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2023-02-03 19:35:18
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Bill to Benefit ‘VetDogs’ Reintroduced

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill intended to benefit service dogs working with disabled veterans has been reintroduced by Rep. Patrick... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill intended to benefit service dogs working with disabled veterans has been reintroduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. H.R. 807, The Working Dog Commemorative Coin Act, would direct the Treasury Department to mint a three-coin commemorative... Read More

2023-02-03 18:17:02
by Dan McCue
Comer Determined to Advance Inquiries Into Bidens, White House

WASHINGTON — Speaking before the National Press Club this week, House Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., said his panel is... Read More

WASHINGTON — Speaking before the National Press Club this week, House Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., said his panel is determined to press investigations into President Joe Biden and his family to ensure they did not illegally profit from relationships... Read More

2023-02-02 20:40:48
by Dan McCue
McCarthy, Biden, Have ‘Good’ First Meeting on Debt Crisis 

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerged with a smile from an hour of highly anticipated budget talks with... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerged with a smile from an hour of highly anticipated budget talks with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, but gave no indication how quickly next steps will progress to avoid a default on... Read More

2023-02-02 18:57:59
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Boot Rep. Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON — The House voted largely along party lines to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the Foreign Affairs Committee.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House voted largely along party lines to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution voted on Thursday cited a half dozen comments Omar had made between 2019 and 2021 that were deemed... Read More

2023-02-02 18:44:05
by Dan McCue
Travel Group Urges White House, Congress to Take Steps to Boost Industry

WASHINGTON — The travel industry has made progress in recovering from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, but a full... Read More

WASHINGTON — The travel industry has made progress in recovering from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, but a full recovery won’t be achieved until the last COVID restrictions are lifted, including restrictions on travel from China, representatives of the... Read More

2023-01-30 20:05:42
by Dan McCue
Kilmer Says Best Economic Returns Depend on Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., admits he initially found the notion slightly intimidating. Day after day as he arrived... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., admits he initially found the notion slightly intimidating. Day after day as he arrived for work in the economic development office in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, he was greeted by a sign that said, “We... Read More

House GOP Seeks New Restrictions on Use of US Oil Stockpile

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this month, House Republicans are seeking to restrict presidential use of the nation’s... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this month, House Republicans are seeking to restrict presidential use of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile — a proposal that has already drawn a White House veto threat. A GOP bill set for... Read More

2023-01-26 23:10:51
by Dan McCue
Spanberger Leads Push to Prevent Offshore Drilling in Virginia

WASHINGTON — As House Republicans move closer to a vote on a bill intended to curb the president’s ability to... Read More

WASHINGTON — As House Republicans move closer to a vote on a bill intended to curb the president’s ability to sell oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., is pushing for an amendment to prevent her state’s... Read More

2023-01-25 23:14:17
by Dan McCue
House Republicans Vow to Advance Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans vowed Wednesday to move ahead with a vote on a bill restricting the president’s ability to... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Republicans vowed Wednesday to move ahead with a vote on a bill restricting the president’s ability to tap the strategic petroleum reserve, despite a promised veto from the White House. Speaking to reporters at a news conference... Read More

2023-01-25 21:52:43
by Dan McCue
War of Words Heats Up Over GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday blasted away at a GOP proposal to do away... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday blasted away at a GOP proposal to do away with all income and payroll taxes and replace the lost federal revenue with a massive hike in the sales tax.... Read More

2023-01-20 15:51:24
by Dan McCue
Rep. Steube Hospitalized After Fall From Tree

SARASOTA, Fla.— Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., remains hospitalized Friday morning, two days after being seriously injured in a tree-cutting accident... Read More

SARASOTA, Fla.— Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., remains hospitalized Friday morning, two days after being seriously injured in a tree-cutting accident on his property. According to a series of tweets from his office, Steube, an athletic man who once hit a... Read More

2023-01-19 21:09:33
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Announce Road Closures Ahead of ‘March for Life’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police have announced Capitol Complex road closures to accommodate the annual “March for Life” on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police have announced Capitol Complex road closures to accommodate the annual “March for Life” on the National Mall. Thousands of anti-abortion activists and marchers are expected to converge on the National Mall Thursday and Friday... Read More

As US Nears Debt Limit, Political Frictions Raising Alarms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The countdown toward a possible U.S. government default is in the offing — with frictions between President Joe Biden... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The countdown toward a possible U.S. government default is in the offing — with frictions between President Joe Biden and House Republicans raising alarms about whether the U.S. can sidestep a potential economic crisis. The Treasury Department projects that the federal... Read More

2023-01-18 16:15:34
by Dan McCue
Threats Against Lawmakers Are Down, but Still Too High, Chief Says

WASHINGTON — The number of threat investigations opened by the U.S. Capitol Police was markedly down last year compared to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The number of threat investigations opened by the U.S. Capitol Police was markedly down last year compared to 2020 and 2021, but remains far too high, according to the department’s chief. Last year, the U.S. Capitol Police Threat... Read More

2023-01-18 15:54:29
by Dan McCue
Santos Gets Nod for Two Committee Assignments

WASHINGTON — Controversial Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., has been recommended for seats on the House Small Business and Science, Space... Read More

WASHINGTON — Controversial Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., has been recommended for seats on the House Small Business and Science, Space and Technologies Committees. The recommendations were handed down Tuesday evening by the House GOP Steering Committee, a panel consisting of... Read More

2023-01-17 21:34:13
by Dan McCue
Greene, Gosar Get Committee Assignments

WASHINGTON — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., are getting committee assignments in the new Congress, two... Read More

WASHINGTON — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., are getting committee assignments in the new Congress, two years after being booted from similar positions for incendiary statements. In a pair of unanimous votes, the House GOP Steering... Read More

2023-01-13 21:29:27
by Dan McCue
Biden to Deliver State of the Union Feb. 7

WASHINGTON — Invitation sent, invitation accepted. Minutes after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Friday invited President Joe Biden to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Invitation sent, invitation accepted. Minutes after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Friday invited President Joe Biden to deliver his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 7, the president said... Read More

2023-01-13 16:40:59
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Assail House GOP Decision to Void PAYGO Rule

WASHINGTON — House Republicans who voted to eliminate a longstanding pay-as-you-go rule earlier this week are getting an earful from... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Republicans who voted to eliminate a longstanding pay-as-you-go rule earlier this week are getting an earful from colleagues in the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats. “This rules package reveals the hypocrisy of Republican posturing on fiscal... Read More

Speaker McCarthy's Tidy 1st Week Disguises Trouble Ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chaos? In the House of Representatives? Republican Kevin McCarthy wrapped his first full week as House speaker in the most... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chaos? In the House of Representatives? Republican Kevin McCarthy wrapped his first full week as House speaker in the most outwardly orderly way, with hardly a hint of the chaotic, rebellious fight it took for the Republicans to arrive here, having barely... Read More

2023-01-12 21:38:49
by Tom Ramstack
GOP Bill Seeks to Stop Alleged Social Media Censorship

WASHINGTON — House Republicans put more pressure on social media companies Thursday by introducing a bill that would block the... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Republicans put more pressure on social media companies Thursday by introducing a bill that would block the Biden administration from trying to remove certain kinds of information from their websites. Republicans who introduced the bill said they... Read More

2023-01-12 16:42:49
by Dan McCue
Pallone Asserts GOP Missed Opportunity for Bipartisan Support of First Energy Bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are expected to approve a measure Thursday that would prohibit sales of oil from the United... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are expected to approve a measure Thursday that would prohibit sales of oil from the United States’ strategic petroleum reserve to the People’s Republic of China. But Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., the ranking member of... Read More

2023-01-11 18:46:46
by Dan McCue
Nassau County GOP Calls on Santos to Resign House Seat

WESTBURY, N.Y. — The Nassau County Republican Committee and several of Long Island, New York’s, most powerful GOP officials called... Read More

WESTBURY, N.Y. — The Nassau County Republican Committee and several of Long Island, New York’s, most powerful GOP officials called on Rep. George Santos to resign after revelations that he lied repeatedly about his personal and professional life. At a... Read More

Unity Is New Tone for Often-Divided Democrats in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — The infighting was so intense a year ago that Democrats who controlled both the White House and... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The infighting was so intense a year ago that Democrats who controlled both the White House and Congress couldn't win support for a sweeping social spending package that was the party's top legislative priority. President Joe Biden,... Read More

US to Max Out on Debt Soon, Setting Up Political Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is on track to max out on its $31.4 trillion borrowing authority as soon... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is on track to max out on its $31.4 trillion borrowing authority as soon as this month, starting the clock on an expected standoff between President Joe Biden and the new House Republican majority... Read More

2023-01-10 16:36:52
by Dan McCue
Katie Porter Announces Bid for Feinstein Senate Seat

WASHINGTON — Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., fresh off a successful bid to be elected to represent California’s newly redistricted 47th... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., fresh off a successful bid to be elected to represent California’s newly redistricted 47th Congressional District, announced Tuesday she is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2024, seeking the seat currently held by... Read More

2023-01-10 16:35:39
by Dan McCue
House Narrowly Approves New Rules Package

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed through an overhaul of the rules for the new Congress on Monday, overcoming the concerns... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed through an overhaul of the rules for the new Congress on Monday, overcoming the concerns of some members of their own party regarding concessions Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made last week to finally become speaker.... Read More

2023-01-09 15:59:59
by Dan McCue
FEC Flags Contribution Issues in George Santos' Filings

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission last week flagged a number of issues with reported contributions made to embattled Rep.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission last week flagged a number of issues with reported contributions made to embattled Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., who has come under scrutiny for sweeping lies he’s told about his personal life and career. In... Read More

2023-01-07 15:04:09
by Dan McCue
McCarthy Wins Speakership in Post-Midnight Session

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won election as House Speaker early Saturday morning after a last minute maneuver at... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won election as House Speaker early Saturday morning after a last minute maneuver at the end of the 15th round of voting forestalled a motion for adjournment and another potential round of voting next... Read More

2023-01-06 19:00:49
by Dan McCue
Tide Turns Toward McCarthy in Latest Speaker Votes

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., lost a 13th straight speakership vote on Friday afternoon, but for the first time... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., lost a 13th straight speakership vote on Friday afternoon, but for the first time all week, several Republican holdouts flipped their votes in his favor, apparently paving the way for his ultimate victory. Though... Read More

2023-01-06 14:34:55
by Dan McCue
White House Toughens Border Policy

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the United States would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the United States would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who cross the border from Mexico illegally. The new rules expand on an existing effort to stop Venezuelans attempting to... Read More

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