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Boebert Declares Victory Ahead of Recount
Boebert's Rival Concedes
in Tight Colorado Race

Boebert's Rival Concedes in Tight Colorado Race

It still appears headed to automatic recount, but both he and the congresswoman say it's over

(Newser) - The Democratic challenger who ended up in a surprisingly tight race with Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado has conceded, reports the Hill . Adam Frisch said Friday that while the race appears headed for an automatic recount, "the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is...

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Resolution: Audit Aid to Ukraine

Though it's not likely to go anywhere for now

(Newser) - In the latest sign that a Republican-led House of Representatives might not offer Ukraine the same level of aid that has so far been given, a group of Republicans led by Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday introduced a resolution calling for the funds allocated to Ukraine by Congress to be...

Nancy Pelosi Giving Up Party Leadership Post

But she is not retiring from Congress

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi won't be House speaker next year , but she's not retiring from Congress, either. In a speech Thursday to the House, Pelosi told her fellow lawmakers that she would continue to represent her San Francisco constituents but would not seek re-election to a leadership position in the...

Battle for House Plays Out in 'Nation's Salad Bowl'
Battle for House
Plays Out in
'Nation's Salad

Battle for House Plays Out in 'Nation's Salad Bowl'

Key races in Calif.'s Central Valley, Orange County remain tight, including for Dem Rep. Katie Porter

(Newser) - The outcomes in a string of closely matched California US House races that could play into control of the chamber were still unsettled Friday, as millions of ballots remained uncounted in the nation's most populous state. More than a dozen races in the state continued to be in play,...

In Battle for House, Democrats Keep Chipping Away
In Battle for House, Democrats
Keep Chipping Away
election 2022

In Battle for House, Democrats Keep Chipping Away

More seats in the West slip away from Republicans, though GOP is still favored

(Newser) - Republicans were in good shape Friday afternoon in their attempt to take control of the House once all votes are counted, but it's not a lock. Democrats are winning more races and gaining ground in others, a couple of analyses of the election show. Politico and the Washington Post...

McCarthy Confirms Bid to Become House Speaker

He didn't wait for confirmation of GOP victory

(Newser) - Control of the House is still up in the air after Tuesday's midterm elections, but with Republicans looking likely to take a slim majority in the chamber, senior caucus members are eyeing new positions. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, currently the House minority leader, announced his bid to become House speaker...

The Race to Control the House Comes Down to 5
The Race to Control the
House Comes Down to 5
election 2022

The Race to Control the House Comes Down to 5

5 seats that is; it's how many the GOP needs to pick up to gain control

(Newser) - There are 435 voting representatives in the House, with the current split as follows: 220 Democrats, 212 Republicans, and 3 vacancies due to resignations and death. The GOP needs to gain a net of 5 seats to regain the majority. Going into Tuesday, most experts are saying that's the...

Susan Collins: 'I Wouldn't Be Surprised' if a Lawmaker Is Killed

'New York Times' looks at the rise in violent threats against House, Senate members

(Newser) - Amid an increasingly tense political atmosphere and as the midterm elections loom, lawmakers are concerned about what the New York Times describes as a "surge" of violent threats and in-person confrontations. "I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or House member were killed," Sen. Susan Collins...

Liz Cheney Loses Her Primary
Liz Cheney
Loses Her

Liz Cheney Loses Her Primary

Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman wins

(Newser) - As expected , Liz Cheney lost her primary Tuesday in Wyoming. The congresswoman lost to Harriet Hageman, who was backed by former President Trump—who was, as NBC News puts it, seeking "revenge" on Cheney for voting to impeach him when he was president, as well as for sitting...

Former Rep. TJ Cox Arrested by the FBI

California Democrat faces dozens of fraud charges

(Newser) - Former Rep. TJ Cox served one term in the House, from Jan. 2019 to Jan. 2021. The California Democrat will be serving a lot more time than that in federal prison if he's convicted of all of the fraud charges he's facing. The FBI says Cox was arrested...

Landmark Bill Goes to Biden: Here's What's in It

Among other things, it includes biggest ever investment in fighting climate change

(Newser) - The House gave final passage on Friday to the biggest investment ever in the US to fight climate change. The bill heading to President Biden's desk also includes a hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients and a new corporate minimum tax on big businesses. All...

Warning Puts a Damper on Lawmakers' Use of TikTok

Memo from chamber's Chief Administrative Office warns against app due to privacy, security concerns

(Newser) - Even members of the US House of Representatives and their staff like to catch the latest viral dance video on TikTok, but a new warning from the chamber's Chief Administrative Office may have them rethinking using the popular social-media app. "We do not recommend the download or use...

Police Change Account of Lawmaker's Fatal Crash

SUV with Rep. Jackie Walorski is the one that crossed the center line, say police in Indiana

(Newser) - Update: Indiana police on Thursday changed their account of the car accident that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski, two aides, and the driver of the other vehicle. Police now say it was Walorski's SUV—driven by 27-year-old Zachery Potts—that crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a vehicle...

House Votes to Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban

It's not likely to make it past the Senate

(Newser) - The House passed legislation Friday to revive a ban on certain semi-automatic guns, the first vote of its kind in years and a direct response to the firearms often used in the crush of mass shootings ripping through communities nationwide. Once banned in the US, the high-powered firearms are now...

Daylight Saving Change Stalls
Daylight Saving Bill Fades

Daylight Saving Bill Fades

House divisions on permanent switch remain, but members mostly cite more urgent priorities

(Newser) - After winning Senate approval in March, legislation to make daylight saving time permanent has just been sitting in the House. Its supporters—or at least those open to the idea—said the main reason is there's a lot going on, the Hill reports. "We have so many other...

Ex-Congressman Arrested on Insider Trading Charges

Stephen Buyer acted on nonpublic information as a corporate consultant, agency says

(Newser) - Former Republican Rep. Stephen Buyer was arrested Monday on insider trading charges, one of nine people facing unrelated prosecutions. The Securities and Exchange Commission said it's launched criminal and civil cases against the former Indiana lawmaker over transactions made after he left office, the New York Times reports. The...

47 Republicans Vote With Democrats to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

House bill, which also protects interracial marriage, expected to stall in Senate

(Newser) - The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by many conservative Americans. In a robust but lopsided debate, Democrats argued intensely and often personally in favor of enshrining...

House Approves Bill to Protect Abortion Rights

But legislation to prevent abortion bans before 24 weeks only has slim chance of passing Senate

(Newser) - The House has voted to restore abortion rights nationwide in Democrats' first legislative response to the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning Roe v. Wade. However, the bill has little chance of becoming law, with the necessary support lacking in the 50-50 Senate. Yet voting marks the beginning of a...

Colbert Producers, Puppet Arrested by Capitol Cops

Robert Smigel, voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog puppet, said to be among the 7 detained

(Newser) - It's been some time since Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has made headlines, but he's now back in the spotlight. The AP reports that seven staffers from Stephen Colbert's Late Show were arrested on Capitol Hill Thursday night, and among those detained, per a list seen by...

House Makes a First Move on Gun Laws

Chamber passes legislation, but it stands no chance in the Senate

(Newser) - The House passed a wide-ranging gun control bill Wednesday in response to recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, that would raise the age limit for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle and prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds. The legislation...

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