Congress

Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
Employment
Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
2019-12-13 15:04:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act means many things to many people, but to the residents of one region in Upstate New York, the massive spending bill means one thing: good-paying jobs for the foreseeable... Read More

House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
Military
House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
2019-12-13 15:00:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping $738 billion defense policy bill that for the first time will provide paid family leave for all federal workers and fund the creation of a Space Force, a top priority of... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
Prescription Drugs
Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
2019-12-12 15:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kendra Horn believes it should come as no surprise to anyone that reining in runaway prescription drug prices has been a top priority of members of the 116th Congress. "After all, they are something that impacts just... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Prepares for Historic Vote on Impeachment Articles Against Trump
Impeachment
House Judiciary Committee Prepares for Historic Vote on Impeachment Articles Against Trump

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday began its long slog of a session to finalize articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a procedurally complex process that will probably continue through much of Thursday or even longer. The... Read More

Report Assails Coast Guard for Failing to Address Harassment, Bullying
Oversight
Report Assails Coast Guard for Failing to Address Harassment, Bullying
2019-12-11 20:33:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Officers at the U.S. Coast Guard’s New London facility failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations, according to a report issued by two congressional committees on Thursday. The report, called “Righting the... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
2019-12-11 19:59:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday threw their support behind H.R. 5211, The Sustainable Budget Act of 2019, which would create a fiscal commission charged with balancing the federal budget within a decade. The bill... Read More

Analysis: Why On The Same Day Did Democrats Move to Impeach Trump — Then Bless His Trade Deal?
Federal Budget
Analysis: Why On The Same Day Did Democrats Move to Impeach Trump — Then Bless His Trade Deal?

WASHINGTON — In the span of one hour Tuesday, House Democrats moved to impeach President Donald Trump for abusing his office and simultaneously delivered his biggest legislative win of the year by agreeing to a long-stalled trade deal — a... Read More

Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her
Education
Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from advancing rules that critics say could hurt efforts to fight sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses. Slotkin is one of several members... Read More

Congress Holds First Hearing on Haiti in 20 Years Amid Political Instability
Geopolitics
Congress Holds First Hearing on Haiti in 20 Years Amid Political Instability

WASHINGTON — Minutes after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson entered a meeting room in Washington and asked a group of Haitian activists about efforts to impeach their embattled president, Jovenel... Read More

Experts Decry End of 'Fair and Binding' Trade Rules After US Knee-Caps WTO Court
Congress
Experts Decry End of 'Fair and Binding' Trade Rules After US Knee-Caps WTO Court
2019-12-10 22:55:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Trade experts told a congressional panel led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., on Tuesday that the U.S. businesses and manufacturers will suffer if the decades-old rules-based trading system is allowed to fall by the wayside as the Trump... Read More

Trump Facing Impeachment on Abuse of Power, Obstruction Charges
In The News
Trump Facing Impeachment on Abuse of Power, Obstruction Charges
2019-12-10 22:21:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Declaring President Donald Trump had betrayed the nation and his oath of office, House Democrats on Tuesday morning announced they will hold a vote to impeach him on abuse of power and obstruction charges. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
Congress
Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
2019-12-10 19:52:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to reach across the aisle to get things done. Whether it’s introducing legislation to make cost-effective biosimilar drugs more accessible, leading... Read More

House Votes Overwhelmingly to Put the Kibosh on Robocalls
Privacy
House Votes Overwhelmingly to Put the Kibosh on Robocalls
2019-12-09 18:30:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House last week voted overwhelming to advance a bill designed to tamp down on robocalls by increasing the fines on those who make them and requiring phone companies to play a more active role in stopping them.... Read More

Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
Congress
Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

WASHINGTON — Key House and Senate committee leaders announced a bipartisan agreement Sunday on draft legislation to prohibit surprise medical bills and raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. The agreement raises the odds of Congress clearing measures... Read More

Dog-Friendly Event Calls Attention to Lab Animal Retirement Legislation
Animal Rights
Dog-Friendly Event Calls Attention to Lab Animal Retirement Legislation
2019-12-06 21:41:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -Earlier this week members of Congress sought to draw attention to a bill that would allow for the retirement of dogs, cats and other animals used in federal lab experiments. The bill, called the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation... Read More

House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act
Congress
House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act
2019-12-06 21:39:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act requiring officials in 15 states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process. The bill, H.R. 4, the... Read More

Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
Trade
Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
2019-12-06 21:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Inaction in Congress on USMCA, the proposed new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, isn't just a political matter, it's causing real concern for some of the nation's most recognizable brands and the network of... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Restore, Strengthen Federal Trust Funds
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Restore, Strengthen Federal Trust Funds
2019-12-05 21:44:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed a proposal to create congressional committees specifically tasked to restore and strengthen endangered federal trust funds. The coalition of fiscally-responsible, centrist Democrats said in a statement that without... Read More

Heck, Graves, Dedicated Pragmatists, Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2020
Congress
Heck, Graves, Dedicated Pragmatists, Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2020
2019-12-05 20:00:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom Graves, the most senior Republican in Georgia's House delegation, announced Thursday that he will not stand for re-election in 2020. In a letter to constituents in Georgia's 14th Congressional District, northwest of Atlanta, Graves said, after... Read More

House Considers National Memorial for Fallen Journalists
In The News
House Considers National Memorial for Fallen Journalists

Washington, D.C., is home to numerous memorials and monuments honoring Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the country. But the U.S. capital lacks a permanent memorial dedicated to those who were killed while working to advance a free press.... Read More

Speaker Asks Judiciary Committee to Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment
In The News
Speaker Asks Judiciary Committee to Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment
2019-12-05 16:16:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she's asked the House Judiciary Committee to proceed with drafting impeachment articles against President  Donald Trump. The move by the speaker advances the timetable for impeachment, setting the stage for a... Read More

House Democrats to Move on Temporary ‘SALT’ Cap Increase
Congress
House Democrats to Move on Temporary ‘SALT’ Cap Increase

WASHINGTON — The House Ways and Means Committee could take up legislation as early as next week that would increase a limit on state and local tax deductions that has riled Democrats from high-cost regions, according to a senior panel... Read More

Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:50:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Rep. Joe Cunningham's race for Congress quickly became the stuff of local legend. Here was a first-time candidate, a Democrat running in a staunchly Republican district, who defeated a well-financed GOP opponent,... Read More

Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:48:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., knows the stories all too well. Time and again during town halls and community events in his district, he's heard the first-hand stories of hardworking families who've had to choose between paying for a... Read More

Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
Health
Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
2019-12-04 22:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joined with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Annie Kuster, D-N.H., to re-introduce the Road to Recovery Act, a bill that would improve addiction treatment options under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Specifically,... Read More

Rep. McAdams Backs Legislation to Speed Generic Medications to Market
Prescription Drugs
Rep. McAdams Backs Legislation to Speed Generic Medications to Market
2019-12-04 22:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While some continue to merely talk about the need to rein in prescription drug prices, Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has actually taken action on bipartisan legislation to help lower the cost of often life-changing medications. Along with fellow... Read More

Congress Seeks to Avoid an Appropriations Nightmare Before Christmas
Federal Budget
Congress Seeks to Avoid an Appropriations Nightmare Before Christmas

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week with a challenging to-do list for December that not only includes drafting articles of impeachment and finalizing a massive trade deal, but also funding the government. Appropriators and congressional leadership have just... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge House Leadership, Committee Chairs to Abide by PAYGO
Congress
Blue Dogs Urge House Leadership, Committee Chairs to Abide by PAYGO
2019-11-26 14:00:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is again urging the House leadership and committee chairs to abide by the bipartisan "Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rule, which requires Congress to pay for new priorities. The letter sent Monday is the second the coalition... Read More

Trump Inquiry Won’t End With Impeachment Report, Schiff Says
Impeachment
Trump Inquiry Won’t End With Impeachment Report, Schiff Says

WASHINGTON — The investigation of misconduct by the Trump administration will continue even after a House committee submits an initial report that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, said the Democrat leading the proceedings. “What we’re not... Read More

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