Thursday, July 30, 2015

Congressional

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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.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Seats on the floor of the House chamber are not for everybody. But when Pope Francis addresses Congress this fall, they're going to be even harder to get than usual - and this means you, former senators and representatives.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal."
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.
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WASHINGTON - Republicans and some Democrats expressed deep reservations Tuesday about the Iran nuclear deal as Secretary of State John Kerry and two cabinet colleagues detailed the Obama administration's case for the agreement to the House for the first time.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The corruption indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey is only a few months old, but early court filings pull back the curtain on a legal fight that promises to be bitter, personal and contested at each step.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women's health care programs, but stopped short of flatly predicting its defeat.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate Republicans acknowledged Tuesday a long-term highway deal is out of reach for now, and embraced a three-month extension that will punt yet another messy fight into the fall.
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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.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should...
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NEW YORK (AP) - Small businesses are again able to get loans backed by the federal government.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate and House are moving toward a showdown over a must-pass transportation bill this week. If they don't reach an agreement by Friday, the government will be forced to halt highway aid payments to states in the middle of the summer construction season.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of a powerful House committee called for the removal of the IRS commissioner Monday, saying he has obstructed congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups.
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Don't count Chris Christie out.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - In a stunning, public attack on his own party leader, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying, and said he was no better than his Democratic predecessor and couldn't be trusted.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans who suffered sexual assault or other sexual abuse while in uniform would get help more easily from the Department of Veterans Affairs under a bill approved Monday by the House.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leaders announced plans Friday to use a must-pass highway bill to try to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law, in the latest GOP assault on "Obamacare."
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is pushing to expand a program that provides nutritious meals to vulnerable children.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says he wants a provision to allow longer tractor-trailer trucks on highways in Pennsylvania removed from a bill to extend federal transportation programs for six years.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, in criticizing liberals on school choice, referred to "idiot inner-city kids."
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House passed legislation Thursday cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Angry Democrats accused Republicans of aligning themselves with Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant views, and the White House threatened a veto.
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
Are you disappointed in the job Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is doing? Does Democrat Joe Sestak weird you out, despite his rad sneakers? Nominate someone at Crowdpac! Well, you can nominate someone to run against them in the 2016 Senate race. We mean, right now. Just go to Crowdpac's new site to nominate a candidate. Here's what's cooking in that race so far. They'll be updating the page each week.
7/20
ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - It's a gray early spring morning in the Lehigh Valley when Pat Toomey slides into the leather passenger seat of an aide's Ford Explorer.
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.
7/6
WASHINGTON - The meeting lasted about 160 seconds. With just a few words, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), declared that there would be no vote that day on Luis Felipe Restrepo, a federal judge in Philadelphia who has been waiting more than seven months to be confirmed to fill an emergency vacancy on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
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.
6/24
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church.
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.
6/22
WASHINGTON - Along with the pomp and pride that comes with hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there's an underside for Philadelphia: begging Congress for money.
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.
6/15
The government’s trade bank helps level the playing field for small businesses like Bensalem’s Airline Hydraulics Corp.
6/14
The trial has not started yet, but lawyers are already baring their fangs in the fight between Sen. Robert Menendez and the federal prosecutors accusing him of accepting bribes.
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.
6/11
WASHINGTON - Debate over a huge international trade agreement has scrambled the normal political allegiances on Capitol Hill and across the Philadelphia region.
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.
6/3
Amid an ongoing federal probe of the longtime congressman, a website called Crowdpac is recruiting candidates to run against him. Can a political Kickstarter work?
6/3
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress pointedly questioned federal rail investigators Tuesday over why they still don't know whether the engineer operating Amtrak Train 188 was using his cellphone when it crashed in Philadelphia on May 12.
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.
6/8
There was an unwritten rule among Bucks County Republicans during the four-decade reign of late party boss Harry Fawkes: Avoid a competitive primary at all costs.
6/5
Are Frank DiCicco and Ed Neilson going to be in Kenney's administration?
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.
4/24
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially started his U.S. Senate campaign Friday at a Montgomery County union hall, saying that he would save and create middle-class jobs.
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.
5/12
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) filed Monday to move his federal corruption trial from New Jersey to the District of Columbia, his lawyer arguing that nearly all the events at issue took place there and that the vast majority of key witnesses live or work in the capital.
4/22
WASHINGTON - Democrat Joe Sestak raised about $312,000 in the first three months of 2015 for his Senate campaign, barely one-tenth of the amount raised by the Republican incumbent he hopes to unseat, Sen. Pat Toomey.
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...
4/7
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...
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.
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WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was indicted on 14 counts of federal corruption Wednesday, accused of using his office to help a donor who had lavished him with gifts, including numerous flights on a private jet, a stay in a five-star Paris hotel, and vacations at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic.
4/12
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on Sunday maintained his innocence in the face of federal corruption charges related to a wealthy political donor, telling Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday he "will be vindicated" in court.
3/31
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, according to two Democratic sources.
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.
3/20
WASHINGTON – Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick will lead a House task force aimed at finding ways to cut off financing for terrorist groups...
3/26
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.
3/31
US-USA-POLITICS-CLINTON:U.S. House committee seeks to interview Hillary Clinton over emails
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.
4/1
Bob Menendez, Pat Toomey and 11 other senators want to show Russia's 2018 World Cup a red card.
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...
3/12
And now the story of another Democratic lawmaker caught up in a sexting scandal.
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.
3/11
Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) hammered Senate Republicans’ controversial letter to Iranian leaders Wednesday, calling it “reckless.”
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
The annual ratings by the conservative Club for Growth show a some movement over time by Pennsylvania's senators.
3/9
WASHINGTON - It was business as usual Monday for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez - at least in public - just days after reports surfaced that he could face federal corruption charges in the coming weeks.
3/9
CapitolInq: It was business as usual for New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez Monday – at least in public – just days after reports surfaced that he could face federal corruption charges in the coming weeks.
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...
3/6
CapitolInq: Federal prosecutors are readying corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), according to a CNN report Friday afternoon.
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.
3/4
Democrat Joe Sestak hopes to get to the U.S. Senate Forrest Gump-style: He's crisscrossing Pennsylvania, walking exactly 422 miles, in his effort to unseat Republican Pat Toomey. His campaign slogan, of course, is "Joe Sestak walks in your shoes."
3/6
BUCKS COUNTY Eighth District race heats up LOWER MAKEFIELD Bucks County's 2016 congressional election is 19 months away, but developments in the race are unfolding quickly.
3/2
WASHINGTON – Joe Sestak will formally launch his Senate campaign Wednesday at Independence Hall, he announced in a news release Monday. Sestak...
3/6
We at Clout are not oblivious to campaign-trail fashion trends. When retired Navy Adm. Joe Sestak snaps into campaign mode, for instance, we keenly...
3/5
Another congressional contender is joining the field in Bucks County. Shaughnessy Naughton, a small-business owner who lost the 2014 Democratic primary for the county's House seat, will file paperwork Thursday morning to run again in 2016, according to her campaign.
3/2
WASHINGTON –Rep. Chaka Fattah will not attend Tuesday’s speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress, the Philadelphia...
3/4
Joe Sestak announced his second U.S. Senate bid in vintage white Reeboks.
3/2
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey's Robert Menendez, said he will "be proud" to escort Benjamin Netanyahu into the House Chamber for the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress on Tuesday, even as some Democrats recoil at an event they see as a political jab at President Obama.
3/3
US-USA-ISRAEL:Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress
2/26
A senior U.S. lawmaker is pressing his case against any Obama administration plan to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the communist-ruled island is harboring dozens of U.S. fugitives.
2/26
WASHINGTON - The Senate moved closer Tuesday to a deal to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but the proposal faced an uncertain future in the House, where Republican leaders conspicuously refused to embrace it.
2/26
WASHINGTON - Invoking memories of 9/11, three Republican congressmen from the Philadelphia suburbs urged their GOP colleagues on Wednesday to avoid shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, saying to do so would be a dereliction of duty.
2/26
Tension between Israel and the United States escalated Wednesday as senior Obama administration officials publicly admonished Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting an invitation to address Congress two weeks before Israeli elections and questioned his judgment on nuclear talks with Iran.
2/26
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry played defense Wednesday on Capitol Hill, fielding dozens of questions from lawmakers worried about what Iran could get in a deal being negotiated to block its ability to make an atomic weapon.
2/19
CapitolInq: A Philly state senator is mulling a run for U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey.
2/12
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.
2/25
US-USA-CONGRESS-SECURITY-BOEHNER:U.S. Senate votes to clear path for security agency funding
2/11
WASHINGTON – Chester County Republican Ryan Costello has been in Congress for just over a month, but Democrats are already hoping to end his House...
2/18
Sen. Bob Casey urged Amtrak to spruce up 30th Street Station to welcome visitors for the papal visit this fall and the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
2/18
House Speaker John Boehner says there are “unanswered questions” about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. He specifically...
2/10
CapitolInq: Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) leads potential Democratic challenger Joe Sestak by 10 percentage points in a new Quinnipiac Poll examining what seems on track to be a re-match of their 2010 Senate race.
2/5
WASHINGTON - When he started working on defense issues, Ashton Carter said Wednesday, there was just one big worry: the Cold War and its threat of nuclear disaster.
2/4
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) used $7,869 from his campaign funds to pay for a trip to China in November for himself and his son.
2/9
The last time we saw New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on TV, he was cracking us up on Comedy Central’s "The Nightly Show."
1/27
Baer Growls: Ok, it's early but still....only one name Dem is leading Toomey in an early poll.
1/23
CapitolInq: During the 2013 government shutdown, Allentown’s Charlie Dent became something of a national spokesman for the oft-overlooked centrist Republican – a group that arguably includes every GOP Congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs.
1/29
CapitolInq: The Delaware River dredging project will receive another $97.5 million in federal funding, the most ever set aside in a single year, according to the office of Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.).
1/19
Baer Growls: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, long a target for late-night comedian Jon Stewart just handed The Daily Show host a present.
1/12
Prosecutors investigating U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah asked a three-judge federal appeals panel Monday to give them access to seven years of his private e-mails, a position Fattah's lawyer argued violates the protection the Constitution provides Congress.
1/14
CapitolInq: A vote on immigration policy Wednesday gave two new Republican Congressmen their first test in weighing their moderate districts against the more conservative instincts of some of their new colleagues.
1/8
WASHINGTON –State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, a Bucks County Democrat, has filed papers to run for Congress in 2016, he announced Thursday morning...
1/9
Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax
1/12
A special election will be held March 24 to fill the state House of Representatives seat vacated by Rep. Brendan Boyle. Boyle represented parts of Northeast...
1/7
CapitolInq: He became part of a Senate majority for the first time in his career Tuesday, and now Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) is reaping the first sweet taste of that power: he has won the right to stock the Senate candy desk.
1/7
Brendan Boyle ran for two legislative seats last year and had his choice of two oaths Tuesday: Swear in with the freshman class of U.S. representatives or retain his post in the Pennsylvania legislature.
12/23
CapitolInq: Congressman Pat Meehan gave a thumbs up Tuesday to Sony’s decision to release The Interview in theaters, while seeming to give the movie itself a thumbs down.
1/6
WASHINGTON - With nods to history and their future plans, three new members of Congress from the Philadelphia area took oaths of office Tuesday, marking sweeping change to the area's delegation.
1/6
Rep. Elijah Cummings got his facts wrong when he said “96 percent” of fatal police shootings were “white officers killing African Americans.” His office told us he misspoke.
12/21
On her final day of voting after a decade in Congress, Allyson Schwartz reflected.
12/17
CapitolInq: U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), whose parents immigrated from Cuba and who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a blistering critique Tuesday of the Obama administration’s decision to release Cuban spies as the Castro regime freed American Alan Gross from imprisonment.
12/16
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion posted yesterday, ruled that the law firm Cozen O'Connor can write off a $448,468 debt incurred by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in a court battle to stay on the 2007 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor.
12/11
CapitolInq: Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey sent a letter to federal regulators today urging them to approve the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, saying the deal would benefit consumers.
12/12
A federal judge on Friday granted permission for Chaka Fattah Jr. to represent himself in a tax and bank fraud case that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted.
12/11
WASHINGTON - Is Joe Sestak the Democrats' only hope? The former Delaware County congressman is running hard for a 2016 rematch against U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) in a race Democrats see as crucial to taking back the Senate.
12/9
Republicans are enjoying a five-year peak in popularity after their wins in the midterm elections, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll. (3:13)
12/8
Three days after conceding the loss of his U.S. Senate seat, Alaska Democrat Mark Begich may have hit on just the trick to make him the most popular...
12/3
An unprecedented joint project to track political advertising in a major metropolitan market finds that advertisers spent some $15 million blasting voters...
11/21
CapitolInq: Pat Meehan is taking a step up. The Republican Congressman from Delaware County has been appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, his office announced Friday, giving him a spot on an A-list panel that oversees tax policy.
11/6
With Ryan Costello's win Tuesday in the Sixth District congressional race, Chester County is on the hunt for a new member of its board of commissioners.
10/30
Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo is leading Democratic challenger William Hughes Jr. by 53 percent to 34 percent in the Second Congressional District race, according to a poll released Tuesday by Richard Stockton College.
10/30
WASHINGTON – Delaware Sen. Chris Coons sharply criticized Gov. Christie and New York Gov. Cuomo over their Ebola quarantine policies Thursday,...
10/16
As his party lurches toward November's midterm elections at risk of losing control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker said a Democratic majority is needed to tackle big problems such as immigration and corporate tax policy.
10/15
BucksInq: At the first of three scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse, the two used an hour of radio airtime Wednesday to stake out positions on issues like healthcare, economic development, and foreign policy.
10/8
WASHINGTON - A group that supports conservative fiscal policy plans to spend $1.1 million to help a Republican Congressional candidate in the final...
10/3
CapitolInq: Is an upset brewing in South Jersey? A new poll shows Democrat Bill Hughes Jr., written off by most pundits and national election forecasters, within striking distance of Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a 10-term incumbent.
10/1
CapitolInq: “This is so warped, it’s unbelievable,” U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said Wednesday.
10/2
WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Cory Booker leads his Republican opponent Jeff Bell 51-40 among likely New Jersey voters, according to a Quinnipiac...
9/29
Jon Runyan, the outgoing congressman and former Eagles tackle, has put his 23-acre Mount Laurel estate on the market for $5.8 million.
9/11
Been lots of news lately regarding treatment of women. Here's yet another example of how equality lags.
8/1
PA Sen. Daylin Leach visits Colorado to check up legal marijuana. We pay.
9/10
CapitolInq: The passengers and crew of United Flight 93, along with others killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, received Congress’ highest honor Wednesday in a ceremony at the Capitol awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal.
4/16
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski plans to run for Senate, setting up a contested Democratic primary. An announcement is scheduled for Friday.
9/3
Longtime U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah continues to feel the heat in his hometown of Philadelphia, six days after his former political adviser admitted in federal court last week to lying to conceal an illegal $1 million campaign loan.
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He has not been charged with any crime, and the plea memo summarizing the wrongdoing of his onetime top aide does not even name him.
7/29
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R., Pa.) helped push through a bill Monday aiming to strengthen the national protections and response to cyber-attacks...
7/28
Five congressmen asked the NCAA to rescind penalties imposed after the Sandusky scandal.
7/24
Pennsylvania's transportation secretary warns road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction.
7/16
CapitolInq: With the General Motors scandal as a backdrop, Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) has signed onto a bill that could send executives to jail for up to five years if they conceal information about their products’ known dangers.
7/15
Congressman: Philly VA leaders wanted to monitor his staff on an unannounced visit
6/27
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) will launch an initiative Monday aimed at drawing attention to the needs of the so-called “sandwich...
6/23
Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) wrote a letter to FIFA urging an about face on giving the event to Qatar.
5/30
WASHINGTON – Claire Gustafson, a South Jersey Republican candidate for Congress who has relentlessly attacked primary opponent Garry Cobb, has...
5/29
Think you have a say in who serves in Congress? Think again.
5/23
In the ongoing saga over the Washington Redskins football team nickname, half of the U.S. Senate wants the team’s nickname changed. But it is really...
5/22
WASHINGTON – Aimee Belgard, a South Jersey Democrat running for Congress, called Thursday for U.S. Veteran Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki to resign...
5/21
Five thoughts on Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary results: -- It was a bad night for Montgomery County When the jockeying began, Allyson Schwartz...
5/21
Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's gun violence research...
5/20
WASHINGTON – The federal government has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit by Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), arguing...
5/14
WASHINGTON – Shaughnessy Naughton has called on her Democratic primary opponent, Kevin Strouse, to explain a series of donations apparently exchanged...
5/9
Allyson Schwartz misrepresents her opponent’s business dealings in a TV ad in Pennsylvania’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Her ad says...
5/9
Oil-rich United Arab Emirates spent more money than any other nation pushing its agenda and interests in the United States last year. An analysis of...
5/8
Hard-line conservatives have become Democrats’ unwitting allies in the battle to control Congress. Conservative groups have together spent nearly...
5/8
Running updates on Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger are below. Updates are also on Twitter...
5/6
A new building trades union group is running television commercials supporting state Rep. Brendan Boyle's bid for the U.S. House. But the group has not disclosed so far where it got the money for the ads.
5/1
Senate Democrats are planning to hold a vote later this year on a constitutional amendment that would nullify the Supreme Court's recent decision lifting...
5/1
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) urged Gov. Corbett to wave the white flag on Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law Thursday, writing...
4/30
WASHINGTON – Pennsylvania’s split Senate delegation reflected the partisan divide on the minimum wage Wednesday, as Sens. Bob Casey and Pat...
4/23
In Ukraine for the past several days, U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) said he has found a country eager for new elections and government reform – but with a “sword hanging over them” in the form of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
4/23
After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider...
4/22
WASHINGTON – In three local House districts currently held by the GOP, registered Democrats actually outnumber registered Republicans. Two are...
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