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While the Republican-controlled House on Tuesday passed a new 10-year ban on firearms that that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, some Senate Democrats say that bill is flawed.
Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote as a historic step although it could prove short-lived.
Senate leaders have taken control of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The House passed the bill in a rare Saturday session. The vote was 407-0. The Senate was also expected to approve the legislation, which is backed by President Barack Obama.
The White House’s budget office has notified federal agencies that the government is shutting down Tuesday, after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a temporary spending plan.
The countdown to a government shutdown is on, with the deadline just 25 hours away.
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has filed a lawsuit to overturn his censure.
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are putting out a strong message to Congress: don’t leave for the holidays until you decide on aid for states battered by Superstorm Sandy.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie derided Montana Democrat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Friday as a “phony” who does not represent the state’s values, as he urged Republicans to rally behind the campaign of Tester challenger Denny Rehberg.
Republican leadership talks about budget cuts. They talk about families hurting and making tough decisions. But when they come to Washington they protect their own budgets.
Census data for 2010 shows New Jersey will lose one of its 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and New York is set to lose two seats in Congress.