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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis on Federal Level Gets Bipartisan Support
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Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis on Federal Level Gets Bipartisan Support
2020-12-04 19:56:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed legislation that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level -- the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on such a measure. And significantly, the measure received bipartisan support. When the figurative smoke cleared,... Read More

Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
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Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
2020-12-04 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats made history on Thursday when the caucus voted to make Reps. Gregory Meeks, of New York, and David Scott, of Georgia, the first African-Americans to chair, respectively, the chamber's Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Meeks, who... Read More

Drug Policy Analysts Tell Congress New Strategy Needed Against Cartels
Law Enforcement
Drug Policy Analysts Tell Congress New Strategy Needed Against Cartels
2020-12-04 15:22:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Drug policy analysts told a congressional committee Thursday that the U.S. government has largely failed to stop illegal drug smuggling because of an unfocused strategy against the cartels. Instead, they recommended flexibility that seeks solutions based on local... Read More

Cornyn Says Congress Has 'No Reason' to Overturn Electoral College
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Cornyn Says Congress Has 'No Reason' to Overturn Electoral College

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a senior Republican and adviser to the majority leader, said flatly Thursday that President Donald Trump has no realistic path to overturning the election. After weeks of court defeats, he noted, Trump's legal team has yet to show evidence of... Read More

Hopes Raised That Congress Will Agree on a COVID-19 Stimulus Plan, But Obstacles Remain
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Hopes Raised That Congress Will Agree on a COVID-19 Stimulus Plan, But Obstacles Remain

WASHINGTON — Pressure is building on Congress to pass another economic aid package before the end of the year, and Democratic and Republican leaders said Thursday they're hopeful a deal is possible. But with only a few days left on the legislative calendar,... Read More

Biden Adjusting Agenda to Reflect Narrow Divide in Congress
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Biden Adjusting Agenda to Reflect Narrow Divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adjusting the scope of his agenda to meet the challenges of governing with a narrowly divided Congress and the complications of legislating during a raging pandemic. Rather than immediately pursue ambitious legislation to combat climate change,... Read More

US Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Slavery Constitutional Amendment
Civil Rights
US Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Slavery Constitutional Amendment

NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents. The resolution, spearheaded and supported by Democratic members of the House... Read More

House Democrats Hand DeLauro Appropriations Gavel
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House Democrats Hand DeLauro Appropriations Gavel
2020-12-03 20:36:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the end, it wasn't even close. After a year of behind-the-scenes campaigning by a trio of candidates, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, of Connecticut, has been chosen to lead the House Appropriations Committee in the 117th Congress. Both Reps.... Read More

Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
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Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
2020-12-03 18:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York, won a close race to lead the House Democrats' campaign arm during the 117th Congress, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cárdenas, of California, 119-107 in a secret ballot. The outcome of the... Read More

House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census
Census
House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee will subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unless the Commerce Department hands over internal documents detailing delays and issues with data related to the 2020 census, the committee chairwoman warned in a letter Wednesday. In the letter, chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D- N.Y., accused... Read More

Signs of Life for Coronavirus Relief as Bipartisan Plan Wins Key Backing
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Signs of Life for Coronavirus Relief as Bipartisan Plan Wins Key Backing

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 aid talks got a jolt of momentum Wednesday when the top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill all but endorsed a $908 billion interim package a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled the previous day. In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar
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House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar
2020-12-02 19:23:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first session of the 117th Congress will convene at noon on a Sunday in January and have an extra-long August recess, according to the House calendar released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday. And of course,... Read More

Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
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Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
2020-12-02 17:18:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Stephanie Murphy, of Florida, and Jimmy Panetta, of California, have been named chief deputy whips for the 117th Congress, House Majority Whip James Clyburn announced Wednesday. In addition, Clyburn announced that Reps. G.K. Butterfield, of North Carolina,... Read More

Trump Era Court Battles Weaken Congressional Power
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Trump Era Court Battles Weaken Congressional Power

WASHINGTON — Congress will emerge from the Trump administration with weakened power to check a president or oversee the operation of the federal government, the most consequential fallout experts see for lawmakers after four years of nearly constant high-profile courtroom showdowns with a... Read More

Road Ahead: House Takes Up 'Tiger King' and Marijuana Bills While Seeking Spending Deal
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Road Ahead: House Takes Up 'Tiger King' and Marijuana Bills While Seeking Spending Deal

WASHINGTON — Congress is focused this week on negotiating a government funding deal and determining whether bipartisan consensus can be reached to enact any additional COVID-19 relief before year's end. Those fiscal negotiations will continue among top appropriators, congressional leaders and their staffs... Read More

Democrats Recalibrate Ambitions in Congress Amid Election Setbacks
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Democrats Recalibrate Ambitions in Congress Amid Election Setbacks

WASHINGTON — Rep. Zoe Lofgren spent her summer doing "a very nerdlike" line-by-line reading of the 55-year-old law that governs U.S. immigration policy in anticipation of widespread Democratic election wins that would give her party the ability to enact a massive immigration overhaul next year.... Read More

Rosa DeLauro Wins Panel Vote for Appropriations Gavel
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Rosa DeLauro Wins Panel Vote for Appropriations Gavel

WASHINGTON — A House Democratic panel in charge of committee selections gave Rosa DeLauro the nod to become the next Appropriations chairwoman following a closed-door vote Tuesday. The Connecticut Democrat received 36 votes from Democratic Steering and Policy Committee members, according to a source familiar with the... Read More

DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
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DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
2020-12-01 21:16:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Suzan DelBene, of Washington State, was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as the next chair of the New Democrat Coalition. In addition, the coalition of moderate Democrats elected five individuals -- Reps. Ami Bera, of California, Sharice... Read More

Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
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Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
2020-12-01 21:06:19
by Dan McCue

Now into their second week of freshman orientation, incoming members of Congress are beginning to pick up the pace of building their staff for the 117th Congress. Each member-elect can access funds to officially hire one staffer for the interim... Read More

Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
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Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
2020-12-01 18:23:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators were joined by members of the House Problem Solvers conference Tuesday to endorse a $908 billion COVID economic relief bill they say should carry the nation into the early spring. The proposal, described by... Read More

Congress Seeks to Avert a Government Shutdown as Trump Seethes
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Congress Seeks to Avert a Government Shutdown as Trump Seethes

Congress returned Monday from its Thanksgiving break hoping to avoid a government shutdown looming at the end of next week — with President Donald Trump being a potential wild card. Hopes for a new coronavirus stimulus package are slim as lawmakers focus on the more... Read More

Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package
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Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal's attitude toward legislating under a Democratic-led White House might aptly be described as "never let a crisis go to waste." The Massachusetts Democrat wants to take a page from his party's 2009 playbook, when the Obama administration... Read More

Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic
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Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic

WASHINGTON — When the 117th Congress convenes in January, COVID-19 precautions will prevent the 435 House members from gathering in the chamber together, so opening day festivities of swearing in members and electing the speaker will look a little different. House leaders have... Read More

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