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House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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