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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. In addition, the House of Representatives currently has six non-voting members, bringing the total membership of the US Congress to 541 or fewer in the case of vacancies.

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Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill into law [Video]

Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill into law

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the largest fiscal relief measure ever passed by Congress on Friday, moments after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill, despite calls for a..

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House passes $2.2 trillion aid bill, sends to Trump [Video]

House passes $2.2 trillion aid bill, sends to Trump

Despite GOP congressman Thomas Massie attempting to delay the vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package - the largest in American history - to help..

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House Aims To Pass $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill As Republican Rep Tries To Delay [Video]

House Aims To Pass $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill As Republican Rep Tries To Delay

The U.S. House gathered on Friday to pass a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Congress is hoping to pass the measure through a voice vote, which is one of the fastest methods available...

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U.S. jobless claims surge to record 3.28 million [Video]

U.S. jobless claims surge to record 3.28 million

The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits surged to a record of more than 3 million last week as an economy grounded to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic throws millions out of..

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Senate unanimously passes $2 trln relief bill [Video]

Senate unanimously passes $2 trln relief bill

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill on Wednesday aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Gloria Tso reports.

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U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill [Video]

U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed a $2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to..

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Tempers rise in U.S. Senate as vote nears on $2 trillion coronavirus bill [Video]

Tempers rise in U.S. Senate as vote nears on $2 trillion coronavirus bill

U.S. senators were set to vote on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, although critics from the right and left..

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'Help is on the way': Senate to vote on $2 trillion aid [Video]

'Help is on the way': Senate to vote on $2 trillion aid

U.S. senators were set to vote Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hoping it will become law quickly...

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U.S. lawmakers close to a $2 trillion stimulus bill [Video]

U.S. lawmakers close to a $2 trillion stimulus bill

Senior Democrats and Republicans in the divided U.S. Congress said on Tuesday they were close to a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to limit the coronavirus pandemic's economic toll. Lisa..

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Aid bill has 'unemployment insurance on steroids': Schumer [Video]

Aid bill has 'unemployment insurance on steroids': Schumer

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday said lawmakers are close to an agreement on a massive coronavirus aid bill that he said would pay the salary of furloughed workers for four..

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Senate Democrats block coronavirus relief bill [Video]

Senate Democrats block coronavirus relief bill

U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a massive coronavirus stimulus bill from advancing on Sunday (March 22), as Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer expressed concerns that the bill would benefit corporate..

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Rand Paul becomes first U.S. senator to test positive for coronavirus [Video]

Rand Paul becomes first U.S. senator to test positive for coronavirus

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Sunday, becoming the first member of the Senate to announce he has COVID-19, as the number of U.S. cases of the..

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Senate introduces new emergency coronavirus legislation [Video]

Senate introduces new emergency coronavirus legislation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced more emergency coronavirus relief legislation on Thursday (March 19), the third package Congress has taken up since the outbreak erupted in the..

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Representative Ben McAdams Becomes Second Congress Member To Test Positive For Coronavirus [Video]

Representative Ben McAdams Becomes Second Congress Member To Test Positive For Coronavirus

Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah became the second member of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. According to Business Insider, the congressman said he first developed “mild cold-like symptoms.”..

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Two members of Congress test positive for coronavirus [Video]

Two members of Congress test positive for coronavirus

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Ben McAdams of Utah, said on Wednesday they had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first members of..

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Trump signs coronavirus relief package into law [Video]

Trump signs coronavirus relief package into law

On Wednesday (March 18) President Donald Trump signed into law a roughly $105 billion aid package to limit the damage from the coronavirus pandemic through free testing, paid sick leave and expanded..

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Representative Mario Diaz-Balart Tests Positive For Coronavirus [Video]

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, becomes the first member of Congress with the coronavirus. Diaz-Balart announced the news on Twitter, saying he tested positive. He advised people to..

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Coronavirus aid package heads to Trump to sign [Video]

Coronavirus aid package heads to Trump to sign

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on Wednesday providing billions of dollars to limit the damage from the coronavirus pandemic through free testing, paid sick leave and expanded..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:12Published
Biden Campaign Requests Secret Service Protection [Video]

Biden Campaign Requests Secret Service Protection

Joe Biden's presidential campaign has requested protection from the Secret Service. This news is being passed out by a congressional official familiar with the discussions. For a candidate to get..

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U.S. coronavirus cases top 1K, official warns will 'get worse' [Video]

U.S. coronavirus cases top 1K, official warns will 'get worse'

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institutes of Health told Congress "we will see more cases" of coronavirus as governors across the nation warned stronger measures may be needed to contain the..

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Schumer decries Trump's 'incompetence' in coronavirus response [Video]

Schumer decries Trump's 'incompetence' in coronavirus response

The Democratic Senate minority leader on Tuesday said that President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans should be "putting people before corporations" when it comes to halting to spread of the..

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Coronavirus outbreak: "A failure to work with Congress and hard-hit cities from the White House" [Video]

Coronavirus outbreak: "A failure to work with Congress and hard-hit cities from the White House"

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Trump calls for economic relief to coronavirus [Video]

Trump calls for economic relief to coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would unveil a plan on Tuesday to help the American economy, which has suffered from market fears due to surging coronavirus cases. Gloria Tso reports.

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Coronavirus Cases Spread Across The U.S. [Video]

Coronavirus Cases Spread Across The U.S.

The coronavirus outbreak spread across the United States on Thursday, surfacing in at least four new states. In response to the rapidly growing virus, Congress quickly approved more than $8 billion to..

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Brazil records first coronavirus death, Bolsonaro awaits new test result

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El Salvador president seeks emergency powers to fight coronavirus

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Brazil's Congress overturns presidential veto on spending bill

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Venezuela opposition marches to Congress in showdown with Maduro

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Argentine president to send abortion legalization law to Congress

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U.S. Congress offices advised to set coronavirus contingency operations

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday were advised to establish plans for alternative work arrangements in case the coronavirus becomes widespread in the United States.
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Pence says virus poses low-level threat in U.S., working with Congress on spending bill

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El Salvador approves law to prosecute civil war crimes, president to veto

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Let's not 'short change' funding for coronavirus response: U.S. Senate appropriations chair

The head of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Senator Richard Shelby, said on Wednesday Congress should provide the Trump administration with the funds it needs to combat..
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Pentagon says may need additional funding to deal with coronavirus

The Pentagon told Congress on Wednesday it was reviewing the possibility it may need additional funding to deal with the spread of the coronavirus, hours after the U.S. military reported a soldier in..
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Colombia congressional committee to investigate president after ex-senator's allegations

A committee in Colombia's lower house of Congress will investigate allegations by an ex-senator who fled the country that President Ivan Duque participated in vote-buying and sought to have her..
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Trump administration seeks $2.5 billion in funds to fight coronavirus

The Trump administration is asking Congress for $2.5 billion to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus, including more than $1 billion for vaccines, the White House said on Monday.
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Trump asking Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus: White House

The Trump administration is sending to the U.S. Congress a budget request for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus, the White House said on Monday.
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U.S. Democrats want Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

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Salvadoran president sends more soldiers to fight crime after standoff with lawmakers

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Brazil's Bolsonaro offers credit for indigenous farmers as he pushes to open their lands

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said he was pushing a bill through Congress to allow commercial mining and agriculture on protected indigenous lands, as he met with tribal leaders to..
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Trump administration taking $3.8 billion more from military for Mexico border wall

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Brazil lawmakers urge Congress to shelve indigenous mining bill

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Mexican president intends to send judicial reform proposal to Congress

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Brazil's lower house of Congress approves coronavirus quarantine bill

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Brazil's Bolsonaro tells Congress priorities are tax reform, jobs

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Salvadoran Congress asked to strip former presidential candidate of immunity

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

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Bolivia Congress rubber stamps November resignation of Evo Morales

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Peru's top court says Vizcarra's closure of Congress was legal

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China says U.S. congress report on China's human rights neither objective nor credible

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U.S. lawmakers predict passage of bill backing China's Uighurs

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With legislation threatened, Trump administration to brief Congress on Iran crisis

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