House committee to hold hearing on DC statehood bill this summer

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing this summer on a proposal to grant statehood to Washington, DC, reportedly the first House hearing in more than 25 years on the long-shot bid to transform the federal district into the nation's 51st state.

House Democrats consider packaging contempt citations

House Democrats are not rushing for the full House to vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt, instead considering wrapping multiple contempt citations into a single package for a vote.

House committee votes to hold Barr in contempt

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the looming constitutional collision over the Mueller report between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration.

Nadler schedules vote to allow staff to question Barr

The House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its plan for staff attorneys to question Attorney General William Barr at a Thursday hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, even as the attorney general is threatening not to attend the hearing over the proposed format.

Democrats plan to block Green New Deal in Senate vote Tuesday

The Senate will vote Tuesday to take up the Green New Deal, the progressives' prescription to battle climate change, but it is expected to be blocked by Democrats, who support many of the ideas in the plan but believe Republicans are trying to score political points by forcing a quick vote on the nascent proposal.

Methodist church investigates voting irregularities at summit

The United Methodist Church is investigating voting irregularities at its General Conference, which decided last month to reinforce policies that bar openly gay clergy and same-sex marriage, according to the denomination's news service.

Yakima voters reject downtown plaza

Yakima voters have rejected a proposition to build a downtown plaza in place of a parking lot off South 3rd Street. 

Murkowski to vote 'present' on Kavanaugh

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that she remains a "no" on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but will vote "present" for Saturday's final vote, which won't affect Kavanaugh's confirmation but will allow Sen. Steve Daines to stay at his daughter's wedding in his home state instead of flying to Washington to cast his supporting vote.

House pushes back vote on key Republican immigration bill

House Republicans will postpone a vote on their immigration compromise legislation until Friday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters as he left a leadership meeting Thursday afternoon.

Swiss bank shares rally as voters reject new rules

Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposed overhaul of the country's banking system that had been described as "dangerous" by its critics.

Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls show landslide in favor

Ireland has voted an emphatic "Yes" to amend the country's constitution to enable legislation that would allow women to have an abortion in a historic and emotionally charged referendum.

House GOP leaders promise vote on conservative immigration bill

As House Republican leadership furiously searched for a way out of competing immigration uprisings from both ends of their own party, they committed Thursday to hold a vote on a conservative bill that has been demanded by their right flank for months.

Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality

Senate Democrats will force a vote Wednesday to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission.