As the U.S. Senate works to rewrite immigration policy, the House of Representatives is spending floor time on legislation that won’t become law, voting today to repeal President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law.
Thomas Perez, nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Labor secretary, clashed with Senate Republicans at his confirmation hearing over decisions he made as the Justice Department’s top civil rights lawyer.
The U.S. government rested its case yesterday in a prosecution that may provide a preview of next year’s trial of Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam, accused of helping direct the largest-ever hedge fund insider trading scam, Bloomberg News’ David Glovin reports.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu told lawmakers he was responsible for the $535 million U.S. loan guarantee to Solyndra LLC and said he doubted much of the money would be recovered after the company’s bankruptcy.
House Republicans used a hearing on Solyndra LLC’s slide into bankruptcy to attack the Obama administration’s stimulus plans, past and proposed, showing the issue may linger as a political liability for the White House.
House Speaker John Boehner, facing a fight over raising the $16.4 trillion U.S. debt ceiling and funding the federal government in coming weeks, is working first to forge a more manageable Republican caucus.
The U.S. House adopted an amendment to legislation overhauling offshore drilling rules that would set aside the Obama administration moratorium on deep-water exploration as rigs meet new safety standards.