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2022-08-13 15:42:42
by Dan McCue
House Passes Inflation Reduction Act, Sends on to President

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday afternoon gave its approval to the Inflation Reduction Act, delivering a significant victory to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday afternoon gave its approval to the Inflation Reduction Act, delivering a significant victory to President Joe Biden. The final vote was 220-207, along party lines. Four Republicans did not vote. In a tweet from... Read More

Dems Near Congressional Passage of Climate, Health Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their flagship climate change and health care bill toward House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their flagship climate change and health care bill toward House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on the brink of a back-from-the-dead triumph on his leading domestic goals that could energize his party going into November’s elections. Democrats were poised... Read More

2022-08-09 20:13:36
by Dan McCue
Trump Can’t Keep Tax Returns From House Panel, DC Circuit Rules

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump cannot block Congress from obtaining his tax returns as part of a House investigation... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump cannot block Congress from obtaining his tax returns as part of a House investigation into audits of sitting presidents by the IRS, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision by the U.S. Court... Read More

2022-08-08 21:48:49
by Dan McCue
With Senate Passage, Nation on Cusp of Having First Climate Law

WASHINGTON — “It wasn’t on the scoreboard one month ago,” Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., marveled when talking to reporters over... Read More

WASHINGTON — “It wasn’t on the scoreboard one month ago,” Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., marveled when talking to reporters over the weekend, but in just a matter of days a budget reconciliation bill long presumed dead was suddenly a “historic”... Read More

Democrats Say They've Reached Agreement on Economic Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have agreed to eleventh-hour changes to their marquee economic legislation, they announced late Thursday, clearing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have agreed to eleventh-hour changes to their marquee economic legislation, they announced late Thursday, clearing the major impediment to pushing one of President Joe Biden’s paramount election-year priorities through the chamber in coming days. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema,... Read More

2022-08-04 13:38:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
Organ Transplant Network Is a ‘System in Need of Repair’ 

WASHINGTON — For 36 years, the United Network for Organ Sharing has provided a system for sick patients to get... Read More

WASHINGTON — For 36 years, the United Network for Organ Sharing has provided a system for sick patients to get donated vital organs but members from the Senate Committee on Finance are finding continued issues with the technology, and the... Read More

2022-08-03 21:03:02
by Dan McCue
Rep. Jackie Walorski Killed in Indiana Car Crash

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was one of four people killed on Wednesday in a motor vehicle crash near... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was one of four people killed on Wednesday in a motor vehicle crash near Nappanee, Indiana. According to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office, the head-on crash occurred at about 12:32 p.m. near the intersection... Read More

2022-08-03 16:05:25
by Dan McCue
Pallone Blasts Oil Companies Over Profits As Consumers Suffer at the Pump

WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee ripped into four major oil... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee ripped into four major oil companies who reported record high profits in the first half of the year as consumers continued to suffer sticker shock... Read More

2022-08-01 21:21:51
by Tom Ramstack
House Approves Bill to Fight Fires Raging Across Western States

WASHINGTON — The heat wave hanging over Western states during the weekend turned a northern California wildfire into the state’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — The heat wave hanging over Western states during the weekend turned a northern California wildfire into the state’s biggest of the year while firefighters continued battling it Monday. The raging McKinney Fire also is giving political momentum to... Read More

2022-07-29 21:15:22
by Tom Ramstack
Bill Would Help Congress Counteract Supreme Court Rulings

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats proposed a bill Thursday that would authorize Congress to override Supreme Court decisions that interpret constitutional... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats proposed a bill Thursday that would authorize Congress to override Supreme Court decisions that interpret constitutional rights or federal statutes. The Supreme Court Review Act would streamline procedures for Congress to use legislation to amend statutes... Read More

2022-07-29 17:24:14
by Madeline Hughes
House Sends CHIPS Act to Biden

WASHINGTON — The House sent the $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act to President Joe Biden’s desk with a ​​243-187... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House sent the $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act to President Joe Biden’s desk with a ​​243-187 vote Thursday afternoon just before starting its August recess. The legislation aims to reinvigorate the tech economy by subsidizing the... Read More

2022-07-29 15:14:12
by Dan McCue
GOP Romps in 10-0 Shellacking of Dems at Nationals Park

WASHINGTON — It is one of D.C.’s most wholesome and much needed traditions, even if on occasion it becomes a... Read More

WASHINGTON — It is one of D.C.’s most wholesome and much needed traditions, even if on occasion it becomes a slightly rain-soaked, lopsided affair. In the end, the Republicans defeated the Democrats by a score of 10-0 in the Congressional... Read More

2022-07-29 14:52:48
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Braces Itself for Ruling on State Authority Over Elections

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried Thursday to prepare for another Supreme Court ruling that could upend conventional thinking, this... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried Thursday to prepare for another Supreme Court ruling that could upend conventional thinking, this time on state authority over federal elections. Depending on how the Supreme Court rules in the case of Moore v.... Read More

2022-07-27 20:22:47
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Vow ‘Robust’ Response to Protests at Congressional Baseball Game

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are assuring the public that a robust security plan is in place to protect both... Read More

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are assuring the public that a robust security plan is in place to protect both members of Congress and the general public at Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. For weeks, the protest... Read More

2022-07-26 22:55:22
by Dan McCue
Judge Rules Marjorie Taylor Greene Will Stay on Ballot

ATLANTA — A superior court judge in Atlanta has ruled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is eligible to run for... Read More

ATLANTA — A superior court judge in Atlanta has ruled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is eligible to run for reelection to Congress. The ruling by Chief Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court was a blow to... Read More

2022-07-22 20:32:49
by Tom Ramstack
Bannon Found Guilty of Defying Congressional Subpoena

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two... Read More

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the... Read More

2022-07-22 20:14:49
by Dan McCue
Ethics Panel Won’t Take Action on Rep. Chu’s Abortion Protest Arrest

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Friday said it would take no disciplinary action on Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee on Friday said it would take no disciplinary action on Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., who was arrested June 30 during an abortion rights protest near the Supreme Court building. Chu is the principal sponsor... Read More

2022-07-22 20:12:59
by Tom Ramstack
DC Mayor Could Deploy National Guard Under Defense Bill Approved by House

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency under the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this month. The $840.2 billion bill would... Read More

2022-07-22 13:20:15
by Tom Ramstack
Patent Office Accused of Allowing Politics to Decide Inventors’ Rights

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of the U.S. economic system. Patents are a centerpiece of American technology and foreign trade, particularly in competition with China. Legal... Read More

2022-07-20 23:19:38
by Madeline Hughes
Bipartisan Data Privacy Legislation Passes Out of Committee

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation to protect data that “identifies or is linked or reasonably linkable” to any one person passed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation to protect data that “identifies or is linked or reasonably linkable” to any one person passed in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in a 53-2 vote Wednesday. “Today’s vote has been years in the... Read More

2022-07-20 21:12:19
by Tom Ramstack
UN Representative Predicts Food Crisis Without Unified International Assistance 

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director... Read More

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director of world hunger programs told a House committee Wednesday. “There’s a lot of bad things about to happen,” said David... Read More

2022-07-19 20:33:16
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Administration Wants to Expand Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection

WASHINGTON — While military analysts discussed in the media the risks Russia will use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine,... Read More

WASHINGTON — While military analysts discussed in the media the risks Russia will use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine, a Senate committee on Tuesday considered whether the United States was prepared for such an attack. The federal government established... Read More

Partisan Lines Form over Dem Drug Price Curbs, Economic Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning that Democrats’ plans to curb drug prices would insert “socialist... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning that Democrats’ plans to curb drug prices would insert “socialist price controls" between Americans and the treatments they need as partisan battle lines form over a shrunken economic package that President Joe... Read More

2022-07-18 23:30:30
by Tom Ramstack
Prosecutors Select Jury in Bannon Contempt Trial

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors were promising a quick trial of former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon after choosing a jury in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors were promising a quick trial of former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon after choosing a jury in the case Monday in Washington, D.C. Bannon is being prosecuted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to... Read More

2022-07-18 21:24:03
by Dan McCue
Staffers in Eight House Offices File Union Organizing Petitions

WASHINGTON — Staffers in eight congressional offices have formally applied for recognition of their union by the Office of Congressional... Read More

WASHINGTON — Staffers in eight congressional offices have formally applied for recognition of their union by the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights. The staffers are all members of the recently formed Congressional Workers Union. They work in the offices of... Read More

2022-07-18 21:22:23
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Amendment to NDAA Reverses Moratorium on Wind Farm Leases

WASHINGTON — The House has passed a bipartisan amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act submitted by Rep. Deborah... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House has passed a bipartisan amendment to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act submitted by Rep. Deborah Ross, D-N.C., that rolls back former President Donald Trump’s 10-year moratorium on offshore energy leases off the Atlantic coast. For... Read More

2022-07-18 19:05:27
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Impose Nationality Requirements on Offshore Energy Workers

WASHINGTON — Advocates for the just-blossoming U.S. offshore wind energy sector are up in arms over a provision included in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Advocates for the just-blossoming U.S. offshore wind energy sector are up in arms over a provision included in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act that would impose new nationality requirements for crew members working on offshore energy projects.... Read More

2022-07-15 20:22:14
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Control the Harm of Climate Change on Food Production

WASHINGTON — Congress is searching for an innovative approach to rising food prices as climate change, political policy and farming... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is searching for an innovative approach to rising food prices as climate change, political policy and farming increasingly collide, leaving consumers to suffer the consequences. For some, it means a bigger part of their annual budgets will... Read More

2022-07-15 16:02:21
by Dan McCue
Sen. Manchin Dashes Administration’s Hope of Addressing Climate Change

WASHINGTON — In something of a stunner, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told Democratic party leaders on Thursday that he could... Read More

WASHINGTON — In something of a stunner, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told Democratic party leaders on Thursday that he could not support funding for climate or energy programs in a proposed “slimmed down” reconciliation bill that had been the subject... Read More

2022-07-14 20:43:16
by Tom Ramstack
Abortion Dispute Plays Out in Congress … Again

WASHINGTON — Impassioned opinions over abortion returned to Congress Wednesday in a House hearing that renewed disputes over whether a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Impassioned opinions over abortion returned to Congress Wednesday in a House hearing that renewed disputes over whether a woman’s rights should override rights of the unborn. The hearing was supposed to assess the consequences of the Supreme Court... Read More

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