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Sherill, Gottheimer and King Move to Keep Treasury From Blocking Charitable Contributions
Congress
Sherill, Gottheimer and King Move to Keep Treasury From Blocking Charitable Contributions
2019-08-10 00:09:34
by Sean Trambley

Representatives Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Peter King, R-N.Y., have introduced H.J. Res. 72 to overturn U.S. Treasury Department regulations that bar the deduction of charitable contributions from federal taxes.  The bipartisan action comes after the Treasury, in... Read More

Done Deal: Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Agreement
Federal Budget
Done Deal: Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Agreement
2019-08-01 18:21:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite pushback from conservative Republicans, the budget and debt ceiling deal struck by the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., easily passed the Senate Thursday afternoon. Even with fears that the vote in the Senate would... Read More

Senate GOP Blocks Bid to Pass TPS for Venezuelans
U.S. Senate
Senate GOP Blocks Bid to Pass TPS for Venezuelans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate will leave for a six-week break without passing a bill to grant Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Venezuelans even though the House of Representatives passed a similar measure last week. Two Democratic senators, Bob... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
Climate
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

House Working Group Says It's Making Progress On NAFTA Replacement
Trade
House Working Group Says It's Making Progress On NAFTA Replacement
2019-07-30 21:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House working group formed to negotiate changes to President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week that while it's made substantial progress, it's still waiting for a counter proposal for requested... Read More

McConnell Bristles At ‘Hyperventilating Hacks’ Criticizing His Blocking of Election Security Bills
U.S. Senate
McConnell Bristles At ‘Hyperventilating Hacks’ Criticizing His Blocking of Election Security Bills

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did something Monday he rarely does — get riled up and respond directly to criticism as he defended his decision to block election security bills last week that Democrats attempted to bring to... Read More

Nancy Pelosi, Trump Wrestler And Tightrope Walker, Wins Hearts of Democratic Centrists
U.S. Senate
Nancy Pelosi, Trump Wrestler And Tightrope Walker, Wins Hearts of Democratic Centrists

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi nearly was blocked from the speaker’s gavel late last year by a small band of moderate Democrats who said she was too divisive and had been atop the party for too long. More than six months... Read More

How California Keeps Blocking Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks
State News
How California Keeps Blocking Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — California’s sweeping deal with four major automakers last week to boost gas mileage standards and cut tailpipe emissions wasn’t the first time the Golden State has outmaneuvered the Trump administration, which has been planning instead to... Read More

Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access
State News
Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access
2019-07-26 22:05:59
by Dan McCue

Clearly concerned about what will happen if a federal appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act, Democrats at the National Governors Association summer meeting said Thursday that rolling back the health care law would be... Read More

Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding
2020 Elections
Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding
2019-07-26 20:28:07
by HJ Mai

Election security has been under the microscope since reports of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election first surfaced.  The findings by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence further indicate that the Russian... Read More

New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
Infrastructure
New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
2019-07-26 20:22:58
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition has asked President Donald Trump to recommit to negotiations on an infrastructure investment plan, highlighting the many benefits of bipartisan cooperation on a vital national issue. In a letter written by the coalition’s... Read More

VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
In The News
VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
2019-07-26 19:32:02
by Sean Trambley

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100 million in fees erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans who participated in the VA Home Loan Program. In June,... Read More

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