| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:03 PM
— Moments before he walked on to the U.S. House floor to be sworn in, Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent picked up a packet of manila envelopes marked "146."
What was it last year, one staffer asked another. "183."
"That's out of the whole...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 11:49 AM
As the new congressional session gets underway, government reform proposals are getting early interest from Pennsylvania legislators.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said Wednesday that he’s co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment from Louisiana Sen....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 8:13 AM
Last night's election results were the stuff of sweeping gestures.
The first modern Pennsylvania governor to be denied a second term and the end of the eight-year party swaps. Republicans taking definitive control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP padding...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Viewpoints on abortion, the Ebola virus, marijuana and health care — and nearly $2 million in campaign cash — now divide Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Kevin Strouse, his Democratic challenger for the 8th Congressional...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Congressman Matt Cartwright was well on his way Tuesday night to winning a second term over Republican Dr. David "Doc" Moylan for the 17th Congressional District, which meanders from the banks of the Delaware River to the Anthracite Region.
| Nov 12, 2014
| 6:43 PM
— Among congressman-elect Ryan Costello's first tasks? Figuring out his government-issued cellphone.
The Republican from West Chester had only had a couple of hours Wednesday to fiddle around with the security-laden device when Costello began...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 6:16 PM
– Most Lehigh Valley federal lawmakers are joining a chorus of concerns about how federal officials are responding to the Ebola crisis, calling for restricting travel from the affected countries and better coordination among agencies.
| Oct 7, 2014
| 2:06 PM
Back from a six-day trip to Qatar and Turkey, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick said Tuesday he believes the threat from Islamic State militants is growing stronger and that the U.S. needs to step up efforts to cut off the terror group’s funding.
| Sep 17, 2014
| 7:22 PM
— Congressman Charlie Dent broke from the rest of the Lehigh Valley delegation Wednesday when he voted against a plan to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.
Dent, a Republican who represents much of the...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 3:34 PM
WASHINGTON — If Democrats ever hope to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, they will need to win moderate, slightly right-of-center districts like those surrounding Philadelphia.
But races in those suburbs are tilting toward...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 2:39 AM
— The Lehigh Valley's congressional delegation was looking for a clear plan from President Barack Obama on Wednesday as he outlined more aggressive military steps for combating Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.
In interviews, area lawmakers...