| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:39 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.
A bill that would have forced Obama's hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 8:58 PM
The Senate moved closer Friday to passing a $1.1 trillion bill to fund almost all of the government through most of 2015. But detractors on the left and the right were likely to delay final approval of the sweeping measure.
The opponents, who have...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 6:09 PM
Something unusual happened in Congress this week: Senators voted -- not just once or twice, but more than 20 times, right up until midnight Thursday.
In contrast to the recent years of gridlock and paralysis, senators took vote after politically tough...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:17 AM
New Congress convenes with Republicans holding majority in House and Senate. A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 2:39 PM
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid broke several ribs and facial bones when a piece of exercise equipment snapped at his Nevada home Thursday, causing the lawmaker to fall.
In a statement issued Friday, Reid's office said the 75-year-old senator was...
| 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 6, 2015
| 11:06 AM
John A. Boehner secured a third term as House Speaker on Tuesday, overcoming a brazen revolt by GOP conservatives to oust him but renewing questions about his hold over the chamber’s often rambunctious majority.
A total of 24 rank-and-file...
| 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...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 6:07 PM
A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senateon Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported.
The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 7:50 AM
The thrashing that voters administered to the Democrats in the midterm congressional elections confirmed the old admonition Harry Truman kept on his White House desk: "The buck stops here."
The Republicans widened their hold on the House and wrested...
| 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...