On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee launched a hearing on legislation that would explicitly ban members of Congress from insider trading.
In the wake of the Arizona shooting, some lawmakers want to curb political speech. But raucous debate is a hallmark of a healthy democracy. Indeed, it's a safety valve that helps prevent violence, because it allows people to voice their strongly held views in hopes of persuading others.
Health care reform law is top target of the new GOP House majority. But critics say GOP leaders set aside their pledges of fiscal restraint and openness in pushing forward on vote to repeal it.
The past 16 years in Congress have been typified by partisanship and procedural stunts. New House Speaker John Boehner promises to return the House to a time when members can 'disagree without being disagreeable.' He will be put to the test, and soon.
Some Democrats have been attacked or threatened over passage of healthcare reform. Now, GOP leaders are fighting back against suggestions that their party is somehow responsible.
House leaders rejected 'deem and pass' Saturday, and negotiations on abortion concern made progress, clearing the way for Sunday's health care reform bill vote.
Americans are 'jamming the phone lines' to Capitol Hill as Congress takes up a monolithic healthcare bill this weekend. It’s as close as Washington gets to a political earthquake.
It’s still in flux whether Democratic leaders have the 216 votes needed for passage of healthcare reform. Some lawmakers have announced they'll vote 'yes,' while others have shifted to 'no.'
Opponents of the healthcare bill are poised to challenge it over the House's likely use of the 'deem and pass' rule, as well as on the substance of the legislation itself.
House Democrats may use a procedure that allows them to 'deem' the Senate's healthcare reform bill passed without actually having to take a direct vote on it.