Stories by Jessica Brady:
Nov. 15, 2011
A first minibus appropriations bill appears ripe for approval this week, even as the chances of a second measure are up in the air.
Nov. 14, 2011
Maya MacGuineas might be one of the most influential bipartisan deal-makers on Capitol Hill, but unless youre a budget wonk, youve probably never heard of her.
Nov. 9, 2011
House Democrats haven't won a single floor vote on a motion to recommit this year, but the defeats suit them just fine.
Nov. 3, 2011
House Democrats today filed a brief in support of a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Nov. 2, 2011
A bipartisan collection of 100 House Members wrote to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction today urging it to consider all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues and to aim for a $4 trillion deficit reduction package.
Nov. 1, 2011
If Congress is still voting at Christmastime, it won't be the fault of appropriators. Or at least that's the hope now that the Senate has approved a package of three spending bills that has jump-started the stalled appropriations process.
Oct. 31, 2011
House Democrats hoping to retake the majority in 2012 are looking to an unlikely source for assistance: conservative primary challengers to sitting Republicans.
Oct. 27, 2011
House leaders stepped up their comments today regarding the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, signaling that leadership is closely following the panels deliberations with less than a month to go before it must deliver a proposal.
Oct. 26, 2011
Signs of bipartisanship are slowly beginning to show on Capitol Hill, even as Congress moves into full campaign mode. A collection of about 80 House Members, split almost evenly between the two parties, is preparing to send a letter this week calling on the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to negotiate a grand bargain.
Oct. 23, 2011
By the end of 2012, Rep. John Larson is likely going to be out of a job at least in leadership. The Connecticut Democrat, who is in his second and final term as Caucus chairman, said he did not rule out a play for Speaker or another top post, but its unclear how he can move up the leadership ladder after next year.
Oct. 18, 2011
They may not have the votes for passage, but Senate Democrats say they aren't giving up on their push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Oct. 13, 2011
Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama shared a 10-minute phone call today, the first conversation between the two leaders in weeks, in which the Ohio Republican took exception to the presidents remarks about GOP efforts on job creation.
Oct. 12, 2011
The House voted today to approve three pending free-trade agreements, a rare show of bipartisan unity in an otherwise divided Congress. The Senate is expected to also approve the measures today, sending them to President Barack Obama.
Oct. 11, 2011
Republicans and Democrats could be using this weeks likely passage of a series of trade deals as a rare victory for bipartisanship. But instead, both parties appear to be having difficulty tooting their horns, thanks in large part to the toxic environment that has choked out comity.
Oct. 6, 2011
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested today that the chamber take up a bill to crack down on Chinese currency manipulation before three free-trade agreements hit the floor.
Oct. 6, 2011
The House rejected Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.s resolution condemning Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perrys longtime use of a hunting camp named Niggerhead as a destination for friends and supporters.
Oct. 5, 2011
Congressional Democrats began training their fire on the Supreme Court this week, as the justices opened up a new session that will be stacked with politically charged cases.
Oct. 4, 2011
After months of a rough adjustment to their minority status, House Democrats say they are harmonizing around a jobs message and will look to hit Republicans at every turn.
Oct. 4, 2011
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is circulating a resolution condemning Texas Gov. Rick Perry's longtime use of a hunting cabin with a racially charged name as a destination for friends and supporters.
Oct. 4, 2011
The House voted today to avert the latest showdown over the federal budget, passing a short-term continuing resolution that will keep the government funded until Nov. 18.
Oct. 3, 2011
Republican leaders offered qualified praise to President Barack Obama today after he sent up a trio of trade bills that could win Congressional approval before the end of the month.
Oct. 3, 2011
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that President Barack Obamas jobs plan has no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House.
Sept. 30, 2011
Congressional Black Caucus members will passionately and vocally support President Barack Obama's jobs bill and re-election bid despite a recent public dust-up between the country's first black president and prominent African-American legislators, aides and Members insist.
Sept. 29, 2011
A group of House Democrats alleging that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated ethics rules by failing to report his wifes income called for a federal investigation into the matter today.
Sept. 26, 2011
House Democrats today increased their criticism of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for hiring attorneys to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, alleging the legal team lacks credibility in its arguments and demanding that Members be briefed on its proceedings.