U.S. Congress

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States. The legislature consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators.
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  • I'm Framing This Photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Squad of Congresswomen Immediately
    Glamour

    I'm Framing This Photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Squad of Congresswomen Immediately

    Newly elected young congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley are already changing the face of Washington, D.C., politics.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand shares advice for women newly elected to Congress
    Good Morning America

    Kirsten Gillibrand shares advice for women newly elected to Congress

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has some advice for the more than 100 women elected to join Congress after this historic midterm election cycle. At least 110 women were elected to Congress -- 84 Democrats and 14 Republicans will join the House -- while 12 will join the Senate -- 10 Democrats, two Republicans.When she was first elected, Gillibrand said veteran representatives like Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Dianne Feinstein pulled her aside to give her their best advice. The Democratic senator from New York, currently promoting her children's book, "Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote," told ABC News how these new women can navigate Capitol Hill and make an impact.

  • Which issues will Congress tackle now that its back in session?
    Yahoo View

    Which issues will Congress tackle now that its back in session?

    Congress is back in session today. Stephanie Ruhle takes a look at this historic class of legislators and which issues they are planning to tackle first.

  • Mitch McConnell says sexual harassment legislation could still get through Congress this year
    Vox

    Mitch McConnell says sexual harassment legislation could still get through Congress this year

    Legislation aimed at how Congress addresses sexual harassment was first proposed last winter — as a deluge of lawmakers, including Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) were swept up in #MeToo scandals. Over time, however, differences between the House and Senate's approach to the issue have since stymied a final version in its tracks. Members of the House have argued that the Senate approach didn't go far enough to protect potential victims, compared to the one the lower chamber green-lit earlier this year. One particular sticking point centers on just how liable lawmakers are for different kinds of allegations, with the Senate bill holding them liable for settlements related to harassment, while the House version also requires them to cover settlements tied to cases of discrimination.

  • Ohio Congressman Wants to ‘Eliminate’ SEC Jurisdiciton over Crypto Industry: Report
    CCN

    Ohio Congressman Wants to ‘Eliminate’ SEC Jurisdiciton over Crypto Industry: Report

    Now that Bitcoiner Jared Polis has left Congress for the Colorado Governor’s Mansion, support both moral and material for the crypto industry in Washington, DC may be seen as lacking. While it is largely unelected bureaucrats who rule the financial arena in this country and occasionally make brash decisions in regards to innovative technologies like

  • Your Cool New Congresswomen Are Already Hanging Out
    The Cut

    Your Cool New Congresswomen Are Already Hanging Out

    It’s okay to say #squadgoals without irony about this Instagram.

  • The New Class Of Congresswomen Is Already Taking D.C. By Storm
    Refinery29

    The New Class Of Congresswomen Is Already Taking D.C. By Storm

    Class is in session, kids. The newly elected members of the 116th Congress arrived in Washington, D.C. this week for the start of their congressional orientation, and some of the congresswomen-elect are already making a splash. Progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose upset in the NY-14 primary led her to become the youngest congresswoman in history, made headlines Tuesday when she joined environmental activists protesting outside of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office.

  • Exclusive: Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano, Van Jones Among 50+ Celebrities Lobbying for Prison Reform Legislation
    Rolling Stone

    Exclusive: Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano, Van Jones Among 50+ Celebrities Lobbying for Prison Reform Legislation

    President Trump is expected to endorse the First Step Act on Wednesday, placing the burden on Congress to pass the landmark criminal justice reform bill

  • Business Standard India

    BJP Lok Sabha member Harish Meena joins Congress ahead of Rajasthan polls

    The Congress, which is increasingly confident of winning at least Rajasthan among the five poll-bound states, has kept the question of its leadership in the state open. Two of its topmost leaders in the state – former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state unit chief Sachin Pilot – are set to contest. Announcing this here at a joint press conference with Pilot sitting next to him, Gehlot said the question of leadership will be settled after the elections. He suggested this was in accordance to the wishes of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was spreading misinformation about infighting. Pilot said he will contest the Assembly elections on Gandhi's directions

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    Declare CM nominees for Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, MP: Rajnath to Congress

    Janjgir Champa (Chg), Nov 14: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday mocked the Congress over "factionalism" in the party and demanded that it reveal the names of its chief ministerial candidates in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, like the BJP. ['Culprits will not be spared', says Rajnath Singh on killing of 5 people by terrorists in Assam] Campaigning for the second phase of assembly elections in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, Singh claimed the opposition party would "break into factions" the moment it announces the names of its chief ministerial candidates. "Not just in Chhattisgarh but Congress should reveal the names of their candidates for the post of chief minister in

  • Congress watchdog begins inquiry into housing hazards at U.S. military bases
    Reuters

    Congress watchdog begins inquiry into housing hazards at U.S. military bases

    The Government Accountability Office review follows Reuters reports that detailed substandard conditions at U.S. military bases, including lead exposure and infestations of vermin and mold. The reports also described how military families encounter high hurdles to resolving disputes in a system that grants vast powers to private landlords who manage base housing across the United States. Initially, the GAO review was to focus on lead poisoning perils at military bases.

  • The Economic Times

    Congress, TDP release second list; seat-sharing talks still on

    HYDERABAD: Congress and TDP, partners in the "grand alliance" for the December 7 assembly elections in Telangana, Wednesday released their respective second list of candidates even as the combine was yet to thrash out issues over seat-sharing among the partners. Besides the two parties, the alliance comprises Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), which is insisting on contesting 12 seats as against the eight alloted, and CPI. The second list of Congress comprised 10 nominees. With this, the total number of candidates declared by the party so far has gone up to 75. TDP named two candidates in its second list, in addition to the nine announced earlier. The total number of assembly seats in the state is

  • Business Standard India

    Congress won't allow closure of HMT: Dr Ashok Tanwar

    Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president (HPCC) and former Member of Parliament Dr Ashok Tanwar on Wednesday said that his party would not allow the closure of Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) in Panchkula. Paying floral tributes to former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 130th birth anniversary here, Dr Tanwar said "Pandit Nehru called these projects as temples of new India. The big projects like Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT), Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) were created to make India self-reliant and also provide jobs to lakhs of people," he said, while expressing concern that the BJP government has decided to close HMT, one of "Navratnas"

  • US Congress Should Not Be Fooled By Egypt's Platitudes
    Human Rights Watch

    US Congress Should Not Be Fooled By Egypt's Platitudes

    US policymakers shouldn't be fooled by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's recent call to review Egypt's draconian 2017 NGO law, which effectively criminalized non-governmental groups and set the path for “unprecedented” repression in the country. Members of Congress should instead focus on the relentless crackdown on civil society under Sisi's rule, including the near-absolute ban on peaceful assembly as well as the arbitrary arrests, alleged torture, and enforced disappearances of dissidents and peaceful activists. The Trump administration's primary objective with Egypt is to reset the bilateral relationship. In August 2017, under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, human rights

  • The Economic Times

    Congress 'Anger Index' claims anti-incumbency highest in Madhya Pradesh

    An internal survey by the Congress has claimed it has the best opportunity to tap "voter anger" in Madhya Pradesh, contrary to most opinion poll findings which gave it a winning chance only in Rajasthan. The so-called 'Anger Index', circulated among senior state leaders, said public disenchantment with the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government was highest at 4.3, followed by the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan at 3 and the Chhattisgarh government at 2.8, party officials told ET “Anti-incumbency is much higher in Madhya Pradesh as compared to Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh,” said Praveen Chakaravarty, chairman of data analytics department of Congress. Opinion surveys by many media organisations,