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United States Congress: Legislature of the United States
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members representing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia in addition to its 435 voting members. Although they cannot vote in the full house, these members can address the house, sit and vote in congressional committees, and introduce legislation.


Peru elects deeply split Congress with right-of-center tilt

Peruvians elected a fractured Congress with no clear leadership on Sunday, split among 10 parties with a center-right party grabbing the most seats with a tally of 24 out of 130, an Ipsos count of vote..
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Peruvians elect fractured Congress to replace opposition-led legislature

Peruvians on Sunday elected a new Congress with some 10 parties represented and no single majority, according to an Ipsos exit poll reported by local news, refilling the empty legislature that was..
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Videos for United States Congress

Trump told Bolton he wanted to hold Ukraine aid pending help on Biden probe -NYTimes [Video]Trump told Bolton he wanted to hold Ukraine aid pending help on Biden probe -NYTimes

U.S. President Donald Trump told his then-national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security aid to Ukraine until officials there helped with..

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Peru election: Voters to elect new Congress on Sunday [Video]Peru election: Voters to elect new Congress on Sunday

Peruvians go to the polls to elect a new Congress, but there is not much enthusiasm among voters.

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'I don't think the president's counsel did a very good job': Schumer [Video]'I don't think the president's counsel did a very good job': Schumer

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the president's counsel inadvertently 'made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and documents" and House impeachment manager..

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Ordering witnesses not to testify is 'obstruction, plan and simple' -Lofgren [Video]Ordering witnesses not to testify is 'obstruction, plan and simple' -Lofgren

U.S. representative Zoe Lofgren on Friday argued during the Senate impeachment trial that President Donald Trump's order to top U.S. officials not to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives is..

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Trump 'never explained' why Ukraine aid withheld: Dem [Video]Trump 'never explained' why Ukraine aid withheld: Dem

Democratic Congressman Jason Crow, a House manager in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, said it was never "explained" why Trump "arbitrarily" held and then released to Ukraine. Crow..

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Case against Trump 'undeniable': Gillibrand [Video]Case against Trump 'undeniable': Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday told her Senate colleagues before Trump's impeachment trial resumed: "Don't bury your head in the sand and then complain it's dark."

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Schumer: 'We're not trading' evidence with GOP [Video]Schumer: 'We're not trading' evidence with GOP

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer after day two of President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial said there are no "discussions" being had with Republicans over potential evidence or..

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Trump isn't 'America First', he's 'Trump First': Nadler [Video]Trump isn't 'America First', he's 'Trump First': Nadler

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, one of the House managers in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial said Trump put his personal interests above all else and said that if..

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GOP 'nothing new' argument 'rings hollow': Schumer [Video]GOP 'nothing new' argument 'rings hollow': Schumer

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said Republicans who voted against seeing new evidence in the Trump impeachment trial, but also said they heard "nothing new" after House managers..

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'Somebody needs to look at' Biden: Graham [Video]'Somebody needs to look at' Biden: Graham

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a day after Democrats made their opening case for the removal of President Donald Trump from office said, "I don't think Joe Biden's corrupt, but I don't think he's..

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Schiff: Nothing more dangerous than president acting with impunity [Video]Schiff: Nothing more dangerous than president acting with impunity

The lead Democratic prosecutor, Representative Adam Schiff, said in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday that "nothing could be more dangerous to a democracy than a commander in chief who believed that he..

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Impeachment veteran makes case for evidence [Video]Impeachment veteran makes case for evidence

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, the only member of Congress to work on both the Nixon and Clinton impeachment hearings, on Tuesday made the case for evidence to be produced by the White House for..

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Schiff, Trump's lawyer make initial cases to Senate [Video]Schiff, Trump's lawyer make initial cases to Senate

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the House Democrat leading the impeachment case against President Donald Trump, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone argued their points for and against removing the..

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Schiff on Senate rules: 'This is the process for a rigged trial' [Video]Schiff on Senate rules: 'This is the process for a rigged trial'

Democratic Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the House impeachment managers, slammed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed Senate trial rules.

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Democrats call Trump a national security risk before Senate trial [Video]Democrats call Trump a national security risk before Senate trial

Both Republicans and Democratic senators get ready to make their case for or against U.S. president Donald Trump's impeachment in a trial beginning this week. Freddie Joyner reports.

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Feeling in Senate is 'solemn, serious, profound': Schumer [Video]Feeling in Senate is 'solemn, serious, profound': Schumer

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said he saw senators on "both sides of the aisle" visibly "gulp" when they were sworn in by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts in the Trump impeachment..

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White House broke law by withholding Ukraine aid: watchdog [Video]White House broke law by withholding Ukraine aid: watchdog

The White House violated federal law by withholding security aid approved by lawmakers for Ukraine, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said on Thursday. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Peruvians to vote for new Congress as country seeks to turn page on crisis

Peruvians will head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new Congress that will be in place for just over a year, as the copper-rich South American nation seeks to overcome a political crisis that led to..
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Bolivia Congress rubber stamps November resignation of Evo Morales

Bolivia's Congress on Tuesday formally accepted the November resignation of leftist leader Evo Morales and his deputy Álvaro García Linera, rubber stamping the end of his 14-year socialist..
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Trump impeachment: Was someone tracking the U.S. ambassador in Kiev?

A top Democrat in Congress vowed on Wednesday to investigate "profoundly alarming" messages suggesting that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was subject to surveillance before President Donald..
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Peru's top court says Vizcarra's closure of Congress was legal

In a win for Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday that his dissolution of Congress amid a long-running standoff with lawmakers was legal.
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China says U.S. congress report on China's human rights neither objective nor credible

China's foreign ministry said on Thursday that a U.S. Congressional report that called for sanctions against Beijing over human rights abuses was neither objective nor credible.
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U.S. lawmakers predict passage of bill backing China's Uighurs

Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. Congress predicted on Wednesday that the House of Representatives and Senate would agree on a compromise version of legislation requiring a tougher Trump..
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With legislation threatened, Trump administration to brief Congress on Iran crisis

Trump administration officials will brief the U.S. Congress on Wednesday on the killing of an Iranian commander that has sparked a new Middle East crisis, as Democrats push for legislation to rein in..
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'World cannot afford war': U.S. Democrats respond to Iran missile strike

Democrats in the U.S. Congress and some of the party's presidential contenders warned on Tuesday about escalating conflict in the Middle East after Iran launched a retaliatory missile strike against..
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More briefings set for U.S. Congress on Iraq-Iran: House aides

Trump administration officials will provide a classified briefing on developments in Iraq and Iran on Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT) for congressional leaders and Republican and Democratic leaders of..
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VP Pence praises Venezuela's Guaido on election win

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence congratulated Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido for his re-election as head of Congress, describing Guaido as the "only legitimate president" of Venezuela, a..
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Lima Group backs Guaido re-election as Venezuela's Congress splits

The Lima Group regional bloc said on Monday it backed the re-election of opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of Venezuela's Congress after Nicolas Maduro's socialist government forced a separate vote..
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U.S. condemns move by Venezuela's ruling party to seize Congress

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced on Sunday a move by Venezuela's ruling Socialist party to install a new head of Congress after armed troops blocked opposition legislators, including their..
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Chile's president sends Congress plan to slash health care costs after protests

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday announced a plan to overhaul the country's public health care system, the latest in a series of measures aimed at quelling the demands of protesters who..
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White House gives lawmakers formal notice of Iraq strike amid complaints from Democrats

The White House sent to Congress on Saturday formal notification of Friday's U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, congressional aides said, amid complaints from Democrats that President..
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Venezuelan court overturns congress decision to allow virtual votes

Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a decision by the opposition-run congress that allowed lawmakers to vote virtually after a government crackdown pushed dozens of legislators out of the..
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Watch: The US House of Representatives votes on Donald Trump's impeachment

The Democratic majority in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is expected to approve two articles of impeachment - abuse of office and obstruction of Congress - after debate running through much..
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U.S. Congress pressures Trump to renew Russia arms control pact

U.S. lawmakers of both parties are pressuring the White House to extend the last remaining restraints on U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons deployments by demanding intelligence assessments on the costs..
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Chile former interior minister to face censure vote in Congress over rights abuses

Chile's Senate began to vote Wednesday on whether to strip a former interior minister of his right to hold public office over allegations he failed to prevent abuses by security forces during days of..
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Trump says Congress censure over Ukraine would be unacceptable

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday angrily denounced talk among some U.S. lawmakers of censuring him as an alternative to impeachment, saying he finds the concept unacceptable.
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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi says at climate summit: "We are still in"

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi took her duel with Donald Trump to a climate summit on Monday, pledging that Congress would urgently tackle global warming despite the president's..
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Brazil's economic minister causes uproar mentioning dictatorship decree

Two of Brazil's former presidents, a chief justice and heads of both chambers of Congress on Tuesday repudiated the country's economy minister for saying the government might take draconian steps if..
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China summons U.S. ambassador in protest over Hong Kong rights bill

China's foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Monday to protest against the passing in the U.S. Congress of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, saying it amounted to..
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China summons U.S. ambassador to protest against U.S. legislation

China's foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Monday to protest against the passing in the U.S. Congress of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, saying it amounted to..
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Breakthrough in Bolivia as bill for new elections sails through Congress

Both chambers of Bolivia's Congress unanimously passed legislation on Saturday to annul the contested Oct. 20 elections and pave the way for a new vote without former President Evo Morales, a major..
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Anti-govt protesters in Bolivia lift road blockades ahead of talks with interim president

Anti-government demonstrators in Bolivia lifted road blockades ahead of talks with interim President Jeanine Anez on Saturday aimed at ending weeks of unrest, as Congress moved toward passing a bill to..
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Bolivia's Congress to pass law for new elections on Saturday: lawmaker

Bolivia's parliament will pass legislation on Saturday to pave the way for new elections after a deal was reached by top lawmakers of the body's three political parties, a congressman with the party of..
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Trump says administration to take 'good look' at Hong Kong rights bill

President Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would take a "good luck" at a Hong Kong bill that passed the U.S. Congress nearly unanimously, as lawmakers awaited his decision on whether he..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro unveils bill to protect police and soldiers who kill

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday sent a proposal to Congress that seeks to offer greater protection to police and soldiers who kill while on specific operations, known as Guarantee of Law..
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Trump expected to sign Hong Kong human rights legislation: source

U.S President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation passed by Congress intended to support protesters in Hong Kong, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, a move sure to anger..
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Suspend Hong Kong status in event of China crackdown: U.S. commission

The U.S. Congress should enact legislation that would suspend the special economic status Hong Kong enjoys under U.S. law should China deploy forces to crush protests in the territory, a congressional..
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Bolivian Senator Anez takes office as interim president

Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself interim president of the South American country in Congress on Tuesday despite a lack of a quorum to appoint her in a legislative session boycotted by..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro absent as Congress ratifies pension reform

Brazil's Congress officially ratified the government's landmark social security reform bill into law on Tuesday, in a ceremony notable for the absence of President Jair Bolsonaro.
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Bolivian opposition repeats call for new elections; Morales says going nowhere

Bolivian opposition leader Carlos Mesa asked Congress on Friday to pass an emergency bill setting the details of new elections as his political archenemy, President Evo Morales, vowed again not to..
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Mexico Congress backs constitutional change to allow presidential recall vote

Mexico's Congress approved a raft of constitutional changes on Tuesday that include permitting the right to a recall vote on the president, overriding opposition concerns it may open the door to..
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Effort in U.S. Congress to rein in China on Hong Kong protests faces obstacles

A push in the U.S. Congress for legislation to support pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and pressure China to refrain from a violent crackdown faces an array of obstacles, raising questions about..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro delivers new economic proposals to Congress

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro and his Economy Minister Paulo Guedes on Tuesday went to Congress to deliver a wide-ranging bundle of proposed economic reforms to tackle a budget deficit, hoping to..
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Turkey's Erdogan may call off U.S. trip after Congress votes: officials

President Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek..
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Brazil to submit administrative reform bill to Congress next week

Brazilian House Speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Thursday that President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to submit next week a proposal for administrative reform aimed at reducing public spending.
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Brazil house speaker says tax reform is priority in Congress

Brazil's lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Wednesday that the tax reform is currently a priority for the National Congress and that an administrative overhaul to contain the growth of payroll..
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Mexican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to end presidential immunity

A proposal to allow for the prosecution of Mexican presidents for a wide range of crimes overwhelmingly passed the lower house of Congress on Tuesday, giving the proposal backed by President Andres..
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Chile protesters stay in streets as Pinera says their demands 'loud and clear'

Protesters rallied in Santiago and around the country on Thursday afternoon as President Sebastian Pinera sent the first of a promised raft of legislation to Congress in a bid to address calls for an..
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Brazil pension reform clears Congress, stocks hit new highs

Brazil's Senate on Tuesday approved a sweeping overhaul of the country's pension system to stabilize public finances and restore business confidence, setting up President Jair Bolsonaro to sign his..
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Congressional rebuke of Trump foreign policy should 'go beyond' Syria: McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Congress should go beyond a resolution passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that condemns President Donald Trump over an abrupt..
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Brazil's PSL party seeks to suspend Bolsonaro's son

President Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing Social Liberal Party opened disciplinary proceedings against 19 of its lawmakers on Tuesday, including Bolsonaro's son Eduardo, in an ongoing battle for control of..
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Brazil's Eduardo Bolsonaro takes over as PSL lower house whip

Lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, took over the leadership of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) in the lower house of Congress on Monday in a bruising struggle for..
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Brazil president's son Eduardo Bolsonaro confirmed at PSL lower house leader

Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro, has assumed the leadership of the Social Liberal Party in the lower house of Congress after a bruising struggle for control of the..
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U.S. House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said.
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House Speaker Pelosi holds talks in Jordan with King Abdullah

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress held talks in Jordan on Saturday with King Abdullah II and other top Jordanian officials.
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