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United States Congress: Legislature of the United States
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members representing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia in addition to its 435 voting members. Although they cannot vote in the full house, these members can address the house, sit and vote in congressional committees, and introduce legislation.

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Remembering journalist Cokie Roberts

Journalist Cokie Roberts' many admirers say she helped transform the role of women in broadcast news. Roberts, whose parents were both members of Congress, covered Washington politics for 40 years. She..
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Trump's California visit, Greta Thunberg appears before Congress: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

President Donald Trump heads to San Diego amid homeless comments backlash, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg appears before Congress and more things to start your Wednesday
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Videos for United States Congress

Greta Thunberg To Congress: 'Wake Up' [Video]Greta Thunberg To Congress: 'Wake Up'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has inspired a global movement for climate change, delivered a strong message to U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday: “Wake up.” Wrapping up a..

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Thunberg to Congress: ‘Listen to the scientists’ [Video]Thunberg to Congress: ‘Listen to the scientists’

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a short and direct message before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday (September 18): "I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen..

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Hong Kong activists take their fight to D.C. [Video]Hong Kong activists take their fight to D.C.

Hong Kong democracy activists spoke to members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, in a bid to win support for a bill that would force Washington to review its relationship with Hong Kong amid months-long..

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Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill [Video]Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be..

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Trump Says U.S. Has Reached Trade Deal With Japan [Video]Trump Says U.S. Has Reached Trade Deal With Japan

President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States has reached an initial trade agreement with Japan. Trump wrote a letter to Congress released by the White House. In the letter Trump said he..

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Hong Kong activists seek support in U.S. Congress [Video]Hong Kong activists seek support in U.S. Congress

Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho will testify with Joshua Wong and other activists in Washington on Tuesday to call on U.S. lawmakers and businesses to criticize Beijing's actions in Hong Kong...

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Democrats To Trump: Gun Bill Must Include Background Checks [Video]Democrats To Trump: Gun Bill Must Include Background Checks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Democrats in Congress told Republican President Donald Trump on Sunday that any gun control legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales “will..

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Dan Bishop declares victory in North Carolina [Video]Dan Bishop declares victory in North Carolina

Republican Dan Bishop won a special U.S. congressional election in North Carolina on Tuesday (September 10), turning back a vigorous Democratic challenge to save a longtime stronghold for President..

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Democrats press GOP for stricter gun laws [Video]Democrats press GOP for stricter gun laws

U.S. Democrats, looking to heighten their profile on gun control, moved forward on Tuesday with new measures aimed at curbing gun violence, while President Donald Trump also planned to meet with..

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Time for action on guns: AOC [Video]Time for action on guns: AOC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive New York Democrat, says "kids are dying" and that Republican members of Congress must do something on guns, including taking up House-passed legislation on..

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Hong Kong protesters march to U.S. Consulate, call on Trump to Hong Kong protesters march to U.S. Consulate, call on Trump to "liberate" city

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday (September 8) sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to "liberate" the Chinese-ruled city, the latest in a series of..

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Exclusive: US finds possible Deutsche Bank control issues [Video]Exclusive: US finds possible Deutsche Bank control issues

U.S. congressional investigators have identified possible failures in Deutsche Bank AG's money laundering controls in its dealings with Russian oligarchs, after the lender handed over a trove of..

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Trump Admin Pushes Congress To Overhaul Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac [Video]Trump Admin Pushes Congress To Overhaul Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday said the government should recapitalize mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It called on Congress for comprehensive housing reform that would allow them to be..

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McConnell Says Senate Will Consider A Gun Bill [Video]McConnell Says Senate Will Consider A Gun Bill

After a series of mass shootings there is renewed pressure for Congress to enact strict gun control laws. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the key to any legislation. McConnell finds himself..

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Mass Murderers May Meet Their Maker A Lot Faster [Video]Mass Murderers May Meet Their Maker A Lot Faster

The Trump administration has drafted legislation that would speed the death penalty for people who have committed mass murder. The US has experienced virtually countless mass shootings over the years...

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Trump eyes cutting Ukraine aid -officials [Video]Trump eyes cutting Ukraine aid -officials

The White House is reviewing whether $250 million in military assistance should be sent to Ukraine in keeping with President Donald Trump's view that U.S. foreign aid must be justified, two senior..

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U.S-Saudi relationship 'one of the most enduring': Esper [Video]U.S-Saudi relationship 'one of the most enduring': Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mike Esper said on Thursday that the U.S. intended to 'maintain and grow' strong ties with Saudi Arabia as he met with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of Defense at the White..

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Trump Offers To Pardon Lawbreakers Who Build The Border Wall For Him [Video]Trump Offers To Pardon Lawbreakers Who Build The Border Wall For Him

President Donald Trump has offered to pardon officials who break the law to complete his proposed border wall. Trump ordered officials to fast-track contracts, violate environmental rules and seize..

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Trump still reviewing plans for foreign aid cuts [Video]Trump still reviewing plans for foreign aid cuts

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is considering billions of dollars in foreign aid cuts and would decide on the proposal - which faces strong opposition in Congress - within days. Nathan..

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Trump Administration Considers A Temporary Payroll Tax Cut [Video]Trump Administration Considers A Temporary Payroll Tax Cut

Several officials from the Trump administration are trying to figure out a solution for the economy. They are considering a temporary payroll tax cut to encourage consumers to use their money...

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Warren apologizes at Native American forum [Video]Warren apologizes at Native American forum

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday apologized at a Native American forum in Iowa for 'harm' she had caused after she claimed Native American heritage and faced..

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Swedish climate activist Thunberg asks U.S. Congress for action, not praise

Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday called for action, not praise, from U.S. lawmakers as she joined other youth leaders in kicking off two days of meetings and speeches..
Reuters - Published

Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be..
Reuters - Published

Corey Lewandowski’s Testimony Before Congress: What to Expect

Mr. Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee at 1:20 Eastern.
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U.S. lawmakers blast Iran, wary of war, after Saudi oil attack

Members of the U.S. Congress blasted Iran after the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but expressed wariness about U.S. military action, especially before they have a clearer picture of who was..
Reuters - Published

Mexico amnesty law eyes reprieve for minor drug offenses, abortions

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has sent a draft law to Congress that aims to grant amnesty to people serving jail time for lesser offenses, including abortion and possession of small..
Reuters - Published

Doctors in Congress urge officials to offer migrants flu shots

Three physicians serving in Congress called the current policy of not providing flu shots to migrant families and children in Border Patrol custody "dangerous" and "shortsighted"
CBS News - Published

U.S. House panel wants Boeing CEO to allow employee interviews on 737 MAX crashes

Congress on Thursday asked Boeing Co's chief executive to make several employees available for interviews as part of a congressional probe into the design, development and certification of 737 MAX..
Reuters - Published

My bipartisan bill would prevent shootings. Congress should surprise America and pass it.

My lead Democratic co-sponsor is Rep. Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief. We're in lockstep on the TAPS Act because it will save lives.
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Cherokee Nation names first delegate to Congress

The Cherokee Nation has named its first delegate to congress. Kimberly Teehee served President Obama as the first-ever Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs. She is currently the Vice..
CBS News - Published

Divided Democrats Step Back From Assault Weapons Ban

Democrats in Congress have made a calculated decision not to call for a ban to be included in an emerging package of gun control measures.
NYTimes.com - Published

‘If I’m Sent Back, I Will Die’: Sick Immigrants Tell Their Stories to Congress

The immigrants, who are in limbo as the Trump administration weighs their deportation, laid out their fears to a House Oversight subcommittee.
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Watchdog investigating Trump's plan to seize private land for border wall

Congress' independent watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, is looking into President Trump's latest plan to seize private land to build a barrier wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. CBS News..
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Congress investigates whether administration tried to bolster Trump's Hurricane Dorian claim on Alabama

Lawmakers asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for records related to Trump's claim about Dorian's threat to Alabama and efforts to defend it.
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Echoing Trump, speaker at 9/11 ceremony questions Muslim congresswoman's patriotism

A speaker at New York City's Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony on Wednesday assailed U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, a Muslim member of Congress who has often been the target of false slurs by President..
Reuters - Published

Government watchdog to probe Trump's land seizures to build wall

Congress' independent watchdog will investigate the administration's intensifying efforts to seize private land to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border
CBS News - Published

Inside the largest African-American gun group: "I'm not goin' down without a fight"

Democrats are working to advance gun bills in Congress in an effort to pressure Republicans and the White House in the wake of several deadly mass shootings. The country's largest and best known gun..
CBS News - Published

U.S. senators expect Congress to reinstate aid for Ukraine even if Trump cuts it

Republican and Democratic senators said on Tuesday they expected the U.S. Congress would pass legislation restoring $250 million in military aid for Ukraine if President Donald Trump goes ahead with..
Reuters - Published

Senate votes to reauthorize 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

The fight for funding came to a close in Congress on Tuesday after the Senate voted to fund the bill until 2092
CBS News - Published

Eye Opener: Mission accomplished off the coast of Georgia

The entire crew of a capsized freighter is safe after a day of dramatic rescues. Also, Congressional Democrats urge the president to take action on gun control. All that and all that matters in today's..
CBS News - Published

Democrats push for gun control in return to Capitol Hill

Democratic lawmakers are demanding Republicans take up the already-passed House gun control bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, says he won't make a move on guns without Donald..
CBS News - Published

Democrats press for stricter U.S. gun-sale checks, Trump non-committal

Democrats in the U.S. Congress pledged on Monday to intensify pressure for stricter gun-sale background check legislation, citing strong public backing for the measure, but received no sign of support..
Reuters - Published

House Democrats a step closer to impeachment proceedings

As Congress returned from recess Monday, it appears House Democrats have a bigger appetite to start impeachment proceedings. Some believe President Trump committed more high crimes and misdemeanors..
CBS News - Published

Congress to consider gun laws and government spending

Congress returns from its August recess to take up the gun debate and a fight over government spending. CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes joins CBSN with more on these major..
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Tomi Lahren's fiance Brandon Fricke is running for Congress as an independent in California

Brandon Fricke is running as an independent in California against vocal Trump critic and incumbent Ted Lieu.
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As Congress returns, House plans to expand Trump impeachment inquiry

Congress is back on Capitol Hill today, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are expected to vote soon on expanding their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. CBS News White House..
CBS News - Published

House Judiciary Committee to vote on impeachment hearing parameters

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has outlined the parameters for an impeachment investigation on Congress' first day back
CBS News - Published

Democrats expected to expand impeachment inquiry as Congress returns

Congress is returning to Washington after August recess, and House Democrats are expected to vote on expanding their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. CBS News legal analyst Kim Wehle joined..
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Congress returns with pressure to take action on guns and more

The year leading up to an election doesn't often come with significant legislative achievements
CBS News - Published

Drain the swamp? Trump calls on House to extend GOP term limits for committee chairs

Responding to a wave of retirements, Trump called Monday for Congress to change the rules to let lawmakers serve as committee chair for longer.
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Congress is back in session, California wildfire, Billy Bush: 5 things to know Monday

Congress returns from a six-week recess, wildfire threatens Southern California, Billy Bush returns to TV and more things to know Monday.
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It's been a month. Here's what Congress is set to do when they come back to D.C.

Quite a lot has happened since Congress went on recess, most notably four mass shootings that have heightened the stakes for tackling gun violence.
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Pelosi and Schumer, in Push for Gun Safety Legislation, Urge Trump to Defy N.R.A.

In a letter, the top two Democrats in Congress called on the president to expand background checks to nearly all gun buyers.
NYTimes.com - Published

When Steve Kroft knocks..

Steve Kroft heads to Washington to confront three members of Congress about how they used leadership PAC funds for personal purposes
CBS News - Published

Congress: Trading stock on inside information?

In 2011, Steve Kroft reported that members of Congress could legally trade stock based on non-public information from Capitol Hill
CBS News - Published

Odessa shooting survivor: Congress, do something

Shauna Saxton, a grandmother who looked the gunman in the eyes and escaped gunfire during the mass shooting in Texas last week in which seven people were murdered, says doing nothing in the wake of..
CBS News - Published

Mark Sanford Will Challenge Trump in Republican Primary

Mr. Sanford, the former governor and representative from South Carolina, was ousted from his seat in Congress after becoming a vocal critic of President Trump.
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How Congress Passed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994

Congress and the White House found a way to come together on guns 25 years ago. It is hard to see that kind of bipartisanship resurfacing in the current environment.
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Jon Stewart and the battle for the 9/11 victims fund, explained

The battle over funding for 9/11 victims has dragged on for years in Congress — and Jon Stewart is keeping up the fight
CBS News - Published

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Why House Republicans Are Bailing

You have to wonder if the Republicans’ retirements are less about spending time with families and more about spending time far away from Congress.
NYTimes.com - Published

Hong Kong a priority for U.S. Senate Democrats, leader says

Legislation addressing China's actions in Hong Kong will be among the top priorities pushed by U.S. Senate Democrats when Congress returns to work after a recess next week, their leader said on..
Reuters - Published

A bipartisan effort: States pass record number of laws to reel in drug prices

So far this year, 33 states have enacted more than 50 measures to address drug prices and access. Congress is eyeing efforts to see what works.
USATODAY.com - Published

Renewed pressure for Congress to act on guns after latest mass shooting

Saturday's shooting rampage in Midland and Odessa, Texas, is raising pressure on lawmakers to take action on gun control. New York Times congressional reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg spoke to CBSN about..
CBS News - Published

Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Rules Requiring More Energy-Efficient Bulbs

In 2007, a bipartisan Congress said that requiring energy efficient light bulbs was the right idea. The Trump administration disagrees.
NYTimes.com - Published

ACLU pushes House to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism

The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress hopes to protect
CBS News - Published

Pentagon to Divert Money From 127 Projects to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall

Regaining money for those projects will be up to Congress, which would have to approve new money to fund them. Democrats who control the House are loath to do so.
NYTimes.com - Published

Walmart to no longer sell certain ammunition, ask customers to stop open carry in stores

Walmart will stop selling certain forms of ammunition, and call on Congress, Trump to pass background checks legislation
USATODAY.com - Published

Mexican president says referendums could decide fate of ex-presidents

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday the public should have the right to choose whether ex-presidents should face trial once a bill has passed Congress making it easier to hold..
Reuters - Published

Fact check: Trump on gun control

In the wake of the Odessa mass shooting, President Trump said that legislation on gun control was being considered in Congress. However, the president has also backtracked from supporting background..
CBS News - Published

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