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Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
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Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
2020-05-08 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning wave of layoffs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the employee retention tax credit. Roughly 33.5... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
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Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
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Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
2020-05-08 13:43:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Top federal lawmakers argued for multi-billion dollar investments in new technology to test for coronavirus and develop vaccines against it during a Senate hearing Thursday. They also agreed with government health administrators they face an uncertain outcome for... Read More

Russia Probe Transcripts Released by House Panel After Delays
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Russia Probe Transcripts Released by House Panel After Delays

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee released thousands of pages of transcripts from previously secret witness interviews in an investigation into 2016 Russian election interference completed two years ago, rekindling partisan accusations and interpretations amid President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.... Read More

House Republicans Form Task Force to Probe China’s Role in Pandemic
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House Republicans Form Task Force to Probe China’s Role in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are forming a task force to investigate China’s role in the spread of the coronavirus as GOP lawmakers broaden their attempt to put a focus on the actions of the government in Beijing. “China’s cover-up directly... Read More

House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support
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House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support

WASHINGTON — As they work on the next bill to respond to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, House Democrats are eschewing negotiations with Republicans or the White House, and hope to vote on their own measure as soon... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
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Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
2020-05-07 13:41:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will hold what it is billing as its first "Virtual Congress" to debate the inclusion of state and local government funding in the next coronavirus relief package. The caucus says 24... Read More

Covering Congress Amid Coronavirus Means Masks, Hallway Contortions and Apologies for the Crying Baby
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Covering Congress Amid Coronavirus Means Masks, Hallway Contortions and Apologies for the Crying Baby

WASHINGTON — Phone interviews with lawmakers all start with the same disclaimer now: I apologize in advance for the screaming child. He’s fine, he’s supervised. We learned quickly when the Los Angeles Times closed its Washington bureau because of the... Read More

McConnell’s Coronavirus Business Liability Pledge Sparks Lobbying Frenzy
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McConnell’s Coronavirus Business Liability Pledge Sparks Lobbying Frenzy

WASHINGTON — Republicans say they won’t support a new coronavirus relief bill unless it protects business owners from lawsuits related to COVID-19 exposure, sparking a lobbying frenzy from business groups hoping to get their industry or priority into the bill.... Read More

Democrats Doubt Trump Attorney Would Oversee Coronavirus Relief Independently
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Democrats Doubt Trump Attorney Would Oversee Coronavirus Relief Independently

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats doubt that one of President Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys will hold the administration accountable as special inspector general for pandemic recovery, but they asked Brian Miller to prove them wrong at his confirmation hearing Tuesday. Shortly... Read More

Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman
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Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman

BALTIMORE — Twenty-four years after leaving the U.S. House, Baltimore Democrat Kweisi Mfume returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to be sworn in as Maryland’s newest congressman, succeeding his friend, the late Elijah Cummings. The swearing-in will occur on the... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
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Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
2020-05-01 19:27:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the Inspectors General Independence Act, which establishes seven-year terms for the position and protects those who hold it from politically-motivated firings by only allowing removal for cause. The bill was introduced by... Read More

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