Stories by John Gramlich:
Jan. 14, 2013
President Barack Obama said Monday that he would detail his administration’s proposals to prevent gun violence later this week, even as his former chief of staff provided him with some unsolicited advice about how to push gun control legislation through a bitterly divided Congress.
Jan. 9, 2013
Despite being the first attorney general ever to be held in contempt of Congress, Eric H. Holder Jr. intends to stay in his post for the foreseeable future, the Justice Department confirmed on Wednesday.
Jan. 8, 2013
Two years to the day after she was shot in the head in a failed assassination attempt while meeting with constituents, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched an advocacy effort Tuesday intended to prevent gun violence.
Jan. 7, 2013
Many congressional Republicans have long insisted that tougher enforcement should be the first step of any immigration law overhaul. But a report released Monday finds that the federal government already spends more on immigration enforcement every year than it does on all of its criminal law enforcement agencies combined.
Dec. 17, 2012
Amid an outpouring of condolences after last week’s deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the reaction from one gun-rights group stood out.
Dec. 14, 2012
President Barack Obama’s call for “meaningful action” following one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history — and one of the most shocking, with 20 children killed — is likely to face a tough road in Congress and in the lobbying circles that influence it.
Dec. 13, 2012
House Republicans have quietly raised the value of a contract with a private law firm that is handling the chamber’s Supreme Court defense of a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
Dec. 13, 2012
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy is asking the Obama administration to clarify its position on the recreational use of marijuana, which two states legalized by referendum Nov. 6 but remains illegal under federal law.
Dec. 10, 2012
The debate over the filibuster moved into a federal courtroom Monday, as four House Democrats and other plaintiffs outlined a lawsuit they have filed against the Senate over the controversial use of the parliamentary maneuver.
Dec. 7, 2012
The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear two same-sex marriage cases before the end of its term: one related to a California ballot proposition and another related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Dec. 3, 2012
With an immigration overhaul on next year’s agenda, House Republicans must decide which members of their conference will play a visible role in the negotiations — an important consideration for a party that is struggling to attract Latino voters.
Nov. 28, 2012
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, emboldened after an election in which Latino voters overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama, released a nine-point list of principles Wednesday that the group insists must be part of any immigration overhaul.
Nov. 20, 2012
A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a national chain of Christian-owned arts and crafts stores is not exempt from a Health and Human Services rule requiring private employers to offer workers no-cost birth control as part of their health insurance plans.
Nov. 15, 2012
Efforts to improve election administration and address the long lines that greeted voters on Election Day shifted to Capitol Hill on Thursday as House and Senate lawmakers unveiled related bills.
Nov. 14, 2012
President Barack Obama’s re-election last week has exposed an internal rift among Republican senators over whether to clear the way for confirmation votes on long-stalled judicial nominations during the lame-duck session or delay them until the next Congress.
Nov. 13, 2012
A senior member of the House Judiciary Committee suggested Tuesday that Congress will need to look into the conduct of the FBI agent who helped launch the investigation that prompted David H. Petraeus to resign as CIA director.
Nov. 13, 2012
The possible departure of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is unlikely to improve the icy relationship between the Republican-led House and the Justice Department, GOP lawmakers and aides say.
Nov. 12, 2012
Lawmakers from both parties expressed frustration Monday that the FBI did not inform them that it was conducting an investigation that included former CIA Director David H. Petraeus. But it’s not at all clear that the agency violated protocol — or the law — in keeping the inquiry to itself.
Nov. 2, 2012
Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is a mild-mannered Republican known for his expertise in agriculture and Internet policy. But when he takes over the Judiciary Committee as expected next year, the promotion will put him at the center of bruising debates over immigration, criminal law and civil rights.
Oct. 25, 2012
State and local law enforcement officials, including prosecutors, police and drug enforcement agents, are joining the chorus of advocates warning against the effects of the automatic federal spending cuts scheduled to go into effect in January.
Oct. 23, 2012
The number of Latinos elected to the new Congress will increase by at least three seats in the House and one seat in the Senate, a national Latino advocacy group projects.
Oct. 21, 2012
A federal appeals court has ruled that Congress cannot retroactively take away cost-of-living adjustments promised to federal judges in a 1989 law, handing an important victory to the judiciary in its long-running effort to raise judicial compensation.
Oct. 8, 2012
A lawsuit pending in federal district court seeks to throw out the 2010 health care overhaul, contending the “tax” at the center of the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance did not originate in the House as the Constitution requires.
Oct. 3, 2012
Republicans are pointing to nuanced legal positions taken by the Obama administration as evidence it may be planning to transfer detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in Illinois, despite repeated denials by administration and Democratic officials.