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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…

Republicans insist on piecemeal approach to government funding

Republicans will stage piecemeal budget votes over the weekend offering symbolic funding to additional public services, as Republicans and Democrats accused the other of deliberately dragging out the wider government shutdown into a second week. The GOP-dominated House of Representatives will attempt to re-open the National Weather Service, the Federal…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

House votes to repeal Obamacare for 40th time

The House of Representatives, in a 232-185 vote, again attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare” through a bill that would essentially block the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to enforce the individual mandate. This marks the 40th time the House of Representatives has tried to…

House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

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