Congress

Katko Leading Bipartisan Drive to Bolster Aid for Suicide Crisis Centers
Mental Health
Katko Leading Bipartisan Drive to Bolster Aid for Suicide Crisis Centers
2019-10-04 20:43:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., is leading a bipartisan initiative to bolster aid for suicide crisis centers. The initiative, H.R. 4564, would amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure "the provision of high-quality service through the Suicide... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Spending Transparency Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Spending Transparency Legislation
2019-10-04 18:07:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition on Friday endorsed H.R. 3830, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide Americans with more information on how federal tax dollars are being spent and help eliminate duplicative and wasteful government... Read More

Iowa's Axne, Leads Freshman Dems In Push to End Surprise Billing
Congress
Iowa's Axne, Leads Freshman Dems In Push to End Surprise Billing
2019-10-01 18:38:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Representative Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, led a group of freshman House Democrats in introducing legislation to protect Americans from "surprise bills" due to out-of-date insurance directors. The UPDATE Act requires insurance companies to regularly update their provider directories to... Read More

Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
Elections
Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
2019-09-27 21:05:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply rebuked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday for allowing 200 days to elapse without any action on H.R. 1, the sweeping reform package the House of Representatives passed last winter. "We sent this legislation... Read More

Attorney General Barr 'Has Gone Rogue' to Protect Trump, Pelosi Says
Impeachment
Attorney General Barr 'Has Gone Rogue' to Protect Trump, Pelosi Says
2019-09-27 21:02:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she believes Attorney General William Barr has "gone rogue" in his handling of a whistleblower complaint that implicates him in efforts by President Donald Trump to solicit Ukrainian interference in the 2020... Read More

House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
Economy
House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
2019-09-27 20:59:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed a bill earlier this week that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, resolving a longstanding challenge for the growing industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of... Read More

McHenry, Maloney Introduce Bipartisan Financial Transparency Act
Finance
McHenry, Maloney Introduce Bipartisan Financial Transparency Act
2019-09-27 20:41:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., have introduced legislation to make financial data more easily available online and less opaque. McHenry, ranking Republican of the House Financial Services Committee, said with technology playing such a large... Read More

Earmarks Revival Might Usher In New Era of Congressional Civility
Congress
Earmarks Revival Might Usher In New Era of Congressional Civility
2019-09-27 20:26:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If Congressional leaders are serious about restoring civility, reasoned debate and a spirit of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, they should seriously consider bringing back earmarks, a George Mason University professor told a House panel on Thursday. "They are... Read More

Acting Spy Chief to Testify On Whistleblower’s Complaint
Congress
Acting Spy Chief to Testify On Whistleblower’s Complaint

WASHINGTON —The nation’s highest ranking intelligence official is expected to be grilled over the administration’s handling of a still-secret whistleblower’s complaint when he appears before Congress on Thursday as the first witness in the Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry of President... Read More

White House Threatens to Shut Down Legislative Process During Impeachment Inquiry
Congress
White House Threatens to Shut Down Legislative Process During Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Something might have finally ended Infrastructure Week: House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump after he admitted both discussing with Ukraine’s new president his desire for the... Read More

FAA Misled Congress On Inspector Training, Federal Investigator Finds
Aviation
FAA Misled Congress On Inspector Training, Federal Investigator Finds

WASHINGTON — A federal investigator has told President Donald Trump that Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors “lacked proper training and accreditation” to certify pilots, including those flying the Boeing 737 Max, putting air travelers at risk. Special counsel Henry J.... Read More

House Speaker Pelosi Launches Formal Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Congress
House Speaker Pelosi Launches Formal Trump Impeachment Inquiry
2019-09-24 21:31:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump Tuesday stemming from his allegedly putting political pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. Pelosi made her announcement on... Read More

Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
Congress
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

Pelosi Warns Of ‘Grave New Chapter’ Over Trump’s Ukraine Call
Political News
Pelosi Warns Of ‘Grave New Chapter’ Over Trump’s Ukraine Call

HHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled her readiness to take stronger action against President Donald Trump over a phone call with Ukraine’s president, now the subject of scrutiny after the administration refused to release a whistle-blower’s complaint about the call. “If... Read More

Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
Health
Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
2019-09-20 21:57:02
by Sean Trambley

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national... Read More

Modernization Panel Takes Hard Look at Budget and Appropriations Process
Congress
Modernization Panel Takes Hard Look at Budget and Appropriations Process
2019-09-20 21:21:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel charged with improving Congress's procedures and performance took a hard look Thursday at one of the government's most difficult exercises, the annual budget and appropriations process. Last year, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and... Read More

Facing Pressure, McConnell Backs Money for Election Security
Elections
Facing Pressure, McConnell Backs Money for Election Security

WASHINGTON — Under fire from the left and the right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he’ll back a measure to give states another $250 million to upgrade their voting systems to fend off foreign intervention. McConnell, a Kentucky... Read More

Short-Term Spending Deal Reached to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown
Federal Budget
Short-Term Spending Deal Reached to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and Republicans reached a deal Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1, even as the threat of a closure later in the year continues to build. The short-term... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
Climate
New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence
U.S. Senate
Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen Senate Democrats plan to make it a late night on Tuesday, speaking out on the Senate floor about the impact of gun violence and legislative proposals Congress could explore. The speeches are expected to begin... Read More

Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
Environment
Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
2019-09-17 21:41:45
by Sean Trambley

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration.  The lawmakers say the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019... Read More

Congress Considers New Voting Rights Laws After Supreme Court Broadens State Authority
Voting
Congress Considers New Voting Rights Laws After Supreme Court Broadens State Authority
2019-09-17 20:06:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress considered options at a hearing last week on how to guarantee easier access to voter registration during a continuing struggle over states’ rights. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to review the consequences of the 2013... Read More

Cokie Roberts, Longtime Political Journalist, Dies at 75
Media
Cokie Roberts, Longtime Political Journalist, Dies at 75
2019-09-17 19:03:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Cokie Roberts, who grew up immersed in politics and spent several decades in Washington covering it, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. “Cokie’s career as a journalist at National Public Radio and ABC News... Read More

Ways and Means to Weigh Rollback of State, Local Tax Deduction Cap
Taxes
Ways and Means to Weigh Rollback of State, Local Tax Deduction Cap

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee will soon hold “at least a full-throttle discussion” about their concerns with the $10,000 cap on state and local income tax deductions that was part of the 2017 tax code... Read More

House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
Technology
House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
2019-09-11 23:48:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A far-reaching broadband connectivity should not be dictated by the location of a home or business, but rather should foster economic growth and sustainable communities by being equally accessible by all. That was the overarching message delivered to... Read More

House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
Environment
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman
Congress
Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman

WASHINGTON — Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs will serve as the third chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, after the group of roughly three dozen hard-line conservatives elected him to take over its leadership effective Oct. 1. The sophomore congressman... Read More

Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work
Federal Budget
Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s appropriations process fell into disarray Tuesday after a scheduled markup was abruptly postponed in a dispute over policy riders, and a fight over the border wall threatened to hold up defense spending. Democrats were also resisting... Read More

Republican Bishop Beats Democrat McCready in Tight NC District 9 Race
Elections
Republican Bishop Beats Democrat McCready in Tight NC District 9 Race

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, with a strong showing in suburban Union County and three rural eastern counties. With 99% of precincts reporting, Bishop led McCready 50.8% to... Read More

House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
Environment
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

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