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Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
Congress
Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
2020-01-07 21:09:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New updates to the official House communications rules and procedures include several improvements endorsed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress last month. The updates, which went into effect on Tuesday, include: Name Change - The... Read More

Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
Crime
Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
2020-01-06 19:39:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of House members is urging national security officials to start an investigation into whether foreign adversaries are engaging in an effort to incite anti-Semitism and civil unrest across the United States. Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice,... Read More

Three Democrats in Competitive House Districts Endorse Joe Biden
Political News
Three Democrats in Competitive House Districts Endorse Joe Biden

Three House Democrats who flipped Republican-held districts in 2018 announced Sunday that they are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the crowded presidential primary. All three served in the military. Pennsylvania’s Conor Lamb, a Marine veteran, and Chrissy Houlahan,... Read More

Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
Climate
Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
2020-01-04 00:17:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists and a South Carolina mayor warned Congress recently that climate change will take an increasing toll on the lives and finances of Americans if the federal government does not act soon. They discussed how greenhouse gas emissions... Read More

On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General
Geopolitics
On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General
2020-01-04 00:06:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq sent shockwaves across the Middle East, and inspired statements of grim anticipation among lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they await a response by Iran and further... Read More

Rep. Elijah Cummings Left $1 Million in Campaign Funds When He Died
Congress
Rep. Elijah Cummings Left $1 Million in Campaign Funds When He Died

WASHINGTON — The late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore left $1 million in unspent campaign funds, according to election records. That raised an unanswered question: What happens to all that money now? In Washington, the campaign accounts of deceased... 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

Congress Members Demand Probe of Fake Court Hearings That Sent Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico
Immigration
Congress Members Demand Probe of Fake Court Hearings That Sent Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico

p More than 50 members of Congress are calling for an investigation into reports of Customs and Border Protection officials issuing fake court hearing notices to bar asylum-seekers from entering the U.S. even after they’ve been granted asylum. On Friday,... Read More

House Democrats Pass High-Water Mark in Fights Against Trump
In The News
House Democrats Pass High-Water Mark in Fights Against Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats scored a series of damaging revelations about Donald Trump when they launched their impeachment investigation, but now they’ll begin a crucial election year with the challenge that the most dramatic moments are likely behind them. Even by... Read More

Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
Political News
Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
2019-12-24 15:03:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect on one of the busiest and most consequential Decembers in the history of the U.S. Congress. In the three days... Read More

USMCA Seen as Model for Easing Partisan War Over Trade
In The News
USMCA Seen as Model for Easing Partisan War Over Trade

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator and senior Democrats have declared that with House passage of a rewrite of Nafta, they’ve found a formula for Republicans and Democrats to forge trade deals despite Washington’s deep partisan divide. The... Read More

Speaker Pelosi Invites Trump to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 4
Congress
Speaker Pelosi Invites Trump to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 4
2019-12-20 20:03:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday invited President Donald Trump to deliver his annual State of the Union address on Feb. 4. In a letter that was short and to the point, Pelosi noted the Founding Fathers... Read More

Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
Congress
Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
2019-12-20 18:27:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats voted to lift a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions, known as SALT, repealing a deduction limit Republicans had imposed as part of their 2017 tax code overhaul. The bill, H.R.5377 , which was... Read More

Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year
Federal Budget
Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year

WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion Thursday, sending the measures to President Donald Trump ahead of a Friday deadline. Debate over the massive packages was tucked in between floor speeches about the House’s Wednesday vote... Read More

House and Senate Leaders Tussle Over Trump Impeachment Trial
In The News
House and Senate Leaders Tussle Over Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — A day after the Democratic-led House impeached President Donald Trump, House and Senate leaders argued Thursday over how his Senate trial will be conducted, with the two articles of impeachment likely to remain in limbo until at least... Read More

North Carolina’s Mark Meadows Won’t Run for Reelection
Political News
North Carolina’s Mark Meadows Won’t Run for Reelection

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies and most vocal defenders on Capitol Hill, is not running for reelection in 2020. In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call, Meadows said he knows... Read More

McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
Congress
McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
2019-12-19 16:11:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Last week was a typical whirlwind week in the life of Rep. Lucy McBath. In the space of five days, the Georgia Democrat, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted on impeachment, health care, trade and joined... Read More

Bill to Modify State Tax Deduction Splits Opinions During House Hearing
Taxes
Bill to Modify State Tax Deduction Splits Opinions During House Hearing
2019-12-17 21:53:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee took a last look at a Democratic proposal to repeal a cap on state and local taxes before a vote expected in the U.S. House this week. The cap is a $10,000 limit on state... Read More

House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
Political News
House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
2019-12-17 21:46:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, despite a disagreement over $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The two-bill package ballooned to some 2,371 pages after several... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
2019-12-17 16:06:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32... Read More

Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast
Political News
Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast

Republicans aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for Jeff Van Drew. The New Jersey Democratic congressman may have hoped his defection to the GOP would ease his path to reelection in a conservative-leaning district. His political prospects as a... Read More

Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades
Guns
Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators agreed to spend $25 million to study gun violence in America next year, the first time in more than two decades that federal funds will be dedicated to researching the contentious issue. The National Institutes of... Read More

Senate Impeachment Trial is Expected. How it Will Work is Very Uncertain
In The News
Senate Impeachment Trial is Expected. How it Will Work is Very Uncertain

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Sunday publicly diverged over how to conduct the expected impeachment trial of President Trump, with some calling for allegations against him to be summarily quashed and others advocating a lengthier process that would include summoning... Read More

Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Impeachment Articles to Full House
In The News
Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Impeachment Articles to Full House
2019-12-13 16:01:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sharply divided along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee voted Friday morning to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the full House for its consideration. All 23 Democrats on the judiciary committee voted in... Read More

Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
Employment
Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
2019-12-13 15:04:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act means many things to many people, but to the residents of one region in Upstate New York, the massive spending bill means one thing: good-paying jobs for the foreseeable... Read More

House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
Military
House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
2019-12-13 15:00:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping $738 billion defense policy bill that for the first time will provide paid family leave for all federal workers and fund the creation of a Space Force, a top priority of... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
Prescription Drugs
Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
2019-12-12 15:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kendra Horn believes it should come as no surprise to anyone that reining in runaway prescription drug prices has been a top priority of members of the 116th Congress. "After all, they are something that impacts just... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Prepares for Historic Vote on Impeachment Articles Against Trump
Impeachment
House Judiciary Committee Prepares for Historic Vote on Impeachment Articles Against Trump

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday began its long slog of a session to finalize articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a procedurally complex process that will probably continue through much of Thursday or even longer. The... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
2019-12-11 19:59:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday threw their support behind H.R. 5211, The Sustainable Budget Act of 2019, which would create a fiscal commission charged with balancing the federal budget within a decade. The bill... Read More

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