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House Democrats Unveil Committee Assignments for 117th Congress
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House Democrats Unveil Committee Assignments for 117th Congress
2020-12-22 18:54:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While most eyes on Capitol Hill this past week have been on developments related to the coronavirus relief package and the omnibus federal spending bill, there have been a number of other things going on. Among these were... Read More

Democrats Prepare for a New President Favorable to Justice Department Reform
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Democrats Prepare for a New President Favorable to Justice Department Reform
2020-12-22 18:18:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are preparing legislation intended to capitalize on President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to reform the Justice Department. The most recent examples are bills introduced last week in the House and Senate to reinstate the Justice Department’s... Read More

Package Includes New Museums Focused on Women and Latinos
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Package Includes New Museums Focused on Women and Latinos

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution can start the process of building two new museums in Washington honoring the history of women and American Latinos after Congress clears a massive year-end omnibus bill. Separate bills authorizing both museums passed the House... Read More

Congress Includes Historic Measures in Government Funding, Pandemic Relief Bills
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Congress Includes Historic Measures in Government Funding, Pandemic Relief Bills

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday approved a spending bill providing a new round of economic stimulus to millions of Americans struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, in a massive piece of legislation stuffed with a buffet of unrelated provisions that include... Read More

Consumer Relief: COVID Bill to End 'Surprise' Medical Bills
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Consumer Relief: COVID Bill to End 'Surprise' Medical Bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars... Read More

Select Committee Tasked With Helping Congress Function Better to Continue
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Select Committee Tasked With Helping Congress Function Better to Continue
2020-12-21 20:15:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A select, bipartisan committee tasked during the 116th Congress with finding ways to make the body more effective, efficient and transparent, got a new lease on life Monday, ensuring its work will last at least two more years.... Read More

House Releases $2.3 Trillion Government Spending and Virus Relief Bill
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House Releases $2.3 Trillion Government Spending and Virus Relief Bill
2020-12-21 20:09:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., released the text of a $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Monday afternoon consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion coronavirus relief, and other authorizations. In addition to... Read More

Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall
State News
Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall
2020-12-21 18:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years was removed from the building Monday morning. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had requested the removal and a state commission... Read More

Congress Seals Agreement on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill
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Congress Seals Agreement on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. The package,... Read More

Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
Entertainment
Congress Tries to Keep Live Entertainment Alive
2020-12-18 22:19:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress is trying to make sure the lights don’t go dark on Broadway any longer than necessary as the coronavirus pandemic devastates the live entertainment industry. Since quarantine shut down much of the industry last March, actors, singers,... Read More

Congress Passes Two-day Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown and Keep Relief Bill Talks Going
Congress
Congress Passes Two-day Stopgap Bill to Avoid Shutdown and Keep Relief Bill Talks Going
2020-12-18 22:08:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate on Friday evening passed a two-day, stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown and provide negotiators additional time to resolve differences over a longer-term appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package. The House passed... Read More

Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
Cybersecurity
Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
2020-12-18 21:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is urging House leadership to schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for members of Congress regarding the recently revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and major American companies. The attack is widely... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks
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Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bearing down on a midnight shutdown deadline, top negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package are committed to sealing an agreement Friday as they resolve remaining differences in hopes of passing the legislation... Read More

Lawmakers Lay Blame for Opioid Epidemic on Purdue Pharma
Prescription Drugs
Lawmakers Lay Blame for Opioid Epidemic on Purdue Pharma
2020-12-18 16:01:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress lashed into the Sackler family Thursday for its pharmaceutical company’s role in promoting a painkiller blamed for killing about 230,000 Americans. Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee said the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma... Read More

Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
Health
Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
2020-12-18 15:58:45
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced legislation in the House to authorize a public advocacy campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccine participation and provide science-backed information to the public. Joined by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Roger Marshall, R-Kan.,... Read More

Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty
Pentagon
Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty

WASHINGTON — A Senate vote on overriding President Donald Trump’s expected veto of a massive defense bill may prove to be a final test of the Republican party’s loyalty to the commander-in-chief. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the... Read More

Snags on COVID-19 Relief May Force Weekend Sessions
Political News
Snags on COVID-19 Relief May Force Weekend Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a hurry up and wait moment on Capitol Hill as congressional negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package struggled through a handful of remaining snags on Thursday. The holdups mean a weekend... Read More

Reps. Sewell, Reed Push Legislation to Expand New Markets Tax Credit
Rural
Reps. Sewell, Reed Push Legislation to Expand New Markets Tax Credit
2020-12-17 20:29:46
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y., introduced the New Markets Stabilization Act, bipartisan legislation that will preserve access to the New Markets Tax Credit for underserved communities.  “Historically underserved communities have faced tremendous economic... Read More

Legislation to Protect and Increase Sustainable Retirement Investment
Senior Citizens
Legislation to Protect and Increase Sustainable Retirement Investment
2020-12-17 20:26:36
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, Andy Levin, D-Mich., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., sponsored the Sustainable Investment Policy Act and the Retirees Sustainable Investment Policies Act, two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting and increasing sustainable investments. The... Read More

Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
National Security
Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
2020-12-17 18:28:13
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In the fourth session of their ongoing virtual national security briefing series entitled “National Security in the Shadow of COVID-19,” Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and John Katko, R-N.Y., hosted retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to discuss how the... Read More

Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
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Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
2020-12-17 14:11:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, of New Mexico, to serve as the first Native American interior secretary, a historic pick for a department that oversees the country’s vast natural resources and much of the... Read More

Electoral Votes Are In, But Congressional Count May Hold Another Round of Drama
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Electoral Votes Are In, But Congressional Count May Hold Another Round of Drama

WASHINGTON – The 538 state electors gathered this week to cast votes for president with little drama, but some Republicans plan to complicate the usually ceremonial process of Congress counting the electoral votes on Jan. 6 — and that could... Read More

Close But Not Yet: Deal Near on COVID-19 Economic Aid Bill
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Close But Not Yet: Deal Near on COVID-19 Economic Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators are closing in on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would deliver additional help to businesses, $300-per-week jobless checks and $600 stimulus payments to most Americans. But there was no deal quite yet.... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
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Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
2020-12-15 20:22:36
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed two proposed rule changes to the House of Representatives that would make the legislative body more effective and member-driven. The House rule reform changes were spearheaded by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, in partnership with... Read More

Bicameral Group Unveils Revised, Two-Part Coronavirus Relief Package
Political News
Bicameral Group Unveils Revised, Two-Part Coronavirus Relief Package
2020-12-15 16:13:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bicameral and bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a two-part version of their previously announced $908 billion coronavirus package, hoping the change in structure will help move it through Congress and on to the president by the end... Read More

Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
Climate
Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
2020-12-15 16:05:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday evening that the Select Committee on the Climate will return to work in the 117th Congress. Formed at the start of the outgoing 116th Congress, the committee effectively met its original charge... Read More

Lawmakers Wrapping Up Omnibus Deal, Plan to File Tuesday
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Lawmakers Wrapping Up Omnibus Deal, Plan to File Tuesday

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers are close to agreement on a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 and are planning to file the legislative text on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with... Read More

Trump Must Decide Before Christmas Whether to Sign or Veto Massive Defense Bill
Pentagon
Trump Must Decide Before Christmas Whether to Sign or Veto Massive Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has threatened to veto the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill, has until Dec. 23 to either do so or sign it into law, congressional aides said Monday. The Senate cleared the $731.6 billion measure... Read More

Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell Leaves Republican Party Over 'Unacceptable' Election Claims
Political News
Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell Leaves Republican Party Over 'Unacceptable' Election Claims

DETROIT - U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan left the Republican Party on Monday, saying in a letter to officials that it was "unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and... Read More

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