House majority

WASHINGTON | Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON— January 07, 2019— Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, sending a signal to President Donald Trump as he keeps up his criticism of Mueller’s Russia investigation. The legislation, sponsored by incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and three other members, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller

CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Incoming members of the Democratic Party’s new U.S. House majority say they’re ready to turn the energy of their campaigns into real power on Capitol Hill. Rep.-elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and a handful of other liberal-leaning incoming Democrats used an orientation event for freshman lawmakers Tuesday … Continue reading CAMBRIDGE, Mass | Freshman Democrats in Congress ready to use new-won power

WASHINGTON | Pelosi’s opponents counting on chaos to deny her speakership

WASHINGTON— Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker. Those Democrats trying to stop California Rep. Nancy Pelosi from reclaiming the job say they don’t need a rival candidate just yet. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win the race. And then, they say, new challengers will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi’s opponents counting on chaos to deny her speakership

WASHINGTON | Democrats shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker’s race

WASHINGTON— Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker. Those Democrats trying to stop California Rep. Nancy Pelosi from reclaiming the job say they don’t need a rival candidate just yet. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win the race. And then, they say, new challengers will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker’s race

WASHINGTON | In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they’ll back new leadership

WASHINGTON — Sixteen Democrats who’ve opposed Nancy Pelosi’s quest to become speaker released a letter Monday saying they will vote for “new leadership” when the House picks its leaders in January, posing a threat to her effort to lead her party’s House majority in the next Congress. The release of the letter suggests that rather … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they’ll back new leadership

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Rep. Jordan says GOP failed to keep its promises

WASHINGTON— The Latest on congressional Republicans‘ leadership elections (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says the GOP lost its House majority in the midterm election because it didn’t deliver on promises to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, fund President Donald Trump’s wall and replace the Obama health care law. Jordan, a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Rep. Jordan says GOP failed to keep its promises

MINNEAPOLIS | Democrats’ House takeover spurs hope for farm bill this year

MINNEAPOLIS — Prospects have improved for Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill before the end of the year after Democrats secured the House majority during the midterm elections, a key lawmaker and other experts said. Work requirements for food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, had been the biggest stumbling … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Democrats’ House takeover spurs hope for farm bill this year

WASHINGTON | Democrats seize House control, but Trump’s GOP holds Senate

WASHINGTON — Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump‘s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a “blue wave” that never fully materialized. The mixed verdict in the first … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats seize House control, but Trump’s GOP holds Senate

WASHINGTON | McConnell says Trump ‘very helpful’ in GOP holding Senate

WASHINGTON— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for helping keep the Senate in Republican hands though Democrats won the House. He said he had already spoken with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about how they might “find a way forward in a divided Congress next year. The GOP “had a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | McConnell says Trump ‘very helpful’ in GOP holding Senate

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Democrats seize control of the House

WASHINGTON— The Latest on elections to the U.S. House of Representatives (all times local): 3:00 a.m. Democrats have won a House majority, gaining power to investigate President Donald Trump and help shape the nation’s political agenda for the next two years. Democrats picked up at least two dozen House seats Tuesday, capturing the 218 seats … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Democrats seize control of the House

WASHINGTON | Dems seize House control, but GOP retains Senate

WASHINGTON— Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump‘s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a “blue wave” that never fully materialized. The mixed verdict in the first nationwide … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dems seize House control, but GOP retains Senate

AMBERLEY VILLAGE, Ohio | House race in southwest Ohio heats up in fiery forum

AMBERLEY VILLAGE, Ohio — A heated U.S. House race in southwest Ohio has gotten a little hotter. Republican Rep. Steve Chabot and Democratic challenger Aftab Pureval picked up where months of negative TV ads in their race left off, with each accusing the other of lying about the other’s record as they sat side-by-side Tuesday … Continue reading AMBERLEY VILLAGE, Ohio | House race in southwest Ohio heats up in fiery forum

NEW YORK | GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

NEW YORK — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party’s candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP’s most powerful players this midterm season are actively shifting resources away from vulnerable Republican House … Continue reading NEW YORK | GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

WASHINGTON | Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach

WASHINGTON— The fight for the House majority is over. At least that’s the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in private, has begun to spill … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | GOP’s McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump administration’s policies on taxes and … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | GOP’s McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

WASHINGTON  | GOP devotes $250M to midterm strategy: Keep House majority

WASHINGTON  | April 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave this fall, the White House’s political arm is … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | GOP devotes $250M to midterm strategy: Keep House majority

Speaker Ryan is expected to seek re-election; will he stay?

WASHINGTON/March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Paul Ryan’s future as House speaker has been such a topic of speculation that even the simple question of whether he will seek re-election to his Wisconsin seat remains secret. Officially, Ryan says he’s still deciding. But a person familiar with Ryan’s thinking told The Associated Press this week the … Continue reading Speaker Ryan is expected to seek re-election; will he stay?

Virginia GOP says draw cemented House majority

RICHMOND, Va./January 04, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on a Virginia legislative election in which the winner’s name is drawn out of a bowl (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The leader of Virginia House Republicans says the victory by a GOP legislative candidate who won after his name was drawn from a bowl has cemented Republican control of … Continue reading Virginia GOP says draw cemented House majority