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Appeals Court: Turn Trump's Finance Records Over to House

The president could appeal to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Trump's financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives, per the AP . The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars USA. The firm has... More »

Amid Affair Rumors, a Divorce Filing by Ilhan Omar

Minnesota congresswoman splits from husband Ahmed Hirsi, has denied affair allegations

(Newser) - She recently denied both an affair and the end of her marriage, but now the latter is getting some confirmation. Rep. Ilhan Omar filed for divorce on Friday from Ahmed Hirsi in Minnesota, reports the New York Post , which was also the first to report on an alleged affair between... More »

Rep. Chris Collins Resigns Ahead of Expected Guilty Plea

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will set a special election to fill the seat, which leans Republican

(Newser) - Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican congressman from western New York, is resigning from his seat ahead of an expected guilty plea in an insider trading case in which he was accused of leaking confidential information during an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic on June 22, 2017.... More »

Another Republican Announces Plans to Leave the House

California's Paul Cook won't run for re-election

(Newser) - A Republican congressman in California said Tuesday he won't run for re-election next year, making him the 18th GOP incumbent to bow out of the US House of Representatives now that the party is in the minority, the AP reports. US Rep. Paul Cook announced he will instead run... More »

GOP Narrowly Wins NC Special Election

It was the last race of the 2018 midterms

(Newser) - Dan Bishop prevailed in the "battle of the Dans" in North Carolina on Tuesday, bringing an end to the final race of the 2018 midterms. The Republican state senator narrowly defeated Democratic rival Dan McCready in a special election in the state's 9th Congressional District, sparing Republicans an... More »

Cherokee Nation Wants US to Make Good on 1835 Promise

Tribe is seeking to seat a nonvoting member for the first time

(Newser) - The Cherokee people have lived on the land now known as the United States of America for millennia . And yet the Cherokee Nation has never sent a delegate to Congress, something the Nation is now seeking to change. When the Treaty of New Echota was signed in 1835, it booted... More »

Rep. Duffy Resigning Over Wife's Pregnancy Complications

Wisconsin congressman's ninth child, due in October, has heart condition, other issues

(Newser) - A GOP congressman is stepping down from the House of Representatives after learning there are complications with his wife's pregnancy. Sean Duffy, who was elected to his fifth term in Wisconsin's solidly Republican 7th district last year, announced on Facebook Monday that the little girl he's expecting... More »

Lone Black Republican in House Is Retiring

Hurd departure seen as sign of GOP pessimism

(Newser) - After next year's election, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott might be the only black Republican in Congress. Rep. Will Hurd, the only black Republican in the House, has announced his retirement, the Hill reports. "I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District... More »

Pelosi After AOC Meeting: There Was No 'Hatchet' to Bury

House speaker says she and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had a 'positive' meeting Friday on 'range of issues'

(Newser) - The House of Representatives is about to take a six-week recess, but one notable meeting took place Friday that provoked some "palace intrigue," per Politico . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent 30 minutes behind closed doors with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after weeks of what seemed to be a tense... More »

House Votes on Impeachment, Criminal Contempt Charges

The impeachment vote may signal future division

(Newser) - To impeach or not to impeach? That's been the question for House Democrats, and Wednesday they tried it—and it died. But the 332-95 vote against impeaching Trump for his racist tweets Sunday did rally 95 Democratic yeas vs 137 Democratic nays, confirming a divide in the party that... More »

4 House Republicans Bucked Party on Trump Tweets

'We must speak out against inflammatory rhetoric from anyone in any party'

(Newser) - It was "great to see how unified the Republican Party was," President Trump tweeted after Tuesday's vote to denounce his inflammatory tweets —but while 187 House Republicans voted against the measure, there were four that voted to condemn his "racist comments that have legitimized fear... More »

Bikers for Trump Founder Is Running for Congress

He wants to unseat 'liberal Democrat' in SC

(Newser) - The South Carolina man who founded Bikers for Trump to block protesters at Trump campaign rallies now plans a campaign of his own. Chris Cox says he plans to run against Charleston Democrat Joe Cunningham for a US House seat, the State reports. Cunningham defeated Katie Arrington in the 2018... More »

Feds: Congressman Spent Campaign Cash on 5 Affairs

More legal woes for Rep. Duncan Hunter

(Newser) - US Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails, and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing Monday detailed allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs with five women following an... More »

They Debated Abortion. What She Said Next Brought Groans

Calif. Rep. Norma Torres got irritated during conversation

(Newser) - Remarks by a California Democratic congresswoman during a debate about abortion on the House floor Wednesday spurred "audible outrage," per Roll Call . Lawmakers were discussing Health and Human Services appropriations bills and how spending on abortion fit in. Florida GOP Rep. Ross Spano objected to some of the... More »

Republican Who Called Trump 'Impeachable' Quits Caucus

Justin Amash has quit the House Freedom Caucus

(Newser) - A Republican congressman who's been going hard after President Trump, calling his actions "impeachable," made a big move Monday, stepping down from a group he co-founded. Politico reports that on Monday night, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash—deemed the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic" by the Washington Post ... More »

Congress Finally Approves $19B Disaster Aid Bill

Trump deletes tweet after calling for Senate to approve bill it passed 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the House on Monday and headed to President Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment, and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats. Lawmakers gave the measure final congressional approval by 354-58 in the House's first... More »

A Republican Again Prevents House From Passing Disaster Aid

John Rose calls spending 'irresponsible'

(Newser) - A House Republican lawmaker on Thursday prevented the House from sending a multibillion-dollar disaster relief bill to President Trump. This time, it was John Rose of Tennessee who objected when the package came up for unanimous consent—the only way legislation can pass when the House is on recess, CNN... More »

'Full Rights' for LGBT People, a Pelosi Priority, Clears House

Similar measure lacks GOP support in Senate

(Newser) - Democrats in the House carried sweeping anti-discrimination legislation to passage Friday, a bill that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations, and other areas, the AP reports.... More »

Ocasio-Cortez Sets Record as She Takes the Gavel

Youngest woman to preside over House likes the view

(Newser) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez achieved a first when she briefly presided over the House on Friday. That made her, at age 29, the youngest woman to do so, Reuters reports. The speaker's job is Nancy Pelosi's, of course, but when she's away, the gavel rotates among members of the... More »

DOJ to House Committee: Don't Hold Your Breath

William Barr may not show up Thursday as expected

(Newser) - The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may not attend a Thursday hearing to review special counsel Robert Mueller's report due to objections over the panel's format, according to a Democratic senior committee aide. The department has balked at the panel'... More »

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