U.S. House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the United States Congress. The major power of the House is to pass federal legislation that affects the entire country although its bills must also be passed by the Senate and further agreed to by the U.S. President before becoming law (unless both the House and Senate re-pass the legislation with a two-thirds majority in each chamber). Each U.S. state is represented in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one representative. [ Website ] [ Wikipedia ]

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand to House GOP: Don’t waste taxpayer money defending DOMA

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Just one day after House GOP leadership announced they would take action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is urging Republican leaders not to waste taxpayer resources to defend the unconstitutional law. [ Read more → ]
Sens. Eric Cantor (left) and John Boehner

House GOP leaders working on plan to defend DOMA

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In response to the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act in court, House Republicans are now saying they are looking to have a plan in place by late this week to defend the law themselves. [ Read more → ]
Jared Loughner (booking photo)

Gunman in AZ shooting held without bail; Giffords’ condition critical; gay intern hailed

Monday, January 10, 2011
The suspect in the attempted assassination of a U. S. Congresswoman, which left her and 14 others gravely injured and six dead, appeared in federal court on Monday. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, remains in critical condition after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head. [ Read more → ]

Pro-LGBT Congresswoman gunned down in Arizona shooting; federal judge fatally wounded

Saturday, January 8, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -- U. S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is in critical condition after undergoing surgery after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head while appearing at a public event in Tucson, Ariz. today. Six people were killed in the mass shooting incident, including a federal judge. [ Read more → ]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal: the perfect alignment, with a price

Sunday, December 19, 2010
The suspense is over: The U.S. Senate finally took a vote on a bill to repeal the ban on openly gay people in the military and passed it, 65 to 31. Having Congress pass that bill, to repeal "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell," and having that bill signed by the President is an important legislative and political milestone. [ Read more → ]

Historic Senate vote: Congress repeals 17-year-old ban on gays in military

Saturday, December 18, 2010
The U.S. Senate approved a bill Saturday, Dec. 18, to repeal the 17-year-old law banning openly gay people from serving in the military. The roll call vote on the measure, which came to the Senate Wednesday from the House, was 65 to 31. It had... [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves stand alone bill for repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a measure to repeal "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." The vote was 250 to 175. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House to vote on stand alone ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal Wednesday

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to take a vote Wednesday on a stand alone repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" introduced earlier today by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.). [ Read more → ]
Cicilline, left, and Wolfe (Image: Victory Fund)

Providence gay mayor claims victory in Democratic primary for Congress

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
David Cicilline, the openly gay mayor of Providence, won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's Rhode Island congressional race. He's vying to replace Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), to represent the state's 1st Congressional District. [ Read more → ]

Pelosi: no vote on ENDA this year until Congress repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
There will be no vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) until Congress completes legislative action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). [caption id="attachment_8298" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Pelosi"][/caption] During her weekly press conference on Friday, Pelosi told the Washington... [ Read more → ]

U.S. House vote on Pentagon policy advances effort to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Friday, May 28, 2010
The U.S. House approved a measure Friday that includes a provision to allow the Defense Department to repeal the 17-year-old Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military. By a vote of 229-186 that split largely down party lines, the House... [ Read more → ]

House passes amendment to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — Obama hails Congress’ efforts

Friday, May 28, 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday night to authorize the Defense Department to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, clearing another hurdle toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The provision to allow military commanders... [ Read more → ]

Senate committee votes to add ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal to Defense budget

Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday voted to repeal the ban on openly gay serve members, a major step toward dismantling the Clinton-era policy widely known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as part of the annual defense authorization bill. The New York Times reports:... [ Read more → ]

Openly gay Providence mayor announces run for Kennedy’s house seat

Sunday, February 14, 2010
Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline on Saturday announced plans to seek the U.S. House seat being vacated by Patrick J. Kennedy. Cicilline, 49, Rhode Island’s first openly gay mayor, became the second Democrat to declare his candidacy for the congressional seat [...] [ Read more → ]

U.S. lawmakers condemn Uganda’s proposed ‘kill the gays’ bill

Thursday, February 4, 2010
U.S. lawmakers this week introduced resolutions in both the House and Senate, condemning an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda's parliament, calling it an attack on human rights and an obstacle to battling HIV/AIDS. The Ugandan bill, dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill, would execute people for... [ Read more → ]

Republican congressmen call on Uganda president to block anti-gay bill

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Five members of the U.S. Congress are calling on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to reject proposed anti-gay legislation that imposes harsh penalties, including execution, for certain acts of homosexuality. The five representatives -- Chris Smith, Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts, Trent Franks and Anh "Joseph" Cao... [ Read more → ]
Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis

Lawmakers say US House poised to pass trio of gay-friendly bills

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Two of Congress's three openly gay members said Saturday that the U.S. House is poised to pass a trio of gay-friendly bills, reports the AP. [caption id="attachment_3735" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis"][/caption] Speaking to an international conference of gay politicians in San... [ Read more → ]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal may be attached to 2011 defense budget

Sunday, November 15, 2009
The effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will likely come next year as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, rather than through a standalone bill, according to gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), reports the Washington Blade. Frank said in an interview with... [ Read more → ]

Anti-discrimination adoption bill introduced in House

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A federal lawmaker is touting an adoption anti-discrimination bill he recently introduced as a way to find more homes for children living in the welfare system. U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) has introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would restrict federal funds... [ Read more → ]
Mattew Shepard

House vote expands hate crimes protections to gays and lesbians

Friday, October 9, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to expand the definition of violent federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation, a step that would extend new protections to gay, lesbian,and transgender people, reports the New York Times. Democrats hailed... [ Read more → ]
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