Congress

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio

Jury Selection Starting In Proud Boys Jan. 6 Sedition Trial

Former Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio and four other members are charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

 | AP

A person waves the flag of Puerto Rico during a news conference on Puerto Rican statehood on Capitol Hill.

House Approves Referendum To 'Decolonize' Puerto Rico

The proposal would commit Congress to accept Puerto Rico into the United States as the 51st state if voters on the island approved it.

 | AP

Former White House Cheif of Staff Mark Meadows

Report: Mark Meadows Texted 34 Lawmakers About Overturning Election

Text messages between former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and 34 members of Congress have been released.

 | Scripps News Staff

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

U.S. Lawmakers Announce 'Framework' Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress faces a midnight Friday deadline to pass a spending bill to prevent a partial government shutdown.

 | AP

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Switches To Independent

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she was “declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington.”

 | AP and Nathaniel Reed

A staff sergeant receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

House Passes Defense Bill Scrapping COVID Vaccine Mandate

The bill provides nearly $858 billion for national defense in addition to taking away a COVID vaccine mandate for U.S. military members.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Holiday lights near the U.S. Capitol

Bill Protecting Same-Sex, Interracial Unions Passes House

The legislation passage to protect same-sex and interracial marriages is a monumental step in a decadeslong battle for nationwide recognition.

 | AP

Police officers applaud during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony.

Police Officers Receive Congressional Gold Medals For Jan. 6 Response

Congress honored law enforcement officers who defended them and the U.S. Capitol, 23 months to the day after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

Mobile phone app logos for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Meta Threatens To Pull News From Platforms Over Proposed Media Law

The proposal from Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar would allow media organizations to negotiate compensation for news content shared on Meta platforms.

 | Gage Jackson

U.S. Flags are seen on the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol building in the background

Democrats Consider 2024 Primary Calendar Changes

The DNC is considering booting the Iowa caucuses from the prized spot atop the nomination calendar for the presidential primary in 2024.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Hakeem Jeffries To Become Youngest, 1st Black Congressional Leader

Jeffries, 52, is set to become the new leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives as Speaker Nancy Pelosi steps down.

 | Alexandra Miller

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

House Votes To Avert Rail Strike, Impose Deal On Unions

The measure passed by a vote of 290-137 and now heads to the Senate. If approved there, it will be signed by President Joe Biden.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries.

Hakeem Jeffries Elected To Lead House Democrats

Jeffries will succeed long-standing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has led House Democrats for the past 20 years.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Bill Wins Senate Passage

The bill, which would ensure that same-sex and interracial marriages are enshrined in federal law, was approved 61-36 on Tuesday.

 | AP

A locomotive

President Biden Calls On Congress To Prevent Potential Rail Strike

Biden asked lawmakers to impose a tentative agreement from September that provides pay raises, protected health care benefits and better leave policy.

 | Kellan Howell and AP and Scripps News Staff

The Capitol.

Congress' Full Docket After Thanksgiving

Beyond spending bills, Democrats could also try to push through party priorities while they still have control of both chambers.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

A man assembles clocks

The Potential Future Of Daylight Saving Time

Right now, 19 states have legislation in place to adopt daylight time year-round if the Sunshine Protection Act becomes law.

 | Brandi Scarber

Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

House Considers Adding 1st Non-Voting Delegate For Cherokee Nation

There's an agreement within the 1835 Treaty of Echota that calls for the U.S. to give the Cherokee Nation a delegate in the House of Representatives.

 | Jamal Andress

A video of President Trump's motorcade leaving the January 6th rally on the Ellipse is displayed during Jan. 6 hearing.

Jan. 6 House Committee Heads Toward Final Report Before Next Congress

A push to finish the report comes as Trump's Twitter is restored. Old tweets re-populated, including those that became important to the investigation.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi Won't Seek Leadership Role, Plans To Stay In Congress

The California Democrat, who rose to become the nation's first woman to wield the speaker's gavel, is a pivotal figure in U.S. politics.

 | AP and Stephanie Liebergen

The House of Representatives is seen on Election Day.

GOP Takes House Majority; Plans Bills On Border, Energy, Spending Cuts

Republicans have many goals as they take control of the House, including ramping up oil production, cutting spending, and reducing Ukraine funding.

 | Adi Guajardo and Kellan Howell and Nathaniel Reed

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Senate Democrats are quickly moving to pass the bill while the party still controls the House.

 | AP and Stephanie Liebergen

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell Reelected Senate GOP Leader; Scott's Bid Rejected

Sen. Mitch McConnell is poised to become the longest-serving leader when the new Congress convenes in the new year.

 | AP and Nathaniel Reed

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Congress Returns For Not-So-Lame 'Lame-Duck' Session

Major bills don't usually pass in Congress during a lame-duck session, however, the reality is, there's plenty of unfinished business.

 | Joe St. George

Former President Donald Trump is shown.

Former Pres. Trump Files Lawsuit To Avoid Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena

In the lawsuit, Trump's lawyers say the subpoena was an infringement of the former president's First Amendment rights.

 | AP

Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert speaks.

Colorado Race Still Neck-And-Neck Between Rep. Boebert, Frisch

Though many expected Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert to easily win reelection in Colorado, Democrat Adam Frisch has kept up with votes.

 | Clayton Sandell

Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks.

3 Races Will Decide Control Of The U.S. Senate

Election night ended without clear results in several races, including those that will determine which party controls the House and Senate.

 | James Packard

Republican U.S. Senator-elect J.D. Vance speaks.

How J.D. Vance Pulled A Victory For Republicans In The Senate

After a long, expensive campaign, J.D. Vance won a pivotal seat for the Republican party in Ohio after its seated senator retired.

 | Jamal Andress

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Democrat John Fetterman Wins U.S. Senate Race In Pennsylvania

Fetterman credited his "every county, every vote" campaign strategy in flipping a Republican-held seat and defeating Mehmet Oz in the race.

 | AP and Nathaniel Reed

The U.S Capitol is seen on Election Day.

Republicans In Struggle To Break Democrats' Hold On Congress

With the narrowly held House and an evenly split Senate, the Democrats faced a new generation of Republican candidates.

 | AP and Haley Bull