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2022-03-29 14:10:35
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Cybercrime Metrics Bill Nears House Passage

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would improve data collection for cybercrimes and cyber-enabled crime was brought up for business in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would improve data collection for cybercrimes and cyber-enabled crime was brought up for business in the House on Monday by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas and Abigail Spanberger, D-Va. The bill, entitled the Better Cybercrime Metrics... Read More

Scavino, Navarro Face Contempt Vote From Jan. 6 Committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is pushing ahead with contempt... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is pushing ahead with contempt charges against former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in response to their monthslong refusal to comply with subpoenas. Navarro, Trump’s trade adviser, and... Read More

2022-03-27 13:37:57
by Dan McCue
Fortenberry Resigns After Conviction on Lying Charge

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., resigned from office Saturday after a California jury convicted him of lying to federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., resigned from office Saturday after a California jury convicted him of lying to federal authorities about an illegal campaign donation from a foreign national. A federal jury deliberated for only two hours Thursday after... Read More

2022-03-25 18:00:50
by Tom Ramstack
Congressman Convicted of Accepting Illegal Foreign Campaign Contribution

WASHINGTON — Nebraska’s longest-serving member of Congress was convicted Thursday of concealing illegal campaign contributions received from a Nigerian billionaire.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nebraska’s longest-serving member of Congress was convicted Thursday of concealing illegal campaign contributions received from a Nigerian billionaire. The jury in Los Angeles decided that on at least two occasions Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry lied to FBI agents... Read More

Nebraska US Rep. Fortenberry Found Guilty in Campaign Probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was convicted on charges that he lied to federal authorities... Read More

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was convicted on charges that he lied to federal authorities about an illegal $30,000 contribution to his campaign from a foreign billionaire at a 2016 Los Angeles fundraiser. A federal... Read More

Lawyers' Group Says Judge Jackson Has 'Stellar' Reputation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal experts and interest groups are weighing in on Ketanji Brown Jackson as the Senate Judiciary Committee began a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal experts and interest groups are weighing in on Ketanji Brown Jackson as the Senate Judiciary Committee began a fourth day of hearings on her historic nomination to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. Jackson faced down... Read More

2022-03-22 17:29:38
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Nominee Vows to Avoid Partisan Politics if Confirmed

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson described herself as a judge who merely applies laws to facts rather than imposing her... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson described herself as a judge who merely applies laws to facts rather than imposing her own opinions onto rulings during the second day of Senate hearings into her nomination to the Supreme Court. “It is... Read More

Takeaways: Jackson Makes History, GOP Vows no 'Spectacle'

WASHINGTON (AP) — History was made the instant Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first Black woman... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — History was made the instant Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court. President Joe Biden promised he would choose a Black woman for the job and the 51-year-old... Read More

2022-03-21 18:38:20
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Hearings Begin on Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Confirmation hearings opened in the U.S. Senate Monday for Ketanji Brown Jackson with Democrats commending the first Black... Read More

WASHINGTON — Confirmation hearings opened in the U.S. Senate Monday for Ketanji Brown Jackson with Democrats commending the first Black female nominee to the Supreme Court but Republicans seeking assurances she would avoid being too activist. Democratic senators mentioned her... Read More

Rep. Don Young, Longtime Alaska Congressman, Dies at 88

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Rep. Don Young, who was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House,... Read More

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Rep. Don Young, who was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House, has died. He was 88. His office announced Young's death in a statement Friday night. "It's with heavy hearts and... Read More

2022-03-18 23:23:18
by Reece Nations
O’Halleran Leads Package of Bills Targeting Ethics, Transparency in Congress 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., introduced five bills on Thursday as part of a package aimed at curbing... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., introduced five bills on Thursday as part of a package aimed at curbing ethical breaches by lawmakers and restoring public trust in Congress.  The bills take several courses of action to prohibit unethical... Read More

2022-03-18 21:01:09
by Dan McCue
Threats Lead Steube to Consider Using Campaign Funds to Defend Florida Home

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to protect their homes, up to and including paying for a locking security gate,... Read More

GOP Appeal Seeks to Curb State Court Power Over US House Map

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail state courts' powers to intervene in the... Read More

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail state courts' powers to intervene in the drawing of congressional districts as part of an ongoing battle over electoral maps. The renewed effort is not expected to... Read More

2022-03-17 22:57:34
by Tom Ramstack
Black Institutions Ask Congress to Help Pay for Security Amid Violent Threats

WASHINGTON — Rev. Eric Manning invoked the dead of the July 17, 2015, massacre at a church in Charleston, S.C.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rev. Eric Manning invoked the dead of the July 17, 2015, massacre at a church in Charleston, S.C., as he testified to Congress Thursday about threats to African American institutions. He read the names of the nine victims... Read More

2022-03-16 21:52:04
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Urge Action by Congress as Global Warming Intensifies Forest Fires

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel revived disputes Wednesday over how to manage forests to avoid catastrophic wildfires weeks before springtime... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel revived disputes Wednesday over how to manage forests to avoid catastrophic wildfires weeks before springtime brings risks of devastation for more communities in western states. Environmentalists and lawmakers agreed good science should lead policy decisions... Read More

2022-03-16 15:59:02
by Dan McCue
Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates Now Available in Print

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election... Read More

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday. The new guide is intended to provide an overall summary of the federal campaign finance laws that... Read More

2022-03-15 21:38:46
by Dan McCue
Shalanda Young Confirmed as OMB Director

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-36 to confirm Shalanda Young as director of the Office of Management and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-36 to confirm Shalanda Young as director of the Office of Management and Budget, making her the first Black woman in history to head the office and the fifth Black woman to be... Read More

2022-03-15 20:40:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
White House Outlines Dire Outcomes if Congress Fails to Pass COVID Relief Aid Bill 

WASHINGTON — The White House issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday outlining what might happen now... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday outlining what might happen now that the $22.5 billion in COVID-19 relief aid was dropped from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. “We continue to... Read More

2022-03-14 16:47:52
by Dan McCue
Zelenskyy to Deliver Virtual Address to Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to members of the House and Senate on Wednesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to members of the House and Senate on Wednesday at 9 a.m. According to a letter sent to members of both chambers by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

2022-03-11 15:22:07
by Dan McCue
Lobbyists and Trade Groups Urge Reopening of US Capitol by Summer

WASHINGTON — More than 250 lobbying firms, trade groups and individual lobbyists, led by the National Institute for Lobbying &... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 250 lobbying firms, trade groups and individual lobbyists, led by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, have signed a letter urging the leaders of the House and Senate to reopen the Capitol to the public... Read More

2022-03-10 19:04:34
by Dan McCue
Hoyer, Jeffries Secure 21% Increase in MRA as Part of Omnibus Bill

WASHINGTON — The mammoth $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package contains something for everybody,  just about, but on Capitol Hill itself... Read More

WASHINGTON — The mammoth $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package contains something for everybody,  just about, but on Capitol Hill itself perhaps the biggest news is the inclusion of a 21% increase in the Member Representational Allowance, the budget line that... Read More

2022-03-09 18:19:58
by Dan McCue
Congress Urged to Tackle Immigration Reform Before Midterms

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan coalition of business and other organizations, calling themselves The Alliance for New Immigration Consensus is urging... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan coalition of business and other organizations, calling themselves The Alliance for New Immigration Consensus is urging Congress to advance immigration reform legislation before the 2022 midterms. In a letter to the leaders of both chambers of... Read More

Top Lawmakers Reach Deal on Ukraine Aid, $1.5T Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and European allies... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and European allies plus billions more to battle the pandemic as part of an overdue $1.5 trillion measure financing federal agencies for the... Read More

2022-03-04 22:01:39
by Dan McCue
Green, Novotny Recognized for Exemplary Service on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Former House staffers Kathie Green and Joe Novotny are this year’s winners of the Staff Lifetime Achievement Democracy... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former House staffers Kathie Green and Joe Novotny are this year’s winners of the Staff Lifetime Achievement Democracy Award presented by the Congressional Management Foundation. Both will be recognized at the foundation’s first in-person Democracy Awards ceremony since... Read More

2022-03-04 21:48:33
by Dan McCue
The Challenges of the District Office Take Center Stage Before House Panel

WASHINGTON — Though much of what America reads, sees and hears about the federal government emanates from the nation’s Capitol,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Though much of what America reads, sees and hears about the federal government emanates from the nation’s Capitol, the reality is it’s members’ district offices that are at the front lines, day in and day out, of helping... Read More

2022-03-02 23:55:11
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Suggest Nature’s Solutions to Reduce Global Warming’s Impact

WASHINGTON — Environmentalists told a congressional panel Wednesday nature knows best how to combat the global warming that increasingly is... Read More

WASHINGTON — Environmentalists told a congressional panel Wednesday nature knows best how to combat the global warming that increasingly is predicted to devastate human populations. Wetlands can protect against floods, more trees can get rid of greenhouse gas and plants... Read More

2022-03-02 20:36:18
by Dan McCue
House Panel to Hold Public Hearing on Stock Trading Reforms

WASHINGTON — The chair of the House Administration Committee has scheduled a public hearing on March 16 to examine proposed... Read More

WASHINGTON — The chair of the House Administration Committee has scheduled a public hearing on March 16 to examine proposed stock trading reforms for Congress. “Over the past several weeks, the Committee on House Administration has been conducting a review... Read More

2022-03-02 12:16:04
by Dan McCue
Biden Takes Bold Stand in State of the Union, Boebert Heckles

WASHINGTON— President Joe Biden delivered a 62-minute State of the Union speech Tuesday night in which he vowed to defeat... Read More

WASHINGTON— President Joe Biden delivered a 62-minute State of the Union speech Tuesday night in which he vowed to defeat inflation, tamp out the remnants of the coronavirus, and stand firm against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Talk of bipartisanship and... Read More

2022-03-01 21:48:42
by Tom Ramstack
NASA Heads to the Moon Again but Only if It Fixes Its Problems

WASHINGTON — If there was a single lesson from a congressional hearing Tuesday on plans for a U.S. return to... Read More

WASHINGTON — If there was a single lesson from a congressional hearing Tuesday on plans for a U.S. return to the moon, it is that space exploration remains filled with dangers, technical difficulties and enormous costs. The difference between NASA’s... Read More

2022-03-01 21:41:58
by Dan McCue
Swing State Democrats Seek More Bipartisan Bills

WASHINGTON — A memo being circulated on Capitol Hill by a group of swing state Democrats ahead of Tuesday night’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — A memo being circulated on Capitol Hill by a group of swing state Democrats ahead of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address is calling for “a new agenda” that stresses bipartisanship over messaging bills and action over... Read More

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