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Budget Fights Begin With Obama's $4.23 Trillion Proposal

President Barack Obama proposed a $4.23 trillion fiscal 2017 budget Tuesday, which the White House argued contains some proposals that could win bipartisan support, even though Republicans were scathing in their criticism of what's likely to be the administration's last complete fiscal plan.

Zika Virus Funding Met With Caution in Congress

Capitol Hill leaders responded cautiously to President Barack Obama’s announcement Monday that he would ask Congress to provide $1.8 million in emergency funding to bolster the response to the Zika virus.

White House Seeks Emergency Funds to Fight Zika

The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus — a disease the president says is a cause for concern but not panic.

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters

Democratic leaders are urging their voting base to fill the party’s campaign coffers as part of an election-year battle against a “tide of tea party extremism.”

As Zika Virus Reaches D.C., Congress Calls for Action

As the Zika virus reaches the United States and the nation’s capital, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for an urgent response to prevent its spread, and are scheduling briefings and committee hearings to address it.

Watch Live: House Hearing on Flint Water Crisis

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Vitter Threatens to Stall OPM Nominee Over Obamacare

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is threatening to stall the Office of Personnel Management director’s nomination from moving forward unless he receives information on congressional enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan, McConnell Find Little 'Common Ground' at White House

President Barack Obama’s private meetings with congressional Republican leaders appeared to do very little to break the legislative impasse that largely has defined his tenure.

Supreme Court Allows Virginia Redistricting to Stand in 2016

Virginia’s 2016 congressional elections in November can move ahead using a judge-selected redistricting plan put in place last month despite a pending Supreme Court challenge, under a Supreme Court order Monday.

Is Cancer Task Force Another Placebo?

History suggests the White House’s new high-level task force to fight cancer could prove more placebo than antidote, despite its broad bipartisan support.

On Cancer 'Moonshot,' Time is Ticking for Biden

Vice President Joseph R. Biden is widely seen as the engine behind the Obama administration’s “moonshot” anti-cancer push, raising questions about its fate once he leaves office next year.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Child Migrant Crisis

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations holds a hearing on issues with procedures used by the Department of Health and Human Services to handle unaccompanied immigrant children arriving in the United States.

Bernie's Big Day in D.C.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had a big, but mixed day in Washington Wednesday, meeting one-on-one with President Barack Obama at the White House, but also getting blasted by another key Democrat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who criticized the presidential hopeful’s health care plan as unrealistic.

Heroin Epidemic Hearing Highlights Need for Resources

Lawmakers, state officials, advocates and law enforcement officers attempting to mitigate the heroin and prescription drug crisis plaguing the country had a message for Congress: We need your help.

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With SCOTUS on Sidelines, Gun Control Becomes Fight Over Power

The current debate over gun control policy in Washington has Congress and the Obama administration at odds over which branch has more power — and the Supreme Court has stayed on the sidelines.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States.

Texas Grand Jury Clears Planned Parenthood in Fetal Tissue Case

A grand jury in Texas has cleared a Planned Parenthood clinic of criminal wrongdoing for allegations it illegally sold fetal tissue, a Houston area prosecutor announced Monday.

Virginia Urges Supreme Court to Let Redistricting Plan Stand

Virginia’s election officials urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to keep in place a new, judge-selected redistricting plan for this year’s congressional elections, putting the officials at odds with 10 current and former members of the state's Republican delegation in Congress.

Appeals Court, in Defeat for Van Hollen, Backs Campaign Rule

A federal appeals court upheld a Federal Election Commission’s public reporting rule on Thursday, dealing a blow to campaign finance disclosure advocates and the lawmaker who brought the challenge.




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