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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin advocated for changes to the Senate rules Sunday, including ending secret holds and creating ownership for filibusters.
Lawmakers must be willing to make difficult decisions that include changing the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare and adjusting benefits according to income in order to battle the deficit, Sen. Lindsey Graham argued Sunday.
Vice President Joseph Biden pledged Sunday that a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan would begin in July 2011 and that U.S. forces would be out of the country by 2014 come hell or high water.
Sen. Evan Bayh offered a glimpse Sunday into his future after Congress, and it wont involve a return to Indiana anytime soon for the Democrat.
President Barack Obama has reached out to the family of Richard Holbrooke as the administrations special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan recovers from surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.
Republican political veteran Maria Cino has officially joined the race to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, insisted on Fox News Sunday that the House will work its will on the tax cut deal but that were not talking about blocking the whole thing.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will fly to Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony Friday for recipient Liu Xiaobo.
President Barack Obama will sit down with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office on Friday, according to his daily schedule.
Sen. Dick Lugar wont repeat some of his Republican colleagues mistake of underestimating any primary challengers he may encounter in Indiana in 2012, he said Sunday.
Standing in the well of the House for his censure punishment last week was an embarrassing and painful experience for Rep. Charlie Rangel, but the New York Democrat said Sunday he is already moving on and, in some ways, feels vindicated.
Vice President Joseph Biden and the Senates newest Member made the case Saturday for their parties approaches to extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.
Sen. John McCain argued Sunday that the ban on openly gay service members has not been a problem for the military and that the effort to repeal it is a political move.
After more than 40 years in Congress, Rep. David Obey decided to walk away from Capitol Hill primarily because of the influence of money in politics.
President Barack Obama firmly and fully committed to the defense of its ally the Republic of Korea during a phone call Tuesday evening to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak following North Koreas attack on the nation, according to the White House press office.
Sen. Jim DeMint predicted Sunday that Senate Republicans will adopt his nonbinding GOP Conference ban on earmarks this week.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is on the lookout for candidates to take over the Republican National Committee from Michael Steele and to run for president in 2012.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod refused Sunday to directly answer whether a temporary extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for upper income levels has been ruled out, telling the host of Fox News Sunday, Im not going to negotiate with you on this program.
Sen. John McCain criticized an upcoming Pentagon report on repealing the militarys ban on openly gay service members, saying Sunday that it asks the wrong questions.
Rep. Jim Costa (D) declared victory Wednesday in his re-election race in Californias 20th district.
Republican Reps. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Darrell Issa (Calif.) shared their plans for the 112th Congress on Sunday as they anticipate stepping into the chairmans role on two House committees.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has made clear his ambition to limit President Barack Obama to one term, contended Sunday that the two will find some areas to work on together.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, who is expected to rise to Majority Leader in the 112th Congress, said Sunday that the president bears an equal responsibility for avoiding a government shutdown as the parties grapple with federal spending.
Democratic Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) signaled Sunday that a deal is being worked out to fill the position in the 112th Congress as he made a case for his record as whip.
President Barack Obama emphasized his opposition to a permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts in his weekly address, but his references to compromise seemed to build on his new openness to negotiating a temporary measure.