they're serious about cutting government spending by starting small. The $35 million or five percent of the House budget they intend to cut is tiny relative to the $3.55 trillion federal budget. But it's easy pickings.
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 16, 2010 Under either the Democrats' or Republican estate-tax proposals, the tax would be largely irrelevant. The National Journal reports it would disappear for more than 99 percent of families.
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.