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Tea Party groups tiptoe in race to replace GOP’s Cantor as House majority leader

Conservative groups that often try to push U.S. Republican lawmakers toward more hardline policies are stepping cautiously ahead of the leadership election in the House of Representatives. Organizations such as Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth have repeatedly urged House leadership to pursue their policy goals of smaller…

Senate passes bipartisan bill offering veterans more medical care options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easing healthcare delays for veterans by giving them more access to private care and allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to open more clinics and hire more medical staff. The vote in the Democratic-led Senate followed…

Senate advances bill to renew $85 billion in tax breaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to advance a bill to renew $85 billion of individual and business tax breaks for two years, setting up a confrontation with Republicans in the House of Representatives. By a vote of 96-3, the measure passed its first procedural test,…

House votes ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution finding former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her alleged role in the tax agency’s tax-exempt targeting controversy. Lerner, the former head of the IRS’s tax-exempt division,…

Georgia House votes to allow weapons in bars and churches

Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow bars and churches to decide for themselves whether to let gun owners carry weapons into their buildings. The measure heads for the state Senate after the members of Georgia’s House of Representatives approved the legislation with a 119-56 vote, according to the chamber’s…

House narrowly passes ‘clean’ one-year increase for debt limit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives, by a narrow margin, on Tuesday passed clean legislation raising the government’s borrowing authority for one year in order to avoid a default that was looming at the end of this month. By a vote of 221-201, the House passed the bill, adhering…

15 wins for the progressive movement in 2013

In politics, as in sports, you can’t win ‘em all. With a divided government and a House of Representatives firmly in the control of tea partiers, it was a tough year for progressives in Washington – one marked by the painful cuts of sequestration…  …

House prepares to vote on bipartisan budget bill

The just agreed 2014-2015 US budget deal faces a crucial test Thursday when the House of Representatives votes on the bill, with Speaker John Boehner urging skeptical conservatives to back it. The agreement sealed between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal cycle…

‘This is not one nation under God’: House stenographer taken from the floor after bizarre outburst

An unidentified woman acting as a stenographer for the House of Representatives was dragged off the floor late Wednesday night after she went to the dais and began yelling about religion. “He will not be mocked,” the woman yelled. “He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is this…

House of Representatives unanimously approves back pay for federal workers

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Saturday to provide back pay to federal workers furloughed by the Republican shutdown of the federal government. According to NBC News, the Senate is also in session Saturday afternoon so that that body, too, could pass the measure, bringing relief to the…

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