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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building as Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution with language to defund U.S. President Barack Obama's national health care plan yesterday, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated the U.S. Senate will not consider the legislation as passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Lawmakers to go on vacation

Congress is about to leave for a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it's seeking to battle the Zika virus, and a Senate effort to revive the nuts-and-bolts process of passing agency budgets faces another setback at the hands of Democrats.

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The Puerto Rican Capitol building. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Puerto Rican Capitol building. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

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Hillary Clinton answers a question from an audience member at a town hall discussion with digital content creators at Neuehouse Hollywood
Hillary Clinton answers a question from an audience (member at a town hall discussion with digital content creators at Neuehouse Hollywood (David McNew/Getty Images)
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‘Move on’ from Benghazi? Republicans say it’s unlikely

Hillary Clinton says it's "time to move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state.

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U.S. Capitol building
U.S. Capitol building (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
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Congressional dysfunction likely to stall Zika funding bill

President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika.

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks to supporters in Manhattan at an event where he went over his core political beliefs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks to supporters in Manhattan at an event where he went over his core political beliefs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Sanders says his revolution is ‘just getting started’

Bernie Sanders told a roaring crowd of supporters Thursday that his campaign is "just getting started" fighting economic inequality, changing the Democratic Party and bolstering Democrats running for Congress.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: House speaker Paul Ryan speaks to reporters during his weekly press briefing on June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Ryan addressed the comment Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made towards GOP leaders who've been critical of Trump to "be quiet.". (Photo by Evy Mages/Getty Images)
House speaker Paul Ryan speaks to reporters during his weekly press briefing on June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evy Mages/Getty Images)
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House Republicans offering proposals for health care changes

House Republicans are unveiling new proposals to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law, as Speaker Paul Ryan seeks to showcase a GOP governing agenda amid the tumult of the presidential campaign.

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Paul Ryan Holds First Formal Media Briefing As Speaker
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol November 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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GOP plan promises to reclaim congressional powers

The latest piece of the campaign agenda commissioned by House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising to reclaim powers ceded to the presidency, give stronger directions to federal bureaucrats, and reassert lawmakers' control over the federal purse strings.

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Scaffolding surrounds the dome of the US Capitol
Scaffolding surrounds the dome of the US Capitol (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Congress sends Obama bill to regulate toxic chemicals

Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., embraces Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016, during a news conference to discuss bipartisan legislation to improve the federal regulation of chemicals and toxic substances. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. is at right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., embraces Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Congress reaches deal to overhaul chemical regulation

A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades.

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Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks about Zika funding during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks about Zika funding during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure

The 241-184 House vote broke mostly along party lines as Democrats lined up in opposition, heeding a White House veto threat and a warning from a top government health official that the bill wouldn't do enough to respond to the growing threat from Zika.

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