Senate confirms White House official Rao for appeals court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. Senators voted 53-46 to confirm White House of...

Senate backs Trump court nominee over home-state objections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for a Philadelphia-based appeals court, despite opposition from the nominee's two home-state senators. The...

2 senators ask judiciary chairman to delay nominee's hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — California's two Democratic senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone a planned hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal...

Highlights of Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request proposes steep cuts to domestic spending, a funding boost for the Pentagon and $8.6 billion for his signature border wall with M...

House approves sweeping ethics, election overhaul package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stand...

Democrats flex power by taking aim at money in politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are moving to approve a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and resto...

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory r...

Judiciary panel endorses Neomi Rao for appeals court seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted...

House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25...

Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new nat...

Trump threatens to veto gun bills pushed by Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto two Democratic bills expanding federal background checks on gun purchases, saying they do not sufficiently protect gun owners' Second Am...

EPA defends enforcement record, despite drop in penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement chief is defending the Trump administration's work, despite a report by her own agency showing that civil and criminal crackdowns on...

Lawmakers, first responders sound alarm on 9/11 fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, lawmakers and first responders are urging Congress to ensure that a victims' compensation fund does not run out of money. ...

Late Rep. John Dingell hailed at service as 'Mr. Michigan'

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Dingell, the record-long serving congressman who died last week, is being remembered at his funeral service in Washington as "Mr. Michigan" and a fierce defender of the state. ...

House panel backs bill expanding gun-sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee has approved a bill to require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms, a first step by majority Democrats to tighten gun laws after eight yea...