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New Bill Seeks to Make Bankruptcy Easier For Consumers Hit by Pandemic Recession
Congress
New Bill Seeks to Make Bankruptcy Easier For Consumers Hit by Pandemic Recession
2020-12-14 14:55:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democratic members of Congress are trying to throw a lifeline to families and individuals teetering toward financial disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new bill designed to make claiming bankruptcy easier. The Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act introduced... Read More

Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days
Health
Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days

President Donald Trump and other top U.S. officials will be offered the newly approved coronavirus vaccine within days as part of a plan to ensure continuity in government amid the pandemic, people familiar with the effort said. The vaccinations will... Read More

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
Political News
Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
2020-12-11 21:15:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on to the White House where president Trump threatened to veto it. Ignoring those threats, the Senate voted 84-12 in favor... Read More

Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
Political News
Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
2020-12-11 14:58:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Future Forum, a caucus of younger House Democrats, has elected its new leaders for the 117th Congress. The mission of the caucus, which was founded in 2015, is to address issues important to millennial and Generation Z Americans,... Read More

Hoyer Says No Decision Made on How 'Motion to Recommit' Will Be Tweaked in 117th Congress
In The News
Hoyer Says No Decision Made on How 'Motion to Recommit' Will Be Tweaked in 117th Congress
2020-12-11 14:56:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer predicted Wednesday that the new rules package for the upcoming 117th Congress will be "pretty much" in line "with what has been," but he said Democrats are continuing to look at the fate... Read More

Biden Team Making Legislative Outreach an Early Priority
Transition
Biden Team Making Legislative Outreach an Early Priority

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team are making collaboration between the executive branch and Congress a priority, with early and extensive outreach to the legislative branch. The Biden transition team has already reached out to more than... Read More

Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus
Congress
Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus

It’s beginning to look a lot like members of Congress won’t be going home for the holidays. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that lawmakers may have to stay on Capitol Hill over Christmas in order to pass another coronavirus... Read More

New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
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New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
2020-12-10 16:17:51
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, recently released a pragmatic agenda policy report detailing nine policy recommendations for how Congress can help advance economic opportunity and financial security for America’s working families. The report’s... Read More

Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas
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Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas
2020-12-10 16:11:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress sought assurances from investigators Wednesday that the kind of behavioral and criminal offenses that have plagued Fort Hood, Texas, in recent years can be brought to an end. By the end of the congressional hearing,... Read More

Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
Climate
Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
2020-12-10 16:04:29
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize America’s aging building infrastructure and spur more energy efficient investments. The Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property, or E-QUIP, Act will create an elective... Read More

Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
Cybercrime
Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
2020-12-10 15:56:39
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images... Read More

Rep. Emmer Urges SEC to Provide Clarity for Digital Securities
Cryptocurrencies
Rep. Emmer Urges SEC to Provide Clarity for Digital Securities
2020-12-10 15:46:16
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Tom Emmer, D-Minn., sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission urging them to address the issue of broker-dealer custody of digital securities. Rep. Emmer's letter urges the SEC to take three important actions:... Read More

Clyburn Wants 'Halt' to Biden Tapping House Democrats for Administration
Political News
Clyburn Wants 'Halt' to Biden Tapping House Democrats for Administration

WASHINGTON — Wary of a narrow majority, one of President-elect Joe Biden's closest allies in Congress isn't sure the Democratic Caucus can afford to see any more House members join the new administration. "I think we better bring that to a halt," Majority Whip James E. Clyburn told reporters... Read More

House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown
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House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown
2020-12-09 22:14:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House has passed a week-long stopgap bill to keep the government open through Dec. 18 so lawmakers can continue to negotiate both a longer-term spending package and coronavirus relief. The bill passed 343-67. If the stopgap measure... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
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Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
2020-12-09 19:28:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate circulated details of the $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, though significant hurdles to its passage remain. Among them is the fate of proposed aid to state and... Read More

Women's Health Advocates Tell Congress Medicaid Should Pay for Abortions
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Women's Health Advocates Tell Congress Medicaid Should Pay for Abortions
2020-12-09 16:51:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday clashed over whether to continue authorizing a law that blocks federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. Two doctors said withholding the funds was unfair to low income and minority... Read More

Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble
Political News
Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers were finalizing a one-week stopgap funding measure Tuesday to avoid a partial government shutdown starting Friday at midnight, with the only add-ons expected to be a package of expiring health care program extensions, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby.... Read More

Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight
Political News
Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first round of selections for his health team clarified how the incoming administration will approach the COVID-19 pandemic and other health care issues, which were major themes of his campaign. Biden introduced the team to the public at... Read More

House Adopts Defense Conference Report as Veto Threat Looms
Pentagon
House Adopts Defense Conference Report as Veto Threat Looms

WASHINGTON — The House voted 335-78 on Tuesday to adopt a final version of the $731.6 billion defense authorization measure, setting up a possible end-of-year showdown as President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the legislation. House leaders have said they would cut the upcoming... Read More

Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
Mental Health
Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
2020-12-08 22:21:00
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., introduced the Youth Mental Health Services Act to improve mental health services for students in primary and secondary schools. “It’s a lot harder being a kid in 2020 than when I was... Read More

Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
Political News
Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
2020-12-08 20:54:43
by Dan McCue

Luke Letlow bested a field of fellow Republicans in the runoff election Saturday to represent Louisiana's 5th Congressional District representing the central and northeastern parts of the state. Letlow, who was chief of staff for the retiring incumbent, Rep. Ralph... Read More

With Government Shutdown Looming, House Dems Bring Forward Continuing Resolution
Political News
With Government Shutdown Looming, House Dems Bring Forward Continuing Resolution
2020-12-08 20:52:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In what is probably one of her last acts as a member of Congress, retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through Dec. 18. Widely expected, the move... Read More

New York Supreme Court Judge Orders Recount in Brindisi-Tenney House Race
2020 Elections
New York Supreme Court Judge Orders Recount in Brindisi-Tenney House Race
2020-12-08 19:34:26
by Dan McCue

A New York State Supreme Court judge ordered election officials Tuesday to recount some of the approximately 60,000 absentee ballots cast in the still undecided House race between incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi and his Republican challenger, Claudia Tenney. The ruling... Read More

Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details
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Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Package Hits Snags Over Details

WASHINGTON — After making a big splash last week and injecting a sense of optimism into long-delayed coronavirus relief talks, a bipartisan $908 billion plan is hung up over the specifics of aid to states and localities and liability protections for... Read More

Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
Employment
Wyden and Schumer Work to Avert Looming Financial Disaster for Millions of Workers
2020-12-08 16:59:54
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, the American Worker Holiday Relief Act was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. “With the economy backsliding as COVID-19... Read More

Rep. Finkenauer Targets Student Loan Relief to Revitalize Rural Areas
Congress
Rep. Finkenauer Targets Student Loan Relief to Revitalize Rural Areas
2020-12-08 16:51:33
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, introduced the Rural Revitalization Now Act to provide up to $50,000 in student loan relief for people who commit to live and work in rural communities for at least eight years. The... Read More

Momentum Builds for Earmarks Return
Congress
Momentum Builds for Earmarks Return
2020-12-07 21:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A decade after Republicans, then in the majority in the House, banned them in their conference rules, the practice of Congressionally-directed spending -- otherwise known as the use of earmarks -- is poised for an almost certain comeback.... Read More

Trump, McConnell Likely to Back Coronavirus Relief Bill, Senator Says
Political News
Trump, McConnell Likely to Back Coronavirus Relief Bill, Senator Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will come "on board" with a $908 billion package to provide pandemic relief, according to a member of a bipartisan group that's seeking legislation before the end of the year. " President Trump has indicated that... Read More

Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
Medicare
Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
2020-12-07 14:52:46
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W. Va., introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent cuts to hospital payments through the duration of the COVID public health emergency.  The Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act would delay the Medicare... Read More

Congress Close to Breakthrough on Economic Stimulus Proposal
Congress
Congress Close to Breakthrough on Economic Stimulus Proposal
2020-12-05 00:30:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved a $1.4 trillion relief package closer to approval Friday by joining pandemic assistance and economic stimulus measures into a single bill headed toward a vote in Congress. Negotiations dragged on for months between... Read More

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