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Can we fix a hyper-partisan Congress?updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 11:08:00

Soon after I was elected to Congress, an issue came to the House floor to which I had given considerable thought and believed that my conclusions were sound, reasonable and persuasive.

House votes to formally reprimand Richardsonupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 11:44:00

The U.S. House voted Thursday to formally reprimand California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson for misusing government staffers for a variety of political and personal purposes.

Tea party favorite fuels gridlock fearsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 01:38:00

Tea party favorite Ted Cruz won the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Senate passes Democratic tax plan, rejects GOP versionupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 17:44:00

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans while rejecting a Republican alternative to continue all of the cuts -- twin votes that help to crystallize the position of the two parties on a critical issue heading into the fall campaign.

Senate passes Iran sanctions billupdated: Tue May 22 2012 05:24:00

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to tighten sanctions on Iran on Monday, three days after a dispute over whether to include the threat of American force stalled the legislation.

House passes $643 billion defense billupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:36:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion defense bill -- a measure at odds with prior military spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.

Obama, Democrats not serious about passing budgetupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:59:00

The U.S. government is the largest financial entity in the world. Nothing else comes close.

Rep. Ryan: Obama threatened by my budgetupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:59:00

Rumored vice presidential contender Rep. Paul Ryan talks faith and politics in an address at Georgetown University.

Senate OKs renewal of domestic abuse law after GOP relentsupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 05:25:00

The U.S. Senate voted to renew a law designed to combat domestic abuse Thursday after Republicans stepped back from what was becoming a politically risky fight over some of the expansions they oppose .

Why politician revealed her rape storyupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 05:25:00

Rep. Gwen Moore explains why she told her personal story of rape and abuse on the House floor.

Jobs Act passes House after 'bumpy' yearupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 12:00:00

House Republicans comment after the passage of the Jobs Act.

Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendmentupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 15:55:00

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.

Senate tables contraception amendmentupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 15:55:00

The Senate tables the Blunt amendment, 51-48, opposing the bill designed to limit a woman's choice with contraception.

Senate rejects attempt to prevent debt ceiling hikeupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:37:00

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have prevented a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling, putting an end to legislative debate on the politically contentious issue until after the November presidential election.

Cost of running for officeupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:02:00

Newcomers to politics get a feel for what it costs to run for office. CNN's Athena Jones reports

Political newcomers face high costs and difficult oddsupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:02:00

Political newcomer Ken Vaughn is betting big on his own run for Congress.

House 'disapproves' debt ceiling hikeupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 16:52:00

In a political gesture Wednesday, the U.S. House voted to "disapprove" the Obama administration's recent request to raise the nation's debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion.

CNNMoney: Bill that could 'break the Internet' delayed until 2012updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 11:41:00

A congressional vote on an anti-piracy bill that Internet heavyweights like Google say would be an online Armageddon has been delayed until 2012.

Boehner: 'I need the president to help'updated: Tue Dec 20 2011 20:12:00

House Speaker John Boehner says the payroll tax cut bill is now up to the president and Democrats.

Political dispute creates GOP split between House and Senateupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 20:12:00

At the end of another long and confusing day of political wrangling over extending the payroll tax cut, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked a question on everybody's mind.

House leader rejects Senate payroll tax planupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 17:33:00

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed a temporary extension of a payroll tax cut, saying the two-month plan passed by the Senate "is just kicking the can down the road."

Thune: We'll be back 'in two months'updated: Sun Dec 18 2011 10:38:00

On Erin Burnett OutFront, Sen. John Thune announced a deal that extends payroll tax cuts for two months.

Gingrich: Palestinians are 'invented'updated: Sat Dec 10 2011 18:40:00

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told The Jewish Channel that the Palestinians are an "invented" people.

GOP shows it doesn't care about U.S. consumersupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 18:40:00

Sometimes it's right to just turn off the television out of fear of seeing something that will drive your blood pressure to unacceptable levels.

CNNMoney: Treasury delays currency reportupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 17:35:00

The Treasury Department announced Friday it was delaying the release of a report on exchange rates that often contains subtle criticism of China's currency policies.

House passes bill on abortion fundingupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 20:38:00

The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would amend the health care law to bar federal funding for health plans that provide abortion services.

CNNMoney: Senate targets China's currencyupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 11:54:00

The Senate is expected to pass a bill on Tuesday that targets China's undervalued currency -- long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.

CNNMoney: Senate passes bill targeting China's currencyupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 11:10:00

The Senate approved a bill on Thursday to target China's undervalued currency -- long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.

CNNMoney: Senate takes aim at China's currencyupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 18:38:00

The Senate is taking a swipe at China's undervalued currency -- long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.

House approves short-term funding planupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 15:48:00

A short-term spending measure to fund the federal government into next week won approval Thursday from the U.S. House and now goes to President Barack Obama's desk.

Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois dies at 91updated: Sat Sep 17 2011 15:03:00

Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy, a prominent Illinois Republican who served in the Senate for nearly 20 years and became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, died Saturday, said a spokesman for Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a relative. He was 91.

Senate goes on recess without taking up FAA fundingupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:37:00

The U.S. Senate went on summer recess Tuesday night without taking action to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration, all but assuring that almost 4,000 furloughed FAA workers will remain jobless for the next five weeks and preventing the agency from collecting $1.2 billion in aviation taxes.

Ex-insider: FAA shutdown a safety issueupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:37:00

Fmr. FAA Chief of Staff Michael Goldfarb says a partial shutdown of the federal agency threatens safety and the economy.

House passes debt ceiling agreement; Senate vote is Tuesdayupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 22:59:00

The U.S. House on Monday passed the debt-ceiling deal worked out by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, sending it to the Senate for consideration a day before the deadline for the government to face possible default.

Protesters disrupt U.S. House before debt ceiling voteupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 16:24:00

A group of protesters shouting chants against Speaker John Boehner disrupted the U.S. House on Monday before being removed from the chamber.

Democratic bill to end oil subsidies is defeated in the Senateupdated: Tue May 17 2011 22:25:00

On a mostly party-line vote, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic measure to strip major oil companies of about $20 billion in tax subsidies over the next 10 years and use the savings to pay down the deficit.

House passes three-week government spending extensionupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 07:27:00

A three-week extension of government funding won approval Tuesday from the U.S. House, with Democratic support overcoming opposition by some conservative Republicans.

Repeal of health care overhaul advances in Houseupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 13:47:00

Legislation repealing President Obama's health care overhaul cleared a key procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, advancing a top priority of the new Republican congressional majority.

House votes to trim operating budgetupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 15:43:00

The new Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to cut its operating budget by 5% -- a move meant to reflect the GOP's desire to reduce the size of the federal government.

CNNMoney: House votes to cut its own fundingupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 14:36:00

The new Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to cut its operating budget by 5% -- a move meant to reflect the GOP's desire to reduce the size of the federal government.

Democrats dismiss GOP health care repeal pushupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 05:36:00

Top Democrats are dismissing Republicans' plans to ram a repeal of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul through the House of Representatives in the opening days of the new Congress, portraying the move as little more than a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base.

Senate should let majority ruleupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 08:53:00

Suddenly no one is talking about Congress as the "broken branch" of government any more.

GOP sees good news in census numbersupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 06:10:00

The numbers for the 2010 census are out, and the news appears good for Republican-leaning states when it comes to adding new seats in the House of Representatives.

Nuclear arms treaty clears key Senate hurdleupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 19:44:00

The new nuclear arms control pact with Russia cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday as the Senate voted to cut off debate on the measure.

Senate defeats three more amendments to START accordupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 19:29:00

Senate debate on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia intensified Monday, with Democratic supporters touting the backing of military leaders for the pact while Republican opponents used to Cold War terminology to portray it as a threat to national security.

Obama urges House to 'act quickly'updated: Fri Dec 17 2010 00:20:00

President Obama encourages the House of Representatives to act quickly on his tax cut proposal.

Senate passes controversial tax cut dealupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 05:30:00

The Senate approved a controversial $858 billion tax cut package Wednesday, overwhelmingly voting to extend the Bush-era tax reductions despite a series of objections from both the left and the right.

Politicians' tax cut doubletalkupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 05:30:00

Both President Obama and Sen. John McCain seem to have contradicted themselves in their recent talk on tax cut plans.

Senate removes federal judge in impeachment convictionupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 12:46:00

The U.S. Senate found Federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana guilty on four articles of impeachment on Wednesday, which will remove him from the federal bench.

Senate trial on impeached judge to beginupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 01:27:00

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday will begin deciding whether to oust a federal judge, G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Louisiana, who was impeached by the House earlier this year on corruption charges.

Senate approves long-delayed food safety billupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 16:03:00

The Senate passed a food safety bill to give more power to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, more than a year after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure.

Former U.S. Senator is running for mayor of Chicagoupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 05:21:00

The first black woman to win a seat in the U.S. Senate has thrown her political hat back into the ring, beating Monday's deadline for hopeful candidates to turn in the required signatures needed to be placed on the mayoral ballot here.

Don't play politics with new START treatyupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 11:11:00

Led by Jon Kyl of Arizona, a group of nuclear dinosaurs in the U.S. Senate is trying to block a clear path to a safer, healthier world. That path is the New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which significantly reduces America and Russia's nuclear weapons stockpiles and provides a sound protocol for verifying compliance.

Senate OKs settling claims feds discriminated against blacks, Indiansupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 19:01:00

The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.

Is a full stop likely for New START?updated: Sat Nov 13 2010 22:32:00

With the Senate set to begin its lame-duck session Monday, the Obama administration is telling members it's time for them to vote on the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia.

What's next for Christine O'Donnell?updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:52:00

Former Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell discusses the political progress made in Delaware despite her defeat.

It was no 'Year of the Woman'updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:52:00

Over the past few months, newspapers, websites and cable news programs have implied 2010 would be a year of remarkable progress for women in politics.

Sick of Dems, GOP? There's hopeupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 12:36:00

With the election just days away, most Americans disapprove of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, while 58 percent of our fellow citizens say it's time for a third party.

Changing positionsupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 13:37:00

Watch as the three Florida Senate candidates debate changing your positions on the issues.

The Sweep: Governors' races are 'main event' in 2010updated: Thu Oct 21 2010 14:38:00

When President Obama flew into Columbus, Ohio, this past Sunday, party organizers turned out a crowd of 35,000 people, the largest gathering he'd addressed since his inauguration.

Strickland, Kasich on Ohio raceupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 14:38:00

Two candidates for Ohio governor address the race's importance and who has more momentum two weeks from Election Day.

House passes bill to help 9/11 first respondersupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 20:46:00

A bill to provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks won approval Wednesday from the U.S. House.

A farmer's message on a tractorupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 22:05:00

John Boyd drives his tractor to the White House and Capitol Hill calling for payout in a minority discrimination case.

Tractor is slow, but so is justice regarding settlement, black farmer saysupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 22:05:00

Beginning Thursday, the head of the National Black Farmers Association will ride a tractor to Capitol Hill to press Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.

Impeachment trial of federal judge gets under way in U.S. Senateupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 14:00:00

The U.S. Senate on Monday started the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. -- the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Survivors of foodborne illness demand action on billupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 21:04:00

Food-safety advocates and survivors of food-borne illness called Wednesday for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that has been in limbo since last year.

Black farmers call on U.S. Senate to fund settlementupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 16:21:00

The head of the National Black Farmers Association renewed his call Tuesday for Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.

Senate fails to OK funds for years-old settlement with minority farmersupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 12:32:00

The U.S. Senate failed Thursday to approve nearly $5 billion for a settlement between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers reached more than a decade ago, prompting finger pointing by members of both parties and outrage among many black farmers.

Senate approves $600 million in emergency border security fundsupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 22:17:00

The U.S. Senate approved $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border on Thursday, on the eve of the Senate's summer recess and ahead of an election season in which immigration and border security are shaping up as major issues.

House votes to remove oil spill liability capupdated: Sat Jul 31 2010 17:12:00

The House of Representatives passed legislation Friday which would lift the current $75 million liability cap for oil spills while imposing new safety standards for offshore drilling.

House passes massive war spending billupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 20:15:00

The U.S. House OKs a nearly $59 billion emergency spending bill, the bulk of which would go to Afghan troop buildup.

Anti-incumbent mood fuels term limit debateupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 10:15:00

Anti-establishment candidates are capitalizing on widespread anti-incumbent fervor and proposing term limits as a way to bring the power back to the people.

Colleagues mourn longest-serving U.S. senatorupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 17:31:00

Colleagues of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia mourned his death as family and friends planned his funeral.

CNNMoney: Derivatives: No special deals for Wall Streetupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 08:09:00

As Congress debates the final language for reforming Wall Street, a behind-the-scenes battle is raging over the arcane details of derivatives regulation.

Senate debates stripping EPA of authority to regulate greenhouse gasesupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 14:29:00

The U.S. Senate engaged in a heated debate Thursday on an issue at the heart of the fight over energy reform: whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have the authority to impose clear limits on the emission of greenhouse gases.

Senate panel, House approve 'don't ask, don't tell' compromise planupdated: Fri May 28 2010 10:12:00

The U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments to a military bill Thursday that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, but only after some conditions are met.

Obama to make recess appointments to 15 administration postsupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 10:28:00

President Obama announced Saturday he will make recess appointments of 15 nominees who are awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

What exercise is safe during pregnancy?updated: Fri Mar 26 2010 09:27:00

What kinds of exercises are safest to do while pregnant? How much is too much, especially early in the pregnancy vs. later on?

House votes to impeach federal judge from Louisianaupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 18:59:00

The House of Representatives voted unanimously Thursday to impeach Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, making him the nation's 15th federal judge ever impeached.

Democrats rip GOP senator for blocking jobless benefits extensionupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 10:55:00

Top Democrats tore into one of their Republican counterparts Monday for blocking an extension of unemployment benefits that would provide assistance to millions of jobless Americans.

Time for Obama to go 'gangsta' on GOPupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 10:32:00

Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer made famous the phrase, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

CNNMoney: No Senate deal on consumer financial protectionupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 15:00:00

The fate of a consumer financial protection agency was thrown in doubt Friday, as the Senate Banking Committee chief said he planned to push a bill forward without Republican support.

Democrats need to learn to compromiseupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 13:23:00

With Tea Party activists brewing their own strain of conservativism, Republicans are waging a fierce battle amongst themselves over what it means to be a member of the Grand Old Party.

Obama tries to rally his scared partyupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 22:09:00

The president's first State of the Union speech was an attempt to rev up his troops and convince the country he can lead them to the promised land.

A look at the U.S. Senate's use of the filibusterupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 10:25:00

The victory by Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat, observers have noted, will make or break the health care reform bill in Congress.

Who will get Kennedy's seat?updated: Wed Jan 20 2010 10:25:00

A Republican may take Ted Kennedy's seat in today's Massachusetts vote. CNN's Kiran Chetry spoke with analysts.

House Dems largely reject idea of passing Senate health care billupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 10:10:00

Despite knowing Senate Democrats will lose their filibuster-proof majority after Tuesday night's political upset in Massachusetts, House Democrats across the political spectrum largely rejected the idea of passing the Senate health care bill.

Democrats struggle to hold critical 60-seat Senate majorityupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 15:31:00

2010 has opened on an unsettling note for Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

Don't allow federal funds for abortionupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 11:12:00

The Democratic health care proposal being debated in the Senate not only contains large new taxes, enormous government expansion and huge spending, but I'm convinced it also seeks to allow federal funding for abortion -- something 61 percent of Americans do not support, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey.

GOP senator freezes health care debateupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 16:20:00

The congressional health care debate stalled briefly Wednesday as Senate Republicans insisted that a 767-page mega-amendment be read out loud in its entirety.

Obama: Congress on verge of passing health care reform legislationupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 20:32:00

President Obama met Tuesday with Senate Democrats and emerged to say Congress was "on the precipice" of passing a sweeping health care reform bill.

CNNMoney: Senate passes bill to keep government fundedupdated: Sun Dec 13 2009 17:58:00

The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved $447 billion in spending for several Cabinet departments and other agencies for the 2010 budget year -- money needed to fund the federal government after the coming week.

Senate approves government funding billupdated: Sun Dec 13 2009 16:45:00

The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved $447 billion in spending for several Cabinet departments and other agencies for the 2010 budget year -- money needed to fund the federal government after this week.

Cooperation with Pelosi pivotal to Obamaupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:45:00

The day after President Obama's inauguration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described herself as "on a high."

CNNMoney: Why the Copenhagen climate talks matterupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 10:55:00

It's a massive jamboree, with tempers on both sides of the issue running hot and no final deal in sight.

Victory! (well, sort of)updated: Wed Nov 18 2009 11:04:00

Democrats in the U.S. House of Reps are celebrating, but is the health care bill "dead on arrival" in the U.S. Senate.

Noteworthy Senate debates throughout U.S. historyupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 11:52:00

The Senate is about to embark on what could be the showdown of the year as top Democrats work to push through sweeping health care legislation.

Despite House approval, health care reform faces tough battleupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 15:24:00

Narrow passage of a sweeping health care bill by the House of Representatives portends a continuing difficult fight for President Obama and fellow Democrats to get a bill through the Senate and into law.

Mark and Lynn on healthcareupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 15:24:00

CNN's Don Lemon talks with political panel on the House healthcare reform vote and what's next.

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