House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked the Rules Committee to allow delegates to cast floor votes in certain circumstances and prohibit discrimination against LGBT staffers.
Lobbyist Martin Paone was granted a waiver from ethics rules to work at the White House.
The senator praised Obama for signing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act.
Senators urged HUD Secretary Julian Castro to lower the fees on FHA loans.
Failure to impose new sanctions is "more indefensible by the day," Rep. Ed Royce said.
Last week's bills inched this Congress just ahead of its predecessor.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is visiting West Africa to see how U.S. troops are fighting an Ebola outbreak.
President Obama signed a bill into law imposing sanctions on Venezuelan officials.
Senators called on the Department of Commerce to fight unfair Chinese trade practices.
Prominent libertarian Amash supports re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.