Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January.
New Republican senators who sometimes breathed tea-party fire as candidates are adopting a more moderate tone as they enter Congress.
Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn’t letting up, as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama’s $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease.
The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will seek to lead the Democrats in the next Congress as they hand over the majority to Republicans.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is poised to take over as majority leader of the next Senate after easily winning what was billed as a tough re-election race. Now his GOP will try to set the agenda in the final two years of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency.
Even before the polls had closed on Election Day, Republicans had shifted their focus to 2016 and the party’s top target: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are “humbled” by the results of the midterm elections. In a statement, he says it’s “not a time for celebration.”
The Republicans now control both chambers of Congress.
Another Democratic incumbent senator falls.