Latest United States Congress News

The Latest: Schiff says he'll release interview transcripts

Oct. 16, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment inquiry (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The lead House impeachment investigator says he will release transcripts of the closed-door interviews lawmakers have conducted with current and former administration officials. California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says...

The Latest: US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria. The factory had served as a coordination center for...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary. In the book, obtained by The...

Golf buddies no more? Trump, Graham swing apart over Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The golf-and-politics alliance between President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham frayed Wednesday over Syria, with the South Carolina Republican threatening to become the White House's "worst nightmare" unless more is done to protect Kurdish fighters against Turkish attacks. Trump,...

'See you at the polls': Trump and Pelosi have it out

Oct. 16, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown. And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House. It's a familiar ritual, with Trump and...

Former Pompeo aide testifies; Senate talks impeachment trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The swift-moving impeachment probe pushed onward Wednesday as a former top State Department aide testified that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment...

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Oct. 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting at...

Senate confirms former ambassador as new Air Force leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a former ambassador and senior official at the Federal Aviation Administration as civilian leader of the Air Force. Wednesday's 85-7 vote makes Barbara Barrett the third consecutive woman to lead the Air Force, following Heather Wilson and Deborah James. Wilson...

Republican lawmakers unmuzzled in rebuking Trump on Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "dark day." A "betrayal." The "biggest mistake of this presidency," and "really delusional." And that was President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans. Trump's decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria — triggering a deadly Turkish invasion targeting the U.S.'s...

Congress calls on ride-hailing companies to improve safety

Oct. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

Snubbed by Uber and Lyft, a House committee went ahead with its hearing Wednesday on safety and employment issues plaguing ride-hailing companies. Members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure called on Uber and Lyft to clean up their act, even though neither company sent representatives to...