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Georgia Dems Choose State Chair to Replace Lewis on Ballot
Political News
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
Sports
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

Small Businesses Ask for More Aid to Ward Off COVID’s Economic Disaster
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Small Businesses Ask for More Aid to Ward Off COVID’s Economic Disaster
2020-07-17 14:28:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Small business representatives made a plea to Congress Thursday for assistance in getting Americans back to work after millions of workers lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. They said that without financial assistance and retraining of the... Read More

National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
Cybersecurity
National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
2020-07-16 13:37:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans agreed Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the U.S. government needs a more proactive strategy for protecting against cyberattacks but disagreed how to accomplish it. Democrats want a new agency to address cyberthreats while Republicans... Read More

Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
Economy
Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
2020-07-16 13:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A week before Congress turns its attention to the next coronavirus relief bill, advocates for the nation's restaurants are urging lawmakers to include a number of provisions to specifically bolster the struggling industry. “In just the past two... Read More

Congress Edges Toward Deal to Extend Federal Unemployment Subsidy in Coronavirus Bill
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Congress Edges Toward Deal to Extend Federal Unemployment Subsidy in Coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON — After initial resistance from some Republicans, Congress is inching closer to an agreement to extend at least some of the $600-a-week federal unemployment insurance subsidy approved this spring to help American workers hurt by the coronavirus crisis. When... Read More

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
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Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
2020-07-15 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and... Read More

Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
In The News
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
2020-07-15 15:38:38
by Reece Nations

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved... Read More

International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing
Foreign Affairs
International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing
2020-07-15 15:27:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - U.S. experts on European financial and political policy added their voices to an international call for greater cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic during a congressional hearing Tuesday. They described the struggle to find a vaccine and to... Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
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House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
2020-07-15 15:20:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill on a vote of 30 to 22.  The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment... Read More

House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
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House Vote On ACA Put Spotlight On Little Pondered 'Minority's Motion'
2020-07-14 19:24:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The recent passage of the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act provided House Democrats with a high profile opportunity to draw distinctions between how they and their Republican colleagues differ on the health care law. It... Read More

Women Congress Hopefuls Smash Record Again as GOP Joins In
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Women Congress Hopefuls Smash Record Again as GOP Joins In

A record number of women are running for Congress this year, boosted in part by a surge of Republican women seeking office in a party struggling to regain lost ground with female voters. The influx adds to the advances female... Read More

US Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High of $864 Billion in June
Federal Budget
US Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High of $864 Billion in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues. The Treasury Department reported Monday... Read More

Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
Political News
Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
2020-07-13 19:28:59
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., has joined the growing number of lawmakers calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to explain their decision to upend the educational plans of thousands of international students holding F-1 and M-1 visas. Last... Read More

Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
2020 Elections
Joe Cunningham Launches First TV Ad, Kicking Off Re-Election Campaign
2020-07-13 13:22:28
by Dan McCue

Nineteen months ago a Democrat who had never run for elected office stunned the political intelligentsia and won a U.S. House seat when barely anyone thought he would succeed. South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, snaking along the southeastern coastline of... Read More

Self-Help Guide to Congress: Reports Detail Ways the Institution Could Better Itself
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Self-Help Guide to Congress: Reports Detail Ways the Institution Could Better Itself

WASHINGTON — Proposals for how Congress could overhaul the lobbying disclosure system, provide lawmakers with continuing education opportunities and make legislative action more transparent are just a few of the big ideas in eight reports made public by the House... Read More

Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
Intelligence
Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
2020-07-10 20:07:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress when they determine -- with moderate to high confidence -- that a foreign government is deliberately seeking to kill or... Read More

The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained
Federal Budget
The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained
2020-07-10 19:50:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer explains the congressional appropriations process, it all sounds so simple. "Funding the government is the Constitutional responsibility of the Congress," he told The Well News recently, in a statement for this article.... Read More

House Military Spending Bill Barring Funds for Border Wall Advances
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House Military Spending Bill Barring Funds for Border Wall Advances

WASHINGTON — House appropriators approved a $115.5 billion Military Construction-VA spending bill Thursday on a 30-20 vote, with Texas Republican Will Hurd joining Democrats to advance the legislation to the floor. The rest of the panel’s Republicans opposed Democrats’ decision to add $12.5 billion... Read More

Corporate Leaders Suggest Bailout for Minority and Women Businesses
Economy
Corporate Leaders Suggest Bailout for Minority and Women Businesses
2020-07-10 14:10:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Business leaders, during a congressional hearing Thursday, advocated for greater access to financial services for minority and women-owned businesses. They said government bailout money and low-interest loans for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic are going first to established... Read More

A Kennedy Emerges as Upset Winner in NJ Congressional District to Face Jeff Van Drew
2020 Elections
A Kennedy Emerges as Upset Winner in NJ Congressional District to Face Jeff Van Drew

A member of the storied Kennedy political family emerged as the presumptive Democratic nominee in a South Jersey congressional district late Tuesday, defying expectations that it would take days before results were clear in the state’s primary election while officials... Read More

Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.
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Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.
2020-07-07 23:33:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule of Vladimir Putin and a growing threat to the United States. They said recent reports that the Russian military paid... Read More

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Recognized for Leadership on Behalf of Businesses
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Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Recognized for Leadership on Behalf of Businesses
2020-07-07 18:52:03
by Reece Nations

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., has been recognized for her support of small business, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Houlahan, who has represented Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District since 2018, is not only an Air Force veteran, engineer and educator, she’s... Read More

Senate GOP Aid Package Might Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households, McConnell Suggests
Economy
Senate GOP Aid Package Might Tailor Payments to Low-Income Households, McConnell Suggests

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to sketch out details of a forthcoming GOP-drafted coronavirus relief package Monday, leaving the door open to another round of direct payments to households as well as more funding for state and... Read More

House Democrats Propose Removal of ‘Racial Intolerance’ Statues From Capitol
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House Democrats Propose Removal of ‘Racial Intolerance’ Statues From Capitol

WASHINGTON — The draft House fiscal 2021 Legislative Branch spending bill released Monday would order the removal from the Capitol statues of Confederates and others “with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” including John C. Calhoun and Roger B. Taney, according... Read More

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