Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Congressional

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A federal judge on Tuesday urged U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who says he is more focused on raising money for his reelection campaign than on his corruption trial, to rethink his priorities.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed.
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By Sarah N. Lynch and David Ingram WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former drug executive Martin Shkreli smirked and brushed off questions about drug...
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Mayor Kenney on Thursday endorsed State Rep. Dwight Evans in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary election.
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WASHINGTON - Joe Sestak has a $1.4 million cash advantage over Katie McGinty as the two Democrats head into the final months of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary, new campaign filings show.
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WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday that would curb a Justice Department initiative aimed...
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By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats teamed up with some of their Republican counterparts on Thursday and blocked a wide-ranging...
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients.
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WASHINGTON - Joe Sestak has a $1.4 million cash advantage over Katie McGinty as the two Democrats head into the final months of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary, new campaign filings show.
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Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey plans to endorse Marco Rubio for president, according to Politico, getting behind a fellow senator who has vaulted to the front of the pack of the so-called “establishment” Republican candidates.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions between conservatives and pragmatists that transformed parts of 2015 into a GOP nightmare.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans failed in their latest futile attempt Tuesday to kill President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a Groundhog Day vote by the House that was solely an exercise in election-year political messaging.
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Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world - and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The top American commander in Afghanistan told lawmakers on Tuesday that the war is not a lost cause and underscored his optimism with a personal story about his son, an Army sergeant preparing for his third deployment to the war-torn country.
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WASHINGTON - The three Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania emphasized the foundations of their views Sunday in the first joint appearance of a critical race.
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democrats from Pennsylvania's congressional delegation sent a letter to a federal rail regulator on Monday raising concerns over...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anyone seeking a table at Carmine's Italian restaurant near Capitol Hill on a Tuesday or Wednesday needs to battle a mid-week...
1/29
WASHINGTON – The different approaches of the two leading Democrats in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race were on display hundreds of miles apart...
1/29
Hours before he was convicted on federal bank and tax fraud charges last year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. vowed there wasn't going to be any apologizing.
1/28
Angry, defiant, and at times in tears, the ousted director of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office lashed out Thursday at critics who she said had targeted her for political reasons in a bid to undermine the beleaguered agency.
1/27
A federal judge on Wednesday called U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's decision to prioritize fund-raising for his reelection campaign above paying his lawyers "particularly unfair" but denied a request from his defense team to withdraw from his corruption case.
1/21
Lawyers for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah have asked a federal judge to dismiss them from representing him in his forthcoming federal corruption trial because, they say, they are not getting paid.
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WASHINGTON - Republican anxiety is growing in Pennsylvania and corners of New Jersey over the possibility that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will win the party's presidential nomination.
1/25
Chaka Fattah hit a few familiar notes last week, deriding as "frivolous" and "nonsense" the federal criminal charges that the congressman now faces while running for reelection.
1/21
WASHINGTON - Brian Fitzpatrick, brother of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), launched a campaign Thursday to replace his sibling in the Bucks County-based Eighth District, throwing a wrinkle into one of the most competitive House races in the country.
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WASHINGTON – Democrats running for Senate in Pennsylvania quickly applauded President Obama’s executive actions Tuesday to expand background...
1/21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A battle over gun ownership between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress kicked off on Wednesday...
1/14
Pennsylvania US Senate candidate John Fetterman endorses Bernie Sanders for President.
1/12
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Philadelphia Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to a federal appeals court seat Monday, ending a 14-month delay that had become a flash point in a national fight over the judiciary.
1/8
WASHINGTON – The new year has brought a fresh wave of activity in this year’s Pennsylvania Senate race – and a surprising assessment...
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TRENTON - Independent experts and Republicans on Thursday assailed a proposed constitutional amendment that they said would make New Jersey's legislative elections less competitive and help cement a Democratic majority for years to come.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency's foreign eavesdropping included phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S....
12/17
WASHINGTON – Calling it the final piece of the legacy of the late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the Senate late Thursday passed a bill to strengthen...
12/17
WASHINGTON – A key Democratic Super PAC is stepping into the Pennsylvania Senate race, launching a series of digital ads attacking incumbent Republican...
12/17
WASHINGTON – Bob Brady is sticking with Chaka Fattah in next year’s Democratic primary. Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic party...
12/14
NEW YORK - Pennsylvania's simmering race for U.S. Senate came to Manhattan over the weekend. But even with three of the four candidates on hand for the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering, the weekend's big headliner - Donald Trump - cast a shadow.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that her party could not support a measure to renew expiring tax breaks and...
12/4
WASHINGTON— A Senate vote Thursday night to cripple President Obama’s controversial health law faces a sure veto – both parties know...
12/8
WASHINGTON – If one day could crystallize 2016’s Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race, it may have been Tuesday. In Philadelphia, candidate Katie...
12/8
Katie McGinty, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, received a significant round of local endorsements Tuesday. Mayor Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke, along with a few other council members, and City Controller Alan Butkovitz pledged their support for McGinty, who is one of three Democrats running to unseat incumbent Republican Pat Toomey.
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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) on Monday urged Senate Republican leaders to schedule a vote on a long-delayed appellate court nominee from Philadelphia...
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WASHINGTON - The national debate on gun laws came roaring back Thursday in the Senate, again putting Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey in the middle of a political storm.
12/3
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) voted again Thursday for a bill to expand background checks on gun purchases after Democrats reintroduced...
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A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider a decision to allow federal investigators to sift through the private emails of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah as his corruption trial looms next year.
12/1
WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is wading into the Democratic primary race with both elbows out. Toomey on Tuesday launched a web site...
12/1
Contending that Puerto Rico's $73 billion debt creates a humanitarian crisis for the United States, "Pennsylvania for Puerto Rico," a new coalition of local leaders, is urging Congress to rescue the island commonwealth, where half the population lives in poverty.
11/30
State Rep. Scott Petri, an Upper Makefield Republican, formally launched his campaign for Congress Monday with a web video and a promise to rein in federal regulations and bring “common sense” to Washington.
11/30
By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two senior U.S. senators called on Sunday for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000...
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WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev's bid to buy its biggest rival, SABMiller, will be the subject of a U.S. Senate hearing next week...
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HARRISBURG - Uber and Lyft drove toward legal status in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. On its final voting day before a Thanksgiving break, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that creates provisions to permanently legalize the ride-sharing services.
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As anti-immigration fervor and security fears course through the Republican presidential primary – and the response to the Paris terrorist attacks - Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman has launched a video highlighting his wife’s arrival in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant.
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Two former state lawmakers from Philadelphia, forced out of office after a corruption sting investigation, have agreed to pay fines and costs for violating ethics laws, officials said Thursday.
11/19
WASHINGTON - The House approved a plan Thursday to effectively stall the arrivals of Syrians and Iraqis seeking refuge in the United States, as 47 Democrats joined Republicans in a rebuke to President Obama and a sign of how the Paris terrorist attacks have stoked security fears.
11/10
The Veterans Freedom of Health Care Act would put a stop to the wait times and ensure veterans can receive care at the health facility of their choice using their VA insurance.
11/10
Tax-driven "inversion" deals that let companies flee the U.S. tax system by relocating abroad, if only on paper, would be curbed under legislation introduced in Congress, as Pfizer Inc pursues such a deal with rival Allergan Plc .
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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joe Pitts of Chester County, the senior Pennsylvania Republican in Congress, will not seek re-election next year, he announced Friday...
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State Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime powerhouse in Philadelphia Democratic politics, will challenge embattled U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in next year's primary.
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Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan can add one more burning issue to his agenda as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: how to get rid of the stench of cigarette smoke.
10/21
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate - an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.
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(TNS) “I cannot and will not give up my family time.” Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan spoke those admirable words recently. While considering...
10/31
WASHINGTON - Congress completed work on a two-year budget after an early Friday morning vote to approve the deal that would increase spending limits and avert a damaging default, essentially ending the budget battles that have defined President Obama's relationship with Congress in recent years.
10/29
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan stepped closer to becoming the new House speaker Wednesday, winning an internal Republican nominating election for the job he never wanted but is now eager to embrace.
10/29
WASHINGTON - House Republicans embraced a new leader yesterday and swiftly consented to a major budget-and-debt deal to avert a federal financial crisis, highlights of a day of dramatic fresh starts at the Capitol after years of division and disarray.
10/23
WASHINGTON – Rep. Chaka Fattah’s campaign fund is nearly empty and his leadership PAC is in the red. Now, a new filing shows that his legal...
10/23
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Ryan formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House Thursday evening, pledging in a letter to GOP colleagues, "We have an opportunity to turn the page."
10/16
With his embattled congressman father and TV news anchor stepmother sitting in the front row on the first day of his bank and tax fraud trial, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. accused federal authorities Friday of basing their case against him "entirely on speculation" and a "gross lack of investigation."
10/16
"8 On Your Side" Government reporter Pete Muntean explains that PA's heroin epidemic is now becoming a crisis in the eyes of Congress.
10/15
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) continues to far outpace his potential Democratic rivals in the push for campaign money ahead of the 2016 Senate race.
10/14
UPDATED below with comments from Sestak. WASHINGTON – A nurse’s union endorsed Democrat Katie McGinty in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race...
10/8
A federal judge ruled again against Sen. Robert Menendez on Thursday in the New Jersey Democrat's corruption trial, denying all of his remaining motions to dismiss the charges.
10/8
WASHINGTON - Calling for "a national movement" on gun laws, Senate Democrats on Thursday urged the public to build pressure on Congress to tighten background checks and fight the illegal gun trade.
10/8
Senate Democrats plan to introduce a package of bills today to tighten gun laws – and pile pressure on vulnerable Republicans -- but Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who in 2013 was a key Republican on the issue and faces re-election next year, said Thursday he was worried about the “partisan” effort now being advanced.
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A bipartisan group of senators has won enough support to advance a bill Frank Lautenberg long championed to tighten the oversight of chemicals in everyday products, moving toward a posthumous capstone for the New Jersey Democrat's long Senate career.
10/7
WASHINGTON – Democrat Katie McGinty raised slightly more than $1 million in her first two months since entering the Pennsylvania Senate race, her...
10/7
WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised conservative GOP lawmakers yestersday "I'm not John Boehner" as he sought their support to replace Boehner as speaker.
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State Rep. Brian Sims is expected today to officially declare his candidacy for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s seat.
10/6
CONCORD, N.H. - Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday that she will challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, setting the stage for a highly competitive race that will be critical in determining majority control of the Senate in the next president's first year.
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WASHINGTON - Bills sponsored by two Pennsylvania Republicans that seek to derail the international nuclear deal with Iran unless the country pays $43.5 billion it owes U.S. victims of terrorism moved ahead in the House and the Senate on Thursday despite a veto threat from the White House.
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U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, now facing public corruption charges, may soon have a third challenger in next spring's April 26 Democratic primary.
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WASHINGTON – Two Pennsylvania Republicans are pushing a bill that could stop the international nuclear deal with Iran deal unless the country pays...
10/6
Rep. Brian Sims has been in the Republican-controlled state House for nearly three years, and in that time, the Center City Democrat has had no legislation become law.
9/17
NEWARK - Sen. Robert Menendez's corruption trial likely won't begin until the fall of 2016, Judge William Walls told prosecutors and defense attorneys Thursday, scuttling plans to start Oct. 13.
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WASHINGTON - A federal judge dealt Sen. Robert Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges Monday, denying most of the New Jersey Democrat's motions to dismiss the case or throw out evidence.
9/28
WASHINGTON – A federal judge has dealt Sen. Bob Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges, denying nearly all of the New Jersey...
9/25
Pick your metaphor for the impossible job Republican House Speaker John Boehner has faced for the last five years: Sisyphus, Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, cat-herder-in-chief. You get the idea.
9/24
THE HEAVENS may know that Pope Francis on Thursday addressed a joint meeting of Congress, a glass of water by his side. It may not be as widely known that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Philadelphia, was keeping an eye on that glass of water.
9/22
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can continue to publicly defend his record in Congress and question the motives of prosecutors as he prepares for a May trial on corruption charges, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
9/21
Is U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's frequent and forceful criticism of the federal Justice Department's case against him an effort to defend his reputation ahead of what could be a competitive reelection campaign next year, or, as prosecutors see it, a subtle and improper attempt to taint the jury pool?
9/10
Rep. Chaka Fattah is asking voters for help to pay his legal bills as he fights federal corruption charges that threaten to end his political career.
9/17
A federal judge Thursday granted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's request to communicate with 23 potential government witnesses as he prepares for trial next year on corruption charges.
9/16
Rep. Chaka Fattah's social network just became a little larger as federal prosecutors agreed to allow the Philadelphia Democrat to maintain contact with 16 potential government witnesses as he prepares for trial next year on corruption charges.
9/17
Bob Cortes, a Republican legislator in Florida, fears he is losing the Hispanic vote that helped get him elected. The culprits: Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump who are railing against immigration.
9/11
WASHINGTON – The tattooed, goateed mayor of tiny Braddock, Pa. is planning to run for U.S. Senate – and he’s bringing tacos. Democrat...
9/11
WASHINGTON – A Pennsylvania Congressman invoked the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday while railing against the international nuclear agreement with...
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WASHINGTON – Philadelphia-area Senators split on the international nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, with four voting in support of the agreement...
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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Thursday approved $253 million in tax incentives for a company to build a sprawling metal recycling complex in Camden's mostly industrial Waterfront South district.
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WASHINGTON – A resolution honoring the late Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker cleared the Senate late Wednesday, recognizing the passing a...
9/8
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah will support the international nuclear agreement with Iran, he said in an interview Tuesday, adding to the regional backing for the pact.
9/5
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) criticized the international nuclear deal with Iran as dangerous and urged voters to press their officials...
9/3
WASHINGTON –Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) will support the international nuclear deal with Iran, he said Thursday, adding to the growing momentum...
9/2
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can't keep federal investigators out of his Gmail inbox by claiming a congressional privilege typically used to protect lawmakers from interference by the executive branch, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
9/2
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania's Robert P. Casey heard from critics who invoked the Holocaust, the anguish of their ancestors, and the worry that America was opening the door to a threat to Israel's very existence.
9/2
Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the proposed international nuclear deal with Iran as "hugely positive step" for world stability Wednesday as the Obama administration secured enough support in the U.S. Senate to preserve the agreement.
9/1
WASHINGTON - Sens. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware, both Democrats, announced their support for the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday, putting President Obama on the brink of a major victory.
9/1
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) endorsed the international nuclear deal with Iran Tuesday, just hours after Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) announced...
9/1
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group now under fire from abortion opponents.
8/18
WASHINGTON - As New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced his firm (but unsurprising) opposition Tuesday to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the votes of three other local Democrats hung in the balance, and with them critical tallies that could help determine whether the accord survives congressional objections.
8/28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S. Congress, but they face an uphill...
8/27
"Hey - my name's Alex. I'm running for Congress," the affable young fellow says, deftly deploying a handshake that's as earnest as his eye contact.
8/27
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of trying to influence potential jurors with recent public statements in which he touted his accomplishments in Congress and questioned the motives of authorities handling his case.
8/25
A veritable who's who of Pennsylvania politics could end up taking the stand when U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah goes on trial next year on federal racketeering conspiracy charges.
8/25
HARRISBURG - Five new members were sworn into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, including two elected to complete the terms of legislators who resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges.
8/25
Democrats Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty fare about equally in potential match ups against Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, though the Republican incumbent holds a double-digit advantage over them both, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Tuesday.
8/20
The Street: You might want to enjoy the last days of summer while you can, because Goldman Sachs is predicting an autumn filled with contentious political debates that will roil U.S. markets.
8/18
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment on federal corruption charges, now also has a challenger in the April 26 Democratic primary election.
8/18
CapitolInq: Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) said Tuesday he will vote against the pending nuclear deal with Iran, and will vote to override a presidential veto if needed to help kill the deal, striking a firm - though unsurprising - stand against one of President Obama's top priorities.
8/17
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chaka Fattah fired back at federal prosecutors Monday, saying the officials who have brought racketeering charges against him used...
8/14
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment, will make his first appearance in federal court next week along with three others charged in his case, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.
8/12
After 10 people were shot last weekend in Philadelphia, three of them fatally, U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) visited North Philadelphia on Wednesday to tout legislation that would invest federal funds in local crime prevention programs, saying the "school-to-prison pipeline" needs to be cut off.
8/5
President Obama plans to nominate former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy to become undersecretary of the Army, the branch’s second-highest ranking civilian position, the White House announced Wednesday.
8/5
WASHINGTON – It’s official: Democrats have a primary in Pennsylvania’s critical U.S. Senate race. Katie McGinty, former chief of staff...
8/4
WASHINGTON – Democrat Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff for Gov. Wolf, announced her campaign for Senate Tuesday, entering a Pennsylvania...
8/4
(Repeats to fix story link; no change to text) WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Several U.S. politicians sharply criticized the Obama administration on...
8/3
Richard Schultz Schweiker, 89, a political novice who rose from the unlikely incubator of Norristown to become a U.S. congressman, senator, and secretary of health and human services, died Friday, July 31.
7/29
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies.
7/31
Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off.
7/31
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) plans to introduce a bill named for Cecil the lion that aims to fight the sport hunting of potentially threatened or endangered species.
7/28
The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to attach a renewal of the Export-Import Bank's charter to a multi-year transportation funding bill now making its way through the chamber.
7/28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should...
7/21
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote to colleagues on Monday backing the nuclear agreement with Iran, as congressional Republicans railed against a U.N. vote on the deal.
7/21
Two Democratic U.S. senators on Monday vowed to escalate their push for tougher auto safety standards as the Senate prepared to vote as early as this week on long-term legislation to fund national highway investments.
6/24
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7/17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Thursday it was "pretty clear" that a majority...
7/15
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) raised $2.2 million for his re-election campaign from April through June, according to a summary shared by his campaign Monday.
7/14
CapitolInq: President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran met with hostility from most Philadelphia-area Republicans and wariness from Democrats, demonstrating the skepticism he faces as he tries to prevent Congress from overriding the pact.
6/30
Sen. Pat Toomey's reelection effort got an early start Tuesday with a first-of-the-campaign TV ad.
6/26
Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce called Friday for the restoration of $242 million for Amtrak that the House cut from next year's federal budget.
6/25
WASHINGTON - Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.), held his arms up like a victorious boxer. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) tweeted a photo of himself and President Obama, taken as the president savored a spoonful of Italian ice. "America Wins! Obamacare Wins!" read the caption.
6/25
WASHINGTON - In the U.S. Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans vowed on Thursday to carry on with their fight against Obamacare, shrugging off appeals from Democrats for an end to hostilities after the Supreme Court upheld a central part of the healthcare law.
6/16
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge here on Tuesday denied a motion by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to move his corruption trial from New Jersey to Washington.
6/23
Mike Parrish, businessman and former Army aviator, launches campaign for Democratic nomination for U.S. House in PA-6.
6/22
Confidential scores show that external peer-reviewers ranked Penn’s grant application 18th, behind 11 higher-scoring funding requests that NIJ rejected. The summary shows three of the eight other grant-winners were ranked even lower: 19th, 23rd and 33rd.
6/22
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) renewed his call Monday for tougher rules to keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, just as the debate over gun laws gained new traction in the aftermath of the church shooting in South Carolina.
6/15
Cory Booker is going old school. The Democratic senator from New Jersey, who often makes his mark on Twitter or Instagram or television, is writing a book due out in January.
6/10
The House passed a transportation spending bill Tuesday that cuts Amtrak funding, despite objections from several Pennsylvania Republicans who opposed the cuts and GOP lawmakers from other parts of the country who wanted more reductions.
6/10
Signaling a potentially tougher stand on railroads that have not installed a highly-touted new safety system, a key senator said Wednesday that he is reconsidering a plan to give the rail lines a blanket five-year extension to complete their work.
6/4
Lindy Li, who grew up in Malvern and now has a home in Radnor, is running for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s seventh district, which also sprawls through Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties.
6/12
WASHINGTON - House Democrats delivered a embarrassing rebuke to President Obama Friday, blocking a trade bill that he hopes can help solidify his legacy just hours after the president made a personal appeal for support on Capitol Hill.
6/10
WASHINGTON – Sens. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) are urging fellow senators to set aside $100 million for security costs at...
6/4
A federal program that tries to help police survive violent confrontations would be renamed for slain Philadelphia officer Robert Wilson III under a bill that passed the House Wednesday.
6/9
Philadelphia-based Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo will have a Senate committee hearing Wednesday on his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
5/21
Sen. Pat Toomey has taken his defense of police to the White House. After delivering an unannounced, pro-police speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Republican on Thursday sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the newly announced ban on transferring military-grade weapons to local police departments - and saying that the task force which recommended the change had made "insulting" assumptions about police.
6/2
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) sided with Republican defense hawks Tuesday in voting against a bill that would curtail the federal government’s...
5/28
Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. Voters approved the law last fall by a margin of nearly 70 percent. The measure didn’t allow for retail stores but residents can grow up to six plants and possess up to two ounces.
5/14
WASHINGTON – The long-running battle over Amtrak funding took on an acidic tone Thursday, sparked by the train derailment in Philadelphia. Two...
5/7
Speaking about the events following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., pushed back Tuesday against critics of law enforcement, saying while there is “no excuse for unlawful police conduct,” the notion that there is an “epidemic” of police crime is “not true.”
4/30
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has joined the call for more forceful Congressional oversight over any nuclear deal with Iran, despite members...
4/28
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said he was “anguished” by the images of riots in Baltimore yesterday, saying they are “not justified,” but that the conflict shows the need to continue pushing to fix the U.S. criminal justice system.
5/14
Crime & Punishment: Congress wants briefing on erroneous FBI hair analysis.
5/13
WASHINGTON – Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) proposed a $1.3 billion boost to Amtrak funding Wednesday, roughly 13 hours after the train...
5/1
Party doctrine will probably trump church doctrine in Congress, experts say.
5/13
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy On Board Derailed Train; Shares Photos From Inside Wreckage
5/12
A new political group affiliated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC has launched a $400,000 ad buy in Pennsylvania backing Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) as part of its national push to bolster targeted Republican senators.
4/30
A House committee voted Thursday to subpoena personnel files from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, saying VA officials had ignored its requests for months.
4/7
As he battles the weight of the U.S. Department of Justice, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) is pushing back with a team that includes one of Washington’s most high-powered lawyers, a communications chief who has worked on presidential campaigns, a crisis consultant who was once held a high-ranking post at the justice department, and a longtime New Jersey insider.
4/27
The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington’s infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania...
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Most New Jerseyans think Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) should stay in office while he fights corruption charges, according to a...
4/23
A Republican member of Congress who posed for a photo with an assault rifle in his office could face investigation for violating the District of Columbia’s gun laws, the city's attorney general’s office said on Tuesday.
4/6
Joe Sestak just finished walking 422-miles across Pennsylvania -- and slipped three points further behind Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday.
4/21
Armed with once-confidential documents, a U.S. congressional committee will investigate whether agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration divulged secrets at sex parties that drug lords in Colombia may have staged to elicit sensitive information.
4/17
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski launched a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak in a race crucial to their party's chances of taking back the Senate in 2016.
4/17
WASHINGTON – La Salle political science professor Mary Ellen Balchunis will launch a second campaign for Congress Saturday, aiming to take on U...
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WASHINGTON - Republican anxiety is growing in Pennsylvania and corners of New Jersey over the possibility that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will win the party's presidential nomination.
1/21
Could the candidate to replace Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick be his brother?
5/14
Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday rejected suggestions by Democrats that budget cuts were at the heart of a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia and said the agency's safety programs were adequately funded.
4/16
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski plans to run for Senate, setting up a contested Democratic primary. An announcement is scheduled for Friday.
4/2
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday.
4/1
Bob Menendez, Pat Toomey and 11 other senators want to show Russia's 2018 World Cup a red card.
3/31
US-USA-POLITICS-CLINTON:U.S. House committee seeks to interview Hillary Clinton over emails
3/31
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, according to two Democratic sources.
3/25
LIGONIER, Pa. - It's 20 degrees out - and feels much colder - when Joe Sestak heads out of the Ramada Inn into the darkness just after 6 a.m.
3/20
WASHINGTON – Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick will lead a House task force aimed at finding ways to cut off financing for terrorist groups...
3/20
The Street: First Pell Grants got whacked. Now it's Stafford loans. The Pell spending freeze that appeared in the Republican's budget blueprint on Tuesday would cap the max Pell Grant for ten years and roll back recent expansions of the program.
3/19
President Obama does not think marijuana policy should be a top policy priority for young Americans. Maybe that's because he was never arrested for it during his smoke-filled youth.
3/18
WASHINGTON – In the latest Senate flare up, Republicans are getting some help from Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), reflecting how the ground has shifted...
3/17
A House of Representatives committee investigating a 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has extended the deadline for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to turn over related emails, a panel spokesman confirmed Monday.
3/16
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D., Pa.), reacting to growing anxiety over fiery railroad derailments of crude-oil tankers, on Monday pushed for legislation that could provide new resources and training to emergency personnel.
3/12
It seems beyond doubt that those who were in on the Founding of the American government did not want ordinary citizens to be trying to act as diplomats in negotiating with foreign nations.
3/12
And now the story of another Democratic lawmaker caught up in a sexting scandal.
3/11
Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) hammered Senate Republicans’ controversial letter to Iranian leaders Wednesday, calling it “reckless.”
3/11
U.S. Senate Democrats made clear on Wednesday they have serious concerns about President Barack Obama's war authorization request for his campaign against Islamic State, despite appeals from top administration officials for bipartisan support for the plan.
3/10
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) added his signature to a hotly-debated letter to Iranian leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they...
3/10
Sen. Bob Menenedez (D., N.J.) got a vote of confidence Tuesday from the Senate’s top Democrat, who called him an “outstanding senator” but refused to speculate on the New Jerseyan’s future.
3/10
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) joined with Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) Tuesday to announce a bipartisan bill to lift federal restrictions against medical marijuana.
3/10
It would essentially give the federal government's blessing for states to enact their own medical marijuana laws without federal interference. But that has, obviously, already been happening.
3/10
The annual ratings by the conservative Club for Growth show a some movement over time by Pennsylvania's senators.