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House Republicans vote to ban nonbelievers from serving as military chaplains

In a mostly party-line vote, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure that prohibits the Department of Defense from allowing nonbelievers to serve as chaplains. All but six House Republicans voted for the measure, which was offered as an amendment to the annual defense spending bill. Rep. John…

Light bulb wars roar back into House Of Representatives

Hold on to your seat belts, the light bulb wars have just blown up again. Light bulbs, as you may recall, have become a perennial excuse for certain federal legislators to whip up the conservative base, by railing again new federal energy efficiency…  …

House passes bill to speed construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

US lawmakers agreed to a bill that would speed construction of a Canada-US oil pipeline and circumvent the need for President Barack Obama’s approval for the $5 billion project. By a 241-175 vote, the House of Representatives passed the largely symbolic measure to end regulatory delays on the Keystone XL…

Lawmakers reach deal on ‘pathway to citizenship’ for undocumented immigrants

Republicans appear to reach deal with Hispanic caucus as one activist says ‘that’s like Israelis and Palestinians making peace’ Hopes that America’s 11 million undocumented migrants might be granted a pathway to US citizenship have risen significantly after a bipartisan group of politicians in the House of Representatives reached a…

Senate approves controversial online sales tax

The US Senate passed legislation Monday that would end years of tax-free online buying by allowing states to collect sales tax for Internet purchases from web giants like Amazon and eBay. The Marketplace Fairness Act sailed through the Senate 69-27, but before becoming law it needs to pass the House…

U.S. House votes to avert government shutdown

Congress approved a funding stopgap Thursday to keep the US government operating through September, while the House backed a Republican blueprint that lays out budget austerity for the next decade. The two votes came in rapid-fire succession in the House of Representatives ahead of a two-week congressional holiday recess. The…

Obama’s State of the Union address to outline ambitious second-term agenda

Barack Obama plans to use his state of the union speech on Tuesday to kickstart an ambitious second term-agenda with commitments to immigration reform, gun control, cuts in nuclear weapons stockpiles and, above all, the economic recovery that eluded him over the past four years. The speech presents Obama with…

Connecticut death penalty repeal passes hurdle

Connecticut’s House of Representatives has approved a bill to ban the death penalty that was passed by the state Senate last week and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. The proposed law — which passed by an 86-62 vote late Wednesday — would replace the death…

Allen West suggests 80 House Dems are Communist Party members

Tea party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on Tuesday warned that as many as 80 Democratic lawmakers are members of the Communist Party. Speaking to about 100 supporters and 15 protesters in Jensen Beach, the freshman congressman refused to name names after saying that that he had “heard” that 80…

Rep. Baldwin calls for House to vote on ‘Buffett Rule’ tax for millionaires

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on Monday urged leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring her legislation to the floor to enact the so-called Buffett Rule. “As tax day quickly approaches, middle class Americans deserve to know that our tax system has not been rigged against them,” she said.…

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