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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

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says
Congress
No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi quashed talk of a separate bill to mitigate airline industry layoffs without also aiding other industries and households and funding for schools, nationwide COVID-19 testing and more. “There is no stand-alone bill without a bigger... Read More

Pelosi, Raskin Unveil Bill to Create 'Presidential Capacity' Commission
Congress
Pelosi, Raskin Unveil Bill to Create 'Presidential Capacity' Commission
2020-10-09 13:59:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation on Friday that would task a congressional commission with reviewing whether future presidents are mentally fit to remain in office. Pelosi has been raising questions about Trump's mental fitness since his COVID-19 diagnosis and... Read More

American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
2020-10-08 20:48:43
by Sara Wilkerson

On Wednesday, Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., was honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation with their prestigious “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, an honor bestowed on lawmakers in recognition of their agricultural efforts for their farming communities. To receive the... Read More

Low Tech Talk in Google, Oracle High Tech Copyright Clash
Supreme Court
Low Tech Talk in Google, Oracle High Tech Copyright Clash
2020-10-08 14:40:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic was high tech: the code behind smartphones. But on Wednesday the Supreme Court looked to more low tech examples, from the typewriter keyboard to restaurant menus, try to resolve an $8 billion-plus copyright dispute between... Read More

IRS Makes Plea for Upgrade to Improve Tax Collections
Congress
IRS Makes Plea for Upgrade to Improve Tax Collections
2020-10-08 14:32:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers joined the Internal Revenue Service’s commissioner Wednesday in making a plea to upgrade the computers and staff that collect the nation’s taxes. They said budget cutbacks and the coronavirus have resulted in shortcomings in the agency’s ability... Read More

American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Applauds Spanberger’s Efforts on Behalf of Ag Community
2020-10-07 13:59:48
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – United States Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday.  Spanberger, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and as chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation and... Read More

House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure
Pentagon
House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. spy chief expressed concerns about U.S. national security Tuesday after news broke that most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after coming in contact... Read More

Analysis: How a Democratic Sweep on Nov. 3 Could Restore Congress’ Power
Congress
Analysis: How a Democratic Sweep on Nov. 3 Could Restore Congress’ Power

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers enter the home stretch of the 2020 campaign season at a time when they have never looked weaker. Still hoping to pass another round of virus relief, but thus far unwilling to make the compromises needed to... Read More

Democrats Call for Congress to Rein In, Break Up Big Tech
Technology
Democrats Call for Congress to Rein In, Break Up Big Tech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to break up their businesses, while making it harder for them to acquire others and imposing new rules to... Read More

Q&A: The Century-old Filibuster May End. Here’s Why It Matters
Congress
Q&A: The Century-old Filibuster May End. Here’s Why It Matters

WASHINGTON — If Democrats win control of the Senate and White House in November, many progressives want to get rid of a long-standing Senate rule — the legislative filibuster — to ensure that their agenda in a Joe Biden presidency... Read More

Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
Economy
Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
2020-10-06 21:22:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Anger on Capitol Hill boiled over Tuesday after President Donald Trump called an abrupt end to negotiations with House Democrats over additional coronavirus relief, delaying action until after the election. Trump announced he was walking away from the... Read More

State Attorneys General Try to Soften SBA Crackdown on Business Loans
State News
State Attorneys General Try to Soften SBA Crackdown on Business Loans
2020-10-06 17:39:18
by Tom Ramstack

The attorneys general from 18 states are pushing back against the Small Business Administration for what they describe as an overly zealous crackdown on fraud in the coronavirus relief loans. They are bothered by the SBA's proposed appeal process for... Read More

Polls: Amy Kennedy Leading Jeff Van Drew In Closely Watched South Jersey Congressional Race
2020 Elections
Polls: Amy Kennedy Leading Jeff Van Drew In Closely Watched South Jersey Congressional Race

Democrat Amy Kennedy is holding a narrow lead in her campaign to unseat New Jersey Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew, according to a new poll, a sign of the party-switching congressman’s vulnerability in a competitive South Jersey district. The Monmouth... Read More

COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process
U.S. Senate
COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump emerged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening, Senate Republicans were continuing to operate on a timeline that would allow them to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court —... Read More

New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
Employment
New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
2020-10-05 20:20:18
by Sara Wilkerson

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over their earned annual leave received during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 2 million... Read More

Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
Environment
Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
2020-10-05 20:18:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act achieved final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives with support from a wide swath of bipartisan lawmakers.  The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat, including by reauthorizing the... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
Supreme Court
The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings
Congress
Schumer Says It’s Unsafe to Hold Supreme Court Senate Hearings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it won’t be safe for the Senate to move ahead with Supreme Court hearings for Amy Coney Barrett given the virus outbreak that has sickened three Republican senators. While acknowledging that Democrats can’t block... Read More

O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
Congress
O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
2020-10-02 15:05:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.” Halleran made his observation during... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
Congress
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
2020-10-02 15:00:21
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan resolution introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Chuck Grassly, R-Iowa, would designate Oct. 5-9 “Malnutrition Awareness Week.” Malnutrition is a significant problem in the United States and results from eating a diet which does not... Read More

Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support
U.S. Senate
Schumer Effort to Force Health Care Vote Earns Some GOP Support

WASHINGTON — Six Senate Republicans, including five facing tight reelection races this fall, voted with Democrats on Thursday on a procedural vote on legislation to block the Trump administration from intervening in a lawsuit to overturn the 2010 health care... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Amid Faltering Talks
Congress
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Amid Faltering Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democrats passed their own revised version of a coronavirus aid package Thursday, in a largely symbolic expression of frustration with protracted talks on a bipartisan compromise. On a party-line vote of 214-207, the House sent to the... Read More

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