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US Suspends Low-Level Radioactive Waste Shipments to Nevada

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada congressman called for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s resignation Wednesday after the department acknowledged dozens of shipments of low-level radioactive waste shipped to a site north of Las Vegas may have been mislabeled and out …

Congress Passes $19 Billion in Disaster Aid, Sends Bill to Trump

The House cleared a $19 billion disaster-aid plan for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires on Monday after months of negotiations and a final delay of more than a week caused by Republican objections. The bill, passed …

Congress’ Newest Class Coming in

Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans …

Delegation Watches Wildfire Simulation in South Carolina Lab

Members of Congress traveled to South Carolina to watch a simulated wildfire and learn how building codes can lessen a fire’s destruction. Four Republican congressmen toured the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety in Chester County on Tuesday. They …

White House Expected to Seek Billions in Sandy Disaster Aid

The White House is expected in the coming days to send Congress a multi-billion dollar request to fund recovery from Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $71 billion in damages in New York and New Jersey. Congressional aides said there …

Victims of California Train Crash Seek Help From Congress

Victims of a deadly train crash in Los Angeles four years ago have expressed disappointment in Congress’ failure to increase a railroad liability cap that they believe inadequately compensates them for their pain and suffering. Victims and relatives of those …

Congress Poised to Pass Safety-Focused FDA Bill

A bill designed to beef up the safety of U.S. prescription drugs is poised to pass Congress, but without a tracking system that public health advocates say is critical to weeding out counterfeit pharmaceuticals. House and Senate lawmakers agreed late …

Congress Moves to Create New Farm Subsidy

Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops – an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free …

Senate to Reject House Disaster Aid, Flood Program Bill

With aid to disaster victims running out, the U.S. Senate Democratic leader Friday vowed to hold a quick vote to defeat a House-passed spending bill, clearing the way for negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …

House Acts to Overhaul Flood Insurance Program

Congress is trying to restore new fiscal life to a four-decade-old federal flood insurance program that was nearly sunk by Katrina and other 2005 hurricanes. The House on Tuesday voted 406-22 to extend the National Flood Insurance Program for five …