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Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
Congress
Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
2020-09-29 20:22:37
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its support for an emergency funding bill to help municipalities withstand the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, introduced in the House by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., provides $500 billion... Read More

Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police
Congress
Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police
2020-09-29 20:19:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday urged greater vigilance of police departments to weed out officers with White supremacist tendencies. They said the White supremacists create a risk of inflaming racial tensions in a way that... Read More

House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan
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House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan

WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package Monday night as part of a last-ditch attempt to secure new aid before the Nov. 3 elections. Even as talks resumed between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven... Read More

CBO Long Term Outlook Report ‘Doesn’t Look Good’
Federal Budget
CBO Long Term Outlook Report ‘Doesn’t Look Good’
2020-09-28 13:48:52
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office recently released two new outlook reports. These projections are an update of the U.S. deficit, debt, spending, and revenue over the next decade and beyond, given current laws in place. The pair of reports... Read More

Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin
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Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there’s a chance she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can still reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package, and that Democrats will unveil a new “proffer” shortly. “I trust Secretary Mnuchin to represent something that... Read More

Washington Judge Hits Postmaster with Election Mail Injunction
Postal Service
Washington Judge Hits Postmaster with Election Mail Injunction

A federal judge in the nation’s capital is the latest to order the Trump administration not to implement policy changes that could delay mail delivery for voters in the November elections. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, D.C., issued... Read More

What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court
What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
2020-09-27 16:39:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a dramatic first-term reshaping of the federal judiciary that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort. Barrett,... Read More

Select Committee Makes Final Recommendation on How to Fix Congress
Congress
Select Committee Makes Final Recommendation on How to Fix Congress
2020-09-25 18:57:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An 18-month effort to make Congress work better and retain staff more effectively came to an end Thursday, when the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress announced its final list of recommendations. Created by an overwhelming... Read More

Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
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Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
2020-09-25 14:48:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would revamp a big swath of federal regulations. Record-setting wildfires in western states and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast are adding... Read More

For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs
Energy
For Democrats, Infrastructure Equals Fighting Climate Change and Creating Jobs

WASHINGTON — In Democratic politics, and infrastructure and fighting climate change have become increasingly synonymous: You can’t have one without the other. Take the $494 billion surface transportation bill that House Democrats passed July 1. Republicans criticized it as an... Read More

House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
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House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed House committee leaders to put together a more slender coronavirus relief package than the one that previously passed the chamber, in their latest offer in talks with the White House. The House could... Read More

Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
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Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
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Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
Health
Delgado Receives Perfect Score From Environmental Group
2020-09-24 18:19:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its second report ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related to toxic chemicals, the Environmental Working Group Action Fund presented Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., with a perfect score. Much of... Read More

Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
Veterans
Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Gain Support in Congress
2020-09-24 14:11:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel sought assurances Wednesday that veterans’ claims of illnesses from exposure to toxins in the Middle East will be addressed promptly. A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee was responding to a National Academy of Sciences report this... Read More

House Democrats’ Leadership Races Reflect Coming Generational Change
Political News
House Democrats’ Leadership Races Reflect Coming Generational Change

WASHINGTON — Only one House Democrat in the caucus’s 14-member elected leadership team is exiting the chamber next year, but that opening has created a competitive race for assistant speaker and cleared opportunities for other ambitious Democrats to run for... Read More

Democrats Propose New Restraints on White House Aimed at Trump
Political News
Democrats Propose New Restraints on White House Aimed at Trump

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping draft package of reforms they say would prevent future presidential abuses of power and more effectively combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. The late... Read More

Economists Say Pandemic Needs to End Before U.S. Economy Returns to Normal
Economy
Economists Say Pandemic Needs to End Before U.S. Economy Returns to Normal
2020-09-23 17:47:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Economists warned Congress Tuesday of long-term damage to the U.S. economy if the coronavirus pandemic is not brought under control soon. They cautioned during two separate congressional hearings that the slow improvement to the economy since the pandemic... Read More

Americans Losing Trust in CDC, Public-Health Experts Warn
Health
Americans Losing Trust in CDC, Public-Health Experts Warn

People who are exposed to a COVID-19 patient but feel fine don’t necessarily need to get tested, the nation’s top public health agency declared in August — only to drop that advice last Friday. The same day, it declared that... Read More

Mnuchin, Powell Say Congress Needs to Pass More COVID-19 Relief
Economy
Mnuchin, Powell Say Congress Needs to Pass More COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and representatives from both parties agreed on at least one point at a hearing Tuesday: The economy needs more relief from Congress to sustain the recovery from the coronavirus.... Read More

House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal
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House Passes Stopgap Funding Bill Shortly After Bipartisan Deal

WASHINGTON — The House swiftly passed a stopgap funding measure needed to avert a partial government shutdown in eight days after top congressional leaders reached a deal resolving a fight over farm payments. On a lopsided vote of 359-57, the... Read More

Stopgap Funding Bill Set for House Vote
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Stopgap Funding Bill Set for House Vote

WASHINGTON — The House will vote Tuesday on a short-term funding bill written by majority Democrats without support from Republicans, increasing the odds of a partial government shutdown in less than 10 days when current spending authority expires. The Democrats’... Read More

Trump Zeroes in on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick
Supreme Court
Trump Zeroes in on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is moving toward nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the matter, despite the president saying Monday he’s considering as many as... Read More

McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement
Supreme Court
McConnell, Schumer, Trade Barbs Over GOP Plans to Rush Ginsburg’s Replacement
2020-09-22 13:58:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is refusing to back down from what is sure to be an intense fight over who will fill the Supreme Court seat now vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.... Read More

Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery
Economy
Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery
2020-09-18 19:05:44
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Emergency expansions to Unemployment Insurance provided critical support to workers across the country during the early months of the pandemic. But the major component of these expansions, an additional $600 in weekly benefits, expired at the end of... Read More

McCarthy Focused on Election, Not Freedom Caucus Push to Remove Pelosi
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McCarthy Focused on Election, Not Freedom Caucus Push to Remove Pelosi

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday dodged a question on whether he will bring a motion to vacate to remove Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her post, an effort the Freedom Caucus was urging him to pursue. “I... Read More

House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election
Marijuana
House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ plan to vote on legislation decriminalizing marijuana before the November election went up in smoke Thursday, as leadership decided to postpone consideration of the measure amid concerns about the political optics. Some of the more moderate... Read More

Democrats Weigh Next Steps After Trump Backs Bigger Stimulus
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Democrats Weigh Next Steps After Trump Backs Bigger Stimulus

WASHINGTON — Some House Democrats are keeping pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a new coronavirus relief bill up for a vote next week as they look to signal to voters that the party is pursuing a deal... Read More

Florida Senators Pitch Daylight Saving Time Pause
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Florida Senators Pitch Daylight Saving Time Pause

WASHINGTON — Florida Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott want to make sure there is plenty of time for wasting away again in Margaritaville in the sunlight this winter. If they get their way, revelers in Key West, Florida,... Read More

Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
Congress
Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
2020-09-17 14:02:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month, and will be replaced by Jason Smith, his current deputy parliamentarian. In announcing the change, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

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