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August 7, 2008, 5:51 AM EDT
Dueling protesters -- those who favor expanded domestic oil drilling and those who do not -- clashed in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
August 1, 2008, 6:19 PM EDT
Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln were not ready to say whether the United States is winning the war in Iraq Friday, nor did they say whether the United States is losing the war.
July 31, 2008, 6:23 PM EDT
If Barack Obama is elected president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  will support him in fulfilling his vow to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
July 30, 2008, 6:25 PM EDT
A bill to permanently ban the “Fairness Doctrine” – a dormant FCC rule that says broadcasters, mainly talk radio, must grant equal air time to opposing viewpoints – probably will not be voted on this year in Congress, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said.
July 30, 2008, 4:49 AM EDT
( – Latino lawmakers participating in a Democratic National Committee (DNC) press conference on Tuesday told that they agreed with Sen. Barack Obama's comment earlier this month that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “terrorized” American communities.   Frank Sanchez, who is the national chairman of the Obama for America National Hispanic Leadership Council, told, however, not to read too much into Obama's remark.  
July 25, 2008, 7:04 PM EDT
On the Spot ( - At his weekly pen and pad briefing for reporters, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer refused to answer a Capitol Hill reporter’s repeated question about whether he would vote to support expanded offshore drilling.   While gas hovers over $4 per gallon and polls show a majority of Americans support expanded domestic oil drilling, Republicans and some top Democrats have pushed the issue on Capitol Hill, demanding for instance, a vote to lift a federal ban on offshore drilling.  
July 25, 2008, 6:37 PM EDT
Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) expressed outrage last week over a government report that shows the majority of bills that have passed in the Democrat-controlled Senate of the 110th Congress have done so without any debate or even a vote.
July 24, 2008, 5:02 AM EDT
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told on Wednesday that homosexuals should be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military. 
July 23, 2008, 6:28 AM EDT
Democrats, including Sen. Barack Obama, want to get rid of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy concerning homosexuals in the military, but Senate Republicans, including John McCain, say the policy seems to work and should be kept.
July 21, 2008, 6:30 PM EDT
Sen. Byron Dorgan repeatedly ducked a reporter’s questions Monday on whether he would vote to lift a congressional moratorium on new offshore oil-drilling leases, a move that one poll indicates is supported by 74% of likely voters.
July 21, 2008, 5:42 AM EDT
If Michelle Obama becomes the nation’s first lady, she should take an active role in public policy formation and her views on policy ought to be open to criticism from the press, NOW convention attendees said.
July 18, 2008, 6:10 AM EDT
The Senate Democratic leadership said on Thursday that if Republicans cooperate with a bill that targets oil speculators, they will allow the Republicans to bring an “energy alternative” of their own to the Senate floor.
July 17, 2008, 9:55 AM EDT
( - Two Republicans told Cybercast News Service that lawmakers who do not support expanded domestic oil drilling are to blame for the high gas prices Americans are facing at the pump.   But Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told Cybercast News Service that he believes developing countries are to blame at least as much as Congress is.  
July 15, 2008, 6:41 PM EDT
On the Spot ( – If Congress were to lower the federal and state taxes currently levied on gasoline, a price reduction would probably not be passed on to consumers, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday.   But two Republicans said they think a tax cut would provide short-term relief.  
July 15, 2008, 4:23 PM EDT
On the Spot ( - IndyMac Bancorp Inc. and the federal government’s Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) have accused Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, of sparking a $1.3 billion run on IndyMac by releasing a letter predicting its failure.   The run by depositors resulted in one of the costliest bank failures in American history and a federal takeover of the loan giant on Monday.  
July 14, 2008, 6:55 PM EDT
( - Accusing the House leadership of being “locked into their political positions,” a Democratic congressional aide who asked not to be identified by name told Cybercast News Service about plans to launch a bipartisan coalition to uncover real and immediate solutions to skyrocketing energy prices.  
July 11, 2008, 4:29 PM EDT
On the Spot ( – A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels.  
July 10, 2008, 6:27 PM EDT
Despite high gas prices, some Senate Democrats said Wednesday that they do not support cutting the gas tax, because it would damage the economy by costing many construction workers their jobs.
July 10, 2008, 6:07 PM EDT
Experts on Capitol Hill on Wednesday discussed the future of Medicare and, in part, how to eliminate the $36.3 trillion budget shortfall projected over the next 75 years.
July 9, 2008, 4:50 AM EDT
( – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said during the Republican primaries that if he is elected president, he will try to shift the financial responsibility for health-care insurance away from employers to individuals.   As he campaigns, he is pushing that message.   Currently, employers pay 71 percent of the health care insurance premiums in America.