Latest United States Congress News

The Latest: Leader: Senators can't talk at impeachment trial

Oct. 16, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment inquiry (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Senate Republicans got a civics lesson on their roles in an impeachment trial. Rule No. 1: No talking in class. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led the lesson Wednesday as the chamber's top Republican and one of a...

The Latest: Briefings for Congress on Syria are canceled

Oct. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 4:15 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House has canceled a classified briefing about Syria for House members. The California Democrat says scrapping the meeting prevents Congress from learning about "the...

House bill aims to curtail fake Uber and Lyft drivers

Oct. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

Members of Congress are asking ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to improve safety and clean up their act. They introduced a bill that would help riders confirm that a driver is legitimate and not a fake driver hoping to do harm. The bill was inspired by college student Sami Josephson who was kidnapped and...

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and biofuel industry officials are reacting angrily to a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they say doesn't uphold a promise President Donald Trump made to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress. The Trump administration announced...

Jones leads in Senate race fundraising

Oct. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama continues to lead in fundraising as he heads to a tough reelection fight. The Deep South Democrat raised $2 million last quarter, more than the GOP primary candidates combined. He has a campaign balance of $5 million. On the Republican side, U.S. Rep....

House overwhelmingly voices bipartisan opposition to US troop pullback in Syria in rebuke of Trump

Oct. 16, 2019 2:47 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House overwhelmingly voices bipartisan opposition to US troop pullback in Syria in rebuke of Trump.

Congresswoman Torres Small continues to outraise GOP foes

Oct. 16, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small continues to outraise her Republican opponents in southern New Mexico's closely watched U.S. House race, new federal documents show. According to Federal Election Commission filings posted Tuesday, the Las Cruces Democrat pulled in $556,453...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Tillis, Cunningham raise most for US Senate in last 3 months

Oct. 16, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican incumbent Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham have raised the most money for next year's U.S. Senate race in North Carolina during the past three months. Federal campaign reports due this week show Tillis had the most cash in his campaign account on Sept. 30 with $4.9...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on climate, guns, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also crept in during...