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Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
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Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
2020-11-20 20:45:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - During a week when newly elected members of Congress were all over Capitol Hill for their formal orientation, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., remembered how vastly different her experience was in 2012. Jay Inslee, the previous representative of Washington... Read More

Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
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Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
2020-11-20 15:31:17
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Material conducted a hearing Wednesday exploring the Surface Transportation Board’s part in developments to the country’s passenger rail system.  During the hearing, executive officials from Metra, Amtrak... Read More

Front-Line Workers in Capitol Keep Getting COVID-19
Health
Front-Line Workers in Capitol Keep Getting COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Front-line workers on Capitol Hill are continuing to contract COVID-19. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 153 legislative branch employees have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19, according to a Democratic aide for the House Administration Committee. This cumulative... Read More

House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
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House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
2020-11-19 21:07:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats completed their second of two days of leadership election by elevating Rep. Pete Aguilar of California to the position of caucus vice chair. The 148-82 vote, in which he prevailed over Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois,... Read More

Doctors Tell Senate Pandemic Deaths Preventable With Early Treatments
Health
Doctors Tell Senate Pandemic Deaths Preventable With Early Treatments
2020-11-19 18:20:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Medical experts told a Senate committee Thursday that misguided information about early treatment contributed to giving the United States the world’s highest death rate from coronavirus. Some of them blamed the Food and Drug Administration for halting a... Read More

Telework for Government Employees Becoming Viable After the Pandemic
Employment
Telework for Government Employees Becoming Viable After the Pandemic
2020-11-19 14:24:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Federal agency executives and senators at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday showed strong support for continuing telework among government employees even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. They said telework is bringing down their costs and improving the quality... Read More

Natural Resources Committee Hears Ocean Climate Action Bill, Debate Ends Without Vote
In The News
Natural Resources Committee Hears Ocean Climate Action Bill, Debate Ends Without Vote
2020-11-19 14:22:12
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In a virtual legislative hearing Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee considered legislation introduced by its chairman, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., that would establish an ocean-based carbon sequestration program among other climate change mitigation measures.  Grijalva’s bill, entitled... Read More

Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
Political News
Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
2020-11-18 19:48:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats nominated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to lead the chamber for another two years on Wednesday in a virtual voice vote that reflected a triumphant rebound in her stature among members, two years after a rebellious faction... Read More

House Caucuses Prepare for Leadership Votes
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House Caucuses Prepare for Leadership Votes
2020-11-17 15:52:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's the election insiders were talking about while most of America was still wondering what would happen on Election Day. Every two years, the election of a new Congress is followed closely by caucus leadership elections. On Tuesday,... Read More

Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws
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Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she would press ahead early next year with a campaign finance and elections overhaul, even as the measure may face the same Senate fate it did this Congress: doom. House Democrats passed their signature overhaul measure in March 2019 and dubbed it... Read More

Rep. Bustos Says She's Tested Positive for Coronavirus
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Rep. Bustos Says She's Tested Positive for Coronavirus

CHICAGO — Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois said Monday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home with mild symptoms. Bustos, 59, who survived a closer-than-expected bid for reelection to a fifth term earlier this month, announced her diagnosis on Twitter, saying... Read More

Biden Demands Trump and Congress Address Health and Economic Crises
Political News
Biden Demands Trump and Congress Address Health and Economic Crises

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden, faced with worsening economic and health crises, on Monday called for action from two political forces beyond his control: Congress, which is deadlocked over economic relief, and President Donald Trump, who refuses to concede the election and share information... Read More

Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
2020-11-16 19:00:38
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., have introduced the Africa Foreign Relations, International Cooperation, and Assistance Act, H.R. 8186, to enhance security and economic partnerships between the United States... Read More

New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
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New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
2020-11-13 21:25:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - They came from Texas and Colorado and New York and New Mexico. Some came in family SUVs, others in taxi cabs. But what they had in common as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on a... Read More

Secure Remote Voting Possible for the House, But Opposition Remains
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Secure Remote Voting Possible for the House, But Opposition Remains

WASHINGTON — House members could securely vote remotely from outside the Capitol using technology that already exists, according to a report from Democrats on the House Administration Committee, but there remains stiff opposition to an expansion of remote voting. The House approved temporary rules changes in May... Read More

Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
State News
Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
2020-11-12 21:20:46
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These... Read More

Bustos Named Steering Committee Co-Chair, DeLauro Making Bid for Appropriations
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Bustos Named Steering Committee Co-Chair, DeLauro Making Bid for Appropriations
2020-11-12 13:34:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has been nominated to serve as co-chair of the Democratic caucus' Steering and Policy Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday. Bustos will replace Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who informed the speaker last... Read More

How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'
2020 Elections
How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'

WASHINGTON — Unlike in 2018, this year's "green wave" of Democratic money didn't produce a "blue wave" of victories, thanks in part to a super PAC that helped Republicans close the spending gap. Congressional Leadership Fund, a group aligned with House GOP leadership, spent more... Read More

Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure
Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
2020-11-12 12:56:48
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are leading a bipartisan, bicameral call for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include funding for Upper Mississippi water infrastructure... Read More

Schrier Helps Tribes Secure First-Ever Licenses to Expand Internet Access
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Schrier Helps Tribes Secure First-Ever Licenses to Expand Internet Access
2020-11-11 21:23:37
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., recently helped the Nisqually and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in her district fulfill a long time dream. They are two of eight tribes in the state to receive first-of-their-kind licenses... Read More

Spanberger, Fitzpatrick Fighting to Omit VA Disability Compensation from Student Aid Consideration
Education
Spanberger, Fitzpatrick Fighting to Omit VA Disability Compensation from Student Aid Consideration
2020-11-11 19:25:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., jointly introduced legislation Wednesday that would exclude Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation from the list of benefits that have to be reported in a student’s application for Federal Student Aid.  Under... Read More

New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
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New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
2020-11-11 16:02:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition is out with its assessment of the 2020 election and they believe voters clearly endorsed pragmatic Democrats and their espoused approach to controlling the pandemic, making a full economic recovery and moving the... Read More

Will Lightning Strike Twice for Democrats in Georgia?
State News
Will Lightning Strike Twice for Democrats in Georgia?

WASHINGTON — Georgia, the state on track to produce the closest finish of the 2020 presidential election, is about to endure an unprecedented political encore that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The runoff campaigns for both the state's Senate seats are set... Read More

Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
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Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
2020-11-09 17:45:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is once again running for the Democrat-controlled House's second most powerful position. In a letter to fellow Democrats made public Saturday, Hoyer said he's proud of the unity and success the party has... Read More

House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
Economy
House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief
2020-11-06 19:16:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the Labor Department reported Friday. But Congressional Democrats noted the pace of renewed hiring isn't nearly enough to quickly get the... Read More

Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift
Political News
Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift

WASHINGTON — Americans turned out to vote in this year's election as never before, and the result seemed only to deepen the trench dividing the two warring parties. From Atlanta to Milwaukee to Phoenix, Joe Biden gained ground in suburban areas, widening his party's advantage among college-educated voters... Read More

Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents
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Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents

WASHINGTON — Democrats are projected to keep control of the U.S. House in Tuesday's elections, but with at least six incumbents losing their seats the party is falling far short of preelection expectations of an expanded majority. Among the Democrats defeated were several first elected in the... Read More

Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents
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Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents

WASHINGTON — Democrats are projected to keep control of the U.S. House in Tuesday's elections, but with at least six incumbents losing their seats the party is falling far short of preelection expectations of an expanded majority. Among the Democrats defeated were several first elected in the... Read More

As Campaign Ends, GOP Dominates List of 10 Most Vulnerable in the House
2020 Elections
As Campaign Ends, GOP Dominates List of 10 Most Vulnerable in the House

WASHINGTON — How much has the political environment moved away from Republicans? Look no further than the 10 most vulnerable House members. One year ago, this list included eight Democrats and two Republicans. On the eve of the 2020 elections, the list includes seven Republicans and just... Read More

Cunningham, Reed, Call for COVID-19 Relief, Civility During Bipartisan Town Hall
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Cunningham, Reed, Call for COVID-19 Relief, Civility During Bipartisan Town Hall
2020-11-02 14:02:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It came as no surprise last week when the majority of questions posed to two members of Congress during a virtual town hall Friday focused on currently stalled negotiations over the next COVID-19 relief package. Despite being on... Read More

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