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United States Congress: Legislature of the United States
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal Government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members representing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia in addition to its 435 voting members. Although they cannot vote in the full house, these members can address the house, sit and vote in congressional committees, and introduce legislation.

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As migrants languish in border facilities, U.S. Congress struggles to finalize emergency aid

Congress and the White House were attempting to broker a deal over how to spend emergency aid to address the migrant surge as lawmakers, private companies and presidential candidates raised alarms..
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Democrats: Mueller testimony to set Russia record straight

With former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller set to testify next month in Congress, Democrats are framing his appearance as a major opportunity for Americans to see how the Trump administration..
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Videos for United States Congress

Democrats battle it out in first debate [Video]Democrats battle it out in first debate

Democratic presidential contenders battled over healthcare coverage and border policy on Wednesday during a surprisingly heated first debate that laid bare the party's divisions on whether to abolish..

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Democrats On Testimony: Mueller To Set Russia Record Straight [Video]Democrats On Testimony: Mueller To Set Russia Record Straight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller set to testify next month in Congress, Democrats are framing his appearance as a major opportunity for Americans to see how the..

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'Does it ever end?': Trump on expected Mueller testimony [Video]'Does it ever end?': Trump on expected Mueller testimony

U.S. President Donald Trump before his trip to Japan on Wednesday said "the Mueller thing never stops" a day after lawmakers said former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress..

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GOP Stands By Trump Amid Rape Allegations [Video]GOP Stands By Trump Amid Rape Allegations

Last week, writer E. Jean Carroll said that President Trump raped her over two decades go. Republicans are dismissing Carroll's accusations. Politico reports that Carroll is the latest of more than a..

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9/11 responders say McConnell will extend victim fund [Video]9/11 responders say McConnell will extend victim fund

John Feal, who heads a group lobbying Congress to authorize a compensation fund for 9/11 responders, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has committed to holding a vote before the August recess..

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GOP Believes President Donald Trump Amid Rape Allegations [Video]GOP Believes President Donald Trump Amid Rape Allegations

Republican allies in Congres want to dismiss a new rape accusation against President Donald Trump. According to Politico, GOP supporters claim E. Jean Carroll wants to simply promote her new book. Sen...

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Fight Over Citizenship Census Question Rages On In U.S. Congress, Courts [Video]Fight Over Citizenship Census Question Rages On In U.S. Congress, Courts

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, a US House of Representatives panel moved to hold two members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas in an..

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Powell Says Fed Is Wrestling With Whether to Cut Rates, Insulated From Politics [Video]Powell Says Fed Is Wrestling With Whether to Cut Rates, Insulated From Politics

According to Reuters, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday said the U.S. central bank is “insulated from short-term political pressures,” as policymakers wrestle with whether to cut..

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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Insurers' $12 Billion Obamacare Dispute [Video]U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Insurers' $12 Billion Obamacare Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether the federal government must pay insurers $12 billion under an Obamacare program. The justices will hear an appeal by a group of insurers of a..

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In another rebuke to Trump, Senate votes to block Saudi arms sale [Video]In another rebuke to Trump, Senate votes to block Saudi arms sale

US Senate rejects Trump's plan to bypass Congress to complete $8bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries.

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Senate Rejects Saudi Arms Sales Deal Presented By Trump [Video]Senate Rejects Saudi Arms Sales Deal Presented By Trump

The U.S. Senate recently voted to block the sale of billions of dollars in military sales. The sales were mainly to Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates and other countries. This rejected Donald..

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Pelosi Says U.S. Doesn't Want War With Iran [Video]Pelosi Says U.S. Doesn't Want War With Iran

Reuters reports U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday the United States does not want to go to war with Iran. Earlier this week, Tehran shot down a U.S. military..

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U.S. has no appetite for war with Iran: Pelosi [Video]U.S. has no appetite for war with Iran: Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday the United States has no appetite to go to war with Iran, after Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone over the Strait..

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U.S. Congress-White House Have Not Yet Come To Terms On A Budget [Video]U.S. Congress-White House Have Not Yet Come To Terms On A Budget

On Wednesday negotiations between the Trump administration and bipartisan leaders of the U.S. Congress failed to produce a deal on the overall levels of federal spending for the fiscal year starting on..

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Nancy Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Obstructing Justice [Video]Nancy Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Obstructing Justice

On Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the White House of committing illegal obstruction of justice when it blocked former aide Hope Hicks from answering Congress' questions about her time in..

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US Navy says mine pieces suggest Iranian origin [Video]US Navy says mine pieces suggest Iranian origin

The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from a damaged oil tanker and..

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Schiff Says Patience Is Running Out For Mueller Testimony [Video]Schiff Says Patience Is Running Out For Mueller Testimony

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, Democratic US Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller must testify..

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GOP Women Try To Boost Their Numbers In The House [Video]GOP Women Try To Boost Their Numbers In The House

U.S. Republicans embarrassed by how few women their party has serving in Congress. On Wednesday, they will launch an initiative on Wednesday aimed at reversing the trend in the 2020 elections. Reuters..

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Democrats To Discuss Reparations For Descendants Of Slavery [Video]Democrats To Discuss Reparations For Descendants Of Slavery

The Democratic Party has brought back the debate over reparations to Capitol Hill. According to SFGate, they are discuring what the country might owe the descendants of slaves in the U.S. Actor Danny..

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Jon Stewart Responds To Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 First Responders [Video]Jon Stewart Responds To Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 First Responders

Jon Stewart recently called out Mitch McConnell for waiting to offer relief to those who showed up at Ground Zero. McConnell then responded by wondering why Stewarts is “all bent out of shape.” He..

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Trump Cuts Aid To Central America [Video]Trump Cuts Aid To Central America

On Monday, US President Donald Trump's administration on Monday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. According to Business Insider, the plan will likely..

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Trump Inserted Himself Into July 4th DC Celebrations, But He Still Hasn't Paid For His Inauguration [Video]Trump Inserted Himself Into July 4th DC Celebrations, But He Still Hasn't Paid For His Inauguration

The Trump administration and Congress still owe the District of Columbia government $7 million for expenses related to the 2017 presidential inauguration. According to Reuters, that raises questions..

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Congress To CBP: Um, What About That Hacked Data On 100,000 Travellers You Lost? [Video]Congress To CBP: Um, What About That Hacked Data On 100,000 Travellers You Lost?

Lawmakers on Friday continued to press for answers about the breach of Customs and Border Protection data reportedly stolen by hackers. According to Gizmodo, the incident is said to affect as many as..

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Nancy Pelosi Slams Trump On Campaign Information From Foreign Governments [Video]Nancy Pelosi Slams Trump On Campaign Information From Foreign Governments

According to Business Insider, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday President Donald Trump's openness to accepting information about political opponents from foreign actors is illegal and "against..

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Census citizenship question fight rages in U.S. Congress, courts

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Tuesday moved to hold two members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas in an inquiry into whether the..
Reuters - Published

Brazil government confident of lower house pension reform vote before July 18 recess

Brazil's government expects the lower house of Congress to vote on pension reform before lawmakers break for recess on July 18, presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said on Tuesday.
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Brazil lower house set to vote on pension reform before recess: presidential spokesman

Brazil's lower house of Congress is expected to vote on pension reform before lawmakers break for recess on July 18, presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said on Tuesday.
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Panel calls for House to hold Trump officials in contempt over Census

The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday moved to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for defying lawmakers investigating whether the administration was..
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House panel seeks contempt citation against Barr, Ross over Census

The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday moved to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas over the addition of a..
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Trump aide Conway will not testify before Congress: White House

President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway will not testify before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee this week on her alleged violations of the Hatch Act, the White House..
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Trump associate Sater cites health for skipping Congress meeting

Felix Sater, the Russian-born former business associate of President Donald Trump, failed to appear before a House of Representatives panel because of health issues, his lawyer said.
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Senate rejects Saudi arms sales in rebuke to Trump

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to block the sale of billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, rejecting President Donald Trump's decision..
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U.S. Senate rejects arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rebuking Trump

The U.S. Senate on Thursday backed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's plan to complete weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries, in a rare rebuke of the White House by some of his..
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Mexico first to ratify USMCA trade deal, Trump presses U.S. Congress to do same

Mexico on Wednesday became the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreed late last year to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at the behest..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro hands indigenous land decisions back to farm sector

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro issued a new decree on Wednesday putting decisions on indigenous land claims in the hands of the Ministry of Agriculture, four weeks after Congress rebuffed him on..
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U.S. Congress-White House budget, debt limit talks sputter: congressional leaders

Negotiations on Wednesday between the Trump administration and top officials in the U.S. Congress failed to produce a deal on overall federal spending levels for the fiscal year starting on Oct. 1 and..
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Explainer: Can Trump block ex-aide Hicks from talking to Congress by citing immunity?

A White House lawyer cited "testimonial immunity" in instructing Hope Hicks, a former top aide to President Donald Trump, not to answer questions about her White House tenure in a closed-door..
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Historic slavery reparations hearing sparks heated debate

historic slavery reparations hearing sparks heated debate
Congress examines the issue for the first time in a decade, despite Republican opposition.
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Schiff: 'Time and patience are running out' for Mueller testimony

Democratic U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday said U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller must testify before Congress about his Russia..
Reuters - Published

Former Trump aide Hope Hicks arrives for closed congressional testimony

Hope Hicks, once a close aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to face questions in Congress about six instances in which Democrats believe Trump may have broken the..
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U.S. House panel to quiz ex-Trump aide Hicks, White House asserts immunity

Hope Hicks, once a close aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, is due to face questions in Congress on Wednesday on six instances in which Democrats believe Trump may have broken the law during the 2016..
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Republican women aim to grow their numbers in U.S. House next year

U.S. Republicans chagrined by how few women their party has serving in Congress are launching an initiative on Wednesday aimed at reversing the trend in the 2020 elections, though steep fundraising,..
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Argentina's Massa in line for key Congress role on Fernandez presidential ticket

Argentine politician Sergio Massa, who recently pledged his support to the main opposition challengers to President Mauricio Macri, is in line to play a key role in the country's Congress if his new..
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Mexico president proposes recall referendum in March 2021

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday proposed holding a recall referendum on his presidency on March 21, 2021 if Congress cannot agree to a constitutional change permitting the vote..
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Factbox: A few of Mueller report's 183 mentions of ex-Trump aide Hope Hicks

It is no wonder Democratic investigators in the U.S. Congress want to talk to Hope Hicks, a former close aide to President Donald Trump: She is mentioned in the Mueller report more than 180 times.
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