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Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?
Political News
Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?

WASHINGTON — After confidently predicting Democrats would expand their House majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is having to explain why it looks like they will actually lose seats. Democrats will keep the House majority, but the losses there come as Democrats appear likely to take the White House and improve their... Read More

Democratic Caucus Governance Still Shrouded in Secrecy
U.S. House
Democratic Caucus Governance Still Shrouded in Secrecy

WASHINGTON — House Democratic Caucus rules are not publicly available online, leaving the public in the dark on how those lawmakers assume power within the party and the procedures that members follow as part of that collective group. It has... Read More

House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says
Congress
House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says

WASHINGTON — House Democrats in 2020 plan to pass legislation on top party priorities like health care, infrastructure and climate as well as more under-the-radar subjects like modernizing Congress and redistricting — all while trying to fully fund the government... Read More

House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran
Geopolitics
House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran

WASHINGTON — With Thursday’s House vote to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress took its latest stab at reaffirming its constitutional authority to declare war, part of a long-standing power struggle between the executive and legislative branches... Read More

Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial
In The News
Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Trial

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a stare-down over the terms of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, which carries political risks for both sides if it continues deeper into January. The... Read More

House Retirements Already Outpace Average for Past Election Cycles
Political News
House Retirements Already Outpace Average for Past Election Cycles

WASHINGTON — The number of House members deciding to retire has already exceeded the average for recent election cycles, and more could be coming as lawmakers return to the nation’s capital after the holidays. Since 1976, an average of 23... Read More

Veteran Democrat John Lewis Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer
Congress
Veteran Democrat John Lewis Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon and most senior black lawmaker in Congress, said he’s been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. “I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for... Read More

Warren Stand on Private Equity Under Scrutiny at House Hearing
Finance
Warren Stand on Private Equity Under Scrutiny at House Hearing
2019-12-06 21:36:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren may score political points with the far left-wing of her party by vowing to rein in the ills of the private equity industry, but her proposals came under fire at a recent House Financial... Read More

Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
Trade
Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
2019-12-06 21:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Inaction in Congress on USMCA, the proposed new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, isn't just a political matter, it's causing real concern for some of the nation's most recognizable brands and the network of... Read More

Heck, Graves, Dedicated Pragmatists, Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2020
Congress
Heck, Graves, Dedicated Pragmatists, Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2020
2019-12-05 20:00:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom Graves, the most senior Republican in Georgia's House delegation, announced Thursday that he will not stand for re-election in 2020. In a letter to constituents in Georgia's 14th Congressional District, northwest of Atlanta, Graves said, after... Read More

Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:48:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., knows the stories all too well. Time and again during town halls and community events in his district, he's heard the first-hand stories of hardworking families who've had to choose between paying for a... Read More

House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks
Federal Budget
House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are insisting that all 12 overdue spending bills for the current fiscal year must be finalized before any of them can reach the floor, according to sources familiar with strategy talks. The demand for some... Read More

House to Meet for 113 Days in 2020, Schedule Maximizes District Time With Constituents
U.S. House
House to Meet for 113 Days in 2020, Schedule Maximizes District Time With Constituents
2019-11-21 16:53:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will convene for its second session on January 7, 2020, and meet for 113 days, according to a legislative calendar released Thursday by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The Maryland Democrat said the calendar has been... Read More

House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act
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House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee took the first step Wednesday to legalizing marijuana in the U.S., advancing a bill to remove pot from the Controlled Substances Act and create a tax to fund programs to heal damage from the... Read More

Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Internal Critiques at House Hearing
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Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Internal Critiques at House Hearing

WASHINGTON — The Migrant Protection Protocols, a program that has so far forced more than 57,000 migrants to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases wind through the court, is illegal and enables human rights abuses against the vulnerable, a... Read More

Rep. Nita Lowey’s Retirement Sparks Scramble for Coveted Gavel
Congress
Rep. Nita Lowey’s Retirement Sparks Scramble for Coveted Gavel

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey’s decision to retire at the end of the 116th Congress will set off a lengthy and contentious campaign among her colleagues to determine who will become the top Democrat on the spending... Read More

Upstate New York Race Less Vulnerable With Collins Resignation
Political News
Upstate New York Race Less Vulnerable With Collins Resignation

WASHINGTON — Not all House departures are created equal. New York Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation should make it easier for Republicans to hold his Buffalo-area seat, because the GOP should have a nominee without legal problems. But New York’s multiple... Read More

Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
Elections
Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
2019-09-27 21:05:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply rebuked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday for allowing 200 days to elapse without any action on H.R. 1, the sweeping reform package the House of Representatives passed last winter. "We sent this legislation... Read More

Earmarks Revival Might Usher In New Era of Congressional Civility
Congress
Earmarks Revival Might Usher In New Era of Congressional Civility
2019-09-27 20:26:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If Congressional leaders are serious about restoring civility, reasoned debate and a spirit of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, they should seriously consider bringing back earmarks, a George Mason University professor told a House panel on Thursday. "They are... Read More

FAA Misled Congress On Inspector Training, Federal Investigator Finds
Aviation
FAA Misled Congress On Inspector Training, Federal Investigator Finds

WASHINGTON — A federal investigator has told President Donald Trump that Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors “lacked proper training and accreditation” to certify pilots, including those flying the Boeing 737 Max, putting air travelers at risk. Special counsel Henry J.... Read More

House Speaker Pelosi Launches Formal Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Congress
House Speaker Pelosi Launches Formal Trump Impeachment Inquiry
2019-09-24 21:31:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump Tuesday stemming from his allegedly putting political pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. Pelosi made her announcement on... Read More

Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
Congress
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
Environment
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal
Trade
Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal
2019-09-06 21:13:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As Congress adjourned for its August recess, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, known as the USMCA, seemed to be the last thing on anyone's mind. At the time, an impending fiscal crisis had just been averted, and lawmakers, media... Read More

House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
Environment
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments
Congress
New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments
2019-09-06 14:15:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of New Democrat Coalition task forces on work and national security sent letters to the House Appropriations Committee this week urging them to retain key House-passed amendments when conference deliberations get underway on the FY2020 appropriations... Read More

Mod Dems Won the House in 2018, That Was Just the Beginning
Congress
Mod Dems Won the House in 2018, That Was Just the Beginning
2019-09-05 20:42:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - What it comes down to is this: Despite many in the media trumpeting the "fact" that all the momentum in the Democratic Party in 2018 was on the far-left, mid-term voters overwhelmingly endorsed moderates, rewarding their common-sense approach... Read More

Democrat McCready Holds Narrow Lead in North Carolina Special Election, New Poll Shows
Elections
Democrat McCready Holds Narrow Lead in North Carolina Special Election, New Poll Shows
2019-09-03 20:27:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democrat Dan McCready holds a narrow lead over Republican Dan Bishop in the special election contest to represent North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, a new poll says. With precious little time left before the Sept. 10 election, a... Read More

House Judiciary Committee to Tackle Gun Legislation Debate Next Week
Congress
House Judiciary Committee to Tackle Gun Legislation Debate Next Week
2019-09-03 20:22:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee will reconvene next week taking on one of the nation's most contentious issues -- finding a way forward in the wake of a series of mass shootings. The markup on a trio of bills... Read More

Deutsche Bank Has Tax Returns Sought by House Democrats
In The News
Deutsche Bank Has Tax Returns Sought by House Democrats

NEW YORK — Deutsche Bank AG has confirmed that it has tax returns requested by U.S. lawmakers seeking financial information for President Donald Trump and his family. Whose returns are those? That’s still a secret. The disclosure was made by... Read More

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