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Congress avoids government shutdown with passage of short-term funding plan

After hours of uncertainty and an unsuccessful bid by some Republicans to defund federal vaccine mandates, the Senate passed a short-term funding plan that staved off a government shutdown and gives lawmakers two more months to pass a long-term plan. ... Read more»

U.S. House Dems unveil new voting rights bill named for John Lewis

Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation to protect voting rights across the country by re-establishing a preclearance formula that would require some states that want to make changes to their voting laws to receive permission from the Justice Department first.... Read more»

U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government.... Read more»

House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farm workers, potentially affecting millions in the U.S. and tens of thousands in Arizona.... Read more»

Billions of relief dollars for small businesses stuck in Congress quicksand

Replenishment of a federal loan program for small businesses failed to get Senate approval Monday amid a dispute over money for coronavirus testing. ... Read more»

White Mountain Apache water measure sidetracked by labor regulations

A bill to provide desperately needed water-project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily last week, but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations.... Read more»1

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Giffords casts final vote, resigns from Congress

As her colleagues teared and cheered, Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress as the House passed her bill on ultralight smuggling on a 408-0 vote. Surrounded by Congressional leadership, Giffords stood in the well of the House as Rep. Wasserman Shultz read Giffords' letter of resignation. Nancy Pelosi called her "the brightest star Congress has ever seen." (with video)... Read more»

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John Boehner: After the dead man walks

Republicans are destroying their brand in part because of naked ambition. But no one is more responsible for making Republicans look like nattering nabobs than “Weepy-John” Boehner. ... Read more»2