Congress Congress

During the 2013 shutdown, tourists have to look at Mount Rushmore from the highway because the national memorial in Keystone, S.D., was closed. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Open Or Closed? Here's What Happens In A Partial Government Shutdown

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/578985305/579227957" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., answers questions Thursday on the possibility of a government shutdown. After receiving assurances from Ryan, a key group of conservative House Republicans said they would support a short-term-funding bill. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Win McNamee/Getty Images

Representative Darrell Issa, R-Calif., became the 31st Republican to announce he is not seeking re-election in this year's midterms. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Trump, with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaks to reporters after a retreat where GOP leaders made plans for 2018. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Harnik/AP

The CHIP program provides health coverage to 9 million children from lower-income households that make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. The $2.85 billion Congress allocated in December was supposed to fund CHIP programs in all states through March 31. But federal health officials say it won't stretch that far. Karl Tapales/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Karl Tapales/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says that in 2018, he wants to focus on issues that his party could work with Democrats on. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Win McNamee/Getty Images

McConnell Ready To 'Move On' From Obamacare Repeal, Others In GOP Say Not So Fast

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/572588692/572699305" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Senator-elect Doug Jones, D-Ala., speaks to the press last week after his win in the Alabama special election. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Democrat Doug Jones greets supporters before his victory speech Tuesday night. Jones defeated controversial Republican Roy Moore to become the first Democratic senator elected from Alabama in 25 years. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan administers the House oath of office to Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, during a mock ceremony in January. Farenthold reached a private 2015 settlement for $84,000 with his former communications director over sexual harassment allegations. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jose Luis Magana/AP

Members of the College Republican National Committee demonstrated against the estate tax in Washington in 2006. The tax was eliminated in 2010 but was reinstated a year later. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Wong/Getty Images

As GOP Lawmakers Eye Cutting Estate Tax, Will They Increase Income Inequality?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/568828538/569039681" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript