The last-minute Senate challenge this week by outspoken Texas GOP Rep. Steve Stockman is generating strong reaction but only a lukewarm response from the influential conservative groups he will likely need to win.
President Obama on Saturday led a national day of remembrance for the victims of the fatal Sandy Hook elementary school shootings while renewing his call for tighter gun control and more focus on mental-health care, on the anniversary of the tragic event.
Insurance companies and health officials analyzing insurance applications submitted through HealthCare.gov are still grappling with significant online enrollment errors despite the Obama administration's push in November to improve the glitch-ridden website.
Tea party activists are pushing back hard against Speaker John Boehner for attacking conservative groups that are opposed to bipartisan budget legislation approved by the House, claiming he has “declared war on the Tea Party” with his blunt criticism.
Legally married gay couples applying for federal college loans will be given the same rights and opportunities as their straight married classmates, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday. “We must continue to ensure that every single American is treated equally in the eyes of the law, and this important guidance for students is another step forward in that effort,” Duncan said in a statement.
Mark your calendars: House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Obama to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 28. Boehner sent a letter to Obama on Friday with the invitation. The Republican said Americans expect Washington to focus on their priorities and find common ground. Boehner said that Congress wants to hear the president's ideas, particularly on putting Americans back to work.
The U.S. Senate will take up the bipartisan budget bill Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday. On Thursday evening, the House approved a two-year spending plan 332-94 – a strong show of bipartisan support that underscored the desire by many lawmakers to avoid a repeat of the October budget showdown.
With congressional elections looming next year, President Barack Obama named a veteran Democratic operative as his new chief liaison to Capitol Hill on Friday, following a long period of bitter partisan fights.
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