Friday, December 28, 2012
With the Senate passing the $60 billion Sandy aid package by a vote of 61-33 on Friday, attention is now turned to the U.S. House of Representatives and the uncertainty brought on by the fiscal cliff deliberations dominating the Capitol.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The US Senate is scheduled to return Wednesday after the Christmas break to vote on the $60 billion Sandy aid package by Friday. But the bill’s passage in the Senate is only one the first step, with time running out.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law denying federal benefits to same sex partners. The House had hired the law firm, King & Spalding, to defend the law in court as DOMA faces constitutional challenges from gay rights group. However, the firm has dropped the House as a client, saying they won't argue the case. The firm didn't offer a concrete reason for its move; however, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains that gay rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign were getting ready to launch a major campaign against the firm.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has passed the House Speaker's gavel to Ohio's Rep. John Boehner, who was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday. Boehner emphasized more openness and more room for debate with Democrats in his speech. Pelosi, on the other hand, embraced her new role as minority leader and took some swings at Republicans, which she couldn't do as Speaker.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Lawmakers get back to work as the 112th Congress begins today. Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), gets sworn in as its new Speaker of the House. At the same time, there is a move in the Senate to change the filibuster rule. The first day of Congress is the only day that lawmakers can change the rules with only 51 votes and some Democrats hope to use this to their advantage. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the new Congress and the top five things to watch out for in 2011.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
President Obama stood before reporters yesterday and addressed the big losses his party suffered in the midterm elections — including the turnover of the House of Representatives to Republicans. Obama accepted blame for not fullfiling voters' needs on the economy. How will the President's agenda now change? And with Republicans in control of Congress, what will their own agenda be? We'll look towards the future of Congress and the president with Peter Baker, chief political correspondent for The New York Times.