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Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
2020-11-16 19:00:38
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., have introduced the Africa Foreign Relations, International Cooperation, and Assistance Act, H.R. 8186, to enhance security and economic partnerships between the United States... Read More

Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd
Opinions
Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State? Yes or No.”  This is not the first time Puerto... Read More

5 Takeaways From Second Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing
Supreme Court
5 Takeaways From Second Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON — It was a very 2020 Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, as Amy Coney Barrett fielded her first round of questions on socially divisive issues from socially distanced members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Republicans have said they... Read More

House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal
Congress
House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal

WASHINGTON — The House swiftly passed a stopgap funding measure needed to avert a partial government shutdown in eight days after top congressional leaders reached a deal resolving a fight over farm payments. On a lopsided vote of 359-57, the... Read More

Federal Financial Regulators Assure Congress They Seek Minorities and Women in Workforce
In The News
Federal Financial Regulators Assure Congress They Seek Minorities and Women in Workforce
2020-09-09 16:32:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Representatives from federal financial agencies defended their record on hiring women and minorities Tuesday while members of a congressional subcommittee accused them of an uninspired effort. “I’m not sensing that we’re making a lot of progress here,” said... Read More

Saturday Vote Planned to Aid Postal Service Ahead of Likely Mail-In Vote Surge
Congress
Saturday Vote Planned to Aid Postal Service Ahead of Likely Mail-In Vote Surge
2020-08-18 13:28:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the chamber back to the Capitol ahead of a vote on legislation to block recent cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service and ensure the agency can handle a surge in mail-in... Read More

Senators Call For Census Investigation After Bureau Shortens Response Deadline
Census
Senators Call For Census Investigation After Bureau Shortens Response Deadline
2020-08-18 13:20:10
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are calling for more oversight into the 2020 U.S. Census after officials in charge of the once-a-decade population count announced they would stop collecting survey responses earlier than planned. In a letter sent Monday, members of... Read More

Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill
Congress
Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to introduce a scaled-back stimulus bill amid the standoff over a new virus relief plan that’s dragged on for weeks, according to two Senate Republican aides. The legislation would include a $300 a week enhanced... Read More

Following Primary Loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins Faces House Ethics Investigation
Congress
Following Primary Loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins Faces House Ethics Investigation

WASHINGTON — Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins will face a House Ethics investigation during his final months in Congress. Watkins, a freshman Republican from Topeka, lost his primary last week to Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner after he was charged with... Read More

10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes
Sports
10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes

College athletes have made their voices heard with unprecedented volume this summer, asserting themselves on issues of health and safety, social justice and financial equity. Now, with the college sports landscape in a state of chaos, that movement may now... Read More

With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator
Congress
With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The... Read More

Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor
Law
Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor

ATLANTA — Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall
Congress
Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Pandemic Hit Postal Service Finances Hard, but $25 Billion Rescue Deal Remains Stuck in Senate
In The News
Pandemic Hit Postal Service Finances Hard, but $25 Billion Rescue Deal Remains Stuck in Senate

WASHINGTON — Every day the U.S. Postal Service delivers 430 million letters and packages, including 4 million prescriptions, from Mesquite to Marfa, and from the high rises of Manhattan to the shores of Maui. “We’d be lost without it, truthfully,”... Read More

Self-Help Guide to Congress: Reports Detail Ways the Institution Could Better Itself
Congress
Self-Help Guide to Congress: Reports Detail Ways the Institution Could Better Itself

WASHINGTON — Proposals for how Congress could overhaul the lobbying disclosure system, provide lawmakers with continuing education opportunities and make legislative action more transparent are just a few of the big ideas in eight reports made public by the House... Read More

Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
Intelligence
Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
2020-07-10 20:07:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress when they determine -- with moderate to high confidence -- that a foreign government is deliberately seeking to kill or... Read More

COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide
Opinions
COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a global economic downturn, the U.S. faced a mounting affordable housing crisis. In March, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable units to sufficiently house extremely... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools
Education
Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools

WASHINGTON — The Senate health committee on Wednesday considered the steps schools should take to reopen later this year as officials seek to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19 while compensating for learning gaps students experienced this year. The... Read More

Lawmakers Look at Military Gear Transfers to Police
Congress
Lawmakers Look at Military Gear Transfers to Police

WASHINGTON — The eruptions of violence at protests of police brutality in recent days have rekindled congressional efforts to end the practice of giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies. The program, which is run through the Defense Logistics... Read More

Congress Must Return to Session
Opinions
Congress Must Return to Session

There is no question that the United States is in crisis. A global pandemic and economic crisis have upended American life, costing lives and leaving millions of families without a way to make ends meet. In the face of this... Read More

Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
Congress
Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
2020-04-16 20:29:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After weeks of calls for some kind of tech-based system to allow members of Congress to work from their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee proposed a decidedly low-tech alternative --... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
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House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill — Largest by far in US History
Congress
Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill — Largest by far in US History

WASHINGTON — After haggling for days over the final details, Senate Democrats and the White House agreed Tuesday to a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, including direct payments to most Americans... Read More

Congress Begins Work on Third Economic Stimulus Bill for The Coronavirus Crisis
Economy
Congress Begins Work on Third Economic Stimulus Bill for The Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers began negotiating a third economic stimulus bill to prevent the U.S. economy from cracking under the weight of the coronavirus epidemic even as efforts stalled Monday to finish work on a second bill that passed the House... Read More

House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
Congress
House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
2020-03-17 13:57:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told members they can remain in their districts through next Monday, but at least for now, no decision has been made on the balance of House schedule for the week. In a... Read More

House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
Sports
House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
2020-03-13 14:44:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both the House and Senate are enthusiastically reaching across the aisle in a bid to fend off a proposal by Major League Baseball to drop big league affiliation with 42 minor league teams. Major League Baseball... Read More

McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
Congress
McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
2020-03-12 18:58:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate's planned recess next week in order to continue working on legislation to address the economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak. "Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be... Read More

House Clinches Deal to Renew Spy Bill With Tight Senate Timeline
Intelligence
House Clinches Deal to Renew Spy Bill With Tight Senate Timeline

WASHINGTON — House negotiators reached a bipartisan agreement to extend provisions of a law authorizing surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists, according to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat. Lawmakers are trying to avoid a temporary lapse or the need... Read More

Congress Skeptical of Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut as Bipartisan Talks Begin to Address Coronavirus
Economy
Congress Skeptical of Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut as Bipartisan Talks Begin to Address Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s key proposals to confront the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus — a payroll tax cut — got mixed reviews from Senate Republicans on Tuesday during a Capitol Hill strategy-planning lunch that ended... Read More

Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus
Congress
Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus
2020-03-10 20:45:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —Speaker Nancy Pelosi told attendees at the House Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday morning that they should stay at work as "captains of the ship" this week as Capitol Hill scrambles to respond to the coronavirus. Among the items under... Read More

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