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Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue
Health
Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue
2020-05-29 14:59:11
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Long-term care is a topic that hits close to home for many. Nursing homes and facilities providing care for people 65 and older are often crowded and understaffed, and care for seniors is even more complicated in the... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Endorses Greater Flexibility for Small Business Aid Program
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House Overwhelmingly Endorses Greater Flexibility for Small Business Aid Program
2020-05-28 20:17:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the House on Thursday passed legislation providing struggling small businesses with greater flexibility in using coronavirus relief loans. The bill, which amends the Paycheck Protection Program enacted in March, passed by a vote... Read More

Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
Health
Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
2020-05-28 12:49:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Medical and social welfare witnesses told a congressional committee Wednesday that ethnic minorities need an increased effort to protect them from the devastation of coronavirus. They are dying or losing their jobs in some locations at almost twice... Read More

Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt
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Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation extending surveillance authorities the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. House Democratic... Read More

Longtime Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, Dies at Age 89
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Longtime Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, Dies at Age 89

Retired Texas congressman Sam Johnson, a conservative stalwart whose service to country spanned seven years as a prisoner of war and a long stint in the U.S. House, died Wednesday in Plano of natural causes. He was 89. The Plano... Read More

As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court
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As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court

WASHINGTON — For the first time in U.S. history, House members on Wednesday voted without being physically present in the Capitol, a change in congressional rules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that Republicans are already turning into a campaign... Read More

House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
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House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
2020-05-27 13:05:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with 20 other Republican lawmakers sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night in a bid to block the first proxy votes in congressional history. The House is returning to Washington Wednesday to... Read More

Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
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Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
2020-05-26 18:05:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a virtual discussion late last week on the challenges faced by district staff working remotely and the steps federal agencies can take to protect staffers as they return to... Read More

Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
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Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
2020-05-22 20:40:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and several ranking House Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to protect inspectors general across the executive branch from being fired as a result of political retaliation. The Inspector General Independence Act would... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
Employment
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
2020-05-22 20:18:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills training credit for workers who have lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Renewal Act affords these... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
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Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
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Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
2020-05-22 19:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday of "deliberately misleading" the public about House remote voting rules adopted by the chamber last week. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday,... Read More

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