| Jan 2, 2015
| 4:33 PM
Returning to Washington with fewer numbers and increased doubt about their direction in the new Congress, Democrats are pushing President Obama to pursue a more aggressive economic agenda that lays the groundwork for a political rebound in 2016 by...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 12:56 PM
President Obama would veto legislation aimed at forcing him to speed up approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House said Tuesday, setting up a showdown with Congress just hours after Republicans took control.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 1:47 PM
HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he is resurrecting a measure to help prevent suicide among the armed forces and service veterans.
The Democrat appeared in Hartford on Tuesday with the leaders of state veterans' organizations to tout...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 2:04 PM
The White House issued its second veto threat in as many days Wednesday against top-priority legislation of the new, Republican-controlled Congress, and GOP leaders said they intend to keep challenging President Barack Obama to sign early measures that...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 10:25 AM
A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a fight next week pitting newly empowered Republicans against President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
The Energy and Natural Resources committee...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:46 PM
For four years, Republicans in Congress have been accused of obstructing President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, with the House and Senate under their control, GOP leaders are ready to turn the tables.
Over the next few months, congressional leaders...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 5:37 PM
A landmark agreement on climate change between the U.S. and China, the world's top two polluting nations, faced immediate challenges from experts who warned that it would require an overhaul of China's economy and from Republicans in Congress who vowed to...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 3:30 PM
The House and Senate are set to consider dueling measures that aim to advance the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project, as the politics of Louisiana's unresolved Senate election spilled into the first day of the lame-duck session of Congress.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:39 PM
WASHINGTON — In a bid to revive his own stalled bill, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey used a legislative maneuver this fall to slow down another.
He placed a "hold," or a secret, formal objection, on a child care bill when his own measure to...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 1:21 PM
In 1953, with Republicans holding a one-seat majority as the new Senate convened, independent Oregon Sen. Wayne Morse saw himself in a unique position of power.
To reinforce the point, he made a conspicuous entrance to the chamber on the session’s...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Mitch McConnell built his ascent to Senate majority leader on voter anger over Washington gridlock that he helped foster while in the Republican minority against President Obama.
Now the Kentucky senator will need to convince tea party Republicans who...