President Obama's pick to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission took a step closer to confirmation Tuesday.
The president is poised to announce executive actions designed to close the wage gap.
Lawmakers discussed risks, rewards in first House hearing to examine the virtual currency.
Some in Congress have tried to ban the currency, but it will soon be on their doorstep.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said he expects a close vote this week on his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.
House Democrats are pushing to scrap a hearing digging into controversy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), arguing it has become a political ploy.
A report showed the agency is biased in favor of white employees.
House Republicans are pushing the Senate to take up a bill tweaking financial regulations that has already been unanimously passed by the House.
About 12 million Americans use payday loans.
The Dodd-Frank provision calls for greater state oversight of appraisal management companies