Congress

Stop Milking It, Dairy Farmers Tell Plant-Based Competitors
Agriculture
Stop Milking It, Dairy Farmers Tell Plant-Based Competitors

WASHINGTON — What’s milk? For Jason Gallion, the only full-time farmer serving in the Maryland state Senate, the question is a no-brainer. “It’s always been assumed the definition of milk is that it’s from a mammal,” said Gallion, 43, whose... Read More

Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020 Elections
Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020-03-03 16:36:48
by Dan McCue

While most of the attention on this Super Tuesday is focused on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, voters in four of the 14 states and one territory will also be casting ballots in congressional primaries. The four states... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
Social Media
Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
2020-02-27 21:40:00
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line. The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar... Read More

Lawmakers Warn Pentagon About Shifting Money to Border Wall
Congress
Lawmakers Warn Pentagon About Shifting Money to Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Top members of the House Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon leaders Wednesday, warning that the administration’s reprogramming of $3.8 billion of Defense Department money for a border wall could damage its relationship with Congress. Echoing a letter they... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
2020-02-26 21:59:47
by Dan McCue

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., passed on a vote of 410-4. The Act is named for... Read More

ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
Political News
ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
2020-02-21 15:20:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, threw its support behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, this week, and urged Texans to join in supporting his efforts. In a series of new ads launched Wednesday,... Read More

Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays
Education
Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays

A University of Illinois graduate student from China applied in May for a visa renewal, a process that typically concludes within weeks. But the application went into “administrative processing,” and was still in limbo when fall classes started, forcing the... Read More

House Votes to Remove Equal Rights Amendment Deadline
Congress
House Votes to Remove Equal Rights Amendment Deadline

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers voted Thursday to remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, legislation that would enshrine in the Constitution a ban on sex discrimination. The measure, however, is unlikely to receive approval from the... Read More

Embrace the Unorthodox to Improve Deliberations on Capitol Hill
Congress
Embrace the Unorthodox to Improve Deliberations on Capitol Hill
2020-02-14 14:42:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A trio of experts has told a Select Committee tasked with improving how Congress functions to forget harkening back to an earlier era and instead embrace methods of deliberation better suited to our times. Meeting in the Cannon... Read More

Democrats in Congress Brace for Long Primary Fight
Political News
Democrats in Congress Brace for Long Primary Fight

WASHINGTON — After divided presidential results in Iowa and New Hampshire, Democrats in Congress said Wednesday they were bracing for a lengthy primary fight, which some worried could hurt voter enthusiasm in November. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has... Read More

House Action on Equal Rights Amendment Sets Up Legal Fights
Congress
House Action on Equal Rights Amendment Sets Up Legal Fights

WASHINGTON — The House will attempt to revive the Equal Rights Amendment later this week, with a vote to remove the 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopen the process for amending the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.... 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

Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran
Foreign Affairs
Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward approval in the Senate. The resolution, authored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, asserts that Trump must win approval... Read More

Democrats Say Corporate Tax Rate Favors the Rich, Overlooks the Poor
Congress
Democrats Say Corporate Tax Rate Favors the Rich, Overlooks the Poor
2020-02-12 18:10:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats assailed the Trump administration’s 2017 corporate tax cut during a hearing Tuesday. They said the drop from 35 percent to 21 percent is adding to the national deficit while leaving less tax revenue for programs to... Read More

DC Statehood Gets First Congressional Vote in 27 Years
Congress
DC Statehood Gets First Congressional Vote in 27 Years

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than a quarter-century, Congress has voted on a measure to make most of the area comprising the District of Columbia the 51st state. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved the... Read More

Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
Federal Reserve
Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
2020-02-12 14:18:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel on Tuesday that while the U.S. economy continues to show steady growth, the broadening coronavirus outbreak “could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of... Read More

Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
In The News
Schumer Calls For Investigation of DOJ Involvement in Stone Sentencing
2020-02-12 11:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department’s interference in the sentencing of former Trump insider Roger Stone. Schumer sent his written request to Inspector General Michael Horowitz after a key... Read More

House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
Cybersecurity
House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
2020-02-11 18:42:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Seven House members have come together in a bipartisan effort to help state and local governments address cybersecurity weaknesses in their networks. The lawmakers engaged in the effort are Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer,... Read More

Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts
Political News
Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts

President Donald Trump will propose a $4.8 trillion budget on Monday, with sharp cuts to safety-net programs and international aid, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a senior administration official. The proposal would cut non-defense spending by 5% to $590... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
2020-02-07 19:56:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of seven bills aimed at improving health care coverage and reducing costs for millions of Americans. “The American people deserve solutions that move past partisan posturing and make real progress... Read More

Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill
Congress
Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill
2020-02-07 15:26:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio delivered a unanimous House vote Wednesday in favor of granting access to treatment derived from working with... Read More

The Trump vs. Pelosi Feud Just Got Worse. Can Washington Get Anything Else Done?
Political News
The Trump vs. Pelosi Feud Just Got Worse. Can Washington Get Anything Else Done?

WASHINGTON — Any semblance of a working relationship between Washington’s two most powerful political leaders disintegrated perhaps beyond repair this week, leaving doubts about whether Congress and the White House will be able to accomplish anything in this election year.... Read More

Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries
Military
Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries
2020-02-06 21:59:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense contractors urged Congress Wednesday to increase spending on new military technology as the Trump administration prepares to release its proposed defense budget for fiscal 2021 next week. They described current U.S. military efforts at developing innovative technologies... Read More

Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Benefits for Veteran Firefighters
Congress
Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Benefits for Veteran Firefighters
2020-02-06 21:50:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., believes veteran firefighters should receive fair retirement and health care benefits that better accord to their service to their country. Toward that end, she’s introduced H.R. 5637, the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act.... Read More

Sen. Shelby Leaves Door Open for Return of Earmarks
Congress
Sen. Shelby Leaves Door Open for Return of Earmarks

WASHINGTON — Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby appeared to soften a little Tuesday on a potential return of earmarks in spending bills this year, after saying last week his Republican colleagues probably wouldn’t allow it. The Alabama Republican said... Read More

Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
2020-02-04 21:28:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats Monday called for an end to federal budgeting by temporary, continuing resolution, throwing their support behind a measure requiring Congress to pass all appropriations bills on time. H.R. 5226, the Funding... Read More

State of The Union: Democrats, Republicans Brace for a Hostile Trump
Political News
State of The Union: Democrats, Republicans Brace for a Hostile Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republican lawmakers are bracing for a whole new level of partisan belligerence from President Donald Trump at the State of the Union on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the Senate is expected to vote to... Read More

House Panel Asks Whether Legislation Can Keep Cash as King
In The News
House Panel Asks Whether Legislation Can Keep Cash as King

WASHINGTON — At some uncertain point in the future, printing cash may be a waste of money. As Americans increasingly rely on credit cards, online transfers, mobile apps and cryptocurrencies to complete transactions, a House panel debated Thursday the promise... Read More

What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?
In The News
What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?

WASHINGTON — With increasing prospects of a 50-50 tie on the Friday vote to subpoena witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Democrats are considering how they might be able to nudge Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in... Read More

Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
Technology
Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
2020-01-30 21:09:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Google’s former chief executive officer told Congress Wednesday the United States would lose its lead in artificial intelligence technology to China in less than a decade unless the federal government creates incentives for new research and development. “In... Read More

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