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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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Calendar: Week of July 22

From Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congressional committees to a California garlic festival, "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan..
CBS News - Published

Four Republican lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract

Four Republican members of U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to move forward with a..
Reuters - Published

Videos for United States Congress

Trump defends supporters who chanted Trump defends supporters who chanted "send her back"

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday defended his supporters who chanted "send her back" at a rally in reference to a Somali-born Democratic lawmaker. Trump previously claimed he was unhappy about the..

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Targeted by Trump, Omar greeted with cheers [Video]Targeted by Trump, Omar greeted with cheers

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar was met by supporters at the airport when she returned to Minneapolis, and she vowed to continue to oppose President Donald Trump in the wake of his attacks on her which..

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Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at Trump [Video]Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at Trump

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar was greeted with cheers and support when she returned to Minnesota after days of inflammatory attacks by U.S. President Donald Trump. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Grieving father slams Boeing in Congress testimony [Video]Grieving father slams Boeing in Congress testimony

Paul Njoroge lost his wife, three children and mother-in-law when a Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Ethiopia in March. Now he's testifying in Congress. Havovi Cooper reports.

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Trump praises detention center conditions [Video]Trump praises detention center conditions

U.S. President Donald Trump praises conditions at border detention facilities after they have recently come under fire by Congressional Democrats. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

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Grieving father slams Boeing's 'wrongful conduct' in Congress [Video]Grieving father slams Boeing's 'wrongful conduct' in Congress

Toronto resident Paul Njoroge, who lost five members of his family in the 737 MAX Ethiopian Air crash in March, says Congress must act to hold Boeing accountable. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Bitcoin Tumbles [Video]Bitcoin Tumbles

Bitcoin has plunged 16% after a bruising day in Congress for Facebook's digital coin, Libra. "Facebook has burned down the house over and over and called every arson a learning experience," Sen...

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US House votes to condemn Trump’s tweets against congresswomen [Video]US House votes to condemn Trump’s tweets against congresswomen

Members of Congress in the House of Representatives have voted to condemn controversial tweets published by President Donald Trump. There was widespread condemnation when the US President told four..

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Grieving father set to slam Boeing in Congress [Video]Grieving father set to slam Boeing in Congress

Before flying to Washington to climb the steps of Congress and testify to a crowd of aviation experts and lawmakers this week, Paul Njoroge spent a desolate weekend packing away toys his children would..

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One man lost his whole family, now he wants justice [Video]One man lost his whole family, now he wants justice

Paul Njoroge lost his wife, three children and mother-in-law when a Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Ethiopia in March. He's testifying in Congress this week. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Progressive Congress Members Sign Letter For Amazon Investigation [Video]Progressive Congress Members Sign Letter For Amazon Investigation

Amazon faced a Prime Day strike at a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota. According to Gizmodo, now over a dozen progressive lawmakers are getting involved. These include Bernie Sanders,..

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'What's your ethnicity?': Kellyanne Conway to reporter [Video]'What's your ethnicity?': Kellyanne Conway to reporter

Kellyanne Conway, advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, challenged a reporter on Tuesday when asked where Trump would suggest four left-wing congresswomen "go back" to. Rough Cut (no reporter..

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A rising chorus against Facebook's new currency [Video]A rising chorus against Facebook's new currency

Facebook will be defending its new cryptocurrency Libra before Congress as more voices join the chorus of opposition. Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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Don't 'take the bait': Squad Dems decry Trump attacks [Video]Don't 'take the bait': Squad Dems decry Trump attacks

Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, two of the four left-wing lawmakers known as "the squad" in Congress who recently came under attack by President Donald Trump..

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Tweets 'not at all' racist: Trump [Video]Tweets 'not at all' racist: Trump

President Trump on Monday denied that his tweets about four Democratic congresswomen were racist. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Barr calls on U.S. Barr calls on U.S. "body politic" to resist racial hatred

At an anti-Semitism summit in Washington, D.C. Monday, Attorney General William Barr told an audience he is concerned that "under the banner of identity politics, some political factions are seeking to..

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27 Republicans Join Democrats To Block Trump From War With Iran [Video]27 Republicans Join Democrats To Block Trump From War With Iran

The House passed an amendment that would bar President Donald Trump from taking military action against Iran. The measure was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California and Republican Rep...

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US Stocks Climbing As Traders Bet On Rate-cut Hopes [Video]US Stocks Climbing As Traders Bet On Rate-cut Hopes

Stocks climbed on Friday as the growing prospect of a cut to US interest rates this month outweighed renewed tensions in the US-China trade war, an unexpected contraction in Singapore, and uninspiring..

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US seeks a Congress-approved deal with Iran: Hook [Video]US seeks a Congress-approved deal with Iran: Hook

The United States may impose fresh sanctions on Iran, Hook also said, adding that Gulf Arab states could be more effective in confronting Iran if they were united.

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Powell heads to Congress amid pressure to cut rates [Video]Powell heads to Congress amid pressure to cut rates

As Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell heads to his twice-yearly congressional update he's facing stiff pressure by the White House and financial markets to cut rates, even though the economy has..

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Sater, Steele and subpoenas, probes run on in DC [Video]Sater, Steele and subpoenas, probes run on in DC

Russian-born real estate developer Felix Sater, who worked on a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, appeared on Tuesday for testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence..

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Billionaire Steyer joins crowded 2020 presidential race [Video]Billionaire Steyer joins crowded 2020 presidential race

U.S. billionaire Tom Steyer says he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Obamacare's future in the balance at appeals court hearing [Video]Obamacare's future in the balance at appeals court hearing

A federal appeals court will consider whether to uphold a Texas judge's ruling declaring the Obamacare healthcare law unconstitutional, a position now backed by the Trump administration. Zach Goelman..

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Congress considers crackdown on trophy hunting

A bill known as the CECIL Act takes aim at trophy hunting imports – but some say these hunts help conservation more than hurt it
CBS News - Published

House Democrats to focus Mueller testimony on Trump's conduct

When former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears in Congress on Wednesday, House Democrats will try to focus his testimony on clear examples of conduct by President Donald Trump that would lead..
Reuters - Published

Republican activist who ran for Congress: Trump stole my party and my heart is breaking.

Trump has transformed the party of Lincoln into a racist, nationalist movement that divides and destroys. And silent Republicans are letting him do it.
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Despite video evidence, Trump claims he tried to stop "send her back" chants

President Trump said Thursday he was disappointed with his supporters for chanting "send her back" about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who came to the country as a Somali refugee...
CBS News - Published

Acting DHS chief says Congress could close immigration loophole "very simply"

In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said one big challenge is that migrant families can stay in the U.S. pending..
CBS News - Published

U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

Four Democratic members of Congress vilified by U.S. President Donald Trump are "fantastic", U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Trump says Congress "foolishly" gave aid to Puerto Rico

President Trump's tweets come as demonstrations against Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló have intensified
CBS News - Published

Families fight for 9/11 victims' compensation fund as Senate delays

Another 9/11 first responder, former New York City firefighter Kevin Nolan, has died as families push for Congress to renew funding for the victims' compensation fund. CBSN New York's Jessica Layton..
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Senate honors legendary Capitol Hill staffer Bertie Bowman

Despite the partisan divisions in Washington, we found one man working in Congress who has the support of both Republicans and Democrats. Bertie Bowman started working on Capitol Hill during WWII and..
CBS News - Published

Father who lost family in Ethiopia crash testifies on Capitol Hill

Boeing 737 jets have now been grounded for 126 days after a deadly crash in Ethiopia. A man who lost his family in the crash went before Congress, along with . Kris Van Cleave reports.
CBS News - Published

Impeachment, Contempt Citations and More: 3 Major Issues Congress Voted On Today

The House wrestled with a busy, and divisive, agenda on Wednesday. Here’s a quick digest of some of the important issues it considered.
NYTimes.com - Published

House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto

The measures would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. No other foreign policy issue has made as big a rift between the president and Congress.
NYTimes.com - Published

NASA pleads for steady funding for moon mission

NASA's goal of landing astronauts on the moon in 2024 won't be possible without steady funding from Congress
CBS News - Published

House to Vote on Contempt Citations for Barr and Ross Over Census Question

The House is expected to vote Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress.
NYTimes.com - Published

Comics slam Trump's racist tweets in Best of Late Night

The president targeted four women of color in Congress, now known as "the squad." So Kimmel, Meyers and Colbert targeted Trump.
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7/16: CBS Evening News

Congress votes on resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets; inside CBS News' coverage of the historic Apollo 11 launch.
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Who is "the Squad"? Congresswomen take on Trump

They've been in Congress for less than a year, but have already attracted more controversy than many lawmakers see in a lifetime
CBS News - Published

Congress votes on resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets

Congress is voting on a resolution to condemn the words of the president. It comes after President Trump targeted four Democrats in racist tweets. Nancy Cordes reports.
CBS News - Published

In rare rebuke, dozens of Republicans hit Trump over 'racist' tweets

After initial hesitation, a growing number of Republicans in the U.S. Congress - including almost half the Ohio delegation in the House - have openly criticized President Donald Trump over his racially..
Reuters - Published

Eric Garner, Congress, Emmy Awards: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
NYTimes.com - Published

Trump looks to make "The Squad" the faces of the Democratic Party

More Democratic presidential candidates are criticizing President Trump for his string of racist tweets and comments targeting four freshman members of Congress. CBSN political reporter Caitlin..
CBS News - Published

Facebook to testify in Congress on Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook will be testifying over two days in Congress as lawmakers express concerns on the social media platform's new cryptocurrency, Libra. CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nick..
CBS News - Published

Kamala Harris introduces plan to lower prescription drug prices

This is at least the fourth policy proposal from Harris that promises to use powers of the presidency if Congress does not act
CBS News - Published

GOP leaders on Trump's tweets: It's about politics

Republican leaders in Congress remained unwilling Tuesday to unequivocally rebuke President Donald Trump's attack on four progressive women of color in Congress, insisting his tweets and the ensuing..
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump will look at investor charge that Google is "treasonous"

The president's comments come as tech giant prepares to defend its size and search practices before Congress
CBS News - Published

Father whose family died in Ethiopian plane crash to brief Congress

Before flying to Washington to climb the steps of Congress and testify to a crowd of aviation experts and lawmakers this week, Paul Njoroge spent a desolate weekend packing away toys his children would..
Reuters - Published

737 Max: Man who lost family in Ethiopian crash wants plane scrapped, Boeing execs tried

Paul Njoroge, who will testify before Congress Tuesday, says the 737 Max should have been grounded after the first crash in Indonesia in November.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump defiant as lawmakers blast his 'racist' attacks on four congresswomen

Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved on Monday to formally condemn President Donald Trump's attacks on four minority congresswomen, while Trump doubled down, saying those who are unhappy with the..
Reuters - Published

Democrats plan vote condemning 'xenophobic' Trump attacks on minority congresswomen

Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved on Monday to formally censure President Donald Trump's attacks on four minority congresswomen as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her party would..
Reuters - Published

These are the 29 members of Congress born outside the US

Ilhan Omar is one of 29 congressional members who were born outside of the United States – 24 representatives and five senators.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Donald Trump and Congress are showing us what constitutional failure looks like

Trump's aspiring authoritarianism is an existential threat to America. We must update our laws and Constitution to fix the massive gaps he's exposed.
USATODAY.com - Published

Lawmakers react as thousands brace for ICE deportation raids

Thousands of undocumented families are bracing for deportation. Natalie Andrews, a Congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, joins CBSN to discuss how Capitol Hill is reacting.
CBS News - Published

'This is what racism looks like': Congresswomen react to Trump's 'go back' tweetstorm

Ilhan Omar said Trump was "stoking white nationalism" because "people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda."
USATODAY.com - Published

2020 Daily Trail Markers: What Buttigieg says about closing Guantanamo

What Pete Buttigieg says about closing Guantanamo Bay; Elizabeth Warren thinks Congress should hear from the woman who has accused a top Pentagon nominee of sexual misconduct
CBS News - Published

Mueller to testify before Congress July 24 under new terms

Under the new arrangement, Mueller will testify for an extended period of time — three hours instead of two — before the House Judiciary Committee
CBS News - Published

Brazil lower house pension reform vote hits delay as savings cut

Brazil's lower house of Congress may not vote on a landmark pension reform bill until August, leaders said on Friday, as intense negotiation over amendments delayed the process and reduced savings..
Reuters - Published

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