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 ...

(L.-R.) U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, John Ratcliff, R-Heath and Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock.
(L.-R.) U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, John Ratcliff, R-Heath and Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock.

Arrington, a freshman in Congress, bucks trend by moving family to D.C.

Lubbock Republican Jodey Arrington, who was sworn in this week as one of the new members of the U.S. House, is moving his family to Washington. It is an unusual choice, both in the Texas delegation and in the rest of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, operates an ice-resurfacing machines at a Fort Worth ice skating rink on Dec. 21, 2016, as part of an ongoing effort to perform constituent jobs in his district.
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, operates an ice-resurfacing machines at a Fort Worth ice skating rink on Dec. 21, 2016, as part of an ongoing effort to perform constituent jobs in his district.

Texas Congressman on thin ice...on purpose

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth has tried everything from moving baggage on a runway to housekeeping at a Holiday Inn to better understand the lives of his constituents. This week, he helped out at a local ice skating rink.

The 84th legislative session ran from Jan. 13 through Jun. 1. State lawmakers enhanced gun rights, allowed epilepsy patients to use medicinal cannabis oil and outlawed local bans on fracking.
The 84th legislative session ran from Jan. 13 through Jun. 1. State lawmakers enhanced gun rights, allowed epilepsy patients to use medicinal cannabis oil and outlawed local bans on fracking.

Analysis: Take it from Texas — an election sweep carries no guarantee

Winning isn't everything when it comes to party control. If it was, Texas lawmakers would have nothing to do. But they still have plenty to fight about, and Republicans in Washington, D.C., will, too.

Democrat Pete Gallego is challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd for the sprawling CD-23 seat. Hurd won the swing seat from Gallego two years ago; no incumbent has won a second term in eight years.
Democrat Pete Gallego is challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd for the sprawling CD-23 seat. Hurd won the swing seat from Gallego two years ago; no incumbent has won a second term in eight years.

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd victorious in rematch with Pete Gallego

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd claimed victory in his re-election bid Tuesday night, becoming the first incumbent to hold onto the Texas 23rd District in eight years.

 

(L-R) Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, U.S. Reps. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi and Bruce Babin,R-Woodville and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
(L-R) Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, U.S. Reps. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi and Bruce Babin,R-Woodville and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump

Party leaders' rhetoric leaves Texas Republican women reeling

Interviews with Texas Republican female consultants, lobbyists, activists and aspiring politicians reveal a common sentiment: They no longer feel welcome in their own party.

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul visits with the press before his meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 18, 2015.
U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul visits with the press before his meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 18, 2015.

McCaul Says Cruz "Broke His Word" on Trump

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, stepped up his criticism Tuesday of congressional colleague Ted Cruz, saying he "broke his word" by declining to endorse presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. 

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.

Joaquin Castro Causes New Stir as He Considers Senate Run

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro seemed to offer more definitive language than usual about a possible 2018 run for U.S. Senate during an interview with CBS News on Thursday.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, speaking at the National Press Club on April 29, 2014. Poe has coauthored a bipartisan bill with Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York to address human sex trafficking, a major problem in Houston and other Texas cities.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, speaking at the National Press Club on April 29, 2014. Poe has coauthored a bipartisan bill with Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York to address human sex trafficking, a major problem in Houston and other Texas cities.

Diagnosed With Leukemia, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe Ready to Fight

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, announced Wednesday morning that he was recently diagnosed with leukemia and will spend the rest of the summer concentrating on this battle. 

 

Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.
Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.

Analysis: Taking Direct Aim at Legislative Business as Usual

Maybe the overnight sit-in that captured Washington’s attention will keep gun control in the news. House Democrats' effort fell short, but as Wendy Davis showed three years ago in Texas, the end of the spectacle isn’t necessarily the end of the fight.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

GOP Insists Library of Congress Retain "Illegal Aliens"

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro on Thursday lost his battle with Congressional Republicans that want to stop the U.S. Library of Congress from removing controversial immigration terms from its search headings.

Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.
Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.

U.S. House Race a Test Case of Identity Politics

The upcoming primary face-off between incumbent Gene Green and Adrian Garcia in Houston's 29th congressional district will test case the influence of identity politics in Texas Democratic races.