Tribpedia: United States Congress

Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative or law making branch of government with the formation of a bicameral Congress. This system provides checks and balances within the legislative branch.

Only after much debate did the Founding Fathers agree on the creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. A major issue was how representation in the legislative ...

At emotional Congressional Baseball Game, Texans take the field

Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the House of Representatives, leads Democrats and Republicans in prayer before they face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on June 15, 2017.
<p>Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the House of Representatives, leads Democrats and Republicans in prayer before they face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on June 15, 2017.</p>

A day after the shooting of a U.S. congressman rocked Washington, D.C., baseball brought together the Capitol Hill community on Thursday night.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.
<p>U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.</p>

Cornyn’s GOP colleagues are less than enthusiastic about his candidacy for FBI director

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Despite Sen. John Cornyn's status as a well-liked and influential figure on Capitol Hill, many of his colleagues have signaled they want someone else to become the next FBI director.

President Donald Trump gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, which would repeal major parts of Obamacare, in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2017.
<p>President Donald Trump gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, which would repeal major parts of Obamacare, in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2017.</p>

GOP health care overhaul passes U.S. House

On its second try, the U.S. House passed a Republican-backed health care reform bill by a narrow margin.

&nbsp;(L-R) U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, Mike Conaway, R-Midland and Will Hurd, R-Elotes all serve on the&nbsp;House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.&nbsp;
<p><span>&nbsp;(L-R) U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, Mike Conaway, R-Midland and Will Hurd, R-Elotes all serve on the&nbsp;</span>House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence<span>.&nbsp;</span></p>

Texans Castro, Conaway and Hurd grill Comey over Russian hack

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, a Midland Republican, questioned FBI Director James Comey at Monday's hearing on whether the intelligence community was certain that Russia intended to help Donald Trump become president.

Constituents&nbsp;voice their opinions while Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, speaks during a town hall event at Richardson High School on March 18, 2017.&nbsp;
<p><span>Constituents&nbsp;voice their opinions while Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, speaks during a town hall event at Richardson High School on March 18, 2017.&nbsp;</span></p>

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions faces rowdy town hall

Addressing over 2,000 people, Sessions was frequently drowned out by boos and angry outbursts from the audience. Many of his answers were not entirely audible due to the crowd’s reaction as he began to speak. 

 

U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke (left), D-El Paso, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, completed their road trip from Texas to Washington, D.C., on March 15, 2017.
U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke (left), D-El Paso, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, completed their road trip from Texas to Washington, D.C., on March 15, 2017.

A day later, Hurd and O'Rourke reach D.C., ending road trip and impromptu town hall

U.S. Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O'Rourke — a Republican and a Democrat from Texas, respectively — arrived at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, ending a two-day trek from San Antonio that drew thousands of fans.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.

Ted Cruz: New health care bill doomed in the Senate without changes

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that he has "significant concerns" about the new House health care plan, though he's optimistic those differences can be resolved.

Speaking to reporters after President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying that Americans were suffering from high insurance premiums.
Speaking to reporters after President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying that Americans were suffering from high insurance premiums.

Cruz: Firestorm over U.S. Attorney General Sessions is a "nothingburger"

In a television interview on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said the uproar over Attorney General Jeff Sessions' previous meetings with the Russian ambassador is nothing more than "political theater."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on  April 21, 2016.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on April 21, 2016.

Around D.C., Sheila Jackson Lee's image belies her persistence

Some see U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee as a publicity hound, but according to dozens of interviews with members of Congress, House staffers and political players back home in Houston, there is a method to her madness.

Clockwise from top left: U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth and Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Houston.
Clockwise from top left: U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth and Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Houston.

Texas congressional Democrats fear "dreamers" will lose benefits

Texas Democrats in Congress are bracing for the possibility of the Trump administration ending benefits for people who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children.