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From the House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate, get the latest on recent bills, laws and issues currently being debated in Congress.

Jun 16, 2011

Congress can pass laws that may become outdated.

Jun 3, 2011

Congressional Districts play an important role in determining the number of seats in the House of Representatives. The lines that make up these important geographic regions are set by a Senate Redistricting Committee in each state, according to ABC News.

Republicans and Democrats have contested the borders of these districts for years, but new charges have arisen due to problems in Texas and Illinois.

May 26, 2011

Convincing the country about climate change has been a tough task for many pro-environment individuals. Getting Congress to do something about the potential detriment to the planet may also prove to be difficult.

Assistance to poor countries that are affected most by climate change is seen as crucial to U.S. credibility on the issue, noted the U.S. Chief climate negotiator Todd Stern in an address to Congress. 

Stern and his colleagues are looking to push laws through the governing body in order to help address the problem before it becomes too late.

May 17, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently appealed to Congress to limit the amount of time energy firms have to begin drilling on public lands, reports The Associated Press.

According to the news source, the latest request made by the Obama administration reflects an attempt to increase gas and oil production, but the high price of gas would not be affected - at least in the short-term.

The request also comes after the president recently announced details for a number of plans to expedite drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and off the eastern coast of the U.S.

May 4, 2011

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently told members of Congress that it would need significant budget increases for 2012 in order to accommodate 780 new staff members and make $78 million in technology investments.

According to the Dow Jones Newswires, SEC chairman Mary Schapiro told members of a U.S.