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U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments


WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

U.S., Health 6:46pm EDT

Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress


WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.

World, Japan 10:28pm EDT

Senate tries to score political points on way to budget vote

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday launched a marathon session that will end with a vote on a budget plan after lawmakers weigh in on dozens of amendments that are likely to have more effect on campaign ads in 2016 than the final spending plan.

8:23pm EDT

U.S. Senate votes unanimously for amendment to send message on Iran

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday for a non-binding amendment to a budget bill intended to make it easier to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates a nuclear deal.

6:33pm EDT

Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress's only option


WASHINGTON - Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi's cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue.

7:04pm EDT

Head of U.S. Chemical Safety Board resigns: White House official


WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has resigned weeks after lawmakers with oversight of his agency accused him of hostility toward his staff, a White House official said on Thursday.

7:02pm EDT

Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays

- Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays, in a move that prompted protests from some business leaders.

U.S. 7:42pm EDT

House Republican budget crosses finish line, barely


WASHINGTON - Overcoming internal divisions on defense spending, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly approved a non-binding federal budget plan calling for $5.5 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years.

9:21am EDT

Schock leaves U.S. Congress, notes Abe Lincoln had troubles too


WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, who became more famous for his abdominal muscles and "Downton Abbey"-style office decor than for his legislative accomplishments, on Thursday cited God, the Bible and Abraham Lincoln in his farewell to Congress.

2:35pm EDT

Flaws in weapons buying threaten U.S. national security: Sen. McCain


WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's notoriously slow, bureaucratic and wasteful acquisition system is eroding America's military technological edge and must be reformed, Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday.

11:08am EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.