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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  • US midterm elections 2018 poll tracker: Who will win the Congress?
    The Telegraph

    US midterm elections 2018 poll tracker: Who will win the Congress?

    US midterm elections 2018 poll tracker: Who will win the Congress?

  • U.S. development agency looks to boost funding to $60 billion
    Reuters

    U.S. development agency looks to boost funding to $60 billion

    The head of the main U.S. agency for aiding developing country infrastructure projects said on Monday the ability to extend funding for such investments is expected to double if new legislation is approved by the U.S. Congress. Ray Washburne, president of the Overseas Private Investment Corp, told Reuters that the inclusion of the "Build Act" into must-pass legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration will accelerate the expansion and redesign of the agency. "We've got our running shoes on now," Washburne said, highlighting that the legislation will allow OPIC to extend its financing portfolio to up to $60 billion from its current $29.5 billion.

  • Congress leaders meet CVC on Rafale deal, seek probe into 'irregularities'
    wap.business-standard.com

    Congress leaders meet CVC on Rafale deal, seek probe into 'irregularities'

    A delegation of senior Congress leaders met the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on Monday and demanded registration of a case in alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal. The meeting comes days after a Congress delegation met the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and urged the apex auditor to prepare a report on the alleged irregularities in the deal and present it in Parliament. The delegation met CVC K V Chowdary and submitted a detailed memorandum, accusing the government of causing loss to the public exchequer and endangering national security by bypassing state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in favour of some businessman "friends" for offset contract. "Rafale scam

  • Top lawmakers in Congress push tough new measures against Venezuela
    The Charlotte Observer

    Top lawmakers in Congress push tough new measures against Venezuela

    Lawmakers will unveil a $58 million plan Monday that would force the Trump administration to push harder to isolate the Venezuelan government and restore democracy. The plan would be the most comprehensive proposal on Venezuela taken up by Congress. It is already drawing comparisons to the controversial Helms-Burton Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 shortly after Cuba shot down two civilian American planes that directed tens of millions of dollars toward democratic reforms. The overarching Venezuela plan includes financial penalties against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, increases diplomatic pressure on regional allies to also take action and offers tens of millions in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans inside and outside the country.

  • Ben & Jerry's founders creating candidate flavors
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Ben & Jerry's founders creating candidate flavors

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Bernie Sanders' home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates in the midterm elections who they call progressive. Vermont's Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, known for their clever marketing and quirky flavors, are working with political action committee MoveOn to create ice cream flavors that reflect the values of each of the candidates. They are seeking the public's help in naming the flavors. After picking winners, Cohen says he will make about 40 pints of each flavor by hand in his kitchen to be raffled off to support the candidates. "We need a Democratic majority to check

  • Congress Takes Aim At Shrinking Seats, Legroom On Airplanes
    CBS Minnesota

    Congress Takes Aim At Shrinking Seats, Legroom On Airplanes

    WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. For years, most of the major airlines operating in the U.S., including Fort Worth-based American Airlines, have added seats on their jets — essentially shrinking the amount of room for passengers. The regulation of seat width and legroom is part of a five-year extension of federal aviation programs announced early Saturday by Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate committees that oversee the nation's air

  • Ben & Jerry's founders creating candidate flavors
    Associated Press

    Ben & Jerry's founders creating candidate flavors

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Bernie Sanders' home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates in the midterm elections who they call progressive.

  • The Pueblo Chieftain

    Ben & Jerry's creating "take back Congress" flavors

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Bernie Sanders' home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates they call progressive. Vermont's Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are working with political action committee MoveOn to create ice cream flavors that reflect each candidate. They are asking for help in naming the flavors. Cohen says he will then make by hand about 40 pints of each to be raffled off to support the candidates. The candidates are Jess King in Pennsylvania, Lauren Underwood in Illinois, Aftab Pureval in Ohio, J.D. Scholten in Iowa, Ammar Campa Najjar in California, Stephany Rose Spaulding in Colorado and

  • Our Views: Seek permanent deal on flood insurance
    The Advocate

    Our Views: Seek permanent deal on flood insurance

    Not for the first time, the U.S. Congress is showing itself ill-equipped to deal with the complex and financially challenging issues around flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program. The latest deadline for action is Nov. 1, when the NFIP law expires. That would mean that coverage continues for policyholders, but new policies could not be written in the vast coastal areas of the United States. Obviously, Louisiana is ground zero for this problem. As state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon points out annually as he travels the state before each hurricane season, NFIP coverage is cheap, and Louisiana has vastly benefited from the program. In fact, it was created after Hurricane Betsy hit

  • Congress and Pak both want Modi removed from Indian politics: Sambit Patra
    Business Standard India

    Congress and Pak both want Modi removed from Indian politics: Sambit Patra

    Escalating its attack on the Congress, the BJP on Monday drew a parallel between the opposition party and Pakistani leaders, saying both want Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed from Indian politics. Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra read out tweets attacking Modi posted by Pakistani leaders, including its Prime Minister Imran Khan and present and former ministers, and said they have been campaigning for Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "Some people want Gandhi to become a big leader in India. Who are they? They are Pakistani leaders, and also those who stand for corruption, dynasty and politics of appeasement," Patra told reporters. He then added that the poor, Dalits, backwards

  • Congress Is Trying to Stop Airlines From Shrinking Seats on Planes
    Time

    Congress Is Trying to Stop Airlines From Shrinking Seats on Planes

    The regulation of seat width and legroom is part of a five-year program

  • Evangelicals Value Protecting Power Over Protecting Women
    HuffPost

    Evangelicals Value Protecting Power Over Protecting Women

    Why is it so difficult for some people to just admit that sexual assault is