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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.

Jan 11, 2011

Members of Congress have begun debating increased security measures for lawmakers in the wake of the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, reports Politico.

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat from Illinois, has proposed budget increases for the offices of legislators so that they can pay for better security, while Representative Dan Burton, a Republican from Indiana, has renewed his push to install Plexiglas barriers that would prevent onlookers in the House Gallery from attacking lawmakers on the floor of the chamber.

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Jan 3, 2011

Representative Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released a list of some of the targets of upcoming investigations carried out by the main oversight group in Congress, reports Politico.

Some of the topics that will be at the center of planned investigations include corruption in the war in Afghanistan, the recent WikiLeaks scandal, the role that mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in the foreclosure crisis and the recent spate of recalls issued by the U.S.

Dec 20, 2010

The Senate voted over the weekend to repeal the military's ban on service by openly gay men and women after the House of Representatives passed the same bill last week, reports Reuters.

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which was created in 1993 under President Clinton, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the armed forces as long as they hid their sexual orientation.

Dec 9, 2010

Both houses of Congress have rejected bills that would have given recipients of Social Security a one-time payment of $250 for the year rather than an annual cost-of-living adjustment, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The opposition to the bills, led primarily by Republicans, stemmed from concerns over the proposal's estimated $13 billion price tag. The Senate voted 53-45 in favor of the bill, falling short of the required 60 votes.

Dec 1, 2010

Republicans in the Senate have threatened to shut down the legislative chamber until Democrats address government funding and the potential extension of tax cuts issued during the Bush administration, reports Politico.

The threat was made in a letter signed by all 42 current Republican senators, who vowed to filibuster any legislation not related to those two issues.

"With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities," says the letter.