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Sergeants at Arms Extend Capitol Closure
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

White House, Congress Agree on $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Bill
Political News
White House, Congress Agree on $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently... Read More

Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill — Largest by far in US History
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Deal Reached on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill — Largest by far in US History

WASHINGTON — After haggling for days over the final details, Senate Democrats and the White House agreed Tuesday to a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, including direct payments to most Americans... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation
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Blue Dogs Call for End to Partisan Games With Economic Rescue Legislation
2020-03-24 23:18:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With the latest economic stimulus bill stalled on Capitol Hill since Sunday, both the Blue Dogs and New Democrat coalitions in the House are calling for an end to the partisanship that is preventing the roughly $2 trillion... Read More

Calls for Remote Voting Amid Coronavirus Pick Up Support
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Calls for Remote Voting Amid Coronavirus Pick Up Support

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan efforts to encourage the Senate to adopt procedures for remote voting are gaining steam, with at least two more Republicans speaking out for the need to make operational changes in the face of the coronavirus crisis and... Read More

House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill
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House Considering New Voting Procedures As Coronavirus Strikes Capitol Hill
2020-03-20 12:55:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House appears close to adopting new voting procedures on bills in the wake of two members testing positive for the coronavirus this week. Though the situation is evolving rapidly, as of Thursday afternoon, House Rules Committee Chairman... Read More

Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
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Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
2020-03-19 20:51:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to... Read More

Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps
Economy
Sherrill Fights for Local Families by Rolling Back Tax Deduction Caps
2020-03-19 14:59:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., knew it would be a crippling blow to her constituents and the local economy. It had been bad enough when the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act enacted in 2017 capped the deduction middle... Read More

Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis
Economy
Murphy, Cunningham Urge Leadership to Suspend Tariffs During Coronavirus Crisis
2020-03-19 14:48:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have written a letter to the Congressional leadership, urging them to temporarily suspend tariffs imposed by the White House as part of Congress’ upcoming coronavirus response bill. Both Murphy, a... Read More

Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Two Members of Congress Test Positive for Coronavirus
2020-03-19 14:44:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - Rep. Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, both said Wednesday they had tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Diaz-Balart, the first to announce his condition, said he first developed symptoms, including... Read More

Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No
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Pandemic Ignites Interest in Remote Voting by Congress; McConnell, Pelosi Say No

WASHINGTON — Senators on both sides of the aisle said this week that the chamber is exploring the possibility of voting remotely on a third legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that would upend tradition and require... Read More

Congress Begins Work on Third Economic Stimulus Bill for The Coronavirus Crisis
Economy
Congress Begins Work on Third Economic Stimulus Bill for The Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers began negotiating a third economic stimulus bill to prevent the U.S. economy from cracking under the weight of the coronavirus epidemic even as efforts stalled Monday to finish work on a second bill that passed the House... Read More

House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
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House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
2020-03-17 13:57:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told members they can remain in their districts through next Monday, but at least for now, no decision has been made on the balance of House schedule for the week. In a... Read More

House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
Sports
House, Senate United In Bipartisan Push to Preserve Baseball's Minor Leagues
2020-03-13 14:44:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of both the House and Senate are enthusiastically reaching across the aisle in a bid to fend off a proposal by Major League Baseball to drop big league affiliation with 42 minor league teams. Major League Baseball... Read More

McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
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McConnell Cancels Next Week's Recess to Address Coronavirus Legislation
2020-03-12 18:58:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate's planned recess next week in order to continue working on legislation to address the economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak. "Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be... Read More

Capitol to Suspend Public Tours, Limit Public Access Due to Coronavirus
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Capitol to Suspend Public Tours, Limit Public Access Due to Coronavirus
2020-03-12 17:16:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Public tours of the Capitol building are being suspended -- at least through the end of March -- in response to the novel coronavirus. In a joint statement, House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving, and Senate Sergeant... Read More

House Clinches Deal to Renew Spy Bill With Tight Senate Timeline
Intelligence
House Clinches Deal to Renew Spy Bill With Tight Senate Timeline

WASHINGTON — House negotiators reached a bipartisan agreement to extend provisions of a law authorizing surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists, according to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat. Lawmakers are trying to avoid a temporary lapse or the need... Read More

Congress Skeptical of Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut as Bipartisan Talks Begin to Address Coronavirus
Economy
Congress Skeptical of Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut as Bipartisan Talks Begin to Address Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s key proposals to confront the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus — a payroll tax cut — got mixed reviews from Senate Republicans on Tuesday during a Capitol Hill strategy-planning lunch that ended... Read More

House Embraces Bipartisan Plan to Improve Congressional Efficiency
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House Embraces Bipartisan Plan to Improve Congressional Efficiency
2020-03-11 18:08:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday aimed at making Congress more effective, efficient and transparent. H. Res. 756, is the brainchild of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, and the product of 16 formal hearings and... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Stimulus Package While Stressing COVID-19 Threat Highlights Deficit Dangers
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Blue Dogs Support Stimulus Package While Stressing COVID-19 Threat Highlights Deficit Dangers
2020-03-11 18:05:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats are throwing their support behind a potential economic stimulus package aimed at helping Americans deal with the coronavirus outbreak. But in doing so, the coalition of fiscally-responsible Democrats said the crisis... Read More

Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus
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Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus
2020-03-10 20:45:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —Speaker Nancy Pelosi told attendees at the House Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday morning that they should stay at work as "captains of the ship" this week as Capitol Hill scrambles to respond to the coronavirus. Among the items under... Read More

Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report
Law
Appeals Court Finds House Entitled to Grand Jury Info from Mueller Report
2020-03-10 20:42:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that Justice Department officials must release grand jury testimony, compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Russian interference in the 2020 election, to the House of Representatives. A divided U.S.... Read More

7 Lawmakers and Several Congressional Staffers Exposed to Coronavirus
Health
7 Lawmakers and Several Congressional Staffers Exposed to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The impact of the coronavirus drew closer to Washington as seven lawmakers announced they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and Republicans and Democrats considered separate legislative packages to address the economic fallout. Six Republicans were... Read More

Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
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Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
2020-03-10 15:14:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., introduced legislation Monday that would remove a bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from public display in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of Associate Supreme Court Justice... Read More

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