The storm will hit this week when eight mothers of unarmed Black men killed by police will testify Dec. 10 in a House hearing sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Despite his anger, U.S. Rep Luis Gutiérrez (D, Il.) said people should not allow their disgust regarding inaction on immigration reform to keep them from voting in November.
Congress left town on August 1 for a month-long recess without tackling a host of U.S. problems - and lack of infrastructure funding is one of those topping the list.
Walmart workers were on Capitol Hill telling lawmakers how the giant retailer's scheduling practices make it impossible for most of them to lead anything approaching a normal life.
If Ellison's move survives the rest of the congressional gauntlet, it could aid tens of thousands of underpaid fast food workers at commissaries and in mini-malls on defense bases.
After lobbying by the nation's postal unions - and questions from non-partisan auditors about savings claims - a key GOP-run House committee reversed course.
"Labor rights are now government-to-government in trade pacts, while corporate rights get to go over the top of governments."
"I think it's a lousy idea."
The protest, organized by United We Dream, was to "protect Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of civil rights for all, including the immigrant community."
The Senate passed a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. House leaders have said they won't take up the Senate bill, and Congress is due to leave town for a two-week recess.