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No. 2 House Republican Backs Cheney Ouster Over Trump Barbs
Political News
No. 2 House Republican Backs Cheney Ouster Over Trump Barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House Republican publicly called Wednesday for the removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from the party's leadership, adding momentum to the drive to topple her after she clashed repeatedly with former President Donald Trump.  Rep.... Read More

Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
Military
Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
2021-05-05 13:54:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense experts portrayed a bleak outlook Tuesday during a congressional hearing for risks to the United States and the world from weapons of mass destruction. No recent example is better than the COVID-19 pandemic, which is fast approaching... Read More

Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
In The News
Romney, Whitmer, Among Those Tapped for Special Profile in Courage Awards
2021-05-04 16:29:01
by TWN Staff

BOSTON - Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be among the honorees on May 26 when the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation bestows its next slate of Profile in Courage awards. Romney is being honored... Read More

GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
Think Tanks
GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
2021-05-04 12:52:29
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Policymaking is not keeping up with the quick pace of technology, said Marci Harris, co-founder and CEO of POPVOX yesterday. She insisted that the retrospective role that the Government Accountability Office, which takes on government financial and performance... Read More

$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
Business
$28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Open for Enrollment
2021-05-03 21:38:37
by Reece Nations

The Small Business Administration began accepting applications on Monday for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program authorized in March by the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. To receive funding, businesses must submit their application to the SBA on... Read More

Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
Congress
Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
2021-05-03 20:47:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration’s pledge to up the wages and fair labor standards of low-income workers hit a roadblock among Republicans during a congressional hearing Monday. The intentions are good but the economics are bad, according to critics who... Read More

Cheri Bustos Won’t Seek Reelection in 2022
Congress
Cheri Bustos Won’t Seek Reelection in 2022
2021-04-30 22:16:54
by TWN Staff

Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois Democrat who led her party’s House campaign arm in the 2020 cycle when her party retained control of the house, but failed to build on the momentum of the 2018 blue wave, announced Friday she... Read More

Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
Elections
Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
2021-04-30 21:24:17
by Dan McCue

 Susan Wright, who is seeking the seat held since 2019 by her late husband, Republican Rep. Ron Wright, secured one of two slots in an as yet unscheduled runoff election. She was one of 23 candidates vying to replace her husband,... Read More

Troy Carter Will Be Lone Democrat in Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation
Congress
Troy Carter Will Be Lone Democrat in Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation
2021-04-30 21:20:37
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE - When State Sen. Troy Carter won a special runoff election to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District last Saturday, the moderate Democrat did more than give his party a little more breathing room in the narrowly controlled Congress.... Read More

Blue Dogs Unveil Policy Task Forces for the 117th Congress
Congress
Blue Dogs Unveil Policy Task Forces for the 117th Congress
2021-04-30 21:18:14
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday unveiled its policy task forces for the 117th Congress. The task forces oversee policy development for the Coalition, which will deliver on their promise of a positive agenda to produce... Read More

How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
Congress
How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
2021-04-30 13:06:46
by Alexa Hornbeck

Janet Solie, 62-year-old retired physician assistant from Calabasas, Calif., went to a lab at an in-network hospital in Los Robles with complaints of acute abdominal pain, only to later be slammed with a large ER bill.  “The physicians who supervised... Read More

All Aboard! Biden to Help Amtrak Mark 50 Years on The Rails
Transportation
All Aboard! Biden to Help Amtrak Mark 50 Years on The Rails

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, once a regular Amtrak rider, is set on Friday to help the nation's passenger rail system celebrate 50 years of service.As a U.S. senator, Biden was a fixture on Amtrak trains between his home... Read More

Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
Technology
Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
2021-04-30 12:17:32
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the pandemic, Buffalo’s public school system found thousands of students with no internet access and partnered with the private sector and the Buffalo Bills Social Justice Fund to get lower-cost Spectrum Cable internet service... Read More

School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
Education
School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
2021-04-29 18:58:14
by Victoria Turner

Tara Roberts, a single mother of eight, was committed but “in tears” as she opened her first classroom door at Portland Community College, said Mark Mitsui, president of PCC. She now holds a doctorate in nursing, is a health care... Read More

In GOP Response, Scott Says US Isn't Racist
Political News
In GOP Response, Scott Says US Isn't Racist

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott has used the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress to vow that “America is not a racist country.” Scott, the only Black Republican senator, seized on Biden’s calls earlier... Read More

Biden Speech Takeaways: Government is Good, and So Are Jobs
Political News
Biden Speech Takeaways: Government is Good, and So Are Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden returned to the U.S. Capitol, his home for more than three decades, and used his first address to Congress to make the case that the era of big government is back. Biden said the... Read More

Biden's Declaration: America's Democracy 'Is Rising Anew'
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Biden's Declaration: America's Democracy 'Is Rising Anew'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared that "America is rising anew" as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the coronavirus pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not... Read More

Mental Health Experts Say COVID-19 Is Creating Casualties of Depression
Mental Health
Mental Health Experts Say COVID-19 Is Creating Casualties of Depression
2021-04-29 13:19:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Mental health experts are warning that although the COVID-19 pandemic might be subsiding in the United States, it is leaving a legacy of depression and addiction that will linger long after the virus. Now lawmakers are grappling for... Read More

What to Watch During Biden's 1st Big Speech to Congress
Media
What to Watch During Biden's 1st Big Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting the finishing touches on his first address to a joint session of Congress, a prime-time speech on Wednesday night on the eve of his 100th day in office. Biden will use the... Read More

Biden to Pitch Sweeping 'Family Plan' in Speech to Congress
Political News
Biden to Pitch Sweeping 'Family Plan' in Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marking his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform the role government plays... Read More

Senators Charge Addiction Drives Social Media Platforms’ Business Models
Social Media
Senators Charge Addiction Drives Social Media Platforms’ Business Models
2021-04-28 15:24:50
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Even after the call-to-arms of the Kenosha Guard militia group had been flagged on Facebook 450 times, it was not taken down because it did not “meet the standards” for removal, said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a... Read More

Sesame Seeds Now Designated 'Major' Food Allergen
Health
Sesame Seeds Now Designated 'Major' Food Allergen
2021-04-27 18:16:28
by TWN Staff

With a stroke of his pen last week, President Joe Biden added sesame to the federal list of "major" food allergens. As a result, the presence of Sesame must be noted on the label of all packaged foods containing it... Read More

Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
U.S. Senate
Schumer Presses for Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill
2021-04-27 17:59:28
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer urged his colleagues to swiftly pass the sweeping water infrastructure bill that came before the chamber Tuesday, calling it a potential starting point for Democrats and Republicans to collaborate on infrastructure, "when and... Read More

President Biden's First Address to Congress is Invite-Only
Congress
President Biden's First Address to Congress is Invite-Only

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first address to Congress is an invite-only affair, no guests allowed.The restrictions for Wednesday's event are due to COVID-19 safety protocols, but will have the added security benefit of a limited number of people... Read More

Census Bureau: Six States to Gain House Seats, Seven Lose One
Congress
Census Bureau: Six States to Gain House Seats, Seven Lose One
2021-04-26 20:20:26
by Dan McCue

Six states will see their congressional delegations grow in the next Congress, officials with the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday. Dr. Ron S. Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director, said as of April 1, 2020, the number of people living in... Read More

Problem Solvers Promote Bipartisan Solutions to America’s Infrastructure Crisis
Infrastructure
Problem Solvers Promote Bipartisan Solutions to America’s Infrastructure Crisis
2021-04-23 20:44:43
by TWN Staff

A new report prepared by the Problem Solvers Caucus offers an astonishing array of bipartisan recommendations on how to rebuild and responsibly invest in the nation’s woefully out-of-date and sagging infrastructure. Just 20 pages long, the report, which has been... Read More

Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans
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Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step... Read More

Washington, D.C., One Step Closer to Statehood
Congress
Washington, D.C., One Step Closer to Statehood
2021-04-23 13:46:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to make the District of Columbia the 51st U.S. state at a time political support for the legislation is the strongest it has ever been. The bill, entitled H.R. 51,... Read More

Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
Congress
Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
2021-04-22 20:11:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill with support in both chambers of Congress aims to bolster the nation’s leadership in scientific and technological innovation through greater investment in research that will translate into new industries and create new high-tech jobs. The... Read More

New Caucus Aims to Bring Main Street Priorities to Capitol Hill
Congress
New Caucus Aims to Bring Main Street Priorities to Capitol Hill
2021-04-22 19:36:47
by TWN Staff

Eighteen members of Congress on Wednesday announced the formation of a new Congressional Caucus whose intent is to ensure that the priorities and concerns of cities and counties across America are heard on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan Congressional Caucus of... Read More

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