Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they’re already losing the fight. Congress’ monthlong August recess could be crucial and supporters aim to exert influence in dozens of congressional districts home to Republican House members seen as open […]

Those spying on Americans find hostility on Capitol Hill

Those spying on Americans find hostility on Capitol Hill

At a House Intelligence Committee hearing just a month ago on highly controversial National Security Agency surveillance issues, administration officials were well treated by both Republicans and Democrats. Wednesday’s return trip to Capitol Hill was decidedly different. For James Cole, John Inglis and Robert Litt, the latest session with Congress was a lesson in the […]

IRS officials who targeted tea party will face wrath on Capitol Hill

IRS officials who targeted tea party will face wrath on Capitol Hill

Internal Revenue Service officials who took part in added scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions will testify publicly for the first time on Thursday before U.S. lawmakers, in an affair that has become increasingly partisan. The hearing comes two months into the controversy, set off in May when an inspector general’s report said the […]

Anger remains in Congress over government spying on Americans

Anger remains in Congress over government spying on Americans

Six weeks after a leaked document exposed the scope of the government’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records, many Democrats and some Republicans are still angry about it. On Wednesday, key administration figures from the intelligence world will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer another round of questions. The questioners include Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, […]

Senate avoids a meltdown…for now

Senate avoids a meltdown…for now

A bipartisan Senate pact has smoothed the confirmation path for a batch of President Barack Obama’s nominations and removed, for now, a Democratic threat to impose procedural changes weakening minority Republicans’ clout. Yet there are no guarantees that the conflict won’t flare anew the next time a White House appointment stirs controversy. A day after […]

Senators head for rowdy showdown on rule changes

Senators head for rowdy showdown on rule changes

Senators prepared for a potentially rancorous day Tuesday — even by recent standards of partisan unpleasantness — as Democratic leaders threatened to change filibuster rules to stop Republicans from blocking White House nominees for top executive jobs. Several Senate votes were scheduled to test whether Republicans will allow simple-majority confirmations of a handful of long-stalled […]