Latest United States Congress News

GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

Sep. 27, 2021 21:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill Monday night to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government. ...

Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing up to Texas' booming suburbs turning bluer, Republicans on Monday proposed new U.S. House maps that would fortify their slipping grip and shrink the number of seats where the majority of voters are Hispanic — even as they fuel the state's blistering growth. ...

Georgia congressional district plan could help GOP grab seat

Sep. 27, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An initial proposal to redraw Georgia’s congressional districts appears to give Republicans a better chance of winning a suburban Atlanta congressional district now held by Democrat Lucy McBath, but raises a number of other questions. ...

Oregon Legislature OKs new political boundaries

Sep. 27, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Despite a threat to block new political maps Republican state lawmakers returned to the Oregon Capitol on Monday as the Legislature passed legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth U.S. House seat. The congressional map,...

Racial alliances, rivalries on display in LA mayor's race

Sep. 27, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity of Los Angeles is on display in the emerging race to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti and the winning candidate who emerges from the growing field of hopefuls will need to navigate rivalries and forge alliances across the city’s racial and ethnic communities. ...

Powell says spike in inflation lasting longer than expected

Sep. 27, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is preparing to tell Congress that the current spike in U.S. inflation has proven to be larger and more long-lasting than expected. But, in remarks prepared for delivery Tuesday, he says that if inflation does...

Arkansas lawmakers set to return this week for redistricting

Sep. 27, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are returning this week to redraw the boundaries of the state's four congressional districts, legislative leaders said Monday. House Speaker Matthew Shepherd and Senate President Jimmy Hickey issued a proclamation that called...

Senate Republicans block bill to keep federal government funded and lift borrowing cap; Democrats likely to try again

Sep. 27, 2021 18:39 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans block bill to keep federal government funded and lift borrowing cap; Democrats likely to try again.

House votes to extend Lamont's COVID power amid protests

Sep. 27, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers moved closer Monday toward extending Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic for the sixth time, an issue that has become more contentious with each extension. The House of...

Anti-Trump Republican drops bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat

Sep. 27, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An anti-Trump candidate said Monday he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Craig Snyder, a longtime lobbyist and political consultant from Philadelphia, said he has been unable...