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2024-06-14 19:20:00
by Tom Ramstack
Congressional Bill Would Prevent Student Athletes Being Employees

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee approved a bill Thursday that would prevent student athletes from being categorized as employees... Read More

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee approved a bill Thursday that would prevent student athletes from being categorized as employees of their universities. A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled in February that student athletes were university employees, thereby allowing... Read More

2024-06-14 15:30:54
by Dan McCue
GOP Wins Fourth Straight Congressional Baseball Game

WASHINGTON — The Republicans soundly defeated their Democratic colleagues in the annual Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday night, the final score... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Republicans soundly defeated their Democratic colleagues in the annual Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday night, the final score being 31-11. The number that really mattered, however, was the record $2.2 million the game raised for local charities. Next... Read More

2024-06-13 21:51:58
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Criticize Chief Justice for Supreme Court Ethics Enforcement

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats criticized the Supreme Court's chief justice Thursday for failing to enforce ethics standards on the court... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats criticized the Supreme Court's chief justice Thursday for failing to enforce ethics standards on the court as they consider a proposal to intervene. Lawmakers were discussing a Senate Judiciary Committee bill to impose a new code... Read More

2024-06-11 19:11:17
by Dan McCue
Trump to Return to Capitol Hill Thursday to Rally Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump will be on Capitol Hill Thursday for separate meetings to rally House and Senate... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump will be on Capitol Hill Thursday for separate meetings to rally House and Senate Republicans in the wake of his recent conviction in the New York hush-money trial while laying out his vision for... Read More

2024-06-11 18:52:47
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Criticize Republican-Inspired Vote on Contempt for Attorney General

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are blasting Republicans ahead of their planned vote this week in the House to hold U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are blasting Republicans ahead of their planned vote this week in the House to hold U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt. Garland has refused to turn over audio tapes of Special Counsel Robert Hur's interview... Read More

2024-06-07 16:09:48
by Dan McCue
Netanyahu Set to Address Congress on July 24

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted a bipartisan invitation to address a joint meeting of Congress, and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted a bipartisan invitation to address a joint meeting of Congress, and will do so on Wednesday, July 24, the two top Republicans on the Hill announced Thursday night. In a joint... Read More

2024-06-05 21:30:38
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Looks Beyond Cryptocurrency Risks to Consider Economic Benefits

WASHINGTON — Financial experts told a congressional subcommittee Wednesday that cryptocurrency is ready to be incorporated into traditional markets and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Financial experts told a congressional subcommittee Wednesday that cryptocurrency is ready to be incorporated into traditional markets and industries through pending federal legislation. If the proposals to expand use of cryptocurrency are approved by Congress, it could become... Read More

2024-06-04 21:58:45
by Tom Ramstack
Attorney General Refuses to Be ‘Intimidated’ by Congressional Threats

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a congressional hearing Tuesday that he would “not be intimidated” by... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a congressional hearing Tuesday that he would “not be intimidated” by Republicans who threatened to hold him in contempt for declining to turn over information to them. Republicans on the House... Read More

2024-06-03 21:05:30
by Tom Ramstack
Fauci Dismisses GOP Claims of COVID Cover-Up

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Monday to a congressional panel reviewing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Monday to a congressional panel reviewing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a hearing that quickly devolved into partisan politics. Fauci, formerly the nation's top infectious disease expert, won praise from Democrats... Read More

2024-05-29 18:53:27
by Dan McCue
House Ethics Committee Sets Panel for Cuellar Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced the formation of an investigative subcommittee to look into alleged criminal... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced the formation of an investigative subcommittee to look into alleged criminal conduct by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. As previously reported by The Well News, Cuellar and his wife were indicted on... Read More

2024-05-25 20:51:13
by Tom Ramstack
US House Voids DC Law Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is now set to decide whether the District of Columbia’s controversial law that allows non-citizens... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is now set to decide whether the District of Columbia’s controversial law that allows non-citizens to vote in local elections survives. The House this week approved a measure to cancel the law. “Allowing noncitizens —... Read More

Supreme Court Finds No Bias Against Black Voters in a South Carolina Congressional District

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against Black voters. In dissent, liberal justices warned that the court was insulating states from... Read More

Election Deniers Moving Closer to GOP Mainstream, Report Shows, as Trump Allies Fill Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Ohio’s then-Republican senator, Rob... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Ohio’s then-Republican senator, Rob Portman, voted to accept President Joe Biden’s win over the defeated former president, Donald Trump, despite Trump’s false allegations that Biden only won... Read More

2024-05-17 16:11:23
by Dan McCue
15 House Members Named Finalists for Extraordinary Public Service Awards

WASHINGTON — Fifteen members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, have been named finalists for a Democracy Award, an annual award... Read More

WASHINGTON — Fifteen members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, have been named finalists for a Democracy Award, an annual award bestowed by the Congressional Management Foundation to recognize excellence in constituent services by members and their offices. Founded in 1977,... Read More

GOP Advances Garland Contempt Charges After White House Exerts Executive Privilege Over Biden Audio

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees moved ahead Thursday with contempt charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland for refusing to turn over... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees moved ahead Thursday with contempt charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland for refusing to turn over audio from President Joe Biden’s interview with a special counsel, advancing the matter after the White House's decision to block the... Read More

2024-05-10 19:51:39
by Dan McCue
DC Circuit Upholds Bannon Contempt Conviction

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld Steve Bannon’s conviction for contempt of Congress on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld Steve Bannon’s conviction for contempt of Congress on Friday, rejecting the Trump confidante’s argument that he didn’t respond to a subpoena on the advice of his attorney. Bannon,... Read More

2024-05-08 22:05:16
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Kill Greene's Bid to Oust Speaker

WASHINGTON — In a bipartisan show of force, the House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly voted to save Speaker Mike Johnson,... Read More

WASHINGTON — In a bipartisan show of force, the House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly voted to save Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., from a coup attempted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. The stunning turn of events occurred just minutes after... Read More

2024-05-08 21:45:56
by Dan McCue
House Panel Throws Unanimous Support Behind Telehealth Bill

WASHINGTON — The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously advanced a bill on Wednesday that would extend Medicare’s COVID-era ability... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously advanced a bill on Wednesday that would extend Medicare’s COVID-era ability to support telehealth visits and pay for acute-level hospital care provided in patients’ homes. The proposed legislation, called the Preserving... Read More

2024-05-07 21:07:12
by Dan McCue
Greene Wavers as Speaker Balks at Negotiating for Job

WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., appears to be backing off her threat to “absolutely” force a vote on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., appears to be backing off her threat to “absolutely” force a vote on her motion to vacate the speaker’s chair, telling reporters Tuesday that she’s willing to give House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.,... Read More

2024-05-07 19:48:21
by Dan McCue
Biden Condemns Antisemitism in Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned the “ferocious surge of antisemitism” in the United States following the Oct.... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned the “ferocious surge of antisemitism” in the United States following the Oct. 7, 2023, attacks by Hamas that killed 1,200 Israelis, urging Americans not to “surrender our future to the horrors of... Read More

2024-05-03 19:40:53
by Dan McCue
Rep. Cuellar and Wife Indicted on Bribery Charges

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and his wife were indicted on charges related to allegedly accepting nearly $600,000 in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and his wife were indicted on charges related to allegedly accepting nearly $600,000 in bribes and laundered funds from an oil company owned by the Azerbaijan government as well as a Mexican bank. The... Read More

2024-05-02 22:23:19
by Dan McCue
Regional Leadership Council Advancing Democrats’ ‘Invest in America’ Mission

WASHINGTON — When it comes to one political party advancing its economic agenda, few can lay claim to the level... Read More

WASHINGTON — When it comes to one political party advancing its economic agenda, few can lay claim to the level of success Democrats reached in the period when the Biden administration coincided with the Democratically controlled 117th Congress. At something... Read More

2024-05-01 20:15:38
by Tom Ramstack
Congressmen Demand DC Police Remove Anti-Israel College Protesters

WASHINGTON — Republican members of Congress sent letters to Washington, D.C.'s mayor Tuesday demanding an explanation of why local police... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican members of Congress sent letters to Washington, D.C.'s mayor Tuesday demanding an explanation of why local police have not cleared what the lawmakers called an "unlawful and antisemitic protest encampment" from the campus of George Washington University.... Read More

2024-05-01 15:23:19
by Dan McCue
Offended by ‘Sloppy Kiss’ With Dems, Greene Will Demand Vote on Johnson Ouster

WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on Wednesday said she plans to force a vote next week on whether... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on Wednesday said she plans to force a vote next week on whether Mike Johnson, R-La., should remain House speaker. The move comes seven months after the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy,... Read More

2024-04-30 20:43:49
by Dan McCue
In Bold Display of Bipartisanship, Democrats Tell Johnson They’ve Got His Back

WASHINGTON — The House Democratic leadership on Tuesday said if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., proceeds with introducing a motion... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Democratic leadership on Tuesday said if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., proceeds with introducing a motion to oust Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., they will muster enough support to table and effectively kill the measure. The revelation,... Read More

AP Decision Notes: What to Expect in New York's Special Congressional Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ majority could tighten by another vote after Tuesday’s special congressional election in Buffalo — at least, temporarily.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ majority could tighten by another vote after Tuesday’s special congressional election in Buffalo — at least, temporarily. Voters are choosing a replacement for Democrat Brian Higgins, a longtime House member who cited the “slow and frustrating” pace... Read More

2024-04-24 18:29:48
by Dan McCue
Rep. Payne Succumbs to ‘Cardiac Episode’

NEWARK, N.J. — Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., the former city council president who succeeded his father in the House... Read More

NEWARK, N.J. — Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., the former city council president who succeeded his father in the House and represented his district for more than a decade, died Wednesday morning. Payne’s death was confirmed by New Jersey Gov.... Read More

The House Passes Billions in Aid for Ukraine and Israel After Months of Struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies in a rare... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies in a rare weekend session as Democrats and Republicans banded together after months of hard-right resistance over renewed American support for repelling Russia’s invasion.... Read More

2024-04-19 18:18:50
by Dan McCue
House Advances International Aid Bills, Setting Up Final Vote on Saturday

WASHINGTON — The House handily advanced legislation on Friday that would send military and other aid to Ukraine, Israel, Gaza... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House handily advanced legislation on Friday that would send military and other aid to Ukraine, Israel, Gaza and the Indo-Pacific, despite rumblings among some Republicans that such a move would spell curtains for Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.... Read More

House’s Ukraine, Israel Aid Package Gains Biden's Support as Speaker Johnson Fights to Keep His Job

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he strongly supports a proposal from Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to provide... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he strongly supports a proposal from Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending crucial bipartisan support to the effort this week to approve $95 billion in... Read More

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