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2022-07-01 21:55:13
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Bannon Seeks a Trial Delay on Contempt Charge

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial for contempt of Congress after recent hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the... Read More

2022-07-01 14:57:54
by Dan McCue
House Majority Leader Unveils Updated Dome Directory App

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has long been an advocate for using technology to help Congress work... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has long been an advocate for using technology to help Congress work better and with more transparency for its members’ constituents. In 2015, for instance, it was Hoyer, with help from his... Read More

2022-06-30 20:47:05
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Tell Congress Recycling Could Create a Market Opportunity

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried to move forward Thursday with a more aggressive effort to recycle the nation’s wastes... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried to move forward Thursday with a more aggressive effort to recycle the nation’s wastes on the same day the Supreme Court dealt the Biden administration’s environmental agenda a severe setback. A House Energy and... Read More

2022-06-29 19:08:33
by Alexa Hornbeck
Medicare Advantage Program Slammed for High Costs and Lack of Efficiency

WASHINGTON —A series of reports have revealed continued issues with Medicare Advantage Plans, a private-plan alternative to traditional Medicare, and... Read More

WASHINGTON —A series of reports have revealed continued issues with Medicare Advantage Plans, a private-plan alternative to traditional Medicare, and now members from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce are focused on how to establish better protections for America’s... Read More

2022-06-29 16:15:45
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Drops Waiver to Allow Free School Meals for All Students

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act into law on June 25 to support school meal... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act into law on June 25 to support school meal programs ahead of the expiration of pandemic-era waivers, but to expedite the bill’s passage before the expiration on June 30,... Read More

2022-06-28 23:12:31
by Tom Ramstack
Former White House Staffer Says Trump Encouraged Jan. 6 Riot

WASHINGTON — The most condemning testimony yet among six House hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The most condemning testimony yet among six House hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol came from a Trump White House staff member Tuesday. Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to the president’s chief of... Read More

Jan. 6 Panel to Hear From Top Aide in Trump's White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Capitol insurrection will hear testimony Tuesday from Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Capitol insurrection will hear testimony Tuesday from Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide in Donald Trump's White House who is a vital witness in the sweeping investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 attack, a... Read More

2022-06-28 12:10:05
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Considers Adding $2.2B to Mental Health and Drug Programs

WASHINGTON — Rahul Gupta talked to a congressional panel Monday about patients he treated with drug overdoses. Gupta is director... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rahul Gupta talked to a congressional panel Monday about patients he treated with drug overdoses. Gupta is director of the U.S. National Drug Control Policy. He formerly worked as an internist in private practice for 25 years. Rather... Read More

2022-06-24 22:38:32
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Leads Charge to Bolster American Competitiveness

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., on Thursday urged House and Senate conferees currently working on a bipartisan... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., on Thursday urged House and Senate conferees currently working on a bipartisan innovation bill to complete their work soon so that the House can vote on it before the August recess. Originally... Read More

2022-06-24 21:45:04
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Suspects Trump Supporter of Influencing Jan. 6 Riot Prosecutions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to investigate whether former Trump attorney Sidney Powell is contributing... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to investigate whether former Trump attorney Sidney Powell is contributing funds to the legal defense of the right ring extremist Oath Keepers accused of raiding the U.S. Capitol on Jan.... Read More

2022-06-24 21:41:54
by Dan McCue
House Passes Bipartisan Gun Legislation, Sending It to Biden

WASHINGTON — The House gave its approval on Friday to a bipartisan compromise intended to stop dangerous and mentally ill... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House gave its approval on Friday to a bipartisan compromise intended to stop dangerous and mentally ill people from getting their hands on firearms, ending a three-decade stalemate over how to deal with mass shootings and other... Read More

2022-06-23 20:22:18
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Update Its Computer Systems

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to catch up to the computerized automation that is running many American businesses but only... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to catch up to the computerized automation that is running many American businesses but only now is filtering into more conservative government offices. A House committee held a hearing Thursday to determine how to bring... Read More

2022-06-23 20:16:47
by Reece Nations
Future of Title IX Becomes Clearer on Its Anniversary

WASHINGTON — As Title IX turns 50 this week, experts weigh in to discuss how its recent history could hint... Read More

WASHINGTON — As Title IX turns 50 this week, experts weigh in to discuss how its recent history could hint at what’s still to come for the landmark educational sexual discrimination law. When Title IX was being formulated in Congress,... Read More

2022-06-22 19:43:44
by Tom Ramstack
Washington Commanders’ Owner Accused of Covering Up Toxic Workplace

WASHINGTON — New revelations about a toxic work environment on the Washington Commanders football team were revealed during a congressional... Read More

WASHINGTON — New revelations about a toxic work environment on the Washington Commanders football team were revealed during a congressional hearing Wednesday but only after Republicans protested that the hearing never should have been held. A key revelation came from... Read More

2022-06-22 15:52:07
by Dan McCue
Biden Calls for ‘Gas Tax Holiday’ in Bid to Kneecap Inflation Woes

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to suspend the federal tax on gas and diesel for... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to suspend the federal tax on gas and diesel for three months to provide some relief to soaring inflation and surging prices at the pump. The federal gas tax holiday... Read More

2022-06-21 21:33:23
by Tom Ramstack
House Hearing Shows Trump Pressured State Election Officials

WASHINGTON — The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6, Attack on the U.S. Capitol held its fourth hearing... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6, Attack on the U.S. Capitol held its fourth hearing Tuesday, this time revealing new evidence former President Donald Trump exerted possible illegal influence on state and federal officials to... Read More

1/6 Panel: No Idea More 'Un-American' Than Rejecting Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 1/6 committee on Thursday plunged into Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to salvage the 2020 election by pressuring Vice President... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 1/6 committee on Thursday plunged into Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to salvage the 2020 election by pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to defy historical precedent and reject the electoral count in the run-up to the U.S. Capitol riot. With two witnesses... Read More

2022-06-15 22:58:33
by Dan McCue
Judge Rules Bannon Must Face Criminal Contempt Trial

WASHINGTON — Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon must face trial on criminal contempt of Congress charges stemming from his refusal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon must face trial on criminal contempt of Congress charges stemming from his refusal to cooperate with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on Capitol Hill. In a... Read More

2022-06-15 20:35:24
by Tom Ramstack
Islamic Terrorism Viewed as Threat While Congress Reviews Security

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers advised against an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality Wednesday as they assessed emerging terrorist threats from radical Muslim extremists... Read More

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers advised against an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality Wednesday as they assessed emerging terrorist threats from radical Muslim extremists based in the Middle East. The threats have not gone away despite a 20-year American war effort in the war... Read More

2022-06-15 20:14:08
by Reece Nations
Republicans Flip South Texas Congressional District in Special Election 

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Republicans picked up a key victory in the special election for Texas's 34th Congressional District when Hidalgo... Read More

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Republicans picked up a key victory in the special election for Texas's 34th Congressional District when Hidalgo County GOP Hispanic Outreach Chair Mayra Flores beat Democratic Cameron County Commissioner Dan Sanchez and two other candidates on Tuesday.... Read More

2022-06-15 15:04:42
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Wants to Improve Preemption of Domestic Extremism

WASHINGTON — The nation’s frustration with domestic terrorism was evident at a congressional hearing Tuesday as lawmakers sought answers to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The nation’s frustration with domestic terrorism was evident at a congressional hearing Tuesday as lawmakers sought answers to a problem as persistent as violence. The immediate question at the House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing was how to improve... Read More

2022-06-15 14:45:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
PRAC Attacks Pandemic Relief Fraud Head-On

WASHINGTON — When Sholanda Thomas, 38, an inmate at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, sent her own and... Read More

WASHINGTON — When Sholanda Thomas, 38, an inmate at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, sent her own and other inmates’ personal identifying information to a friend on parole, she had the intention of committing pandemic fraud. Thomas falsely... Read More

US Failed to Stop Fraud in COVID Loan Program, Clyburn Says

The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid... Read More

The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, depleting the funds and making Americans more vulnerable to identity theft, the head of... Read More

2022-06-13 19:40:54
by Tom Ramstack
Congressional Panel Says Trump Knew His Election Fraud Claims Were False

WASHINGTON — The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol presented strong evidence Monday that former... Read More

WASHINGTON — The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol presented strong evidence Monday that former President Donald Trump knew his allegations of election fraud were false. In addition, the mob that stormed the Capitol was... Read More

2022-06-12 16:24:15
by Dan McCue
Thousands Converge on Washington Mall to Demand New Gun Laws

WASHINGTON — Thousands rallied under a mostly overcast sky on the National Mall on Saturday to demand Congress pass new... Read More

WASHINGTON — Thousands rallied under a mostly overcast sky on the National Mall on Saturday to demand Congress pass new gun control measures after a recent rash of deadly mass shootings. The peaceful protest in Washington was just one of... Read More

2022-06-10 16:10:33
by Madeline Hughes
First Public Jan. 6 Committee Hearing Shared With Community

WASHINGTON — About 250 people gathered around a big screen with picnic blankets, take-out and coolers on a nice crisp... Read More

WASHINGTON — About 250 people gathered around a big screen with picnic blankets, take-out and coolers on a nice crisp early summer night at the Taft Memorial Carillon overlooking the Capitol. The event also drew people who were just out... Read More

2022-06-10 14:50:04
by Natalie McCormick
House Passes ‘Red Flag’ Bill, but Prospects in Senate Doubtful

WASHINGTON — House Democrats passed a “red flag” bill on Thursday that would allow police and even family members to... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Democrats passed a “red flag” bill on Thursday that would allow police and even family members to ask a federal judge to order the removal of firearms from individuals deemed to be at extreme risk of harming... Read More

2022-06-09 14:20:04
by Reece Nations
House Passes Gun Control Package as Senate Negotiations Progress 

WASHINGTON — Gun safety legislation introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., passed in the House of Representatives on a 223-204... Read More

WASHINGTON — Gun safety legislation introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., passed in the House of Representatives on a 223-204 vote, sending a slate of new proposed restrictions on firearms to the Senate. Nadler’s package of bills contains provisions to... Read More

What We Know About Trump's Actions as Insurrection Unfolded

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 will hold their first prime-time hearing Thursday to share what... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 will hold their first prime-time hearing Thursday to share what they have uncovered about then-President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in the deadly... Read More

2022-06-08 23:09:44
by Natalie McCormick
New Dems Roll Out Sweeping Inflation Action Plan

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition released an Inflation Action Plan Wednesday, urging their colleagues in Congress and the Biden... Read More

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition released an Inflation Action Plan Wednesday, urging their colleagues in Congress and the Biden administration to take further, pragmatic steps to ease the financial pressures on American families.   In doing so, the coalition acknowledged... Read More

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