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O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
Congress
O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
2020-09-01 17:06:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats' first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
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Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

Critical Deadlines Loom for Highways, Airlines and Transit
Infrastructure
Critical Deadlines Loom for Highways, Airlines and Transit

WASHINGTON — With just weeks left in the legislative year, Congress faces two big transportation deadlines on Sept. 30, a transportation to-do list and potentially dire consequences if it does not act. Without congressional involvement, airlines have signaled they will... Read More

Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say
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Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say

A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks remains in limbo as August draws to a close without an agreement among lawmakers on a relief package. Talks about the relief package, which is expected to include stimulus checks, resumed last week,... Read More

Congress Moves Closer to Alternatives for Safe Voting During Nov. 3 Election
2020 Elections
Congress Moves Closer to Alternatives for Safe Voting During Nov. 3 Election
2020-08-31 15:39:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress and the courts are closing in on strategies to secure the nation’s vote in November without sacrificing the health of voters confronting risks of coronavirus. Much of the discussion focuses on benefits and perils of absentee voting... Read More

Congress Questions Customs and Border Protection Over Border Wall Construction Contracts
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Congress Questions Customs and Border Protection Over Border Wall Construction Contracts
2020-08-28 17:47:51
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A change in Customs and Border Protection policy that allows the agency to award its own contracts for select U.S.-Mexico border wall construction projects is being questioned by congressional members. In a letter addressed to acting CBP Commissioner... Read More

Haunted Houses Vie for Payroll Protection, Enhanced Coronavirus Relief
Economy
Haunted Houses Vie for Payroll Protection, Enhanced Coronavirus Relief
2020-08-25 21:29:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of haunted house operators and others who offer "seasonal" and "location-based" entertainment are pressing Congress to change the Paycheck Protection Program so their industry can take advantage of it. They are also asking that their industry... Read More

House Democrats Accuse U.S. Postmaster of Lying About Mail Delays, Political Motives
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House Democrats Accuse U.S. Postmaster of Lying About Mail Delays, Political Motives
2020-08-24 20:43:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats hammered the U.S. postmaster Monday with allegations that he is conspiring to sabotage on-time mail deliveries while he defiantly denied he is trying to influence the 2020 federal election. Instead, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he... Read More

Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus
Political News
Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows returned to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday in a bid to pressure Democrats into accepting a slimmed-down economic stimulus bill after weeks of deadlock. The House has convened for a rare Saturday session... Read More

House Democrats Vote to Protect the US Postal Service and Voting By Mail This Fall
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House Democrats Vote to Protect the US Postal Service and Voting By Mail This Fall

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives, meeting in a rare weekend session, approved a bill Saturday forbidding the U.S. Postal Service from making “any change” that would limit service until after the November elections. The bill, approved on a largely... Read More

Schumer: Senate Democrats Would Ditch Filibuster if Needed to Push Biden’s Agenda Through
U.S. Senate
Schumer: Senate Democrats Would Ditch Filibuster if Needed to Push Biden’s Agenda Through

WASHINGTON — On the day that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was to deliver his acceptance speech, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer made clear that eliminating the chamber’s legislative filibuster will be on the table if Democrats sweep into... Read More

114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
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114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
2020-08-21 15:20:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the floor to consideration of a bill to extend an emergency bonus to unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
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Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
2020-08-21 15:16:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month,... Read More

Pelosi Says Postmaster Has No Plans to Restore Mail Cuts
Postal Service
Pelosi Says Postmaster Has No Plans to Restore Mail Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service faced more questions and a federal lawsuit Wednesday over mail disruptions, despite assurances by President Donald Trump's postmaster general of no more service changes until after the November election — a pledge made only after a... Read More

Postal Chief, Facing Political Furor, Backs Off Service Changes Until After Election
Political News
Postal Chief, Facing Political Furor, Backs Off Service Changes Until After Election

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced Tuesday that he would pause changes to U.S. Postal Service operations until after the November election, following an intensifying backlash from lawmakers in both parties. DeJoy, who took office in June after his... Read More

Saturday Vote Planned to Aid Postal Service Ahead of Likely Mail-In Vote Surge
In The News
Saturday Vote Planned to Aid Postal Service Ahead of Likely Mail-In Vote Surge
2020-08-18 13:28:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the chamber back to the Capitol ahead of a vote on legislation to block recent cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service and ensure the agency can handle a surge in mail-in... Read More

Senators Call For Census Investigation After Bureau Shortens Response Deadline
Census
Senators Call For Census Investigation After Bureau Shortens Response Deadline

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are calling for more oversight into the 2020 U.S. Census after officials in charge of the once-a-decade population count announced they would stop collecting survey responses earlier than planned. In a letter sent Monday, members of... Read More

Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill
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Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to introduce a scaled-back stimulus bill amid the standoff over a new virus relief plan that’s dragged on for weeks, according to two Senate Republican aides. The legislation would include a $300 a week enhanced... Read More

Postal Service Cutbacks Spur Fears of Election Havoc
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Postal Service Cutbacks Spur Fears of Election Havoc

WASHINGTON — Spurred by fears that President Donald Trump is trying to eviscerate the U.S. Postal Service to help him win reelection, House Democrats demanded Sunday that the nation’s postmaster general testify next Monday at an emergency hearing on widespread... Read More

Following Primary Loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins Faces House Ethics Investigation
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Following Primary Loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins Faces House Ethics Investigation

WASHINGTON — Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins will face a House Ethics investigation during his final months in Congress. Watkins, a freshman Republican from Topeka, lost his primary last week to Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner after he was charged with... Read More

10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes
Sports
10 US Senators Pledge to Draft a Bill of Rights for College Athletes

College athletes have made their voices heard with unprecedented volume this summer, asserting themselves on issues of health and safety, social justice and financial equity. Now, with the college sports landscape in a state of chaos, that movement may now... Read More

With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator
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With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
Health
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
2020-08-10 20:05:34
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be included in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The FCC established the program in April 2020 to better provide health care... Read More

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

Educators Say US Needs Better Plan to Reopen Schools Safely in Pandemic
Education
Educators Say US Needs Better Plan to Reopen Schools Safely in Pandemic
2020-08-07 13:47:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats, at a congressional hearing Thursday on reopening public schools, accused President Donald Trump of mishandling the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. They said schools might not have been forced to close early in the Spring... Read More

Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter
Economy
Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter

WASHINGTON — Prospects for a quick deal to extend supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus for an economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic have taken a sharp turn for the worse, leaving millions of Americans in the lurch a... Read More

From Defeat to a First-Ever Bill: How Veterans Are Fighting Back on Toxic Exposure
Veterans
From Defeat to a First-Ever Bill: How Veterans Are Fighting Back on Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON — When Rosie Torres first knocked on Congress’ doors almost a decade ago, asking for help for her husband and other veterans who became sick following exposure to military burn pits, she gained little traction. What she heard: More... Read More

Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test
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Davis Maintains Opposition to Proxy Voting After Positive COVID-19 Test

WASHINGTON — Three months ago, the Committee on House Administration’s ranking member, Rodney Davis, led the GOP opposition to Democrats’ proxy voting rule that allows members to cast votes from their districts during the pandemic. Now the Illinois Republican, stuck... Read More

Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract
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Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract
2020-08-05 21:24:13
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two members of Congress have penned letters requesting a probe into the Pentagon’s decision to grant a multibillion dollar moving contract to American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. The three-year, $7.2 billion contract would privately outsource the management... Read More

Carolyn Maloney Prevails in Primary After Weeks of Vote Counting
Elections
Carolyn Maloney Prevails in Primary After Weeks of Vote Counting

WASHINGTON — New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has won her primary after six weeks of vote counting in the 12th District. New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed Tuesday night that the board certified Maloney... Read More

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