Congress

Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
Congress
Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
2020-10-30 16:01:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., discussed the continuously growing need to renew the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a second round and urged both Congress and the administration to continue bipartisan negotiations... Read More

Social Media Executives Advocate Against More Government Regulation
Social Media
Social Media Executives Advocate Against More Government Regulation
2020-10-29 14:39:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chief executive officers of the world’s largest social media companies assured a skeptical U.S. Senate committee Wednesday they try to remain neutral in deciding which Internet content they block. They also advocated against government regulation that could... Read More

Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
County News
Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
2020-10-27 16:06:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the groundworks needed to operate society are handled by the federal government, some maintained by states, and a large portion owned... Read More

Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus
Economy
Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber could pass a pandemic relief plan this week, though a deal with the White House remains elusive and the Republican-led Senate might not act before the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused each other of "moving the... Read More

Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020 Elections
Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020-10-23 16:03:42
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe and Attorney General Bill Barr requesting an official briefing on Russian and Iranian interference... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
Congress
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
2020-10-23 15:53:39
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank based in Washington, D.C, hosted Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dave Joyce, R-Ohio,  for a discussion of rural broadband access in connection with telehealth and education. The discussion was part of... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
Congress
Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
Social Media
Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
2020-10-22 18:34:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted to subpoena the chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. Thursday over what its chairman called censorship of information potentially embarrassing to presidential candidate Joe Biden. The social media giants limited the sharing... Read More

House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are offering several concessions to Republicans on pandemic-related tax items, including a temporary fix to the thorny problem of how teleworkers and others who work in multiple states during the pandemic should be taxed. That pitch is part of a collection... Read More

Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
Health
Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
2020-10-21 15:41:06
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., introduced a bill in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support that would guarantee access to the future novel coronavirus vaccine at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries. The bill, entitled the “Securing Affordable Vaccines... Read More

Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House
Political News
Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House

WASHINGTON - Two of three judges on a Washington appeals court appeared skeptical of President Donald Trump's renewed efforts to prevent accounting firm Mazars USA LLP from turning over his financial records to House Democrats. At a hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals, two judges appointed by... Read More

In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action
Climate
In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled broad ocean-themed climate legislation, touting the world's oceans as underappreciated tools to combat rising temperatures. "Until today, ocean climate solutions have been mostly out of sight and out of mind in the U.S.," said Jane Lubchenco, who led... Read More

McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal
Congress
McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told fellow Republicans that he has warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as... Read More

One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says
Congress
One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to decide by Tuesday evening whether a bipartisan deal on COVID-19 relief can pass before the Nov. 3 elections, her spokesman said Monday. The announcement, made in a tweet, came after a nearly hourlong phone call between the Democratic... Read More

Carson, Young, Larsen Co-Sponsor National Aviation Center Resolution
Aviation
Carson, Young, Larsen Co-Sponsor National Aviation Center Resolution
2020-10-16 19:36:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Newly proposed legislation by Reps. André Carson, D-Ind., Don Young, R-Alaska, and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., in the House of Representatives would support and promote a national aviation center for research, education and training. The “National Center for the... Read More

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
Mental Health
Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
2020-10-16 19:28:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement... Read More

Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
Veterans
Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits
2020-10-16 14:03:28
by Reece Nations

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, D-Pa., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., brought forth a bill that would ensure disabled veterans can fully utilize their benefits following disruptions in veterans’ health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back... Read More

Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy
Census
Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy

WASHINGTON _ Once the Trump administration ends its count for the 2020 census early Friday morning, advocates and even former Census Bureau directors fear the administration won't take the time to correct what could be the most inaccurate count in decades.... Read More

Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
Taxes
Schneider Unveils Plan to Reinstate SALT Deduction
2020-10-15 20:38:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., revealed plans to fully repeal the cap on the state and local tax deduction that was included in the Republican-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The state and local tax deduction, also... Read More

Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues
Economy
Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed doubts Wednesday about a COVID-19 aid package becoming law before the Nov. 3 elections. After a morning phone call with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mnuchin said the myriad disputes over funding and policy questions... Read More

Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
Transportation
Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
2020-10-14 18:44:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is pushing to kick-start the creation of a new infrastructure grant program that would improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. transportation sector while boosting the nation's competitiveness in the global marketplace. A new... Read More

Expiring Breaks for Brewers, Airlines Driving Tax Extenders Push
Congress
Expiring Breaks for Brewers, Airlines Driving Tax Extenders Push

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have not renewed the collection of disparate tax breaks known as “extenders” on time since the 1990s. But the pandemic-driven economic collapse, along with big-time political support on both sides of the aisle for industries ranging from... Read More

5 Takeaways From Second Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing
Supreme Court
5 Takeaways From Second Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON — It was a very 2020 Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, as Amy Coney Barrett fielded her first round of questions on socially divisive issues from socially distanced members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Republicans have said they... Read More

If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
Congress
If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
2020-10-13 18:15:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House Historian Matthew Wasniewski and his staff of nine know the next several weeks will be busy indeed. Not only do... Read More

Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise
Congress
Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her caucus together as she holds out for a better coronavirus relief package than the Trump administration’s latest $1.8 trillion proposal, but some Democrats are growing impatient as the window to... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

US Recovery Doesn’t Depend on a Stimulus Deal, Kudlow Says
Economy
US Recovery Doesn’t Depend on a Stimulus Deal, Kudlow Says

A fiscal stimulus deal isn’t essential to the U.S. recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, though the Trump administration and Congressional Democrats will keep talking, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. “Well no, I don’t think it’s dead at all,”... Read More

DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
Federal Budget
DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
2020-10-09 14:49:05
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction... Read More

House Financial Services Committee Democrats Urge SEC to Finalize Rule on Improper Executive Pay
Business
House Financial Services Committee Democrats Urge SEC to Finalize Rule on Improper Executive Pay
2020-10-09 14:47:32
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Brad Sherman, D-Calif., chairman of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, led nine Financial Services Committee members in a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top