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IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools
Veterans
IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools
2021-02-22 18:57:03
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America kicked off veteran education week this morning, continuing a six-week campaign to highlight the priority issues of its members. Over the course of this week, IAVA is highlighting its advocacy... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses H.R. 1, For the People Act
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses H.R. 1, For the People Act
2021-02-19 15:50:49
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – As they did last year, the New Democrat Coalition on Thursday endorsed the reintroduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act. H.R. 1 is a sweeping campaign finance and election reform bill that will make it easier for Americans to... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
Health
Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
2021-02-12 21:23:22
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Mark Warner, D-Va., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection... Read More

Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
Business
Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
2021-02-12 21:16:10
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has made clear that broadband access goes hand-in-hand with economic opportunity, exposing the inequities and lack of resources for black-owned businesses across the country, according to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission. Since the onset of... Read More

Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
Redistricting
Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
2021-02-12 21:03:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the once-every-10-year process of redistricting is off to a slow start.  Though the U.S. Census Bureau ended its collection of data for the 2020 census on Oct. 15, 2020, it missed the December statutory... Read More

Blockchain Could Move Cryptocurrency to Pivotal Place in Economies
Finance
Blockchain Could Move Cryptocurrency to Pivotal Place in Economies
2021-02-12 20:55:07
by Reece Nations

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to decentralize systems of commerce across the world, leading to vast peer-to-peer markets absent of manipulation.   In order for this to come to fruition, Sheila Warren, head of data, blockchain and digital assets and member of... Read More

Public/Private Plans for ‘Upskilling’ the Workforce
Business
Public/Private Plans for ‘Upskilling’ the Workforce
2021-02-12 20:51:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The work environment during COVID has demonstrated an increased need for technical expertise in the workforce. A report from the World Economic Forum offers that by 2022 — just next year — half of employees will require significant... Read More

CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
In The News
CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
2021-02-12 20:45:26
by TWN Staff

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its long-awaited guidance on safely reopening schools, emphasizing that it is"critical for schools to open as safely and as soon as possible." The top recommendations are what one... Read More

How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
Geopolitics
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
2021-02-12 20:41:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to... Read More

New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
Employment
New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
2021-02-12 15:17:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Fox News television host Gretchen Carlson advocated during a congressional hearing Thursday against employment arbitration contracts that limit workers’ rights to sue their employers. She said they often force employees into silence about misdeeds of their bosses,... Read More

COVID Relief Bill to Reach House Floor Week of Feb. 22
Congress
COVID Relief Bill to Reach House Floor Week of Feb. 22
2021-02-12 14:51:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the next COVID-19 relief bill is on pace to reach the House floor the week of Feb. 22. "We hope to have this all done by the end of February, certainly... Read More

Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels
Congress
Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan.The... Read More

Some Asylum-Seekers Waiting in Mexico to Be Allowed in US
Immigration
Some Asylum-Seekers Waiting in Mexico to Be Allowed in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed.The first of an... Read More

Norton Says Fencing Around Capitol Complex Should Not Be Permanent
Political News
Norton Says Fencing Around Capitol Complex Should Not Be Permanent
2021-02-11 20:56:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's delegate to Congress, says the fencing and razor wire currently wrapped around the U.S. Capitol should not be allowed to become a permanent feature. On Thursday she introduced the No... Read More

Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
Congress
Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
2021-02-11 19:57:42
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will soon bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Capitol Police and other law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol when it was attacked by rioting Trump supporters on Jan.... Read More

Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
Think Tanks
Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
2021-02-11 19:49:08
by Victoria Turner

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of its long-term impact points to the need for more federal aid, leading economists say..  At the start of the pandemic,... Read More

Pappas Leads Bipartisan Call For Support for New Hampshire’s Seacoast
Congress
Pappas Leads Bipartisan Call For Support for New Hampshire’s Seacoast
2021-02-11 19:39:32
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., led a group of 10 lawmakers this week in a bipartisan call for $100 million in funding for the National Sea Grant College Program in the next COVID relief package. Since the beginning of... Read More

Biden Tosses Trump Emergency Order Advancing Border Wall Construction
White House
Biden Tosses Trump Emergency Order Advancing Border Wall Construction
2021-02-11 18:43:49
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Thursday rescinded the emergency order used by former President Trump to justify construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico. “I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at... Read More

Is One Day a Week Enough? Biden's School Goal Draws Blowback
Education
Is One Day a Week Enough? Biden's School Goal Draws Blowback

President Joe Biden is being accused of backpedaling on his pledge to reopen the nation's schools after the White House added fine print to his promise and made clear that a full reopening is still far from sight.Biden's initial pledge... Read More

Chilling Video Footage Becomes Key Exhibit in Trump Trial
Impeachment
Chilling Video Footage Becomes Key Exhibit in Trump Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chilling security video of last month's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, including of rioters searching menacingly for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, has become a key exhibit in Donald Trump's impeachment trial... Read More

How a Leading Anti-Trump Group Ignored a Crisis in its Ranks
Political News
How a Leading Anti-Trump Group Ignored a Crisis in its Ranks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last June, the Lincoln Project was on a high.Led by several prominent former Republican consultants, its slickly produced ads attacking President Donald Trump made it perhaps the best known of the so-called Never Trump organizations. The group... Read More

Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit
Geopolitics
Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit
2021-02-11 15:17:03
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States' national security strategy on China. The decision, announced during the president's first visit to the Defense Department, comes amid a... Read More

Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA
Supreme Court
Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold ACA
2021-02-11 15:05:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court it believes the Affordable Care Act should be upheld, reversing the position taken by the Trump Administration. The justices heard oral arguments in November in multiple cases involving a... Read More

Cybersecurity Experts Caution Congress About 'Global Emergency' from Hackers
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Experts Caution Congress About 'Global Emergency' from Hackers
2021-02-11 15:00:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Cybersecurity experts suggested to a congressional committee Wednesday that lawmakers act quickly to address growing threats from hackers. They mentioned the SolarWinds computer infiltration by the Russians last year and a hacker’s attempt to poison a Florida municipal... Read More

Panelists Call for Inclusion and Accessibility to Fix Broken Aid Systems
Think Tanks
Panelists Call for Inclusion and Accessibility to Fix Broken Aid Systems
2021-02-10 21:13:04
by Victoria Turner

The novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed and aggravated long standing weaknesses in the nation’s housing assistance and unemployment insurance systems, safety nets intended to aid the most vulnerable communities, according to participants in an event sponsored by the New America... Read More

Biden's First Official Trip Will Be to Wisconsin for CNN Town Hall
Political News
Biden's First Official Trip Will Be to Wisconsin for CNN Town Hall
2021-02-10 21:08:45
by TWN Staff

President Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin next week for his first official trip as president, participating in a TV town hall from Milwaukee. Biden will take questions at a socially-distanced, invitation-only event hosted by CNN next Tuesday night, according to... Read More

Lawmakers Make Bipartisan Push to Protect the Flying Public
Travel
Lawmakers Make Bipartisan Push to Protect the Flying Public
2021-02-10 20:08:39
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is seeking to enhance the safety of the flying public by requiring airlnes to install secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passsenger aircraft. The legislation reintroduced by Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., Brian Fitzpatrick,... Read More

Biden Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Leaders Who Directed Coup
Foreign Affairs
Biden Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Leaders Who Directed Coup
2021-02-10 20:08:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is imposing sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar who directed the coup that deposed and detained its elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and several other individuals. Speaking... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
2021-02-10 16:54:35
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling for a vote on a standalone bill focused on the vaccine development and distribution portion of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

House Ways and Means Committee Begins Mark Up of COVID Relief Bill
Congress
House Ways and Means Committee Begins Mark Up of COVID Relief Bill
2021-02-10 16:47:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Ways and Means Committee is meeting Wednesday to mark up sweeping COVID-19 legislation that the panel's chairman, Rep. Richard Neal, of Massachusetts, says will enable Americans from all walks of life to better confront the lingering... Read More

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