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House Candidate Recovering After 2 More Surgeries

'She's a fighter'

(Newser) - South Carolina State Rep. Katie Arrington is in critical but stable condition after two major surgeries following a car crash Friday night, authorities say—and the Republican's associates say it would take a lot more than that to halt her bid for US Congress. Her campaign says she isn'... More »

House Takes Aim at US Opioid Addiction

New legislation encourages states to expand treatment through Medicaid

(Newser) - The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health-care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily, the AP reports. The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It incorporates dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers... More »

These Dolls Made One Lawmaker 'Nauseous.' Now, a Possible Ban

US House approves bill barring import, sale of child sex dolls and robots

(Newser) - The concept behind a bill that made its way to the US House of Representatives made at least one lawmaker "nauseous," and apparently others, too, because the group passed the bill Wednesday and sent it onto the Senate. The Fresno Bee reports on the CREEPER (Curbing Realistic Exploitative... More »

GOP Lawmaker: 'I Am a Good Man and I'm an Alcoholic'

Rep. Garrett will not seek re-election

(Newser) - Rep. Tom Garrett says he won't seek re-election to the House this year—not because of reports he mistreated his staffers, but because he is an alcoholic. "Any person—Republican, Democrat, or independent—who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two... More »

Congress Passes 'Right-to-Try' Drug Bill

Law will let terminally ill patients bypass FDA

(Newser) - A "right-to-try" bill that allows terminally ill patients to request medication that hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration has passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Trump. The bill, which passed the Senate last August, sailed through the House Tuesday with a... More »

House Lawmakers Get Rowdy Over Firing of Chaplain

Democrat, Republican engaged in shouting match

(Newser) - A shouting match between a Democrat and a Republican over the firing of House chaplain Rev. Pat Conroy became so heated Tuesday evening that witnesses thought one of them might throw a punch. It began when GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur walked to the Democratic side of the floor and accused... More »

VP's Brother Is Frontrunner in Indiana GOP Race

Greg Pence is seeking brother's former House seat

(Newser) - The brother of Vice President Mike Pence is hoping his famous name and backing from other top Republicans will lift him to victory Tuesday in an Indiana congressional primary against an entrepreneur who mostly self-funded his campaign. Columbus businessman Greg Pence has never held public office. Still, he's considered... More »

After Outcry, House Chaplain Rescinds His Resignation

Rev. Pat Conroy says there was no cause for him to be booted

(Newser) - Uproar ensued after Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain to the House of Representatives since 2011, submitted his resignation under pressure from House Speaker Paul Ryan last month. Now Conroy, who originally planned to step down May 24, has rescinded that resignation, submitting a new letter to Ryan stating that there was... More »

House Chaplain Is 'First to Be Fired in the History of the US'

Father Pat Conroy says Paul Ryan asked for his resignation

(Newser) - Did Paul Ryan think the House chaplain was a meddlesome priest? Father Pat Conroy says that two weeks ago, the House speaker asked for his resignation but did not provide a reason, Politico reports. Democrats believe the priest, who was nominated by John Boehner in 2011, was forced out over... More »

Court Boots 6-Term GOP Congressman Off Ballot

Rep. Doug Lamborn plans to appeal

(Newser) - Republican US Rep. Doug Lamborn has fought off some tough primary challenges in his conservative Colorado district before. But this time, he might not even be on the ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday to kick the six-term congressman off the ballot because at least one of his petition... More »

With Ryan Out, Things Looking Up for the 'Iron Stache'

And more on what Ryan's retirement means

(Newser) - In explaining why he would not seek re-election in November, Paul Ryan on Wednesday used the phrase "weekend dad" at least three times. The House speaker noted that if he remained in Congress his three kids would "only know me as a weekend dad. That's it right... More »

Congresswoman Who Served 16 Terms Dead at 88

New York's 'tough as nails' Louise Slaughter was planning on going for her 17th term

(Newser) - An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year-old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, per the AP . She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led... More »

Closely Watched Pennsylvania Election Could Go to Recount

Conor Lamb is just a few hundred votes ahead of Rick Saccone

(Newser) - The closely watched special election in Pennsylvania's 18th District was still too close to call at midnight Tuesday, with only around 600 votes separating Democrat Conor Lamb from Republican Rick Saccone and plenty of absentee ballots still uncounted. President Trump carried the district by 20 points in 2016 and... More »

Why the 'World Is Watching' One Pennsylvania District

Rick Saccone goes up against Conor Lamb in a special election in the 18th District

(Newser) - Taking southwestern Pennsylvania's 18th District was a cakewalk for Donald Trump: He snagged the district by 20 percentage points, reports CNBC . It was similarly a breeze for former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who won in 2014 and 2016 without even facing a Democratic challenger. But reports that Murphy urged... More »

House, Senate Pass Deal to Reopen Government

Deficit protest caused brief shutdown

(Newser) - While most Americans were sleeping, the government shut down and reopened. The Senate passed a bipartisan spending bill early Friday—almost two hours after Sen. Rand Paul forced a government shutdown by blocking the vote for as long as he could in a protest against deficit spending. When the vote... More »

Neo-Nazi Set to Win GOP Nomination in lllinois Race

Arthur Jones is running unopposed in primary

(Newser) - "I hate Illinois Nazis," declared John Belushi's character in The Blues Brothers. He would not have liked Arthur Jones. Jones, a neo-Nazi who describes the Holocaust as an "extortion racket," is set to win the Republican nomination for the state's 3rd Congressional District, which... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

California Republican Says He Won't Defend His House Seat

He's the 29th House Republican to announce his retirement ahead of this year's midterms

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California said Monday he will not seek re-election after serving out his 13th term in the House, the latest in a string of committee chairmen who have announced their retirement, the AP reports. Royce is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This was... More »

Conyers' Son Was Arrested After Domestic Incident

Girlfriend told police she was stabbed

(Newser) - Rep. John Conyers is retiring from the House seat he held for 52 years, and he wants his son to replace him—but voters in Michigan's 13th District may be wary of replacing a man accused of sexual misconduct with one accused of domestic violence. John Conyers III, 27,... More »

Conyers: 'I Am Retiring Today'

This after a new accusation from a woman who says he groped her in church

(Newser) - Despite numerous calls for him to do so, Rep. John Conyers won't resign—but he is retiring, and it looks like he's not waiting. "I'm in the process of putting my retirement plans together," he told Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis in a call from... More »

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