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Latest Coronavirus Bill Leaves Local Governments Hanging
Economy
Latest Coronavirus Bill Leaves Local Governments Hanging
2020-04-24 19:10:57
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved a new coronavirus relief package on Thursday, replenishing funds for small business loans, hospitals, and to expand virus testing. The bill, signed by President Trump Friday afternoon, adds $310 billion to the Paycheck... Read More

Congress Passes Expanded Small-Business Loan Funding to Address Coronavirus Shutdowns
Economy
Congress Passes Expanded Small-Business Loan Funding to Address Coronavirus Shutdowns

WASHINGTON — With unemployment claims topping 26 million in the last five weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, the House voted Thursday to approve another half-trillion dollars in federal relief to replenish a depleted small-business loan program and provide money... Read More

House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
Economy
House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
2020-04-24 13:16:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by two Democratic congressmen Thursday would make businesses in the previously flourishing cannabis industry eligible to apply for COVID-19 relief programs run through the Small Business Administration. In the wake of the shuttering of many... Read More

House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
Congress
House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
2020-04-22 19:50:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday shelved a vote on a temporary change to House rules to allow proxy voting, announcing instead that a bipartisan panel will look at it and other issues relating to House operations during... Read More

Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
Congress
Problem Solvers Release Reopening and 'Back to Work' Checklist
2020-04-21 20:55:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has released a lengthy checklist it hopes will help guide the White House and congressional leaders as they continue to work toward fully reopening the U.S. economy. While the caucus, which has 25... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
Economy
Blue Dogs Call on Administration to Prioritize Community-Based Financial Institutions
2020-04-21 20:33:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition urged the Trump administration Tuesday to fix problems community-based financial institutions are encountering as they try to access the Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, administrator... Read More

Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
Congress
Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
2020-04-21 18:09:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says an emergency proxy-voting plan for members that could be voted on as soon as Thursday is a fine first step, but he would like to take a second look at technology that... Read More

Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress
Congress
Organizations Push for Remote Floor and Committee Debate in Congress

WASHINGTON — Ahead of a week where voting logistics could be tested in real time, a dozen organizations are urging Congress to enable remote deliberations for House floor and committee action and for Congress to invest in its own technology... Read More

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
Economy
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Local News Media Support
2020-04-20 19:25:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of Senators is urging the chamber's leadership to support aid to local newspaper, radio and television stations in the next iteration of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader... Read More

White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses
Political News
White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and congressional Democrats expressed optimism Sunday that more than $450 billion in loans and aid to Americans most affected by the coronavirus outbreak will be enacted this week, providing a measure of financial help as... Read More

Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
Congress
Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
2020-04-16 20:29:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After weeks of calls for some kind of tech-based system to allow members of Congress to work from their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee proposed a decidedly low-tech alternative --... Read More

Trump Threatens to Force Congress to Adjourn So He Can Make Recess Appointments
Political News
Trump Threatens to Force Congress to Adjourn So He Can Make Recess Appointments

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked the possibility of taking the extraordinary act of forcing an adjournment of Congress in order to make recess appointments. The president called the use of pro forma sessions — gaveling the Senate... Read More

Rep. Stephanie Murphy Named 'Fiscal Hero' As Group Lauds Her Bipartisan Leadership in Congress
Congress
Rep. Stephanie Murphy Named 'Fiscal Hero' As Group Lauds Her Bipartisan Leadership in Congress
2020-04-14 21:52:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a tireless advocate for fiscal responsibility whether on her own or as co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, has been awarded the 2020 Fiscal Hero award by the Committee for a... Read More

Small Farmers Worry Government Won’t Bail Them Out of Pandemic Woes
Agriculture
Small Farmers Worry Government Won’t Bail Them Out of Pandemic Woes
2020-04-14 21:07:19
by Gaspard Le Dem

When the coronavirus started shutting down livestock markets, Darvin Bentlage knew his farm would take a hit. Springtime cattle sales usually bring in about a third of his ranching income, and cattle prices were already at a low, he said. ... Read More

Congress Won’t Return from Recess Before May 4
Congress
Congress Won’t Return from Recess Before May 4
2020-04-14 20:30:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers will not return to Capitol Hill for regular legislative activity before May 4, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. “As the country continues working together to flatten the curve, following the advice of health experts, the full... Read More

Problem Solvers Suggest Measures to Keep Government Working In a Crisis
In The News
Problem Solvers Suggest Measures to Keep Government Working In a Crisis
2020-04-14 13:20:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus is urging the House leadership to seize opportunity from a grave national crisis and adopt new policies ensuring members can carry out their obligations to debate and vote on legislation even if they... Read More

Members of Congress Learn to Work from Home During Crisis
Congress
Members of Congress Learn to Work from Home During Crisis

WASHINGTON — Up until about four weeks ago, Rep. Lou Correa wouldn’t have hesitated to hug a tearful constituent as the woman described a problem she wanted his office to investigate. But a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, the California... Read More

No Probe on Trump’s Early Virus Response, House Democrat Says
Congress
No Probe on Trump’s Early Virus Response, House Democrat Says

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said it’s unlikely a congressional panel overseeing coronavirus relief will investigate the Trump administration’s initial response to the pandemic that’s claimed thousands of American lives. “This committee will be forward-looking,” Clyburn told CNN’s Jake Tapper... Read More

Bipartisan House Panel to Provide Oversight on Federal Coronavirus Response
Congress
Bipartisan House Panel to Provide Oversight on Federal Coronavirus Response
2020-04-02 18:11:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a bipartisan select committee to oversee the allocation of trillions of dollars in approved funding to address the coronavirus crisis and ensure taxpayers dollars are "spent carefully and effectively." Pelosi... Read More

House Democrats Propose Sweeping Infrastructure Revitalization for Next Stimulus
Infrastructure
House Democrats Propose Sweeping Infrastructure Revitalization for Next Stimulus
2020-04-01 18:51:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a wide-ranging and ambitious plan Wednesday to significantly make over the nation's infrastructure while also tamping down on the economic distress caused by the coronavirus outbreak. “We need to invest in our infrastructure to address... Read More

Pelosi to Push Vote-By-Mail Funding for States in Next Stimulus
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Pelosi to Push Vote-By-Mail Funding for States in Next Stimulus

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the nation must move to a vote-by-mail system amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and that she plans to advocate funding for that in the next stimulus measure. “In terms of the elections, I think... Read More

Real Estate Industry Hoping for Stimulus Aid for Non-Depository Lenders
Economy
Real Estate Industry Hoping for Stimulus Aid for Non-Depository Lenders
2020-03-31 16:14:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even before Congress had passed the third economic stimulus package of the coronavirus era on Friday, talk had turned to what should be included in a currently hypothetical, but no less likely, fourth stimulus bill. Among the welcome... Read More

Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
In The News
Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
2020-03-30 20:30:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol building will remain closed to tourists through May 1, the Sergeants at Arms of the House and Senate announced Monday. The decision comes after the White House extended its voluntary guidance on social distancing to... Read More

Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Two More Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
2020-03-27 22:24:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. are the latest members of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. The representative from Charleston had already been in self-quarantine after learning from the attending physician of the House... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
Congress
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

Pelosi Vows Quick House Approval of $2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Plan
Congress
Pelosi Vows Quick House Approval of $2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Plan

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package approved by the Senate will breeze through the House in a “strong, bipartisan” vote on Friday, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meaning President Donald Trump will likely be able to sign the enormous bill... Read More

Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
2020-03-25 16:19:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill early Wednesday, the U.S. economy is still facing a huge shock to its system, the president of... Read More

Burr Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Up to $1.7 Million in Stock
Litigation
Burr Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Up to $1.7 Million in Stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fallout continued this week over revelations that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr dumped up to $1.7 million in stock after private briefings about the coronavirus, including a personal lawsuit against him. Politico reported the shareholder suit against Burr... Read More

House Report Tables Remote Voting by Members of Congress
Congress
House Report Tables Remote Voting by Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Remote voting is not coming to the House anytime soon, according to a House Rules Committee report. But some advocates say the report didn’t fully consider the options available and members are still pushing for emergency alternatives. House... Read More

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