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Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
Mental Health
Pending Legislation Seeks to Confront Mental Health Crisis from COVID-19
2020-07-01 14:50:40
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A psychologist and psychiatrist on Tuesday suggested Congress provide stronger federal intervention to prevent a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. They said suicides and substance abuse are on the upswing as Americans struggle with quarantines, social... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill
Congress
House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — The House will cut short its work week and vote Wednesday on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Democrats hail as transformative and Republicans dismiss as doomed. The House had originally scheduled votes for Thursday, but late Tuesday... Read More

The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
Congress
The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
2020-06-30 20:54:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes up the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill on the floor and the House Armed Service Committee marks up its version.... Read More

House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
Health
House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
2020-06-30 16:58:51
by Dan McCue

Proxy voting has been extended through mid-August in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, notified Pelosi that the public health emergency due to the coronavirus... Read More

Comer Named as House Oversight Committee Ranking Member
Congress
Comer Named as House Oversight Committee Ranking Member

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders Monday named Rep. James R. Comer, R-Ky., as the next ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Comer was one of several members who expressed interest in the job after Ohio’s Jim Jordan,... Read More

House Adopts Bill to Make DC 51st State; Senate GOP Opposes
Congress
House Adopts Bill to Make DC 51st State; Senate GOP Opposes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, saying Congress has both the moral obligation and constitutional authority to ensure that the city's 700,000 residents are allowed full voting... Read More

9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
Law
9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
2020-06-26 19:55:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump does not have the authority to unilaterally divert Pentagon funds to build a miles-long wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, a federal appeals court ruled Friday afternoon. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S.... Read More

House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens
Congress
House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens

WASHINGTON — The House passed a sweeping overhaul of policing rules Thursday on a near party-line vote with little expectation it will break a partisan stalemate that’s put any Senate plans to act on hold. The legislation, named the George... Read More

GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
In The News
GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
2020-06-26 13:57:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Confronted with an extraordinary public health crisis, the federal government moved with uncommon agility to bolster the economy and quickly establish services for those infected with the virus, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said Thursday. But in doing... Read More

Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
Political News
Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
2020-06-26 13:19:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the Justices. Overturning the Affordable Care Act would take away health coverage for about... Read More

House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
Cities
House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
2020-06-26 13:15:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Friday will vote on historic legislation that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, making it the 51st U.S. state. The bill -- aptly named H.R. 51 -- is expected to pass... Read More

Gohmert Tries to Drown Out Barr Critic With Incessant Tapping at Hearing
Congress
Gohmert Tries to Drown Out Barr Critic With Incessant Tapping at Hearing

WASHINGTON — East Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tried Wednesday to drown out a critic of Attorney General William Barr by tapping his desk during a House hearing — not just once or twice like a judge or chairman calling for... Read More

U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations
Law
U.S. Prosecutors Accuse Attorney General of Politically Influencing Criminal Investigations
2020-06-25 16:55:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Current and former Justice Department attorneys on Wednesday accused the U.S. Attorney General of allowing Trump administration policies to influence criminal investigations and prosecutions. They also said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Justice Department administrators threatened... Read More

Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
Congress
Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
2020-06-24 19:15:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass on Wednesday after Senate Democrats said its proposed reforms didn't go far enough in the wake of the deaths of... Read More

Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement
Economy
Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement
2020-06-23 18:48:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition representing 130 small businesses and key industry organizations.  The bill, entitled the “Jumpstarting Our 5 Businesses’ Success Credit Act”, or... Read More

Fauci to Testify at a Fraught Time for US Pandemic Response
Health
Fauci to Testify at a Fraught Time for US Pandemic Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations, Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday at a fraught moment in the nation's pandemic response. The... Read More

Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says
Congress
Impeaching Barr ‘A Waste of Time,’ Top Judiciary Democrat Says

A top House Democrat says there’s little point pursuing the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, as some lawmakers have urged, because a “corrupt” Senate will simply ignore the charges. Impeaching Barr is “a waste of time at this point... Read More

House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
Infrastructure
House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion 'Moving America Forward' Infrastructure Bill
2020-06-19 18:56:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said combines the best of several existing proposals on roads, education, broadband and more, with a particular focus on clean energy, sustainability... Read More

Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
Aviation
Aviation Reform Bill Introduced in Response to 737Max Crashes
2020-06-19 18:28:47
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Two senators serving on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced legislation designed to improve aviation safety following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.  Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member,... Read More

Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
Congress
Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol
2020-06-18 18:37:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. The move is the latest in her effort to expunge honorifics for Confederate... Read More

Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless
Congress
Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless

The U.S. has spent more than half of $3 trillion in economic rescue funds passed by Congress — with little of the oversight intended to ensure the money goes to the right places. Three new oversight bodies are barely functional:... Read More

Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says
Congress
Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are now required to wear masks during in-person committee meetings, but it’s up to the chairmen and chairwomen of those panels to decide on enforcement. Following updated guidance from attending physician Brian Monahan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Read More

Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
Mental Health
Bipartisan Resolution Would Make June Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
2020-06-17 15:49:20
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation filed in the House of Representatives would designate June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and all of June as National PTSI month. The resolution, along with its companion legislation in the Senate, seeks... Read More

CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says
Cybersecurity
CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says

WASHINGTON — In early 2017 the Central Intelligence Agency suffered a massive data loss when an agency employee stole vast quantities of information including some of its most secretive hacking tools because of lax cybersecurity measures, according to a redacted... Read More

DC Statehood Bill Set for June 26 House Vote
Congress
DC Statehood Bill Set for June 26 House Vote

WASHINGTON — The House will vote next week on legislation to grant statehood to Washington, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer announced Tuesday. If the House passes the bill on June 26, it will be the first time a statehood... Read More

White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic
Economy
White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A proposal to boost tourism by providing tax breaks for Americans who travel inside the United States is being “actively” considered by the White House for inclusion in the next coronavirus stimulus package. Three White House officials told... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
2020-06-16 15:54:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed the Justice in Policing Act, bicameral legislation that seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities. “Action is long... Read More

Democrats, Republicans Want Interior to Ban Florida Offshore Drilling
Environment
Democrats, Republicans Want Interior to Ban Florida Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON — The majority of Florida’s House of Representatives delegation, including Donald Trump confidante Matt Gaetz and 12 of Florida’s 13 House Democrats, are demanding additional answers from the Interior Department regarding any Trump administration plan for offshore drilling near... Read More

Educators Tell Congress COVID-19 Leaves Schools Vastly Underfunded
Education
Educators Tell Congress COVID-19 Leaves Schools Vastly Underfunded
2020-06-16 14:36:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- School administrators cautioned Congress Monday about underfunding education as the COVID-19 epidemic takes a big bite out of government appropriations. They said many schoolchildren already are falling behind in their studies while they face a likelihood of fewer... Read More

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