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The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, and consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 representatives and 100 senators. In addition, the House of Representatives currently has six non-voting members, bringing the total membership of the US Congress to 541 or fewer in the case of vacancies.

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What Do We Know About Bernie's Finances? [Video]

What Do We Know About Bernie's Finances?

On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders has officially dropped out of the 2020 presidential race. Sanders campaign announced in an email to supporters. At one point Sanders was the Democratic frontrunner at..

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Could Trump Delay Or Cancel The Presidential Election Due To COVID-19?

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Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog [Video]

Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog

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U.S. watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after Trump fires intel official

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Pelosi Seeks Bipartisan Panel On $2 Trillion Relief [Video]

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Florida's DeSantis issues coronavirus stay-at-home order

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Nancy Pelosi Calls For Recovery Bill On Coronavirus Outbreak While Trump Wants $2 Trillion For Infrastructure

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Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill into law

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U.S. jobless claims surge to record 3.28 million

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U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill

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Tempers rise in U.S. Senate as vote nears on $2 trillion coronavirus bill

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'Help is on the way': Senate to vote on $2 trillion aid

U.S. senators were set to vote Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hoping it will become law quickly...

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U.S. lawmakers close to a $2 trillion stimulus bill [Video]

U.S. lawmakers close to a $2 trillion stimulus bill

Senior Democrats and Republicans in the divided U.S. Congress said on Tuesday they were close to a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to limit the coronavirus pandemic's economic toll. Lisa..

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Aid bill has 'unemployment insurance on steroids': Schumer [Video]

Aid bill has 'unemployment insurance on steroids': Schumer

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Senate Democrats block coronavirus relief bill [Video]

Senate Democrats block coronavirus relief bill

U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a massive coronavirus stimulus bill from advancing on Sunday (March 22), as Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer expressed concerns that the bill would benefit corporate..

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Rand Paul becomes first U.S. senator to test positive for coronavirus [Video]

Rand Paul becomes first U.S. senator to test positive for coronavirus

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Sunday, becoming the first member of the Senate to announce he has COVID-19, as the number of U.S. cases of the..

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Senate introduces new emergency coronavirus legislation [Video]

Senate introduces new emergency coronavirus legislation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced more emergency coronavirus relief legislation on Thursday (March 19), the third package Congress has taken up since the outbreak erupted in the..

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White House looks to bolster small business lending program

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Trump administration seeks $250 billion more in aid for small U.S. businesses: Mnuchin

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked Congress for an additional $250 billion in emergency economic aid for small U.S. businesses reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, as Senate Majority Leader..
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N.J. to postpone June primary elections to July due to coronavirus outbreak

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Trump administration, U.S. Congress eye quick approval of more small business aid

The Trump administration on Tuesday was preparing to ask Congress for an additional round of emergency loans to help small businesses hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic, and Senate Majority Leader..
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Congress presses Trump administration to fix small business relief program

U.S. lawmakers have urged the Treasury Department to clarify and streamline the government's small business loan program, after hearing gripes from local businesses.
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Vice President Pence to brief U.S. lawmakers on coronavirus

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to brief Congress on the nation's coronavirus outbreak in conference calls on Wednesday and Thursday, his spokeswoman said.
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Top U.S. chefs seek restaurant help from Congress

Top chefs including Tom Colicchio on Monday wrote to the U.S. Congress, seeking more help for independent restaurants amid the coronavirus crisis, including changes to the small-business rescue loan..
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U.S. Military Seeks More Funding for Pacific Region After Pandemic

A report delivered to Congress last week called for $20.1 billion in equipment, exercises and defense investments to counter China in 2021 and beyond.
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Fed's Bullard says another coronavirus economic relief bill may not be needed

A top official at the U.S. Federal Reserve said on Sunday the $2.3 trillion economic relief bill approved by Congress was appropriately sized and that a further relief effort may not be needed if..
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Lighting lamps alone won't help win war against Covid-19: Congress


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Brazil lawmakers pass 'war budget' as coronavirus cases top 10,000

Brazil's lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment for a "war budget" to separate coronavirus-related spending from the government's main budget and shield the economy as the country..
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Trump defends decision to fire Ukraine watchdog Michael Atkinson, despite bipartisan concerns

Trump notified Congress Friday that he fired the inspector general who informed Congress about a whistleblower complaint about over his Ukraine call.
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Trump says will ask Congress for more small business funds if money runs out

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would ask Congress for more money to make loans to small businesses struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak if the original..
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In Congress, Doctors Are Pressing for a More Aggressive Coronavirus Response

There are about two dozen medical professionals in Congress, including 17 doctors, plus a former health secretary. Some are trying to shape the coronavirus response.
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Michael Atkinson: Trump fires intelligence chief involved in impeachment

Intelligence chief Michael Atkinson first alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint.
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Give more financial aid to states to help them deal with coronavirus outbreak: Congress to Centre

The Congress on Saturday appealed to the central government to empower states in their fight against coronavirus by providing them with more finances and resources. Congress spokesperson Supriya..
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Trump fires intelligence official who played key role in Ukraine complaint

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Defense Secretary Esper backed firing of carrier captain Crozier

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Federal judge: Coronavirus poses 'grave danger' in jails, prisons; 'swift' government action needed

A federal judge urged Congress and other government officials to take "swift" action to reduce the risks to inmates posed by the coronavirus.
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Nadda calls Congress 'anti-national' in intra-party videoconference


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Will I get a check? Where do I find peanut butter? What crisis-hit Americans are asking lawmakers amid coronavirus

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PM failed to address critical questions on India's fight against Covid-19 in his message: Congress


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PM dashed hopes of Indians who expected answers on imp issues: Congress


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From Afar, Congress Moves to Oversee Trump Coronavirus Response

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U.S. gig workers seeking coronavirus jobless benefits hit bureaucratic wall

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Democrats want FCC to reject Trump campaign threat to broadcasters

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Govt should have called all party meet over Covid-19: Congress


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6 lawmakers now have coronavirus. How the outbreak has changed how Congress does business

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Congress stands with nation to fight coronavirus: Manmohan Singh

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Today in History for April 2nd

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‘Infrastructure Week’ Returns as Trump and Democrats Eye Post-Virus Jobs Plan

Leaders in Congress as well as President Trump are discussing a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan that could create thousands of jobs to salve an economy battered by the coronavirus.
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Rep. McAdams on virus: The sickest I've ever been

Rep. Ben McAdams who has recovered from the coronavirus after testing positive said it's the sickest he's ever been. As Congress considers whether to take up another relief bill, McAdams said more..
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Congress demands probe into Nizamuddin congregation

The Congress on Wednesday demanded a probe to ascertain whether any rules were violated in organisation of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin West area, which has emerged as a..
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House Democrats focus on how trillions of dollars are being spent

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Coronavirus for kids without internet: Quarantined worksheets, learning in parking lots

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