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Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony
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Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is now the first African American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor bestowed upon the man who colleagues regard as “the conscience of the Congress.” House Speaker Nancy... Read More

House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
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House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
2020-07-27 20:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House on Monday voted to approve legislation that would create a national Latino museum on the National Mall. The initiative, which had widespread bipartisan support, passed unanimously Monday morning by a voice vote. If the measure passes... Read More

Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
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Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
2020-07-27 19:37:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Americans left jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic could soon gain greater economic peace of mind thanks to a bill introduced Monday by Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. The Worker Relief and Security Act ties... Read More

Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win
Business
Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win

WASHINGTON — One Los Angeles business owner allegedly went to Las Vegas and gambled away some of the $9 million he received in emergency government loans earmarked for his employees. A Texas man is accused of using his $1.5 million... Read More

As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill
Economy
As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill

WASHINGTON — With a $600-a-week unemployment benefit expiring this week, senior White House aides continued to suggest Sunday that a jobless benefit that was too generous would discourage people from going back to work. The officials said a short-term stopgap... Read More

Trump Officials Accused of Intimidating Advocacy Group for Internet Freedom
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Trump Officials Accused of Intimidating Advocacy Group for Internet Freedom
2020-07-27 13:11:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is accused in a new lawsuit in Washington, D.C., of trying to squelch media rights of a nonprofit organization that receives grants from the U.S. government. The Washington-based Open Technology Fund says the Trump administration... Read More

House Passes $259.5 Billion Spending Package
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House Passes $259.5 Billion Spending Package
2020-07-24 20:19:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House approved a $259.5 billion spending package Friday, rejecting a White House proposal to slash the budgets of the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, and providing ample funding for the humanities. The four-bill minibus, the first... Read More

John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol
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John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol
2020-07-24 17:14:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol next week, with the public viewing extended over two days and moved outdoors to allow for social distancing and public health precautions due to COVID-19. After an invitation-only... Read More

House Passes Bill to Remove Confederate, Racist Statues and Busts
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House Passes Bill to Remove Confederate, Racist Statues and Busts

WASHINGTON — A measure seeking to remove the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney — who wrote the opinion in the high court’s Dred Scott decision that ruled Black people were not U.S. citizens — along... Read More

Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
Travel
Budd Calls for Support for TSA Temperature Check Program
2020-07-22 17:23:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., took to the floor of the House Wednesday to urge members to support his bill requiring the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a pilot temperature screening program of all airline passengers. Budd and Reps.... Read More

Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
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Schneider, Katko Advocate for COVID PREPARE Act
2020-07-22 17:19:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and John Katko, R-N.Y., introduced bipartisan legislation to require federal executive branch agencies to report to Congress on their planning to address a potential resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak. Under the provisions of the... Read More

Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
U.S. Senate
Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
2020-07-22 13:28:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to crack down on them during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The proposals would set new standards for data privacy, penalize price-gougers... Read More

With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?
Economy
With GOP Now on Board, Another Coronavirus Stimulus Check is Likely. But for How Much?

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they will include a new round of coronavirus stimulus payments in the upcoming pandemic relief bill, dramatically increasingly the likelihood that more checks will go out to help Americans combat the economic effects... Read More

Trump’s Move to Exclude Some Immigrants in Census Could Affect States’ Seats in Congress
Census
Trump’s Move to Exclude Some Immigrants in Census Could Affect States’ Seats in Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed his administration to exclude immigrants who are in the United States illegally when calculating how many seats in Congress each state gets after the current census, a decision that critics denounced as... Read More

Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
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Nurses Call on Senate to Protect Health Care Workers As Congress Spars Over Coronavirus Aid
2020-07-22 12:53:24
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Nurses from National Nurses United gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning to honor the lives of fellow health care workers who have died from the coronavirus, and to urge Congress to pass legislation to protect them... Read More

House Proposes Billions of Dollars for Technology Throughout Government
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House Proposes Billions of Dollars for Technology Throughout Government

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, House appropriators have approved hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding for fiscal 2021, culminating in the Appropriations Committee’s July 15 approval of legislation that would provide nearly $51 billion for the Homeland Security... Read More

White House Threatens Defense Bill Veto Over Confederate Base Names
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White House Threatens Defense Bill Veto Over Confederate Base Names

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a massive defense policy bill over a provision that would rename military bases such as Fort Bragg that are named after Confederate officers. The veto threat Tuesday came hours before... Read More

Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
Military
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill
2020-07-21 19:50:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 to better regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals on military bases and surrounding communities. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Tax Credit to Food and Beverage Distributors
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Bipartisan Bill Will Provide Tax Credit to Food and Beverage Distributors
2020-07-21 19:23:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday providing a tax credit to food and beverage distributors to cover debt incurred for products shipped, but not yet paid for, due the coronavirus outbreak. The... Read More

McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
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McConnell Reveals Senate Relief Bill Will Include Stimulus Checks, School Funds
2020-07-21 17:43:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday provided the most detailed description yet of what's going to be in the Republican-controlled Senate's next coronavirus relief proposal. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, McConnell said the GOP... Read More

Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020 Elections
Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020-07-21 17:34:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide a classified briefing before the August recess on how the agency is combating an active... Read More

Cisneros Co-Sponsors Bipartisan RESTAURANTS Relief Bill
Business
Cisneros Co-Sponsors Bipartisan RESTAURANTS Relief Bill
2020-07-21 14:10:16
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gilbert Cisneros, Jr., D-Calif., is the co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill aimed at providing financial relief for independent, non-chain restaurants within the restaurant industry. The Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act... Read More

Trump, Congress Square Off Over Virus Aid as Crisis Worsens
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Trump, Congress Square Off Over Virus Aid as Crisis Worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged a “big flareup” of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package with the U.S. crisis worsening and emergency... Read More

Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
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Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
2020-07-20 19:40:39
by Dan McCue

Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. The executive committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Williams to take... Read More

New Dem Coalition Calls for Coronavirus Relief Tied to Economic Conditions
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New Dem Coalition Calls for Coronavirus Relief Tied to Economic Conditions
2020-07-20 18:03:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the largest ideological caucus in the House threw down the gauntlet on a new coronavirus relief package Monday, calling on their colleagues on Capitol Hill to strike a deal extending existing benefits now while ensuring continued... Read More

John Lewis Funeral Plans Still in the Works
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John Lewis Funeral Plans Still in the Works

ATLANTA — At a family news conference on Sunday morning, John Lewis’ youngest brother, Henry Grant Lewis, did not announce any funeral arrangements, which are expected to take place across Washington, D.C., Atlanta and his place of birth, Troy, Alabama.... Read More

Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland
Law Enforcement
Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have asked for internal investigations into the use of federal police by Attorney General William Barr and the acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department, Chad Wolf, to crack down on protests in Portland, Oregon, and... Read More

John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80
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John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, has... Read More

Annual Congressional Baseball Game Canceled
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Annual Congressional Baseball Game Canceled

WASHINGTON — The beloved Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has officially been canceled this year. The “friendly” bipartisan summer sporting event that pits Republican members of Congress against their Democratic colleagues will be put on hold until 2021 as the... Read More

Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
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Blue Dogs Pushing for Improved Oversight in Pandemic Response Legislation
2020-07-17 14:32:21
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Members of the Blue Dog Coalition issued a letter urging congressional leaders to include measures to further protect taxpayer dollars in the next round of pandemic response funding.  The coalition, founded on fiscal responsibility and centrist-ideals, highlighted the... Read More

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