U.S. Congress

Newt Gingrich thinks Donald Trump should cut the “left-wing, corrupt” Congressional Budget Office

Gingrich has problems when the CBO's projections don't align with Donald Trump's promises<p>Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was one of Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters during his presidential campaign, now wants to abolish the Congressional Budget Office because it keeps using facts to …

U.S. Politics

The Latest: Senate panel approves Mattis for defense post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):<p>2:30 p.m.<p>The Senate Armed Services Committee has overwhelmingly approved President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary.<p>The Republican-led panel voted 26-1 Wednesday to recommend that the full Senate consider the choice of retired …

Government

Chaffetz Skipped Meeting With Ethics Chief He Threatened To Subpoena, Emails Show

The House Oversight Committee chairman had repeatedly said the head of the Office of Government Ethics refused to meet with him.<p>WASHINGTON ― Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, told reporters last week that a government ethics …

Government

House Speaker Paul Ryan's tax cut plan is heaven for big businesses

While the world is busy watching Donald Trump prepare to take the oath of office on Friday, much of the more serious policy action is taking place on …

Paul Ryan

Haley slams Obama for not blocking UN measure against Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley assailed the Obama administration on Wednesday for failing to block a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. She pledged to reject future measures that she said unfairly targeted the …

Israel

Kennedy stands by decision to attend inauguration

NEWTON — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III on Tuesday stood by his decision to attend Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, even …

Elections

Dr. Price’s marvelous medicine for your stock portfolio

Dr. Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to oversee the Department of Health and Human Services, has found a miracle cure for ailing investment portfolios.<p>Price, a Georgia Republican, did some creative investing while leading the House Budget Committee last year. …

Government

Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>A state Senate committee is considering the nomination of Los Angeles Rep. Xavier Becerra to be California's next attorney general.<br>• Gov. Jerry Brown's budget advisers told a …

California

House Republican Women See a Boost in Authority

For the past four years, Republicans endured pointed barbs about how the only woman with a House committee gavel was presiding over the fittingly …

Politics

Seth Meyers Can’t Help Trolling Paul Ryan And His Lackluster Dabbing Skills

It’s easy to get distraught or angry about the current state of Obamacare. If you’re against the health care plan, you have some very real fears about rising premiums and how it will affect your daily life. But if you support the ACA and currently use it, your fears might be a little greater given …

Paul Ryan

Price Hearings Could be Contentious With Obamacare in the Balance

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, will have his first Senate committee hearing Wednesday with Democrats mounting an aggressive push to block his appointment.<p>The hearings promise to be contentious because Senate Democrats are …

Health Care

Senate Foreign Relations Committee may vote against Rex Tillerson’s confirmation

President-elect Donald Trump has thus far enjoyed a relatively smooth confirmation hearing process for all his Cabinet appointments, thanks largely to the fact that Republicans control the Senate and seem inclined, for the most part, to unanimously approve Trump’s selections. Historically, it would …

Congressional Committees

Obamacare: the legislation that defined his domestic policy - why it is controversial and how it will be changed beyond recognition by Donald Trump

Historians will look to the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare" - as the defining domestic policy of Barack Obama's presidency.<p>It brought the largest healthcare overhaul since the 1960's to a country where medical bills are the number one course of bankruptcy, and where citizens live in such fear of …

Health Care

In extraordinary exchange, Trump cabinet pick cops to personally directing suspicious stock…

Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, is under fire for allegations of potential insider trading. Several recent …

Government

The House Version of ‘Law and Order’

Rep. Bennie Thompson’s chief of staff was sentenced Tuesday to four months in prison for failing to file income tax returns.<p>Issac Lanier Avant was …

Politics

CAA Signs Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Former California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has signed with CAA.<p>The agency will work closely with the former four-term U.S. Senator to develop and …

U.S. House of Representatives

House Freshmen to Watch

<b>By JASON DICK and SIMONE PATHÉ</b><p>Not all freshmen are created equal.<p>While there is always a learning curve for new members of the House, some of the …

Politics

Schumer predicts the GOP will refuse to confirm one Trump cabinet nominee, and it’s not Tillerson

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted today that Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who is President-elect Trump’s pick for HHS secretary, will ultimately not be confirmed by the Senate. Schumer felt confident enough in his prediction to make it on video, in comments some considered to be …

Congressional Committees

Gov. Haley heading into confirmation hearing on United Nations post

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is about to leave behind her comfort zone – being a popular governor in a state she knows well – and enter a world of …

World Politics

Cory Booker will vote 'no' on Trump secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) announced Wednesday that he will vote against President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of …

Philadelphia

Rep. Elijah Cummings will attend Trump inauguration

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat and a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Wednesday that he will attend …

Politics

Donald Trump Vs. Paul Ryan

What We're Reading Today<p><b>HHS nominee Tom Price faces the Senate one day after...</b><br>…CNN reported that, as a senator, he had bought a stock that he tried …

Paul Ryan

John Glenn (1921–2016)

US astronaut and senator.<p>John Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, circling our planet three times in the space capsule he named <i>Friendship 7</i>, …

U.S. Senate

Repealing Major Parts of the Affordable Care Act Would Cause 18,000,000 to Lose Coverage in the 1st Year

According to a report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday, repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act would cause …

Health Care

Motorcycle helmet bill fails in Arizona House committee

Motorcyclists convinced an Arizona House committee Wednesday that a helmet mandate would infringe on their rights despite pleas from the medical …

Congressional Committees

Trump Trashes the House GOP’s Tariff-Free Approach to Trade Populism

Donald Trump wants to lower the trade deficit and boost American manufacturing. To accomplish this, he would like to slap a 35 percent tariff on the …

Paul Ryan

Free Expression Report Card: Rex Tillerson

During his confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson was asked whether he will bring a press corps with him when …

Congressional Committees

Steven Mnuchin’s ‘predatory’ past at the top of Dems’ hearing priorities

Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary contender, is expected to face tough questions over the role his bank played in foreclosing on Americans’ homes when a congressional panel vets him for the top country’s top economic job on Thursday.<p>The Senate Finance Committee vetting will help shed …

Congressional Committees

Trump’s Commerce pick backs public spending on transportation

There are mounting signs that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPresident-elect Trump, don’t tamper with the successful Endangered Species Act …

Government

Paul Ryan warms to Trump

"We're very, very different people. He used to call me a Boy Scout, which I actually personally took that as a compliment. I'm not sure he meant it …

Politics