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GOP Wins 'Fall Preview' House Race

ObamaCare loomed large in Fla. special election

(Newser) - Republican David Jolly has narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a Tampa-area House district where President Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections and both sides spent millions auditioning national strategies. With almost 100% of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5%... More »

House Passes Bill Allowing Cell Phone Unlocking

But only after controversy over last-minute provision

(Newser) - The House yesterday passed a bill that would make it legal to unlock your phone, despite pushback from Democrats over a last-minute addition to the bill banning "bulk unlocking." You'd be forgiven for not realizing that unlocking a phone—meaning making it work on other carriers—was... More »

58 Years in, Dingell Retiring From 'Obnoxious' Congress

Rep is longest serving lawmaker in history

(Newser) - John Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in American history, today announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. "I'm not going to be carried out feet first," the 87-year-old Michigan rep said at a luncheon with the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . Dingell... More »

Retiring Lawmaker's Record: 0 for 646

NJ's Rob Andrews didn't get a law passed in 23 years, though not for lack of trying

(Newser) - New Jersey Democrat Rob Andrews made a surprise announcement today that he'll be giving up his House seat as of Feb. 18 to join a Philadelphia law firm, reports . And while it's big news in Jersey, Andrews isn't exactly a household name nationally. Still, the... More »

House Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill

Senate expected to send it to president for signature

(Newser) - The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation's farmers. The vote was 251-166. The five-year bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to send it to the president's... More »

Report: Cocaine-Using Congressman to Resign

Trey Radel to submit resignation letter this morning, say sources

(Newser) - It looks like Trey Radel's "leave of absence" will become a permanent one. The freshman Republican from Florida, who in November pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, will send a letter of resignation to John Boehner today, multiple sources tell Politico . Radel is currently on probation for the drug... More »

House Easily Passes Bipartisan Budget Bill

It's expected to clear the Senate quickly

(Newser) - Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House today, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs. The huge bill furnishes the fine print—1,582 pages of it—for the bipartisan pact... More »

House Passes Budget Bill

2-year deal clears by wide margin; Senate expected to vote next week

(Newser) - The unusual promise of a no-drama, no-shutdown deal on the federal budget just cleared its biggest hurdle: The modest two-year pact negotiated by Paul Ryan of the House and Patty Murray of the Senate cleared the full House of Representatives today by a vote of 332-94, reports the Washington Post... More »

House's Plastic-Gun Ban Has a Dangerous Loophole

It doesn't take into account 3D technology: Eleanor Clift

(Newser) - The good news is that the House yesterday passed in bipartisan fashion a 10-year extension of a law that requires guns to include metal parts, writes Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast . In theory, then, the measure makes it a lot tougher to smuggle weapons through the metal detectors of,... More »

Congressman in Coke Bust to Take Leave, Donate Salary

Radel's downfall is good news for sheep ranchers

(Newser) - In a move that a certain Canadian mayor could probably learn a little from, Rep. Trey Radel plans to take a leave of absence—and surrender his pay—while he is being treated for addiction problems. The freshman Republican, sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to cocaine... More »

39 House Democrats Join GOP to Pass ObamaCare Fix

Measure seen as attempt to torpedo health law

(Newser) - More bad news for President Obama on ObamaCare today: The House passed legislation widely seen as undermining the health-care law, and 39 Democrats joined Republicans in favor, reports the Washington Post . The bill from Michigan Republican Fed Upton would guarantee that people whose policies got canceled under ObamaCare would be... More »

Another Big GOP Fight Looms: Immigration

Lobbying blitz next week could raise new tensions

(Newser) - Republicans in Congress might still be smarting over the fallout from the shutdown, but the New York Times reports that another potential "schism" for the party is right around the corner—immigration reform. Conservatives vow to block any legislation from passing the House, while John Boehner and others support... More »

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dead at 84

Foley also served as US ambassador to Japan

(Newser) - The former leader of the US House of Representatives, Tom Foley, has died at the age of 84 in his Washington home. Foley's wife, Heather, confirmed the death of the Washington state Democrat. Foley also served as US ambassador to Japan for four years during the Clinton administration. But... More »

Still Open Amid the Shutdown: House Gym, Spa

2 lawmakers now demanding the facility be closed

(Newser) - No more bicep curls on the public dime, say two House Democrats. Reps. Bill Foster and Patrick Murphy are demanding the House gym and spa be closed for the duration of the federal shutdown. "Members of Congress should not enjoy access to their exclusive gym and spa while Capitol... More »

Obama: Let's Stop the 'Extortion'

President blasts 'extreme parts' of the GOP at news conference

(Newser) - President Obama took full advantage of a presidential news conference this afternoon to amplify a familiar point : He thinks what Republicans are doing amounts to "extortion," and he won't negotiate on anything until they pass a spending bill to reopen the government and agree to raise the... More »

Shutdown Nears as House Votes to Delay ObamaCare

Measure goes to Senate, which isn't meeting Sunday

(Newser) - The Republican-controlled House approved legislation early today imposing a one-year delay on key parts of ObamaCare and repealing a tax on medical devices as the price for avoiding a partial government shutdown at 12:01am Tuesday. The measure now goes back to the Senate, which is not scheduled to meet... More »

Obama Fires Back: GOP 'Trying to Mess With Me'

Republicans might turn US into a 'deadbeat nation,' he charges

(Newser) - Hours after House Republicans passed a budget bill that would defund ObamaCare , President Obama lashed back during a combative speech at a Ford plant in Liberty, Mo., reports the Hill . He accused Congress of playing political games with both a potential government shutdown and the debt ceiling that turn the... More »

House Slashes Money for Food Stamps

Bill would cut $40 billion over a decade, setting up fight in Senate

(Newser) - House Republicans have laid down their marker in the fight over the nation's food-stamp program: They passed a bill tonight that would slash nearly $40 billion over 10 years, arguing that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is bloated and too-easily abused, reports the Hill . The vote was close, 217-210,... More »

Some House Democrats Could Bail on Immigration

Especially those from moderate or conservative districts

(Newser) - Don't expect House Democrats to rally unanimously behind immigration reform the way their Senate counterparts did. A whole lot of them sound like anything but a firm "yes" vote, the Wall Street Journal observes. Many hail from swing districts, and are waiting to stake out a hard stance... More »

House OKs Lower Student Loan Rates (for Now)

President Obama expected to sign measure into law

(Newser) - Congress has sent its student loan fix to President Obama for his expected signature, and it contains a mix of good news and bad news for college students. The good news is that freshmen this fall will pay an interest rate of 3.9%, down from the 6.8% that... More »

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