Congress

Pelosi: Funding for 'immoral, ineffective' border wall off the table

Nancy Pelosi, presumptive Speaker of the House in January, says President Trump can forget about funding his long-promised border wall. Trump has threatened to shut down the government on Dec. 21 if Democrats don't assent to $5 billion in funding for the wall. A year-end spending deal that...

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 9:38pm

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans don't want Trump to be re-elected

Only 36 percent of Americans believe that President Trump should be re-elected to a second term, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The survey by Monmouth University found that Trump is well underwater with independent voters, and a double-digit percentage of Republicans want to give him...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 8:20pm

First two Native American women elected to Congress

Voters in Kansas and New Mexico elected the first two Native American women to Congress yesterday, both Democrats. By winning in Kansas's 3rd District, Sharice Davids, 37, also became the first openly gay woman elected to the House. An Ivy League-educated attorney, she served as an Obama White...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:52pm

These are the first things Democrats will do if they win the House

In the first 30 days of the new Congressional session, Democrats plan to address campaign-finance reform, prescription drug prices and infrastructure if they take back the House in next week's midterm elections, party leaders say. In an interview with the New York Times, House minority...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:30pm

Will Paul Ryan run for president in 2020?

When Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced he wouldn't run for re-election this fall, it surprised some (who saw him as a next-generation party leader) but didn't exactly shock others (amid predictions of a Democratic takeover of Congress in the midterms, the unfolding of the...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:18pm

Mass AG Maura Healey endorses Ayanna Pressley for Congress

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is racking up some high-profile support for her run for Congress, including an endorsement from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey announced her endorsement on Monday in the primary election, siding with her city councilor. Pressley challenges...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 4:27pm

Donald Trump Jr. boasts about the GOP being a Trump cult

In response to a Republican senator's criticism that the GOP has become a cult of Trump, Donald Trump Jr. agreed. "It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it?" said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) on Wednesday morning, expressing frustration with the party's unwillingness to...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 4:45pm

Congresswoman Kaptur says women’s clothing can be ‘invitation’ forsexual harassment

Last week, three male congressmen resigned after sexual misconduct allegations against them caused major controversy: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). During a private Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss these recent events on Wednesday, Rep....

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 3:58am

Trump’s America: WWPD? Fire the House chaplain for a prayer

Holy Mary, Mother of God! What on Earth is Paul Ryan trying to prove? That a Catholic priest can’t minister to people with families? That God-fearing politicians shouldn’t look out for the poor? The outgoing Speaker sure has raised some dicey questions by abruptly dismissing the...

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 6:50pm

Some female lawmakers will wear black to Trump's State of the Union

Some female Democratic members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, plan to wear black to President Trump's State of the Union address on Jan. 30 to protest sexual harassment. The protest, which echoes the wardrobe blackout at last Sunday's Golden Globes, is led by Rep....

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 4:25pm

70% of Americans say Congress should investigate Trump for sexual harassment: Poll

Seventy percent of Americans believe that Congress should investigate President Trump for sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Only 25 percent said Trump shouldn't be investigated. Sixteen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct before the presidential...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:21pm

Good luck with retirement — Republicans might cap 401k contributions at $2,400 per year

Republicans are learning that cutting taxes is expensive, and as they try to come up with a way to pay for the largest tax cut in U.S. history, it’s your 401k retirement account that could be on the losing end. The Trump administration and the GOP congressional caucus agree on slashing taxes...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 4:48pm

D.C. pharmacist provides Alzheimer's drugs for members of Congress, he says

A pharmacist in Washington, D.C. claims that he fills prescriptions for drugs that treat Alzheimer's Disease for members of Congress, STAT News reports. A writer for the Boston Globe subsidiary spent time shadowing Mike Kim, the owner of Grubb's Pharmacy. Founded in 1867, it sends up to...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:26pm

Anti-abortion congressman won't seek re-election after asking mistress to get an abortion

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), a congressman who frequently voted to restrict abortion rights, will not run for re-election following reports that he asked his mistress to terminate her pregnancy. A member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, Murphy voted earlier this week to ban abortions after 20 weeks of...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:57pm

Meet the Democrats who voted for the abortion ban

The House vote approving a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with a few exceptions mostly, cut along party lines, though three Democrats also said “aye” to the bill that is now headed for the Senate. Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski, a co-sponsor of the bill, Texas Rep. Henry...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:38pm

Congress forces Trump to condemn white supremacists

Responding to President Trump's seeming support of white nationalists after the Charlottesville terror attack, Congress has passed a bipartisan resolution requiring him to condemn white supremacists and to commit resources to fighting domestic terrorism by neo-Nazis and other hate groups. The...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:00pm

Irritated McConnell slaps Trump for ‘excessive expectations’

After a rough and largely unproductive six months working together, Mitch McConnell let Donald Trump have it. Somewhat. The Senate majority leader criticized the president during a Rotary Club dinner in Kentucky on Monday, complaining that his lack of political experience has led "excessive...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 5:15pm

California Democrat takes first step in 'very long road' to impeach Trump

California Congressman Brad Sherman took the first official step ito impeach Trump, though it likely won’t get very far in a Republican-controlled House. On Wednesday, Sherman announced via Twitter that he had submitted language for articles of impeachment. I have introduced H.Res. 438...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:21pm

Female journalists barred from Congress for wearing sleeveless dresses

As temperatures rise on Capitol Hill, a number of female journalists have been barred access to the Speaker of the House’s lobby because Congress says sleeveless dresses aren’t appropriate for the dress code. Can confirm I was warned the next time I would be removed https://t.co/...

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 4:58pm

Could a Congressional oversight panel remove President Trump?

Shortly after President Trump took office, the Russian collusion investigation heated up and the president began displaying volatile behavior inconsistent with historical norms, political observers started talking about an obscure part of the Constitution. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment provides...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:39pm