Congress

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
Congress
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
Congress
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
Congress
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

Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
Energy
Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
2020-09-17 13:56:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control wildfires demand action on global warming. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is trying to figure out a way to... Read More

Bill Authorizing President to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor Proposed
Military
Bill Authorizing President to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor Proposed
2020-09-17 13:51:19
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would authorize the president to posthumously award U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe the Medal of Honor. Cashe was injured in October 2005 while deployed in Iraq when the... Read More

Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
Education
Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
2020-09-17 13:49:04
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The House passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation on Wednesday that will restore students’ and parents’ right to hold schools accountable for racial discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The... Read More

Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
Mental Health
Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
2020-09-16 20:23:18
by Daniel Londono

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., served as moderator last week at a Blue Dog Coalition forum exploring the issue of mental health and addiction in the U.S. and how to deal with it. Brindisi, the coalition's co-chair, has been... Read More

Panel's Report Blasts Boeing, FAA for Crashes, Seeks Reforms
Transportation
Panel's Report Blasts Boeing, FAA for Crashes, Seeks Reforms

A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff... Read More

Despite Pressure for COVID-19 Relief Deal, Stalemate Continues
Congress
Despite Pressure for COVID-19 Relief Deal, Stalemate Continues

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday headed a call from her members to commit to keeping the House in session until there’s a coronavirus relief deal, but the vow does little to break the stalemate in bipartisan negotiations that... Read More

House Passes Legislation Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Schools
Education
House Passes Legislation Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Schools
2020-09-16 14:02:47
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives passed the Strength in Diversity Act 2020, legislation that will provide funding for voluntary desegregation initiatives across the country. The Strength in Diversity Act was brought to the House by Rep. Marcia Fudge,... Read More

Federal Judges Ask Congress for Safety Protections
Courts
Federal Judges Ask Congress for Safety Protections

WASHINGTON — The federal courts want Congress to spend $524 million and pass legislation to bolster safety measures for judges at home and at the courthouse, including legislation to make it a crime for anyone to refuse a request to... Read More

Ways and Means Chairman Demands Answers on Editorial Process for COVID Reports
Congress
Ways and Means Chairman Demands Answers on Editorial Process for COVID Reports
2020-09-15 21:21:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday demanded Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar shed light on how his department has handled coronavirus-related reports. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., sent a strongly worded letter... Read More

Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
Congress
Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
2020-09-15 17:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end the current stalemate over new relief to bolster the coronavirus battered economy. The Problem Solvers Caucus, led by co-chairs Reps.... Read More

Road Ahead for Congress: Stopgap Decision, Judicial Nominations
Congress
Road Ahead for Congress: Stopgap Decision, Judicial Nominations

WASHINGTON — The House returns to Washington this week, joining the Senate for a September legislative sprint in which the only law enacted before the election might be a stopgap bill to fund the government. Floor action on that is... Read More

Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes
Congress
Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes
2020-09-14 21:08:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional resolution that started Monday as a condemnation of hate crimes against Asians quickly turned into a dispute over who should be blamed for the devastation caused by coronavirus. Democrats blamed President Donald Trump for mishandling the... Read More

Scientists Tell Congress Coronavirus Lessons Must Be Remembered for Future Epidemics
Health
Scientists Tell Congress Coronavirus Lessons Must Be Remembered for Future Epidemics
2020-09-14 14:48:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scientists updated a congressional committee Friday on how the U.S. Energy Department is helping to develop a cure and vaccine for COVID-19. They said Energy Department supercomputers are unlocking mysteries about the structure of the virus as they... Read More

Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
2020-09-11 18:03:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

Family Business in Decline? Fewer Get to Congress Through Heredity
Congress
Family Business in Decline? Fewer Get to Congress Through Heredity

WASHINGTON — When Congress is in session, Andy Levin can’t stop talking about his dad. “From Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer down to people who are not that much more senior than me, I get to go to work and... Read More

Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal
Political News
Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal

WASHINGTON — The congressional stalemate over a new coronavirus relief package grew further entrenched Thursday as Senate Democrats blocked a slimmed-down Republican proposal that they deemed “emaciated” because it did not include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans,... Read More

Amtrak Asks Congress for Supplement to Avoid Bankruptcy Caused by Pandemic
Congress
Amtrak Asks Congress for Supplement to Avoid Bankruptcy Caused by Pandemic
2020-09-10 15:10:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak made a plea to Congress Wednesday for billions of dollars in supplemental funding to avoid financial collapse as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate its ridership. The number of riders on the national passenger railroad dropped by... Read More

Analysis: Isolated From Constituents and Colleagues, Lawmakers Seek Bearings
Congress
Analysis: Isolated From Constituents and Colleagues, Lawmakers Seek Bearings

WASHINGTON — During a typical August recess, Rep. Tom Cole travels his district, from Oklahoma City to its southern suburbs all the way to the Texas border. He holds town hall meetings. He tries to get a sense for where... Read More

US Chamber of Commerce Continues to Defy Tradition, Endorses Delgado
Political News
US Chamber of Commerce Continues to Defy Tradition, Endorses Delgado
2020-09-09 22:48:59
by Reece Nations

RHINEBECK, N.Y. – The United States Chamber of Commerce continues its recent trend of defying tradition by announcing its endorsement of Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., in his first reelection campaign. The chamber is the largest business federation in the world... Read More

American Bar Association Urges Congress to Provide Aid to Tenants at Risk of Eviction
Congress
American Bar Association Urges Congress to Provide Aid to Tenants at Risk of Eviction
2020-09-09 22:45:48
by Daniel Londono

WASHINGTON - The American Bar Association urged Congress last week to extend a moratorium on the eviction of renters who've lost their jobs or been otherwise adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A national moratorium on evictions was originally adopted... Read More

Federal Financial Regulators Assure Congress They Seek Minorities and Women in Workforce
In The News
Federal Financial Regulators Assure Congress They Seek Minorities and Women in Workforce
2020-09-09 16:32:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Representatives from federal financial agencies defended their record on hiring women and minorities Tuesday while members of a congressional subcommittee accused them of an uninspired effort. “I’m not sensing that we’re making a lot of progress here,” said... Read More

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
Infrastructure
Not So Strange Bedfellows: Trade Unions, Private Equity Group, Form New Partnership
2020-09-08 23:34:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was the kind of announcement that makes one stop and wonder if they'd heard it right. While unions have profitably invested in private equity firms as part of their portfolio for years, the general belief about the... Read More

NY Democratic Leaders Urge Congress to Pass RESTART Act
Arts
NY Democratic Leaders Urge Congress to Pass RESTART Act
2020-09-08 22:24:09
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Rep. Antonio Delgado and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in an effort to push Congress to pass the bipartisan-supported RESTART Act, which will help live event venues, small and mid-sized businesses which have... Read More

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