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As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court
Congress
As House Holds First Proxy Vote, Republicans Attack on Campaign Trail and in Court

WASHINGTON — For the first time in U.S. history, House members on Wednesday voted without being physically present in the Capitol, a change in congressional rules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that Republicans are already turning into a campaign... Read More

House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
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House Republicans Sue Speaker to Block Proxy Voting Rule
2020-05-27 13:05:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with 20 other Republican lawmakers sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night in a bid to block the first proxy votes in congressional history. The House is returning to Washington Wednesday to... Read More

Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
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Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff
2020-05-26 18:05:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a virtual discussion late last week on the challenges faced by district staff working remotely and the steps federal agencies can take to protect staffers as they return to... Read More

Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
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Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
2020-05-22 20:40:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and several ranking House Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to protect inspectors general across the executive branch from being fired as a result of political retaliation. The Inspector General Independence Act would... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
Employment
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
2020-05-22 20:18:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills training credit for workers who have lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Renewal Act affords these... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
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Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
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Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
2020-05-22 19:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday of "deliberately misleading" the public about House remote voting rules adopted by the chamber last week. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday,... Read More

House to Vote on Stand-Alone Small-Business Loan Program Fixes
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House to Vote on Stand-Alone Small-Business Loan Program Fixes

WASHINGTON — The House will vote next week on legislation changing terms of the Paycheck Protection Program that have served as obstacles to some small businesses seeking relief under the forgivable loan program. “We saw a quick fix on how... Read More

Pelosi Activates 45-Day Authorization for Proxy Voting, Remote Committee Meetings
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Pelosi Activates 45-Day Authorization for Proxy Voting, Remote Committee Meetings

WASHINGTON — For at least the next 45 days, House members who do not feel comfortable traveling to Washington due to the coronavirus pandemic can stay home and still vote on the House floor and participate in committee meetings. Speaker... Read More

Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
Economy
Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
2020-05-20 17:18:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Unemployment among the nation's travel sector workers has reached 51% heading into the Memorial Day weekend, as Americans continue to refrain from resuming their normal lives in the face of the slowly easing coronavirus pandemic, according to data... Read More

Experts Warn Injecting Money Into Higher Ed Without Oversight Could Lead to Profiteering
In The News
Experts Warn Injecting Money Into Higher Ed Without Oversight Could Lead to Profiteering
2020-05-20 17:12:46
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Experts say that injecting federal money into America’s higher education system amid the coronavirus crisis could unintentionally lead to more profiteering in the industry. The pandemic has taken a significant toll on U.S. colleges and universities, shutting down... Read More

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Seeks $1.2 Billion From Congress
Immigration
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Seeks $1.2 Billion From Congress

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has requested $1.2 billion in emergency funding due to a drastic decline in green card and other visa applications that could drain its fee-based coffers by this summer, the agency said Monday. USCIS,... Read More

Judiciary Committee Presses Supreme Court for Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
Supreme Court
Judiciary Committee Presses Supreme Court for Release of Mueller Grand Jury Material
2020-05-19 14:10:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Both Congress and the American public will "suffer grave and irreparable injury" if there continues to be a delay in the release of grand jury testimony from the Robert Mueller investigation, lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee said... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Promises New Aid to State, Local Governments
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Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Promises New Aid to State, Local Governments
2020-05-19 14:03:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan, bicameral effort is underway to provide hundreds of billions in funding to state and local governments reeling from the budgetary hit they've taken due to the coronavirus outbreak. The House bill introduced Monday by Reps. Josh... Read More

Horn Says It's Time to Get Back to Work, Focus on Targeted, Bipartisan Aid Package
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Horn Says It's Time to Get Back to Work, Focus on Targeted, Bipartisan Aid Package
2020-05-18 16:29:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's a simple way to sum up the message Rep. Kendra Horn delivered to her colleagues and constituents during the marathon session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, it was that enough is enough. In... Read More

Brindisi Sees Congress As Eager, But Cautious About Capitol Hill Return
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Brindisi Sees Congress As Eager, But Cautious About Capitol Hill Return
2020-05-15 19:49:09
by Dan McCue

For Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., the sentiments of those he was elected to serve have become a familiar refrain over the course of the coronavirus emergency. "Folks are anxious to reopen the economy, of course, but mostly, I think they're... Read More

Health Official Warns of Botched COVID-19 Management by Trump
In The News
Health Official Warns of Botched COVID-19 Management by Trump
2020-05-15 13:07:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A whistleblower on the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus warned Congress Thursday that threats from the disease are greater than most government officials are willing to admit. The pandemic will “get worse and be prolonged” without a better... Read More

Ousted Director Testifies Trump Has No Plan For a Coronavirus Vaccine
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Ousted Director Testifies Trump Has No Plan For a Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s timetable for developing a coronavirus treatment is likely too optimistic and it has no plan in place for mass production and distribution of such a vaccine, a federal whistleblower told Congress Thursday. Rick Bright, a... Read More

House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions
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House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the urgency to act outweighs concerns among rank-and-file lawmakers that the “bold” package described by party leaders isn’t bold enough. Several... Read More

Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul
Privacy
Senate Passes Amended FISA Surveillance Overhaul

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily passed an amended bill to revive and increase oversight of surveillance powers. Senators voted, 80-16, to pass the measure before finishing up work on Capitol Hill for the week. Under a previous agreement,... Read More

Bipartisanship Is Alive and Well on Capitol Hill, Index Finds
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Bipartisanship Is Alive and Well on Capitol Hill, Index Finds
2020-05-14 18:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the rancor one hears consistently on cable news and in the Twittersphere, bipartisanship is alive and well among rank and file members of Congress, according to a new survey conducted by The Lugar Center and the McCourt... Read More

Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated
2020 Elections
Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated

LOS ANGELES — Republican Mike Garcia claimed victory Wednesday in the race for an open congressional seat north of Los Angeles, the first time the GOP has flipped a California district from blue to red in more than 20 years.... Read More

Democrats’ Bill Would Force Airlines to Make More Refunds
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Democrats’ Bill Would Force Airlines to Make More Refunds

WASHINGTON — Five Senate Democrats hope to force airlines to offer cash refunds for flights canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, including those canceled by travelers worried about health risks. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, Richard Blumenthal,... Read More

Fed’s Powell to Congress: Economy Needs More Fiscal Relief
Economy
Fed’s Powell to Congress: Economy Needs More Fiscal Relief

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has a clear message for Congress: Spend more money, right now. In an interview Wednesday with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Powell called the COVID-19 pandemic an unprecedented economic challenge that needs... Read More

Congress Must Return to Session
Opinions
Congress Must Return to Session

There is no question that the United States is in crisis. A global pandemic and economic crisis have upended American life, costing lives and leaving millions of families without a way to make ends meet. In the face of this... Read More

Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus
Congress
Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus
2020-05-13 13:30:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Industry and legal experts told the U.S. Senate Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is creating liabilities that are not adequately addressed by existing laws and regulations. As a result, business owners are running up against hundreds of lawsuits... Read More

National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
Economy
National League of Cities Lauds House COVID-19 Relief Bill
2020-05-13 13:24:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities is calling on the Senate and White House to embrace a new coronavirus relief bill introduced in the House on Tuesday that allocates $375 billion for the nation's smaller cities, towns, counties and... Read More

House Lawmakers Urge Relief For Auto Industry in Next Coronavirus Bills
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House Lawmakers Urge Relief For Auto Industry in Next Coronavirus Bills
2020-05-13 13:17:12
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday urged Congress to provide funding for the U.S. automobile industry in future coronavirus stimulus packages. “America’s motor vehicle industry must remain the heart of our nation’s manufacturing capability,” wrote the... Read More

House Spending Bill Would Boost Transit, Amtrak, Highways
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House Spending Bill Would Boost Transit, Amtrak, Highways

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ newest proposal for coronavirus recovery spending would use federal law to compel passengers and workers on Amtrak, transit and airplanes to wear face masks, and would give an additional $15.75 billion to transit, allocate $15 billion... Read More

Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
Veterans
Veterans Group Calls for Inquiry After Report Charges Mismanagement
2020-05-12 21:33:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America called on Congress and the Inspector General of Veteran Affairs to look into VA oversight of state-run veterans homes in the wake of a ProPublica investigation casting light on the grave consequences... Read More

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