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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

History in the making as House casts proxy votes in pandemic

May. 27, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the Democratic majority's...

Bill seeks to get meals to medically vulnerable seniors

May. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would establish a Medicare pilot program to address the link between diet, chronic illness, and senior health has been introduced by a bipartisan group including U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern. The Massachusetts Democrat said the bill would ensure that nutritious meals reach medically...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It's a work from home Congress as House approves proxy vote

May. 16, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It all started with the grandchildren. As House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer saw it, if he could Face Time with the grandkids, why not have Congress legislate by video chat and avoid the health risks of convening at the Capitol during the coronavirus pandemic? And so the silver-haired,...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., smiles during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrats push new $3T coronavirus relief bill through House

May. 15, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats powered a massive $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill through the House on Friday, an election-year measure designed to brace a U.S. economy in free fall and a health care system struggling to contain a pandemic still pummeling the country. The 208-199 vote, with all but one...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Work from home Congress? House OKs proxy votes

May. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Neither Civil War nor Great Depression nor any other national crisis has pushed the House to allow lawmakers to vote by proxy — without being “present,” as the Constitution requires. That's about to change during the coronavirus pandemic. The House approved Friday a...

Daniel Hsu, a Chinese American, poses for a portrait near the apartment he has been renting in Shanghai, China on Monday, April 13, 2020. He has been kept from leaving China by an exit ban issued by the Chinese authorities in hopes of pressuring his father to return to China to face criminal charges. (AP Photo)

US couple's nightmare: Held in China, away from daughter

May. 5, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The first thing Daniel Hsu noticed about the room was that there were no sharp edges. The walls were covered with beige rubber, the table wrapped in soft, grey leather. White blinds covered two barred windows. Five surveillance cameras recorded his movements, and two guards kept constant,...

Daniel Hsu, a Chinese American, poses for a portrait near the apartment he has been renting in Shanghai, China on Monday, April 13, 2020. He has been kept from leaving China by an exit ban issued by the Chinese authorities in hopes of pressuring his father to return to China to face criminal charges. (AP Photo)

'No remedy, no rights': China blocks foreigners from leaving

May. 5, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mandy Luo was supposed to get on a plane back to Seattle with her mother and finish high school like everyone else. But at the airport in Shanghai, a security officer told Luo’s mother, Jodie Chen, that she could not leave China. Neither could her stepfather, a U.S. citizen named...

In this image from video, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., sits in the chair and leads the House on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP)

New House panel created to track aid dollars, virus response

Apr. 23, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to create a new subcommittee that will track more than $2 trillion in coronavirus aid, adding another layer of oversight as President Donald Trump's administration carries out the largest economic rescue in U.S. history. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the new...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., waits to speak with reporters after the Senate approved a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid bill, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Pelosi calls off action on House proxy voting as GOP objects

Apr. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called off a Thursday vote on whether to allow House members to cast votes by proxy and is instead forming a bipartisan group to review options for reopening the House during the coronavirus pandemic. Pelosi announced the delay on a private call with Democratic...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are seen in Washington, at sunrise. Congress is considering ways to govern from afar during the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers are talking this week about whether it's possible to conduct virtual committee meetings, particularly to oversee how the $2.2 trillion stimulus money is being spent. And they're considering ways to pass virus-related legislation without requiring every lawmaker to be present. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

US House considers proxy voting during coronavirus crisis

Apr. 16, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress essentially closed, House Democrats are proposing a temporary rules change during the coronavirus crisis that would allow lawmakers to vote remotely via another lawmaker physically present at the U.S. Capitol. The rare move, which would require a vote for passage, is being...