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House Democrats Roll Out $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
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House Democrats Roll Out $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
2020-05-12 19:06:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats rolled out their latest package of legislation intended to provide economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic while focusing on areas that were either missed or in need of revision in other aid packages. In a briefing... Read More

Tuesday Special Elections Could Be Harbinger of Second Blue Wave Come November
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Tuesday Special Elections Could Be Harbinger of Second Blue Wave Come November
2020-05-12 15:54:42
by Dan McCue

A pair of congressional primaries on Tuesday could prove to be the first indicators of a brewing second blue wave come the November general election. The most high-profile of the contests is taking place in California's 25th Congressional District, in... Read More

Supreme Court Could Reshape Congressional Subpoena Power in Trump Case
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Supreme Court Could Reshape Congressional Subpoena Power in Trump Case

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and House Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both sides will tell the Supreme Court during oral arguments Tuesday that the fate of four committee subpoenas could redraw the limits of congressional investigative... Read More

GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid
Federal Budget
GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid

The flood of pandemic-relief spending from Washington has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, one of several hurdles facing the next round of stimulus many economists say is needed to pull the U.S. out of its downward spiral. After backing... Read More

As Trump Pulls Back From Virus, Congress Races to Fill Void
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As Trump Pulls Back From Virus, Congress Races to Fill Void

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump tries to move on from the coronavirus, Congress is rushing to fill the void and prepare the country for the long fight ahead. Compelled by the lack of comprehensive federal planning as states begin to reopen,... Read More

New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health
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New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health
2020-05-08 17:26:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Derek Kilmer, chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, joined with Rep. Don Beyer this week to release a draft framework for the Workers’ Relief and Security Act, bicameral legislation that would tie ongoing expanded unemployment benefits to... Read More

Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
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Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs
2020-05-08 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning wave of layoffs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the employee retention tax credit. Roughly 33.5... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
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Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
U.S. Senate
Senators Express Hope and Doubts About New Coronavirus Technology
2020-05-08 13:43:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Top federal lawmakers argued for multi-billion dollar investments in new technology to test for coronavirus and develop vaccines against it during a Senate hearing Thursday. They also agreed with government health administrators they face an uncertain outcome for... Read More

Russia Probe Transcripts Released by House Panel After Delays
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Russia Probe Transcripts Released by House Panel After Delays

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee released thousands of pages of transcripts from previously secret witness interviews in an investigation into 2016 Russian election interference completed two years ago, rekindling partisan accusations and interpretations amid President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.... Read More

House Republicans Form Task Force to Probe China’s Role in Pandemic
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House Republicans Form Task Force to Probe China’s Role in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are forming a task force to investigate China’s role in the spread of the coronavirus as GOP lawmakers broaden their attempt to put a focus on the actions of the government in Beijing. “China’s cover-up directly... Read More

House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support
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House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support

WASHINGTON — As they work on the next bill to respond to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, House Democrats are eschewing negotiations with Republicans or the White House, and hope to vote on their own measure as soon... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
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Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
2020-05-07 13:41:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will hold what it is billing as its first "Virtual Congress" to debate the inclusion of state and local government funding in the next coronavirus relief package. The caucus says 24... Read More

Covering Congress Amid Coronavirus Means Masks, Hallway Contortions and Apologies for the Crying Baby
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Covering Congress Amid Coronavirus Means Masks, Hallway Contortions and Apologies for the Crying Baby

WASHINGTON — Phone interviews with lawmakers all start with the same disclaimer now: I apologize in advance for the screaming child. He’s fine, he’s supervised. We learned quickly when the Los Angeles Times closed its Washington bureau because of the... Read More

McConnell’s Coronavirus Business Liability Pledge Sparks Lobbying Frenzy
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McConnell’s Coronavirus Business Liability Pledge Sparks Lobbying Frenzy

WASHINGTON — Republicans say they won’t support a new coronavirus relief bill unless it protects business owners from lawsuits related to COVID-19 exposure, sparking a lobbying frenzy from business groups hoping to get their industry or priority into the bill.... Read More

Democrats Doubt Trump Attorney Would Oversee Coronavirus Relief Independently
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Democrats Doubt Trump Attorney Would Oversee Coronavirus Relief Independently

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats doubt that one of President Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys will hold the administration accountable as special inspector general for pandemic recovery, but they asked Brian Miller to prove them wrong at his confirmation hearing Tuesday. Shortly... Read More

Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman
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Kweisi Mfume To Be Sworn in Tuesday as Maryland’s Newest Congressman

BALTIMORE — Twenty-four years after leaving the U.S. House, Baltimore Democrat Kweisi Mfume returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to be sworn in as Maryland’s newest congressman, succeeding his friend, the late Elijah Cummings. The swearing-in will occur on the... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
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Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General
2020-05-01 19:27:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed the Inspectors General Independence Act, which establishes seven-year terms for the position and protects those who hold it from politically-motivated firings by only allowing removal for cause. The bill was introduced by... Read More

Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
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Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
2020-05-01 16:44:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify after both Republicans and Democrats on the panel expressed concerns his deputies may have lied to Congress. The letter, which is signed by four Democrats... Read More

Cunningham Convinces Wealthy Homeowners to Return $1 Million SBA Loan
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Cunningham Convinces Wealthy Homeowners to Return $1 Million SBA Loan
2020-05-01 15:32:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A wealthy homeowners association on exclusive Kiawah Island in South Carolina is returning a $1 million federal loan intended to help small businesses and nonprofits after being taken to task by Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C. Cunningham, who is... Read More

How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System
Employment
How Budget Cuts and Restrictive Policies Hobbled Jobless Benefits System

WASHINGTON — As the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits grew by nearly 4 million in just the last week, it’s little surprise that the systems charged with responding are overwhelmed. For decades, state and federal agencies have seen... Read More

Members, Staff in the Dark About Prevalence of Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases
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Members, Staff in the Dark About Prevalence of Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases

WASHINGTON — Staffers and members who work in the Cannon House Office Building were not informed that 11 construction workers working on its renovation tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, a troubling revelation because lawmakers and their staff... Read More

McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage
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McConnell ‘Open’ to Coronavirus Bailouts for Hard-Hit States After Democratic Outrage

Mitch McConnell couldn’t stand the heat. The Republican Senate leader on Wednesday backed off his controversial claim that coronavirus-ravaged states should go bankrupt and said he’s “open” to bailing them out, apparently caving to blistering criticism from New York Gov.... Read More

Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program
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Congressman Wants to Restore Nixon-Era State and Local Aid Program

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal said he wants to go back to the future in the next round of coronavirus relief aid. The Massachusetts Democrat told the nation’s mayors Wednesday that he would try to... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bill To Examine U.S. Response To Coronavirus Crisis
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Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bill To Examine U.S. Response To Coronavirus Crisis
2020-04-28 21:19:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers endorsed a bill on Monday to create a new congressional task force to scrutinize the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Made in America Emergency Preparedness Act, introduced in early April... Read More

House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
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House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
2020-04-28 16:05:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A day after announcing members would be returning to Washington, House leadership reversed course Tuesday and announced they will not bring the chamber back into session next week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made the announcement Tuesday... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
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Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
2020-04-28 12:53:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats endorsed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would establish a commission to assess the nation's readiness to deal with future pandemics. H.R. 6429, the National Commission on COVID-19 Act, was introduced... Read More

NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
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NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
2020-04-28 12:13:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a network of state and local leaders, is urging Congressional leaders of both parties to consider the input of those on the front lines of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to... Read More

House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
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House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
2020-04-27 21:28:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will return to work on Capitol Hill on May 4, some 11 days before the stay-at-home order currently in effect in the District of Columbia is set to expire. “Senators will return to Washington... Read More

CBO Says Coronavirus Outbreak and Response Will Quadruple the Federal Deficit
Federal Budget
CBO Says Coronavirus Outbreak and Response Will Quadruple the Federal Deficit
2020-04-24 20:22:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Due to a combination of the passage of multiple economic stimulus bills and a deep recession caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the federal deficit for the 2020 fiscal year will quadruple to $3.7 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

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