Latest United States House of Representatives News

'New strategy': Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

Apr. 09, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mere whiff of a scandal once unraveled political careers with stunning speed. Not anymore. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and...

Lawmakers given more time to redraw Oregon political lines

Apr. 09, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Legislature will have until Sept. 27 to complete the redistricting process, giving lawmakers more time to draw political boundaries following a delay in crucial census data. The unanimous decision...

EXPLAINER: What the release of 2020 census numbers means

Apr. 09, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

After a decade of planning and a head count that took place against the backdrop of an unprecedented pandemic, natural disasters and partisan legal battles, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing the first numbers from the 2020 census before the end of the month. The state population count...

Early voting beginning for Louisiana's congressional runoff

Apr. 09, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters across New Orleans, Baton Rouge and several southeastern parishes can begin casting early ballots Saturday in the April 24 runoff election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat that will remain firmly in Democratic hands. Two...

Private sales emerge as obstacle to Senate action on guns

Apr. 09, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is “long past time” to do so. But they are confronting a potentially insurmountable question...

Nebraska US Rep. Bacon says he believes he had COVID-19

Apr. 08, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska said Thursday that he believes he had COVID-19 late last year, developing coronavirus symptoms and prompting him to wait at least three months to get vaccinated. Bacon said in a statement that he was exposed to an...

Dems blast Oklahoma lawmaker who compared slavery, abortion

Apr. 08, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma is facing criticism for comparing lawmakers' efforts to end abortion to the fight against slavery. Rep. Jim Olsen, of Roland, made the comments Wednesday during a meeting of the House Public Health...

Republican Van Orden announces second bid against Kind

Apr. 08, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Derrick Van Orden announced Thursday that he's trying again to beat longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind in a district that former President Donald Trump carried twice. Van Orden, a retired Navy Seal, narrowly lost to Kind in November...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ April 6 The Advocate on a political divide in vaccine hesitancy: Some key numbers don’t look good for Louisiana as we work to ramp up vaccinations while...

MSNBC apologizes for showing wrong video of congressman

Apr. 07, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MSNBC apologized on Wednesday for mistakenly airing video of another Black congressman while reporting a day earlier on the death of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida. During the report, the network aired archived video of U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from...