congress http://apr.org en Alabama's New Congressman Gets 2 Committees http://apr.org/post/alabamas-new-congressman-gets-2-committees <p></p><p>Alabama's newest member of Congress has landed seats on committees that he says will be important to his south Alabama district.</p><p>Republican Bradley Byrne was sworn in Wednesday in Washington to represent the 1st Congressional District. The House Republican Steering Committee has placed him on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:33:04 +0000 The Associated Press 44681 at http://apr.org Alabama's New Congressman Gets 2 Committees Senate Plans Two Symbolic Votes On Taxes That Won't Change Anything http://apr.org/post/senate-plans-two-symbolic-votes-taxes-wont-change-anything "Senate leaders have reversed course and decided to stage showdown votes later today on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts next year that will otherwise expire in January," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=157337909" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>So, Democrats will get the chance to cast "yea" votes on their plan to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts only for those earning less than $250,000 a year. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15143 at http://apr.org Abortion Back On The Front Burner For Congress http://apr.org/post/abortion-back-front-burner-congress It's not just <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/12/156683431/state-legislatures-stay-busy-on-abortion-laws">states</a> where abortion is heating up as an issue this election year. Congress is getting back into the fray, too.<p>On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved, on a party-line vote of 18-14, a bill that would ban <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/house_committee_approves_ban_on_dc_abortions_after_20_weeks-216265-1.html?pos=hln">abortions in the District of Columbia</a> after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:48:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 14913 at http://apr.org