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GOP cuts off Rep. Bobby Rush for wearing hoodie on House floor

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives shut down a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus after he donned a hooded sweatshirt in honor of a Florida teen who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch leader. During his morning remarks on Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) observed…

House votes to repeal part of Obama health care law

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a key measure of US President Barack Obama’s health care reform, a symbolic move on the historic law’s second anniversary. The bill, adopted by lawmakers 223-181, including seven Democrats, would scrap a 15-member panel established to control costs for…

Minnesota House approves voter ID amendment

Minnesota’s House of Representatives has approved a controversial measure to put a referendum on voter photo IDs on the November ballot. After nine hours of debate, the bill was passed along party lines at 2:14 a.m. on Wednesday morning by a vote of 72-62, according to the Star Tribune. If…

Senate passes major transport bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Wednesday passed a $109-billion highway bill that serves as a roadmap for boosting safety and improving infrastructure and freight transport on America’s roads. The sweeping legislation passed 74-22 with broad bipartisan support following weeks of wrangling in the Senate, and now heads to the…

Anti-abortion initiatives inch forward in southern U.S.

Initiatives by social conservatives to limit abortion inched forward in three southern US states this week, contributing to one of the most emotionally-charged debates in US politics. In Florida, the House of Representatives voted 78-33 in favor of imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion and requiring…

Republicans propose not paying for payroll tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress on Monday proposed extending a tax cut for 160 million workers through the rest of the year without offsetting the cost with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. As first reported by Reuters, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives issued a statement saying…

Rep. Cohen rails against House GOP leadership over STOCK Act

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) blasted Republicans on the House floor Thursday for watering down and subsequently passing the STOCK Act. “What the public saw today in the House of Representatives was the STOCK Act sold short,” he said. “Unfortunately, what could have been an outstanding bill was changed by the…

House passes bill against congressional insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Thursday a bill to curb insider trading by lawmakers and other government officials, despite objections from both Democrats and Republicans that it was weaker than a version passed by the Senate last week. The House voted 417-2 to pass the…

Indiana state House approves right-to-work bill

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed right-to-work legislation on Wednesday, sending on to Governor Mitch Daniels a controversial measure that could hit organized labor in the pocketbook. Once signed into law by Daniels, who gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech…

House Republicans target Medicare in new budget

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives will put forward a budget plan this year that will seek substantial reforms to health benefits for the elderly and make aggressive strides toward reducing deficits, a senior lawmaker said on Friday. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he wanted…

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