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Republicans Vow to Keep Raising Jan. 6 Questions, Despite Committee Quarrels
Political News
Republicans Vow to Keep Raising Jan. 6 Questions, Despite Committee Quarrels
2021-07-23 20:34:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As a select committee prepares to open its investigation Tuesday into the events leading up to and during the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill, a trio of House Republican wonder what might have been. Everyone expected some... Read More

Pelosi Says 'Deadly Serious' Jan. 6 Probe to Go Without GOP
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Pelosi Says 'Deadly Serious' Jan. 6 Probe to Go Without GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by Republican threats of a boycott, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will take on its "deadly serious" work whether Republicans participate or not.  The Republicans' House... Read More

Greenhouse Gases Heat Up Lawmakers’ Health Concerns
Climate
Greenhouse Gases Heat Up Lawmakers’ Health Concerns
2021-07-21 21:16:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The million acres of forest that burned in western states in the past week were a lesser concern for a congressional panel that discussed the hazards of high heat caused by climate change Wednesday. “It’s becoming a routine... Read More

House Democrats Urge Biden to Permanently Close Digital Divide
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House Democrats Urge Biden to Permanently Close Digital Divide
2021-07-21 20:42:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to permanently close the nation’s digital divide by targeting federal investments in broadband to the hardest to reach areas, while also providing a permanent, federally-funded broadband benefit program to financially vulnerable... Read More

Sexual Assault in the Military Subject of Congressional Hearing
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Sexual Assault in the Military Subject of Congressional Hearing
2021-07-21 12:59:13
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing recently to discuss a new set of recommendations to better address sexual assault in the military. “The toll that sexual assault and sexual harassment has taken on our military is devastating and... Read More

DC Circuit Strikes Down GOP Challenge to Proxy Voting
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DC Circuit Strikes Down GOP Challenge to Proxy Voting
2021-07-20 19:51:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - A Republican-led challenge to a House resolution allowing members to vote remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic ended abruptly Tuesday after the D.C. Circuit held it had no authority to review a “core” legislative act of Congress. House Resolution... Read More

Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge
Foreign Affairs
Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge
2021-07-19 20:57:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would expedite visas for Afghans who assisted the U.S. military glided through a congressional hearing Monday as the urgency grows to save them. As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, some Afghans who helped the U.S.... Read More

Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Voters Support Investments in Zero-Emission School Buses
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Voters Support Investments in Zero-Emission School Buses
2021-07-19 15:16:36
by TWN Staff

The American Lung Association has released new poll results showing that a majority (68%) of American voters – across all major demographic groups – support Congress investing in zero-emission school buses for children nationwide. The poll findings are released as... Read More

Emmer Urges Biden to Get Afghan Interpreters Out Of Harm's Way
Foreign Affairs
Emmer Urges Biden to Get Afghan Interpreters Out Of Harm's Way
2021-07-15 20:22:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A letter from Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., to President Joe Biden this week urged the administration for firm plans to safeguard Afghans who worked with American troops during the War on Terror. As American troops continue to withdraw from... Read More

House Subcommittee Considers Increase of Incentives for Small Business Accelerators
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House Subcommittee Considers Increase of Incentives for Small Business Accelerators
2021-07-15 12:59:25
by Victoria Turner

When Foster Care Technologies created an algorithm to match foster children with foster parents, the University of Kansas’ Innovation Park was able to assist the non-profit agency’s creation and management of the Every Child A Priority software platform. Now, this... Read More

Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
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Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
2021-07-14 21:15:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel called a group of virologists together Wednesday to figure out the source of the COVID-19 virus but ended their hearing by concluding they still don’t know. However, they did agree the virus that has killed... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
2021-07-14 21:10:47
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is calling on House and Senate leaders to establish a bipartisan commission to assess the United States preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the origins of the virus. The letter, which... Read More

Inquiry Into Jan. 6 Riot to Begin With Police Testimony
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Inquiry Into Jan. 6 Riot to Begin With Police Testimony
2021-07-14 20:36:00
by TWN Staff

The select committee investigating  the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol will hold its first hearing on July 27 at 9:30 a.m. The panel, which is chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., will first hear testimony from... Read More

Biden Visits Capitol Hill to Firm Up Support for Budget Deal
Political News
Biden Visits Capitol Hill to Firm Up Support for Budget Deal
2021-07-14 20:09:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday for a working lunch with Senate Democrats, a day after party leaders announced a compromise, $3.5 trillion budget deal that pours federal dollars into a slew of climate change... Read More

Small Business Advocates Plead for Help Recovering from the Pandemic
Congress
Small Business Advocates Plead for Help Recovering from the Pandemic
2021-07-14 14:31:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress threw their support Tuesday behind President Joe Biden’s goal of helping small and rural businesses but with different perspectives on how to achieve it. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, suggested that Congress provide a dedicated source... Read More

Diversity Among Federal Judges Sought by Congressional Panel
Judiciary
Diversity Among Federal Judges Sought by Congressional Panel
2021-07-12 20:22:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Legal experts who testified to Congress Monday gave qualified support to President Joe Biden’s plan to make the federal judiciary more diversified. They said a judiciary that looks like the rest of America’s population was more likely to... Read More

Both Sides Lay Cards on The Table on Drug Pricing
Prescription Drugs
Both Sides Lay Cards on The Table on Drug Pricing
2021-07-09 13:16:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A trio of House Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, accused the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies on Thursday of being more concerned with... Read More

Unemployment Insurance Needs Federal Changes, Says Economic Policy Institute
Think Tanks
Unemployment Insurance Needs Federal Changes, Says Economic Policy Institute
2021-07-08 19:42:47
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute outlines structural reforms for unemployment insurance in the U.S., including a stronger role for the federal government in providing that insurance. According to the report, unemployment benefits in the country, a... Read More

Poll Finds Most Americans Want Infrastructure Paid for With Offsets
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Most Americans Want Infrastructure Paid for With Offsets
2021-07-08 17:15:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Nine in 10 registered voters want federal infrastructure plans to be paid for with offsets, including clearly identified spending cuts or revenue raisers, a new Peterson Foundation poll found. And the result holds true for 86% of Democrats,... Read More

Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
Media
Raskin, Lieu, Yarmouth Step Up to Protect a Free Press
2021-07-08 12:32:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and John Yarmuth, D-Ky., are stepping up to protect journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources and to prevent federal law enforcement from abusing subpoena power. On Wednesday, the three... Read More

In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage
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In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a crucial moment for Democrats, party leaders are hunting for a sweet spot that would satisfy their rival moderate and progressive wings on legislation to finance President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar agenda of bolstering the economy and... Read More

Clyburn Leading Effort to Create Revolutionary War Corridor in Carolinas
Tourism
Clyburn Leading Effort to Create Revolutionary War Corridor in Carolinas
2021-07-06 18:05:43
by Dan McCue

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., is leading a bipartisan effort to preserve and showcase important Revolutionary War sites in both North and South Carolina and create a new trail linking them. The bill, H.R. 1286, otherwise known as the Southern Campaign... Read More

CPAs Endorse Bipartisan Push to Regulate Tax Return Preparers
In The News
CPAs Endorse Bipartisan Push to Regulate Tax Return Preparers
2021-07-06 13:55:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill aimed at increasing oversight for paid tax return preparers has garnered the support of the American Institute of CPAs. The bill, the Taxpayer Protection and Preparer Proficiency Act, was introduced last month by Rep. Jimmy... Read More

Who’s Who on the Select Committee Investigating Capitol Siege
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Who’s Who on the Select Committee Investigating Capitol Siege
2021-07-02 14:39:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created quite the splash by appointing Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming to the new select committee that will soon begin a new investigation into the violent Jan. 6 attack on the... Read More

$28 Million to Central Florida Thanks to Murphy Efforts on Transportation Bill
Infrastructure
$28 Million to Central Florida Thanks to Murphy Efforts on Transportation Bill
2021-07-02 13:03:56
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The first transportation bill to pass the House of Representatives this session includes over $28 million in funding for eight central Florida projects, thanks to the efforts of Rep. Stephanie Murphy. The Winter Park Democrat said she pushed... Read More

Pelosi Casts Spotlight on Efforts of Women's Caucus to Help Working Families
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Pelosi Casts Spotlight on Efforts of Women's Caucus to Help Working Families
2021-07-02 12:57:13
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press event with the Democratic Women’s Caucus on Thursday for the Care Economy.  Pelosi said the event was to tell the American people that the Democratic women in the House of Representatives and... Read More

Pelosi Names GOP's Cheney to Panel Investigating Jan. 6 Riot
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Pelosi Names GOP's Cheney to Panel Investigating Jan. 6 Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday named Republican Rep. Liz Cheney to a new select committee on the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, elevating the most unyielding GOP critic of former President Donald Trump to... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent China from Threatening Telecom Networks
Telecom
Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent China from Threatening Telecom Networks
2021-07-01 15:04:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Legislation intended to prevent China from threatening U.S. telecom networks was front and center Wednesday during a meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Introduced by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. and... Read More

Congress Told FBI Often Violates Privacy With Poorly Monitored Internet Warrants
Law Enforcement
Congress Told FBI Often Violates Privacy With Poorly Monitored Internet Warrants
2021-06-30 20:36:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Free press advocates told Congress Wednesday that the Justice Department is out of control in secretly seeking Internet-based information about its political adversaries. Comments from lawmakers during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee indicated the FBI and... Read More

House Votes to Ease Entry Process for Afghan Interpreters
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House Votes to Ease Entry Process for Afghan Interpreters
2021-06-30 20:19:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A bipartisan bill that would speed up the refugee process for Afghans who assisted U.S. soldiers passed the House on Tuesday. It is part of the attempt to shield them from retaliation, which has become a pressing issue as... Read More

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