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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.

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U.S. lawmakers set measure opposing Trump on Syria troop withdrawal

U.S. Democratic lawmakers, joined by some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans, introduced a resolution on Tuesday opposing Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, the latest..
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U.S. lawmakers press again for stronger Trump action on Turkey

U.S. lawmakers introduced more legislation on Friday seeking to slap stiff sanctions on Turkey over its offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria, underscoring unhappiness from both Democrats and..
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Videos for United States Congress

Senator Van Hollen Thinks Trump Should Have Punished Turkey For Invading Syria [Video]Senator Van Hollen Thinks Trump Should Have Punished Turkey For Invading Syria

Sen. Chris Van Hollen was upset with President Donald Trump for not punishing Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria. According to Politico, Van Hollen said senior administration officials “look..

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Trump uses expletive to describe impeachment probe [Video]Trump uses expletive to describe impeachment probe

U.S. President Donald Trump described the impeachment probe launched by democrats in Congress as a "bullshit impeachment." Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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Democrats subpoena Rick Perry in impeachment probe [Video]Democrats subpoena Rick Perry in impeachment probe

Congressional Democrats issued a subpoena for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday over any possible role he played in President Donald Trump’s effort to get Ukraine’s president to..

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Trump Administration Uses Previous Strategy With Mueller Report On Impeachment Inquiry [Video]Trump Administration Uses Previous Strategy With Mueller Report On Impeachment Inquiry

The Trump administration is using a simple strategy against the impeachment inquiry: obstruct and obscure. The same strategy was used after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in the..

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White House refuses to cooperate with impeachment inquiry [Video]White House refuses to cooperate with impeachment inquiry

The White House said on Tuesday it would refuse to cooperate with a "baseless, unconstitutional" congressional impeachment inquiry, setting Republican President Donald Trump on a collision course with..

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Jimmy Carter's Advice To Trump On How To Handle Impeachment Investigation [Video]Jimmy Carter's Advice To Trump On How To Handle Impeachment Investigation

Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday applauded the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. According to Politico, in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Carter accused Trump of..

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Supreme Court divided over LGBT rights cases [Video]Supreme Court divided over LGBT rights cases

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared divided over whether a landmark decades-old federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace protects gay and lesbian employees as they heard..

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Schiff: State Department withholding U.S. ambassador messages [Video]Schiff: State Department withholding U.S. ambassador messages

The U.S. State Department is withholding messages from the ambassador to the European Union that are relevant to the impeachment inquiry, the chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on..

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Another official considering filing whistleblower complaint - NYT [Video]Another official considering filing whistleblower complaint - NYT

A second intelligence official, who has more direct information about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine than the first whistleblower, is also considering filing a whistleblower complaint, the New..

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Trump 'most corrupt, unhinged' president: Biden [Video]Trump 'most corrupt, unhinged' president: Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took a swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, telling reporters at a union forum in Los Angeles that Trump is "the most corrupt president in modern..

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Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa [Video]Greta Thunberg takes swipe at world leaders in Iowa

Hundreds of people gathered in Iowa City on Friday to watch Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg speak at a rally to demand that political leaders and institutions take urgent action to combat..

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Texts show U.S. officials tied Ukraine meeting to political probes [Video]Texts show U.S. officials tied Ukraine meeting to political probes

U.S. officials pressured their Ukrainian counterparts to launch investigations that could benefit President Donald Trump’s personal political agenda in exchange for a meeting between the two..

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Treason! Arrest him! The Democratic lawmaker who enrages Donald Trump [Video]Treason! Arrest him! The Democratic lawmaker who enrages Donald Trump

Representative Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is the tip of the spear in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump over the president's urging of a foreign leader to dig..

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Trump says he wants Ukraine, China to investigate Bidens [Video]Trump says he wants Ukraine, China to investigate Bidens

U.S President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants Ukraine to investigate political rival and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, openly advocating an action that triggered a Democratic impeachment..

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Trump says he wants Ukraine to investigate Bidens [Video]Trump says he wants Ukraine to investigate Bidens

U.S President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants Ukraine to investigate political rival and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, openly advocating an action that triggered a Democratic impeachment..

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Pompeo: We won't 'tolerate' Capitol Hill bullying [Video]Pompeo: We won't 'tolerate' Capitol Hill bullying

After being subpoenaed following the release of the whistleblower complaint, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that State Department employees had been contacted directly by..

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Peru's Vizcarra scraps Congress as opposition picks new president [Video]Peru's Vizcarra scraps Congress as opposition picks new president

Legislative body retaliates by declaring presidency vacant and swearing in Vice President Mercedes Araoz as president.

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McConnell Gets Behind Impeachment Trial [Video]McConnell Gets Behind Impeachment Trial

Donald Trump raged about the impeachment inquiry he faces in Congress and the Republican senate leaders. Many in the Senate say they would have “no choice” but to allow a trial if the House decides..

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Rep. Collins resigns seat ahead of guilty plea [Video]Rep. Collins resigns seat ahead of guilty plea

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) resigned from his congressional seat on Monday. He's expected to plead guilty to insider trading charges on Tuesday. Priscilla Huff reporting.

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Giuliani On Who Paid Him To Investigate Biden: What Does It Matter?' [Video]Giuliani On Who Paid Him To Investigate Biden: What Does It Matter?'

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is now a central figure in Trump's impeachment scandal. Congress has launched an impeachment investigation into whether Trump misused his..

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House Intel: Trump Impeachment Whistleblower To Testify [Video]House Intel: Trump Impeachment Whistleblower To Testify

The whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump has agreed to testify. US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced the news on Sunday...

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Schiff: Trump's Calls To Putin Are Now Under Congressional Microscope [Video]Schiff: Trump's Calls To Putin Are Now Under Congressional Microscope

Congress wants access to President Donald Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders. Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff cited concerns..

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U.S. House Foreign Affairs leaders seek protection of Kurds in Syria

U.S. lawmakers introduced a resolution on Friday opposing President Donald Trump's decision to clear the way for Turkey to attack Kurdish fighters, underscoring unhappiness from both Democrats and..
Reuters - Published

Brazil pension reform to clear Congress by October 22: senator

President Jair Bolsonaro's government is confident it will win final Congressional approval for its pension overhaul by Oct. 22 now that lawmakers have agreed on how to share surplus oil revenues, his..
Reuters - Published

Peru's economy minister sees 2019 growth despite 'downward bias' amid political crisis

Peru's new economy minister said on Wednesday she saw economic growth for this year at 3% but warned of a "downward bias" due to the global slowdown and a local political crisis in which the president..
Reuters - Published

Indian parties shun first Kashmir polls since change of status

India's main opposition Congress said on Wednesday it would boycott local elections in Kashmir, joining two other parties in a setback for government efforts to restart political activity after it..
Reuters - Published

'Tell the truth ... for a change': ex-President Carter's advice to Trump

Former Democratic U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to cooperate with Congress' impeachment inquiry, saying his refusal to comply with lawmakers' requests has left..
Reuters - Published

Writer Llosa roasts Peru's 'shameful' Congress, backs president

Peruvian Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa praised centrist President Martin Vizcarra on Tuesday for dismissing the country's right-wing opposition-dominated parliament and labeled its..
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Pompeo says State Department has given initial response to Congress

The U.S. State Department has issued an initial response to a Congressional request for documents as part of an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said..
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Peru's Vizcarra to swear in new cabinet as rebellion in Congress fizzles out

Peru's centrist President Martin Vizcarra will unveil a new cabinet on Thursday as a dramatic challenge to his leadership by dozens of dismissed lawmakers earlier this week appeared to fizzle out.
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Explainer: Rebellion in Congress - How Peru tipped into political crisis

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra's drive to clean up the ruling class after a series of graft scandals has left the South American country with an open rebellion in a dissolved Congress as its..
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Rebel lawmakers in Peru stay put in Congress in defiance of Vizcarra

About 20 dismissed Peruvian lawmakers remained cloistered in Congress on Tuesday in defiance of President Martin Vizcarra's decision to dissolve the body, with police in riot gear blocking others from..
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OAS says only Peru's top court can rule on legality of political dispute

A regional body for countries in the Americas said that only Peru's top court can determine the legality of a decision by the country's president to dissolve Congress this week, but called it a..
Reuters - Published

Peru's Vizcarra announces he is dissolving Congress

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced he was dissolving Congress after it defied his warnings and elected a new member of the Constitutional Tribunal on Monday, prompting opposition lawmakers to..
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Peru's Congress defies Vizcarra's shutdown threat by holding key vote

Peru's opposition-run Congress defied President Martin Vizcarra's threat to close it by electing the first of up to six new leading court justices in a raucous vote on Monday, bringing the nation to..
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Peru's Vizcarra threatens Congress shutdown as lawmakers cry 'coup'

The centrist government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra made a last-minute appeal to Congress to halt the opposition's plans to name new members of Peru's top court on Monday, a vote that..
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Peru's Vizcarra threatens to close Congress as constitutional crisis looms

Peru's centrist president threatened to shut the opposition-run Congress if it carries out a plan to make appointments to the country's top court on Monday, as rightwing lawmakers vowed to physically..
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'Damning' facts will help sell impeachment probe to divided voters at home, Democrats say

Some moderate Democratic lawmakers who a week ago had little interest in talking about an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump say they are now optimistic they can sell it to voters at..
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House backs release of Trump whistleblower complaint 421-0

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 421-0 on Wednesday for a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to release a whistleblower complaint to Congress, despite the administration letting them..
Reuters - Published

As Congress moves toward impeachment, U.S. late-night hosts rib Trump - and Pelosi

From late night television hosts to tabloid front pages, the congressional Democrats' impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Trump sparked a firestorm of jokes and quips.
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White House will release whistleblower complaint to Congress: official

The White House is preparing to release a whistleblower complaint reportedly concerning a phone call President Donald Trump had with his Ukrainian counterpart, an administration official said on..
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Biden backs impeachment if Trump does not cooperate with Congress

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would support opening impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump if the Republican president fails to comply with congressional..
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Biden to say Congress should impeach Trump if he does not comply with it

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will call on U.S. President Donald Trump to comply with congressional requests for information on Ukraine and other matters, and say later on Tuesday that..
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Explainer: What it would take for Congress to impeach Trump

Some of U.S. President Donald Trump's critics in the House of Representatives are calling for an impeachment investigation following a whistleblower complaint that has roiled Washington.
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U.S. Congress to advance 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy' bill

U.S. congressional committees are due to start voting next week on legislation supporting human rights in Hong Kong, with measures under consideration including annual reviews of the Chinese..
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'You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry,' Greta Thunberg tells US Congress

The 16-year-old climate activist was one of several youth activists who spoke at a Senate climate crisis task force.
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Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be..
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U.S. lawmakers blast Iran, wary of war, after Saudi oil attack

Members of the U.S. Congress blasted Iran after the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but expressed wariness about U.S. military action, especially before they have a clearer picture of who was..
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Mexico amnesty law eyes reprieve for minor drug offenses, abortions

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has sent a draft law to Congress that aims to grant amnesty to people serving jail time for lesser offenses, including abortion and possession of small..
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U.S. senators expect Congress to reinstate aid for Ukraine even if Trump cuts it

Republican and Democratic senators said on Tuesday they expected the U.S. Congress would pass legislation restoring $250 million in military aid for Ukraine if President Donald Trump goes ahead with..
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Hong Kong a priority for U.S. Senate Democrats, leader says

Legislation addressing China's actions in Hong Kong will be among the top priorities pushed by U.S. Senate Democrats when Congress returns to work after a recess next week, their leader said on..
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Mexican president says referendums could decide fate of ex-presidents

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday the public should have the right to choose whether ex-presidents should face trial once a bill has passed Congress making it easier to hold..
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As resistance mounts, Brazil's Bolsonaro sticks by son for U.S. envoy

Brazil's right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, plans to push ahead with the appointment of his son Eduardo for ambassador to the United States despite accusations of nepotism and mounting resistance in..
Reuters - Published

State Dept approves possible $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan: Pentagon

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress.
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Democratic and Republican lawmakers back $8 billion F-16 sale to Taiwan

Congress should move quickly with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan as the self-ruled island faces pressure from China's increased military presence in the region, leading U.S...
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Israel bars visit by U.S. Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Israel will bar a visit by two of its sharpest critics in the U.S. Congress, Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who planned to tour the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the country's deputy..
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Israel will not let U.S. Congresswomen visit: deputy foreign minister

Israel has decided to block a visit by U.S. Democratic members of Congress Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Thursday.
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Israel weighs barring visit by U.S. congressional critics: Israeli official

Israel is considering barring a visit by two of its sharpest critics in the U.S. Congress, Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who plan to tour the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli..
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Next Guatemala leader seeks better U.S. migrant deal, hindered by split Congress

Guatemala's incoming president Alejandro Giammattei has vowed to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed with Washington last month, but any room for maneuver is seen..
Reuters - Published

Brazil's lower house approves pension overhaul to tackle budget gap

Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved a far-reaching pension overhaul bill aimed at reducing a huge budget gap, with the central economic reform proposed by far-right President Jair..
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Colombia's Duque must get reforms through Congress to safeguard economic recovery

President Ivan Duque must push pension and energy reforms through a hostile and polarized congress over the next year if Colombia's slow and uncertain economic recovery is to take root, analysts and..
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Brazil lower house approves pension overhaul in second round of voting

Brazil's lower house of Congress early on Wednesday approved the text of a far-reaching pension reform bill in a second round of voting, 370-124, as the central economic reform of President Jair..
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U.S. lawmakers still plot to push Saudi Arabia on rights, despite Trump

The U.S. Congress left Washington on Thursday without enacting legislation to punish Saudi human rights abuses, but lawmakers said efforts to stop military sales and impose sanctions would continue..
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Peru's Vizcarra proposes early elections in April 2020

The government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra wants legislative and presidential elections to be held next April 19, part of his proposal to hold a vote a year earlier to end a stalemate with..
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Mexican president to propose end to tax write-offs

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he will propose a constitutional change to Congress to eliminate tax write-offs, as he attempts to strengthen the country's finances..
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