Congress - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Congress

ARTICLE FINDER

Malacañang stands by Diokno, blames Congress for delayed salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Palace supports the stance of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno – that implementing the 4th tranche of the government pay hike without a Congress-approved 2019 budget would be unconstitutional

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House of Representatives on December, 11, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION] Women in legislature: Do they really matter?

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Let's do away with the stereotype that women will never be as good as men in the political arena

Ex-Trump lawyer to testify to Congress in February

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:24 AM

'I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired,' Michael Cohen says in a statement

COHEN. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen arrives at US Federal Court in New York. File photo by Corey Sipkin/AFP

America's youngest congresswoman launches term with radical plan

Jan 06, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes taxing the ultra-wealthy up to 70 percent

YOUNGEST WOMAN. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) takes a photo with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) prior to the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Democrats seize U.S. House control, but shutdown impasse remains

Jan 04, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) After a historic opening session of the 116th Congress, lawmakers take aim at a bipartisan priority of ending an embarrassing partial government shutdown

DIVIDED CONGRESS. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds up the gavel in the House of Representatives during the opening session of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

It's official: Divided government arrives on Capitol Hill

Jan 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

January 3 brings an end to US President Donald Trump's one-party rule in Washington, a massive boost for Democrats who felt deflated after Trump's 2016 victory

US CONGRESS. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump warns U.S. government shutdown could last a 'long time'

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:33 AM

One day before Democrats take over the House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump shows no signs of backing away from his insistence that Congress cough up $5.6 billion for his 'beautiful' southern wall

TRUMP. A partial shutdown of the US government enters a 12th day Wednesday, January 2, 2019 as President Donald Trump prepares to meet top Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a bid to break the impasse over his demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Trump calls for shutdown talks with Congress leaders

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The legislation's future appears uncertain, as it does not contain funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border, as demanded by Trump

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Trump signals retreat on wall funding, but shutdown threat remains

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The president asked every one of his cabinet secretaries to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:22 AM

The White House appears dug in on Donald Trump's call for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Congress adjourns, fails to pass 2019 budget on time

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:35 PM

This means that in early 2019, the Philippine government would have to operate based on the 2018 budget

REENACTED BUDGET. Congress fails to pass the 2019 budget on time, which means the Philippine government would have to operate under a reenacted budget for next year

Malacañang thanks Congress for 3rd martial law extension

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Extended military rule in Mindanao will allow the government to make 'substantial progress' in quelling 'rebellion' there, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Congress extends martial law in Mindanao to end of 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) This is the third extension of martial law in Mindanao granted to President Rodrigo Duterte

JOINT SESSION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo preside the joint session on President Rodrigo's request for another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao for 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Duterte's request to extend martial law

House OKs Legarda son's nationwide power franchise in 4 months

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Leandro Leviste denies allegations he quickly got a 'mega franchise' because of his mother's help and influence

Socialists pick Dutchman Timmermans for tilt at top EU job

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Dutch politician Frans Timmermans is the common candidate at the 11th congress for Europe's alliance of socialist parties in Lisbon

CANDIDATE. First Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans attend the XI Party of European Socialists Congress at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) on December 8, 2018 in Lisbon. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:33 PM

If lawmakers approve of this, Mindanao will be under martial law until December 31, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to his cabinet members prior to starting the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Google CEO U.S. House appearance postponed to December 11

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The hearing will look at how internet firms may 'suppress particular viewpoints and manipulate public opinion,' says US lawmaker Bob Goodlatte

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.


Pelosi nominated by Democrats to reclaim U.S. House speaker role

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:27 AM

Nancy Pelosi needs a simple majority on the House floor – 218 votes in the 435-member chamber – to prevail in January

NOMINATED. U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media at the lobby of Longworth House Office Building November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Democrats have nominated Pelosi to run for Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Arroyo wants House to focus on checking implementation of laws

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says this is what lawmakers should do in the remaining months of the 17th Congress, to help the executive branch 'strive for maximum results in the shortest possible time'

OVERSIGHT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside House committee on disaster management chair Geraldine Roman during a panel hearing on November 19, 2018

U.S. lawmakers return to work, spending showdown ahead

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'The reality is that we still have a series of important, outstanding subjects to tackle between now and the end of this year,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

BACK TO WORK. In this file photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Democrats seize U.S. House but Trump averts 'blue wave'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Donald Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

LOOK: Leaked Asus phone moves notch to the right

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:57 AM

The device, said to be the ZenFone 6, is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress this February

Screenshot from HDBlog International/YouTube

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

Duterte says Sara 'maneuvered' Alvarez ouster

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'Be careful with that woman. She can oust even the Speaker,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio wave to the reception party upon their arrival at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on September 2, 2018. ARCEL VALDERRAMA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

To avoid Duterte veto, Congress asks Palace to return coco levy bill to them

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:07 PM

(UPDATED) Senators are blaming the fiasco on the supposed incompetence of Presidential Legislative Liaision Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy

Photo from Zubiri

Bicam approves bill to overhaul SSS Charter, expand powers

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Senator Richard Gordon, one of the bill authors, says the passage of Senate Bill 1753 would 'expand, protect and increase the SSS fund so that when the time comes, there would be available pension for the people'

Labor groups enraged as Duterte sacks Leftist Usec Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod without explaining why, but mentions the rising number of workers' strikes in the country

MAY DAY. Trade union leaders along with workers from different labor groups and federations march near Malacanang to protest on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Sudan ruling party unveils new, smaller cabinet

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The cabinet is due to be sworn in on Friday, September 14, and is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 16.

NEW CABINET. In this file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipino WWII veterans receive US Congressional Gold Medal

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

It is the first time a ceremony for the award is held in the Philippines

OVERDUE RECOGNITION. Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad is the oldest Filipino veteran to receive the US Congressional Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, bestowed on a person or a group that performed an 'outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the US.’ Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

Congressional leaders lukewarm to probing Trillanes amnesty revocation

Sep 13, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Lawmakers are hoping Congress leaders will assert the independence of the legislative branch in the issue of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty

AMNESTY AND CONGRES. Several lawmakers weigh in on how the Congress leadership should approach the amnesty ordeal of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photos by Rappler

LIVE: Congressional hearing on automated election system

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The hearing on September 13 tackles the recommendations of the Comelec Advisory Council on how to enhance the automated polls in 2019

Google's 'no-show' in Congress adds to its political headache

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'You have to feed the beast. At the end of the day, it's better to be there and engage than it is to not be there and hope you avoid some tough questions,' says president of US think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

GOOGLE. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page sits empty as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau Director Edith Cardenas says 'this is not the first' time a foreign flag was raised at the House of Representatives

CHINA AT THE HOUSE. Chinese flags are seen flapping in the wind at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Tech shares fall after congress grilling

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'When major companies testify in front of the Congress it's never a good thing' for their stock price, says a financial analyst

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Google lambasted for absence in congress hearing

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:22 AM

'There's an empty chair next to you for Google, they're not here today – maybe it's because they're arrogant,' says one Republican senator

EMPTY SEAT. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page is unoccupied as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


Facebook, Twitter say they are not heading to China

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:19 AM

Google's reported exploratory foray into China prompts US lawmakers to ask Facebook and Twitter executives if they have similar plans

DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Top U.S. regulator calls for 'transparency' from tech giants

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,' says US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai

AJIT PAI. In this file photo, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook chief says internet firms in 'arms race' for democracy

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

A day before the tech hearings, Mark Zuckerberg chimes in

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Expert opinions: the September 5 Facebook-Twitter-Google hearing

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

'The Democrats are upset about the spread of misinformation in the 2016 election, and the Republicans over the perception of bias,' says Roslyn Layton, a scholar specializing in telecom and internet issues

SANDBERG. The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, will join top representatives from Twitter and possibly, Google, in another high-profile congressional grilling on September 5. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP


Facebook, Twitter, Google are in the U.S. congress hot seat again. Here's why.

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and a yet-to-be-confirmed Google executive face US lawmakers on September 5 regarding Russian election interference

NEXT ROUND. The online giants, represented here by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, face off with US lawmakers again as issues of foreign interference persist. Sheryl Sandberg photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP; Jack Dorsey photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


DBM, Congress agree on transitory cash-based budget system for 2019

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system

Senate: Finance - Budget Hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to U.S. Congress next week

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing will focus on 'social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations'


Mexico's new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Morena, which President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador founded just 4 years ago, and its coalition allies will have 307 of the 500 seats in the lower house and 69 of the 128 seats in the Senate

OBRADOR. In this file photo, then Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, standing for MORENA party, cheers at his supporters during his first campaign rally, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on April 1, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Trump warns of violent change if Republicans lose midterms

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Democrats 'will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently,' Trump says, according to a report from The New York Times

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Federalism, Duterte on Ampatuan, Boracay opening | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

DBM to wait for a 'friendlier' Congress to pass cash-based budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'But [not passing the bill] is not a problem, we will just wait for a friendlier Congress. Remember there's an election in 2019? That's near,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

CLASH. The House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management clash over the proposed 2019 national budget. Diokno photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, House by Martin San Diego/Rappler, Senate PRIB Photo