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Report Suggests Pandemic Underscored Importance of Sustainable Fisheries Management
Environment
Report Suggests Pandemic Underscored Importance of Sustainable Fisheries Management
2020-06-11 21:13:09
by Jacob Pederson

Global demand for fish has reached an all-time high despite the economic and supply challenges posed by COVID-19.  This year, the world consumed enough fish for every man, woman, and child on the planet to have about 45 pounds each.... Read More

Busy Summer Ahead for Appropriators After Pandemic Delays
Federal Budget
Busy Summer Ahead for Appropriators After Pandemic Delays

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the coming weeks will begin deciding how to spend another $1.4 trillion in annual appropriations, diving into debates over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall, public health programs and more after coronavirus-related delays sidelined the process... Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
Congress
Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
2020-06-10 18:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national standards for police behavior. It also would ban chokeholds, reduce legal immunity for police misconduct and create a national database... Read More

Democrats Seek Answers on Surveillance of Protesters by Federal Agencies
Congress
Democrats Seek Answers on Surveillance of Protesters by Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are probing the possible use of high-tech surveillance tools by federal law enforcement agencies to monitor protesters at nationwide marches against police brutality. House Democrats have in recent days sent letters to the FBI, Drug Enforcement... Read More

Senate GOP Policing Plan May Hold Some Compromises for Democrats
Congress
Senate GOP Policing Plan May Hold Some Compromises for Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, led by South Carolina’s Tim Scott, are putting together their own policing legislation and say they hope to find common ground with Democrats on issues such as body cameras, data collection on use of force and... Read More

CBO: May Deficit Down From April, But Still Huge Amid Pandemic
Federal Budget
CBO: May Deficit Down From April, But Still Huge Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the federal deficit in May was $424 billion, substantially lower than April’s $738 billion but still the second-largest monthly shortfall since records have been kept. The deficit for the first eight months... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
Congress
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

Bill in Congress Would Punish China for Intrusions in Hong Kong Autonomy
Geopolitics
Bill in Congress Would Punish China for Intrusions in Hong Kong Autonomy
2020-06-08 13:24:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Congress moved closer Thursday to approving economic sanctions against China for its interference with Hong Kong’s independence. Most Democrats and Republicans on a Senate committee joined in saying the United States must take action to condemn China’s plan... Read More

Democrats Proposing New Police Procedures, Accountability
Congress
Democrats Proposing New Police Procedures, Accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures is being proposed by Democrats in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, according to a draft outline obtained by The Associated Press. The Justice... Read More

Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate
U.S. Senate
Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.... Read More

Lawmakers Dust Off Old Proposals on Police Overhauls
Congress
Lawmakers Dust Off Old Proposals on Police Overhauls

WASHINGTON — The policy ideas Democratic members of Congress will propose this month to address deadly police force have been around for years, but so has the opposition from law enforcement advocacy groups and the lawmakers who support them. Rep.... Read More

Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
Congress
Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
2020-06-04 12:04:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's racist Dred Scott decision, currently on display in the... Read More

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