U.S. Congress

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, and 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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  • Congress is rushing to make the CIA less accountable
    Los Angeles Times

    Congress is rushing to make the CIA less accountable

    It's already a crime to identify a covert intelligence agent or confidential informant working overseas. It needs to slow down and demand evidence that a new version of the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act is necessary and that it won't be wielded to silence whistleblowers or make it harder for the press to report on abuses. In its present form, the law allows for the prosecution of anyone who discloses the identity of a covert agent who has served outside the United States during the previous five years or a foreign-based U.S. citizen whose relationship with an intelligence agency is classified.

  • Facebook's new currency plan is under scrutiny in Congress
    WTSP-TV Tampa

    Facebook's new currency plan is under scrutiny in Congress

    WASHINGTON — Facebook's ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers, as it's shadowed by negative comments from President Donald Trump, his treasury secretary and the head of the Federal Reserve. Congress begins two days of hearings Tuesday on the currency planned by Facebook, to be called Libra, starting with the Senate Banking Committee. Meanwhile, a House Judiciary subcommittee will extend its bipartisan investigation of the market power of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. Trump tweeted last week that the new currency, Libra, "will have little standing or dependability." Both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chair Jerome

  • DHS Watchdog Tells Congress Border Facilities Are Dangerously Overcrowded
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    DHS Watchdog Tells Congress Border Facilities Are Dangerously Overcrowded

    WASHINGTON (CN) – Expounding on a report that detailed a “ticking time bomb” at detention centers on the southern border, a Department of Homeland Security watchdog Monday told Congress that overcrowding at federal facilities has reached unprecedented levels. “Our inspections team, some of whom have been doing this for a decade, had never seen anything like this before,” Diana Shaw, with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, told lawmakers Monday. During a hearing Monday evening before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, Shaw discussed a report her office released earlier this month detailing conditions at facilities in the Rio Grande

  • Soft-spoken and shrewd Thorat has a tough task ahead
    Hindustan Times

    Soft-spoken and shrewd Thorat has a tough task ahead

    About two decades back, when Sharad Pawar was in the process of floating the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after he was expelled from the Congress, he was in touch with several Congress leaders and invited them to join his party. One of them was Congress' member of Legislative Assembly from Sangamner in Ahmednagar district, Balasahab Thorat. Pawar knew both Balasaheb and his father Bhausaheb — a respected name in the cooperative sector — well. It was a time when many in Maharashtra politics believed Pawar would completely take over Congress' space. Balashaeb was contemplating Pawar's offer but was prevented by his father from joining the Maratha strongman. Bhausaheb advised him to never leave

  • Kellyanne Conway Defies Subpoena to Testify Before Congress
    Vanity Fair

    Kellyanne Conway Defies Subpoena to Testify Before Congress

    White House adviser Kellyanne Conway became the latest in the Trump administration to dismiss a congressional subpoena Monday, as Conway officially refused a legal order to testify before the House Oversight Committee. Counsel to the president Pat A. Cipollone wrote in a letter to the committee that President Donald Trump had “directed” Conway not to appear at the hearing, which concerned reports that Conway violated the Hatch Act. “The subpoena appears to seek testimony from Ms. Conway concerning her service in the White House,” Cipollone wrote. “As you know, in accordance with long-standing, bipartisan precedent, Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters

  • Trump's New Restrictions on Asylum Seekers Violate U.S. and International Law, Experts Say
    Time

    Trump's New Restrictions on Asylum Seekers Violate U.S. and International Law, Experts Say

    Trump just made it so migrants waiting at the border to make a claim for asylum can no longer do so beginning tomorrow. The ACLU will sue.

  • Crucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research
    The Hill

    Crucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research

    More than 1.25 million Americans live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and 40,000 are diagnosed each year. As an autoimmune response that damages the body's cells that make insulin, it requires constant management to avoid dangerously high or low blood sugar levels. I too live with type 1 diabetes, and have since the age of 13. Diabetes impacts every aspect of life — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — but today we can better manage this disease and we're steps closer to cures, thanks to federal funding for T1D research provided through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). The foresight to invest in a multi-year renewal has been championed by leaders in Congress. Most recently, Senate Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs

  • Tweet, outrage, double-down: Will the furor over Trump's tweets be any different?
    USA TODAY

    Tweet, outrage, double-down: Will the furor over Trump's tweets be any different?

    Trump's tweets replaced headlines about immigration raids, Pence viewing migrants at the border and a citizenship question on the census.

  • Washington Post opinion: Congress must pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
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    Washington Post opinion: Congress must pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

    Special To The Washington Post Pence is vice president of the United States. Last month, the government of Mexico ratified the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The very next day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where he reaffirmed his government's commitment to passing the USMCA as soon as possible. After striking this new deal with our two most important trading partners, the United States needs to lead once again - which means Congress must do its part and pass the USMCA. Trump promised to fight for trade deals that put American jobs and American workers first. And leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress have long recognized the

  • Goa defections lead to deletion of 400 queries
    Hindustan Times

    Goa defections lead to deletion of 400 queries

    As many as 400 questions had to be deleted from the record on the first day of Goa assembly's monsoon session on Monday as the four lawmakers, who had tabled them, have since become ministers. The four include Chandrakant Kavlekar, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, and Jennifer Monserrate, who defected from the Congress to ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In all, 10 Congress lawmakers joined the BJP on Wednesday last. “Members may be pleased to note that consequent to the reshuffle in the ministry LAQs [legislative assembly questions] tabled in the names of Chandrakant Kavlekar, Michael Lobo, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer Monserrate shall stand deleted,'' said speaker Rajesh Patnekar. “There could

  • Rise of the Know-Nothing Judge
    The Atlantic

    Rise of the Know-Nothing Judge

    If you’ve heard anything about the Texas lawsuit seeking to blow up the Affordable Care Act, you’ve heard that it involves yet another constitutional challenge to the individual mandate. What they’re fighting about, instead, is what Congress meant to do, in late 2017, when it wiped out the tax penalty for going without coverage. At the time, President Donald Trump crowed, “The very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill.” Congressional Republicans said the same.

  • How Congress can expand access to addiction treatment — immediately
    The Hill

    How Congress can expand access to addiction treatment — immediately

    Today, any health-care provider with a license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe controlled substances can write a prescription for an opioid painkiller. But that same health-care professional cannot prescribe one of the three main drugs used to manage opioid dependence without first undergoing hours of training and receiving approval from the DEA. As opioid overdoses kill approximately 48,000 Americans a year — 130 each day — Congress has an opportunity to eliminate these outdated requirements and help expand access to lifesaving care.   Bipartisan bills in both the House and Senate would remove the federal rule requiring doctors, nurse practitioners and physician

  • https://www.oneindia.com

    Will Kumaraswamy step down as CM to save the coalition in Karnataka?

    Bengaluru, July 15: The coalition in Karnataka found itself on shaky ground after their efforts to pacify the rebels and salvage the situation hit a road block. A day after the Congress and JD(S) claimed to convince MLA M T B Nagraj, he flew to Mumbai to join the rest of the rebels, who have been housed there ever since the crisis broke out. The rebels held a presser in Mumbai and reiterated that they would not change their decision. The BJP on the other hand demanded that Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy move a confidence motion in the legislative assembly on Monday. After Nagraj turned his back on the coalition, the Congress was seen wooing Ramalinga Reddy. Top leaders from both the Congress

  • Congress must protect our privacy
    The Citizens' Voice

    Congress must protect our privacy

    Government agencies have taken intrusiveness to new heights and privacy to a new low by using databases to conduct facial recognition searches without the knowledge, much less consent, of individuals, Congress or state legislatures. According to the Government Accountability Office, the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have conducted hundreds of thousands of searches using data generated by states for drivers licenses and other state business. The FBI alone has conducted 390,000 searches since 2011, of databases containing information on citizens who never have been charged with a crime and against whom the agency has no probable cause for suspicion of wrongdoing. “They've just given

  • Donald Trump and Congress are showing us what constitutional failure looks like
    USA TODAY Opinion

    Donald Trump and Congress are showing us what constitutional failure looks like

    Trump's aspiring authoritarianism is an existential threat to America. We must update our laws and Constitution to fix the massive gaps he's exposed.