Latest United States Congress News

The Latest: Thunberg urges end to fossil fuel subsidies

Apr. 22, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Joe Biden's global climate summit (all times local): 11:55 a.m. International climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged Congress to end fossil fuel subsidies at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the...

DC statehood faces a crossroads with congressional vote

Apr. 22, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Proponents of statehood for Washington, D.C., face a milestone moment in their decades-long movement to reshape the American political map. The House will vote Thursday on legislation that would create a 51st state with one representative and two...

Alabama committee backs ban on vaccine requirements

Apr. 22, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers inched closer to approving a ban on so-called vaccine passports that would require proof of coronavirus vaccination to access services from a business or state agency. The House Health Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill...

Maine: Unemployment fix soon; Collins touts hate crime bill

Apr. 22, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators said the coronavirus pandemic has provided evidence that the state's unemployment system needs to be modernized. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the federal government is...

Rural health centers get $418,000 in federal funding

Apr. 22, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two rural healthcare providers in West Virginia will get $418,800 from the federal government, the state’s U.S. senators announced Wednesday. Wirt County Health Service Association will get about $218,800 and Williamson Health and Wellness...

After Floyd, Congress ready to plunge into policing laws

Apr. 22, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a nation confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

Oklahoma House, Senate unveil redistricting plans

Apr. 21, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House and Senate unveiled new district maps on Wednesday for all 101 House and 48 Senate districts. Under the plan, which still must be approved by the House and Senate and signed by the governor, no incumbents would be forced to run...

Michigan seeks to delay redistricting by nearly 3 months

Apr. 21, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official and its redistricting panel asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday for more time to adopt new congressional and legislative maps, pointing to delayed census data. The lawsuit, which was expected, seeks a Jan....

California AG nominee promises action on police misconduct

Apr. 21, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's nominee for state attorney general on Wednesday promised to hold police accountable for misconduct, as lawmakers offered veiled criticism of his predecessor who is now in the Biden administration. Assemblyman Rob Bonta said his...

NY man's trial starts for Jan. 6-related online threats

Apr. 21, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor urged a jury in a trial's opening statement Wednesday to convict a New York man who threatened to kill members of Congress in a video posted online, but a defense lawyer dismissed his rants as speech-protected hyperbole so absurd that they bordered on comedy. ...