Latest United States Congress News

Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

Feb. 17, 2019 5:32 PM EST

Democratic presidential candidates spent Sunday courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary, their busy pace of holiday weekend campaigning demonstrating that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway. The weeklong congressional recess for President's Day...

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Feb. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told "Fox News...

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Feb. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EST

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its...

Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter

Feb. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that would commit a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of the packages that are being channeled through Maduro's rivals....

Report: Evers to propose decriminalizing marijuana

Feb. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will propose decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in his plan for the next state budget, a newspaper reported Sunday. Evers also will propose legalizing marijuana for medical conditions including cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain,...

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

Feb. 17, 2019 11:06 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Feb. 17, 2019 2:14 AM EST

Where investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in a...

Former Army Secretary John Marsh laid to rest in Virginia

Feb. 16, 2019 8:16 PM EST

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) — Former Secretary of the Army John Marsh Jr. was laid to rest Friday at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia where he developed a love for history and the military. Marsh, who also served four terms as Virginia's 7th District congressman, died Feb. 4 at Blue Ridge Christian Home in...

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

Feb. 16, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in...

Kansas senators worry about precedent in border declaration

Feb. 16, 2019 7:00 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators worry about the precedent set by President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border with Mexico to secure more money for a wall. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts said Saturday that they are concerned that a future president...