When the 113th Congress officially convened today, the big question on the minds of many Democrats and Republicans was whether the new Congress will be more productive than the last one.
After voting to avert tax hikes for most Americans while raising them on the wealthiest, the 112th Congress is nearly over. MPR News' Washington reporter Brett Neely discusses the aftermath of the fiscal cliff debate and what happens next on Capitol Hill.
A week after a gunman killed 26 students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers in Washington are starting to think about proposals for how to stop future rampages.
Congress appears unlikely to pass a farm bill by the end of the year, says Rep. Collin Peterson.
Minnesota's congressional delegation is deeply divided about gun control issues, just days after the massacre of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
In the six weeks since the election, Congress has been wrapped up with the issue of whether and how to resolve the series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff. One of Minnesota's most outspoken members of Congress, however, has gone almost completely silent.
Visitors who come to Washington to lobby about the "fiscal cliff" include Gov. Mark Dayton, who had a chance to tell President Barack Obama what areas he thought should be spared if big spending cuts happen.
With less than a month to go before automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts kick in, Gov. Mark Dayton was in Washington to discuss the fiscal cliff with President Barack Obama.
None of Minnesota's delegation sits at the negotiating table over the "fiscal cliff." But they will have to vote on whatever agreement is made, if a deal happens.
The election is behind us, but the money spent on campaigning is still being counted.
Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election.
As Election Day comes down to the wire, Minnesota is getting some last-minute attention from both the Obama and Romney campaigns. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former President Bill Clinton were both here on Sunday.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and her DFL challenger, Jim Graves met for their third and final debate Sunday on KSTP-TV.
In the final stretch before the election, congressional incumbents are particularly focused on one word: Bipartisan.
Sixth Congressional District candidates Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democratic challenger Jim Graves debated Thursday for a second time, less than a week before Election Day.
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