House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that House Democrats would oppose the scheduled adjournment of the House next week unless the House passes an extension of expiring unemployment benefits.
The House passed legislation aimed at discouraging frivolous patent lawsuits.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was adamant on Thursday that the House would not stay in session past Dec. 13 to finish work on a range of unfinished issues.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blamed President Obama’s policies for high unemployment and a shrinking middle class.
“The truth is that the policy formula favored by President Obama — more regulation, hostility to American energy, anti-growth taxation, surging debt, bigger government, more federal interference, government-run healthcare and mindless immigration policies — are the cause, not the cure, for growing middle-class distress,” Sessions said Wednesday.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that she introduced a bill aimed at ensuring that rural states get their fair share of federal communications services, such as broadband.
Ayotte said her home state currently receives only 37 cents for every dollar it contributes to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a federal rural communications program.
The House starts at 9 a.m. and will immediately begin work on the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday night lost his cool on the House floor over the issue of immigration, after the presiding officer warned another Democrat not to refer to people sitting in the House gallery.
The House voted Wednesday to amend the Dodd-Frank financial reform law with the help of 36 Democrats, even though the White House has threatened to veto the bill.
A group of Democratic lawmakers urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy Wednesday to reduce pollutants known to cause climate change.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) led 16 other lawmakers in writing a letter to McCarthy, where they asked her to use the agency’s authority to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) compounds.
Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner exchanged barbs Wednesday about the chamber's productivity.