A key House committee has officially demanded documents from the powerful senior citizens lobby AARP as part of a probe of its role in promoting President Obama's health care law, elevating the matter to an official House investigation.
Scoffing at a White House veto threat, the House voted Thursday to repeal a tax on medical device makers that Republicans cast as a job-killing levy that would stifle an innovative industry.
Rep. Jerry Lewis, a Republican stalwart who formerly was chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said Thursday he won't seek an 18th term in office this year.
While the majority party typically hangs on as long as it can in Congress, in California, where redistricting has significantly altered the congressional map, two senior Republican House members in recent days said they're calling it quits, with more reportedly mulling the option.
AARP lobbied for the new health care law, and now it stands to profit, Republican lawmakers charged Wednesday as they called for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether the powerful interest group deserves to keep its federal tax exemption.
Even as some of the first pieces of President Obama's health care reform legislation take effect, Republicans in Congress and conservative activist groups are still working to repeal or at least rewrite major sections of the legislation.
The U.S. Forest Service this week announced it will spend nearly $2.8 million in forest-fire-fighting money in Washington — a city with no national forests and where the last major fire was probably lit by British troops in 1814.