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House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
Cities
House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
2020-06-26 13:15:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Friday will vote on historic legislation that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, making it the 51st U.S. state. The bill -- aptly named H.R. 51 -- is expected to pass... Read More

Gohmert Tries to Drown Out Barr Critic With Incessant Tapping at Hearing
Congress
Gohmert Tries to Drown Out Barr Critic With Incessant Tapping at Hearing

WASHINGTON — East Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tried Wednesday to drown out a critic of Attorney General William Barr by tapping his desk during a House hearing — not just once or twice like a judge or chairman calling for... Read More

U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations
Law
U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations
2020-06-25 16:55:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Current and former Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday accused the U.S. Attorney General of allowing Trump administration policies to influence criminal investigations and prosecutions. They also said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Justice Department administrators threatened... Read More

Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
Congress
Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
2020-06-24 19:15:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass on Wednesday after Senate Democrats said its proposed reforms didn't go far enough in the wake of the deaths of... Read More

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement
Economy
Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement
2020-06-23 18:48:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition representing 130 small businesses and key industry organizations.  The bill, entitled the “Jumpstarting Our 5 Businesses’ Success Credit Act”, or... Read More

Fauci to Testify at a Fraught Time for US Pandemic Response
Health
Fauci to Testify at a Fraught Time for US Pandemic Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations, Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday at a fraught moment in the nation's pandemic response. The... Read More

Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says
Congress
Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says

A top House Democrat says there’s little point pursuing the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, as some lawmakers have urged, because a “corrupt” Senate will simply ignore the charges. Impeaching Barr is “a waste of time at this point... Read More

House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
Infrastructure
House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
2020-06-19 18:56:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said combines the best of several existing proposals on roads, education, broadband and more, with a particular focus on clean energy, sustainability... Read More

Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
Aviation
Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
2020-06-19 18:28:47
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two senators serving on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced legislation designed to improve aviation safety following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.  Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member,... Read More

Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
Congress
Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
2020-06-18 18:37:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. The move is the latest in her effort to expunge honorifics for Confederate... Read More

Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless
Congress
Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless

The U.S. has spent more than half of $3 trillion in economic rescue funds passed by Congress — with little of the oversight intended to ensure the money goes to the right places. Three new oversight bodies are barely functional:... Read More

Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says
Congress
Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are now required to wear masks during in-person committee meetings, but it’s up to the chairmen and chairwomen of those panels to decide on enforcement. Following updated guidance from attending physician Brian Monahan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Read More

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