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FBI promises to respond to Congress on Holder travelupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 18:11:00

The FBI said Friday it will respond to questions from Congress on the use of FBI aircraft amid allegations that Attorney General Eric Holder is among officials who "may have used FBI planes for his own travel when aircraft were needed for FBI operations."

Congress closes loophole in stock trading law after CNN reportupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 19:57:00

House Republicans have been forced to close a potential loophole on their much-touted insider trading law -- a loophole CNN uncovered and reported about last month.

Congress closes loophole after CNN reportupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 19:57:00

Congress voted to fix its insider trading legislation after CNN's Dana Bash found a discrepancy in the STOCK Act.

House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:11:00

A congressional deal announced this week by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid would extend current government spending levels for six months, putting off threats of a government shutdown until after the November election decides the makeup of a new House and Senate.

Leaders of Congress reach deal to fund government, avoid shutdown showdownupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 15:13:00

Congressional leaders announced a deal Tuesday on a six-month bill to fund the federal government, thereby removing the possibility of a government shutdown -- and the political spectacle that would go with it -- before the election.

Senate Republicans filibuster Obama judicial nomineeupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 20:59:00

In keeping with their vow to prevent any more of President Barack Obama's appeals court nominees from being confirmed until after the election, Senate Republicans successfully upheld Monday their filibuster of Judge Robert Bacharach's nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Denver.

Why House tax vote is really about drawing battle lines for the fallupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 08:20:00

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a vote this week on a House Republican bill to extend all the current tax cuts, but the debate is really aimed at the vote that comes less than 100 days from now.

CNN exclusive: Congressional insider trading ban might not apply to familiesupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 22:06:00

It was a rare show of bipartisanship -- President Barack Obama, flanked by Democrats and Republicans in April, signing into law a bill that would ban insider trading on Capitol Hill. The measure, known as the STOCK Act, had passed the House and Senate at warp speed.

Congressional insider trading loopholeupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 22:06:00

CNN's Dana Bash explains how the Senate and House are interpreting a law differently, hindering transparency on trades.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for mood disorder, statement saysupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 21:05:00

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," according to a statement released by the congressman's office, which attributed the quote to an unidentified doctor.

Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.

GOP plans for 'after Obamacare'updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

The GOP is working to define what they would replace Obamacare with.

Holder contempt vote seems inevitableupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 18:05:00

Eric Holder about to become the first sitting Attorney General cited for contempt of Congress. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

House holds Holder in contemptupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 17:00:00

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting -- a discredited operation that has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

Timeline of the health care lawupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 10:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that President Obama signed in March 2010. Here's a look at key moments in the law's history:

Affordable Care Act: What's on the line?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 10:42:00

The health care reform law is in jeopardy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Will Cain and Christine Romans explain what's on the line.

Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceedupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 21:49:00

The U.S. House will vote Thursday on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown, Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

Will student loan interest rates increase?updated: Wed Jun 27 2012 02:31:00

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House GOP leaders to discuss deal on student loansupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 02:31:00

House GOP leaders are expected to discuss whether or not to extend a rate cut on student loans at a meeting Wednesday morning.

Senate deal on student loans awaits House GOP approval updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 22:10:00

The top Senate leaders from each party Tuesday indicated they had reached an agreement to extend a rate cut on student loans but were waiting to hear whether House Republicans would accept the deal.

House vote to hold attorney general Holder in contempt possible soonupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 01:44:00

The U.S. House could, for the first time in history, vote this week to cite a sitting U.S. attorney general for contempt of Congress.

Congress ready for high court's health care decisions -- then it gets trickyupdated: Sun Jun 24 2012 18:57:00

No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the challenge to the health care law, it will only be a matter of minutes after that ruling is announced before attention shifts back across the street to the Capitol and to what happens next there.

Contempt vote inflames Fast and Furious debateupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 22:25:00

A possible U.S. House vote next week on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress in connection with the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting evoked bitter political sniping Thursday between Republicans and Democrats.

Watch lawmakers vote on Holderupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 22:25:00

A House committee recommends Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress.

Congress: Same hours, half the workupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 00:21:00

The current Congress has worked just as many days as its legislative predecessors. It just has a lot less to show for it.

Biden laments GOP obstructionismupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 00:21:00

Vice President Biden accused House GOP members of obstructionism.

Timeline of the health care lawupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 01:38:00

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , the health-care reform law that President Obama had signed in March 2010. Here's a look at key moments in the law's history:

Congressional leaders call for halt to 'cascade of leaks'updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 19:52:00

Congressional leaders agreed Thursday on the need for a full investigation of what one called a recent "cascade" of leaked classified information but differed on exactly how the inquiry should be conducted.

House rejects abortion ban based on sex of fetusupdated: Thu May 31 2012 14:40:00

Congress took up one of the most divisive issues in politics Thursday as the House of Representatives rejected a controversial measure banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.

Senate rejects dueling student loan relief billsupdated: Thu May 24 2012 17:26:00

The Senate, in the latest round of political maneuvering on a popular campaign issue, Thursday rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals to prevent student loan rates from doubling to 6.8% in July.

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.

Gridlock in Congress? Blame the GOPupdated: Mon May 21 2012 08:55:00

Congress is reaching a point where it will no longer be able to function at all. Over the past two years, some members of the Republican Party have ramped up the partisan wars on Capitol Hill. They are threatening to bring the legislative process to a standstill.

House GOP leaders pressure Holder on Fast and Furiousupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:46:00

Top House Republicans attempted to ramp up pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday with a joint letter demanding the Department of Justice comply with a congressional subpoena for materials on the "Operation Fast and Furious" program.

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.

Violence Against Women Act in limboupdated: Fri May 18 2012 08:48:00

After a high profile political battle this week over legislation to help victims of domestic abuse, its fate appears to be in limbo. And this policy-dispute-turned-election-year-brawl seems to be far from over.

Dems, GOP spar over domestic violence actupdated: Wed May 16 2012 22:55:00

Florida Republican Sandy Adams' personal story could help the GOP in its efforts to woo women voters.

House passes GOP version of Violence Against Women Act renewal updated: Wed May 16 2012 22:55:00

The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.

Obama, congressional leaders talk about debtupdated: Wed May 16 2012 17:20:00

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders met Wednesday to discuss upcoming budget deadlines, one day after House Speaker John Boehner drew a line in the sand over what could be another bitter showdown between the White House and Congress later this year.

House passes bill undoing defense cutsupdated: Thu May 10 2012 14:17:00

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would replace looming Pentagon spending cuts opposed by the GOP with a series of domestic program reductions opposed by congressional Democrats.

Top House Republican cleared of insider trading updated: Tue May 01 2012 18:57:00

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has been cleared of allegations that he used his position to engage in insider trading and improperly profit from the 2008 market meltdown.

Obama: 'We had a mountain of debt'updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 14:56:00

President Obama targets the youth vote in calling for lower college costs.

White House: Obama would veto GOP student loan planupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 14:56:00

The White House said Friday that President Barack Obama would veto a Republican measure passed by the House to extend lower interest rates on federal student loans because it takes money from a health care fund that benefits women.

Boehner offers student loan dealupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 20:44:00

The House will vote Friday to extend current rates on federally funded college loans for one year, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday in what is seen as an attempt to blunt President Barack Obama's momentum on an issue popular with young voters.

CNNMoney: Student loan rate hike: What you need to knowupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 14:35:00

On July 1, the interest rates on student loans subsidized by Uncle Sam will double to 6.8%.

House passes GOP small business tax cut updated: Thu Apr 19 2012 13:56:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $46 billion small business tax cut bill -- an election year measure that has virtually no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a presidential veto.

New poll, endorsements bolster Romneyupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 05:28:00

A new poll Tuesday showed voters are willing to give Mitt Romney a fresh look now that he is the certain Republican presidential nominee, and the former Massachusetts governor picked up public backing from the top GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

Romney slams Obama on 'Buffett Rule'updated: Wed Apr 18 2012 05:28:00

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells supporters why he thinks the so-called Buffett Rule is not a solid tax plan.

Obama: There is a deficit of trustupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 14:45:00

President Obama, while signing the STOCK Act, said there is more that needs to be done to close the deficit of trust.

Obama signs STOCK Act to address 'deficit of trust' in Washingtonupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 14:45:00

President Barack Obama signed legislation on Wednesday aimed at restoring Americans' faith in the nation's public institutions at a time they rank at record lows in opinion polls. The act bans insider trading by members of Congress and many executive branch employees.

House passes GOP budgetupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 17:41:00

The House of Representatives passes the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan 228-191.

Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projectsupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 18:15:00

With just four days left before the federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country, House Republicans abruptly postponed a vote on a two-month extension Tuesday, throwing into question how a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over the transportation bill will get resolved.

Standoff in Congress threatens highway construction funding updated: Thu Mar 22 2012 05:33:00

With less than two weeks before federal money runs out for transportation projects across the country, a partisan showdown is developing between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over passing a new bill.

Senate passes $109 billion transportation billupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 18:37:00

A $109 billion transportation bill won approval Wednesday from the Senate but still faces likely political wrangling in the House.

White House, Republicans talk compromiseupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.

Obama: American auto industry is backupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

The president says that the auto bailouts worked, in an address to the United Auto Workers union in Washington.

Congress reaches payroll tax agreementupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 15:11:00

A House-Senate conference committee negotiated a compromise on a payroll tax cut extension.

Congress passes payroll tax cut dealupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 15:11:00

The Senate and the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan deal Friday extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while also avoiding a Medicare fee cut for doctors for the rest of the year.

Congress reaches payroll tax dealupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 20:46:00

Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Max Baucus announce that Congressional negotiators reached a deal to extend the payroll tax cut.

Payroll tax deal heads to final House, Senate votesupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 20:46:00

A bipartisan group of congressional negotiators signed off on an agreement Thursday to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while avoiding a fee cut for Medicare doctors for the rest of the year.

Boehner defends payroll tax dealupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 17:52:00

House Speaker John Boehner says a payroll tax agreement with Democrats was the only way to prevent a tax hike.

Boehner defends payroll tax dealupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 17:52:00

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended Wednesday the decision to move forward with a roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, arguing that it was the only way to prevent a tax hike.

GOP leaders drop key demand in payroll tax cut standoff updated: Tue Feb 14 2012 05:14:00

In a sharp turnaround, House Republican leaders Monday dropped a key demand that the cost of extending the payroll tax cut be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

House Republican insists he'll be cleared in insider trading probeupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 18:24:00

Rep. Spencer Bachus, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, acknowledged Friday that he is under investigation for possible violations of insider trading laws, but insisted he will be cleared.

Senate passes insider-trading billupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 21:51:00

Aiming to restore voters' faith in Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that makes clear it's illegal for members of Congress, their staffs and many executive-branch employees to trade stocks and other securities based on inside information learned on the job.

Senate to consider insider trading billupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 21:51:00

Peter Schweizer, "Throw Them All Out" author, explains insider trading by members of Congress and the pending Senate bill.

Giffords arrives for Obama addressupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 22:18:00

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords receives a standing ovation prior to Tuesday's State of the Union Address.

Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congressupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 22:18:00

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who moved the nation with an improbable comeback after a gunman shot her in the head last year, formally resigned Wednesday in an emotional appearance in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Election-year politics will chart Congress' path this yearupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 13:58:00

The fight over extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits resumes Tuesday as Congress returns to work after its winter break.

Are Democrats stalling the payroll tax?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 13:58:00

Rep. Jeb Hensarling tells CNN's Erin Burnett the Democrats are stalling the payroll tax vote.

White House chief of staff stepping downupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 20:29:00

President Barack Obama announced Monday that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is stepping down and will be replaced by Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew.

Obama chief of staff steps downupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 20:29:00

CNN's Jessica Yellin recaps the White House's announcement that Chief of Staff Bill Daley is stepping down.

Democrats stage rally on House floor urging GOP to come back to work updated: Fri Jan 06 2012 14:04:00

House Democratic leaders went to the House floor Friday morning in an effort to embarrass House Republicans for not coming back to work right after the holidays.

Obama signs payroll tax cut extensionupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 04:19:00

President Barack Obama signed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, ending what had been a heated political stalemate and sealing a hard-fought win for Democrats on an issue -- taxes -- that has historically favored the GOP.

Obama comments on tax cut extensionupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 04:19:00

After signing the payroll tax cut extension, President Obama thanks Americans for their patience and persistence.

House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 21:34:00

A compromise measure to extend the payroll tax cut for two months comes before the House and Senate on Friday after Speaker John Boehner dropped his opposition under mounting pressure from the White House, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans.

CNNMoney: What the payroll tax deal would doupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 19:42:00

So it looks like the payroll tax holiday will continue after all.

Obama, Boehner in payroll tax standoffupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:22:00

The payroll tax impasse becomes a showdown between President Obama and Speaker Boehner. CNN's Dana Bash has the latest.

Obama to talk about payroll tax impasseupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:22:00

President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement Thursday on the partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.

Conference committee unlikely in payroll tax disputeupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 19:24:00

In the world of the U.S. Congress, appointing a conference committee is one option for the House and Senate to resolve their differences when each chamber has passed its own version of legislation.

Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fightupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 09:53:00

The congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut became a showdown Tuesday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

Obama calls House to vote on extensionupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 09:53:00

President Obama calls on House Republicans to bring a Senate-approved payroll tax-cut extension to a vote.

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.

House passes spending billupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 23:23:00

A compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year won approval Friday from the House of Representatives, the first step toward averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.

White House happy with payroll tax talksupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 23:23:00

Press Secretary Jay Carney says the administration is optimistic about the passage of the payroll tax cut extension.

Leaders meet over spending, tax-cut impasse as clock ticksupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 09:03:00

In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.

Carney: Tax cuts won't hurt job creatorsupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:09:00

White House press secretary Jay Carney says payroll tax cuts would negatively impact less than 1% of small businesses.

Pipeline showdown escalates payroll tax cut fight updated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:09:00

Ensuring a pre-holiday collision course with the Senate, House Republicans Friday ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats and formally unveiled a bill that extends the payroll tax cut and benefits for jobless Americans, but ties those items to a provision that clears a path toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

House Republicans to offer payroll tax planupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 18:35:00

Setting up a showdown with the White House and Senate Democrats, House Republican leaders Thursday proceeded with plans to vote next week on a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while easing the path for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

A bipartisan payroll tax plan?updated: Thu Dec 08 2011 18:35:00

Senators Collins and McCaskill propose bipartisan payroll tax cut plan

CNNMoney: Senate blocks consumer bureau chiefupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 12:09:00

The Senate on Thursday failed to muster the 60 votes needed to confirm President Obama's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has become the symbol of the administration's efforts to rein in Wall Street excess.

Impasse over payroll tax cut continuesupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 19:18:00

All kinds of ideas are flying around Capitol Hill about how to extend the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year, but a long-standing battle over tax increases and divisions among congressional Republicans have prevented any from gaining traction so far.

CNNMoney: Congress takes on insider trading ... by Congressupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 10:07:00

Is insider trading by members of Congress legal? How common is it? What's being done about it?

Rep. Barney Frank to call it a dayupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 07:23:00

Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, won't seek re-election in 2012, CNN's Mark Preston reports.

Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012updated: Mon Nov 28 2011 15:04:00

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a prominent 16-term liberal Democrat from Massachusetts and arch-enemy of political conservatives nationwide, announced Monday that he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012.

Clock ticks down on super committeeupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 19:56:00

Members of Congress's so-called super committee huddled in small groups behind closed doors on Capitol Hill on Friday, battling growing pessimism over their seeming inability to meet a now-imminent deadline for a bipartisan deficit reduction deal.

Pelosi fires back at '60 Minutes' report on 'soft corruption'updated: Mon Nov 14 2011 08:37:00

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired back Sunday at a CBS News' "60 Minutes" report that highlighted several instances of what it suggested could be "soft corruption."

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.

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