Mr. Jackson was elected Nov. 6 to a ninth full term representing his Chicago area district, despite not campaigning and barely appearing in public since taking medical leave. He remains under a U.S. House committee’s investigation into his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.
Independent King near decision on caucusing
Independent Sen.-elect Angus King of Maine says he probably won’t keep people guessing long about which party he will align himself with.
The former governor said he’s trying to make a decision on which party to caucus with in time for the leadership votes both parties will hold Wednesday.
It’s widely assumed he will caucus with Democrats, especially after GOP and conservative super PACs spent millions of dollars to attack him during the campaign.
Lawmakers pass bill boosting vets’ benefits
The normally routine measure was delayed for weeks because an unidentified Republican senator objected to it.
That objection was lifted, without explanation, when Congress returned this week. The Senate then acted quickly to ensure that checks issued beginning in January reflect the adjustment for the higher cost of living.
The House approved the measure in July. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Lawmakers seek more disaster aid for coast
Thirteen senators from seven states damaged by Superstorm Sandy are asking President Obama to boost federal disaster aid to the states.
Senators from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland asked Mr. Obama in a letter Tuesday to add more emergency aid for federal disaster-assistance programs in his 2013 budget request. They want quick action by Mr. Obama to help speed recovery efforts from the massive storm that pounded the East Coast.
The lawmakers are seeking the money in the postelection lame-duck session of Congress. Congress and Mr. Obama are wrestling with how to avert a fiscal crisis, and conservative lawmakers are expected to oppose new spending without offsets elsewhere.