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House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure
Technology
House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure
2019-11-22 23:43:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee this week advanced Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s plan to protect 5G and next-generation wireless communications systems and mobile infrastructure in Central Virginia and across the United States.  The Committee’s passage of the Virginia... Read More

McAdams, Fellow Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Floor Vote
Trade
McAdams, Fellow Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Floor Vote
2019-11-22 21:37:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A quartet of moderate Democrats took to House floor this week to press for a vote on the USMCA trade deal, despite the stark partisan divide inflamed by the ongoing impeachment inquiry. "I think it's important that the... Read More

White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End
Impeachment
White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End

WASHINGTON — Two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump closed Thursday with a collective warning from witnesses: Russia is again trying to sow political discord in the U.S. and interfere in the presidential election... Read More

House to Meet for 113 Days in 2020, Schedule Maximizes District Time With Constituents
Impeachment
House to Meet for 113 Days in 2020, Schedule Maximizes District Time With Constituents
2019-11-21 16:53:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will convene for its second session on January 7, 2020, and meet for 113 days, according to a legislative calendar released Thursday by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The Maryland Democrat said the calendar has been... Read More

Trump Debuts Aggressive Impeachment Response With New Hires
Impeachment
Trump Debuts Aggressive Impeachment Response With New Hires

WASHINGTON — The White House is engaging in a more aggressive and organized response to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry after hiring two new aides, though his congressional allies say the effort remains handicapped by President Donald Trump’s own unpredictable reactions. Trump... Read More

House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act
Congress
House Advances Bill to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances Act

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee took the first step Wednesday to legalizing marijuana in the U.S., advancing a bill to remove pot from the Controlled Substances Act and create a tax to fund programs to heal damage from the... Read More

Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Internal Critiques at House Hearing
Congress
Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Internal Critiques at House Hearing

WASHINGTON — The Migrant Protection Protocols, a program that has so far forced more than 57,000 migrants to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases wind through the court, is illegal and enables human rights abuses against the vulnerable, a... Read More

Aides Bring Impeachment Inquiry Directly Into the White House
Impeachment
Aides Bring Impeachment Inquiry Directly Into the White House

WASHINGTON — White House aides who listened in on President Donald Trump’s controversial call with Ukraine’s president testified publicly for the first time Tuesday, bringing the impeachment inquiry directly into the White House and providing damaging new details about Trump’s... Read More

Blue Dogs Assail Stop-Gap Spending Measure As 'No Way to Govern'
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Assail Stop-Gap Spending Measure As 'No Way to Govern'
2019-11-19 22:32:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month, but at least one group of House Democrats, the Blue Dog Coalition, said having Congress "lurching from one self-imposed deadline to another... Read More

Murphy Shines Light On How U.S. Trade Policies Affect U.S. Quality of Life
Trade
Murphy Shines Light On How U.S. Trade Policies Affect U.S. Quality of Life
2019-11-19 22:29:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It used to be that when the general public thought of big U.S. policy, it thought of things like cold and hot wars, international diplomacy and sweeping changes in civil rights legislation. Trade, if it came to mind... Read More

House Democrats Weigh Seniority and Gender Politics in Replacing Cummings
Congress
House Democrats Weigh Seniority and Gender Politics in Replacing Cummings

WASHINGTON — House Democrats will confront longtime divisions over gender politics and how much weight to give seniority when they hold a secret vote Wednesday to select a permanent leader for a committee investigating possible ethical violations in President Donald... Read More

Chief Justice Orders Delay in House Fight for Trump Records
In The News
Chief Justice Orders Delay in House Fight for Trump Records
2019-11-18 20:07:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —  Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday imposed an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records. Roberts’ order Monday provides no hint about how the Supreme Court ultimately will resolve the dispute.... Read More

Some Democrats See Political System Overhaul as Winning 2020 Issue
In The News
Some Democrats See Political System Overhaul as Winning 2020 Issue

WASHINGTON — If Rep. Max Rose’s voters expected the freshman lawmaker from Staten Island, N.Y., to quiet down this election cycle about a major overhaul of the nation’s political system, they were mistaken. It was a centerpiece of the Democrat’s... Read More

House Votes to Renew Export-Import Bank Charter Over GOP Opposition
Trade
House Votes to Renew Export-Import Bank Charter Over GOP Opposition
2019-11-18 18:57:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted on Friday to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports, despite opposition from Republican lawmakers. Despite the bank having historically... Read More

Brindisi Proposal to Increase Women Veterans' Access of VA Services Passes House
Veterans
Brindisi Proposal to Increase Women Veterans' Access of VA Services Passes House
2019-11-15 22:36:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A proposal by Rep. Anthony Brindisi that the VA's Women Veterans Call Center be transformed into an online, one-stop-shop for women veterans' benefits has been passed in the House. Brindisi's bill, H.R. 2972, was included in The Deborah... Read More

House Votes to Extend Select Committee on Modernization Through 116th Congress
Congress
House Votes to Extend Select Committee on Modernization Through 116th Congress
2019-11-15 20:45:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday voted to extend the mandate of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress through the end of the 116th Congress. The rule that created the Select Committee originally had it set to expire... Read More

Rep. Torres to Fight 'Housing Insecurity' As New Co-Chair of NewDem Housing Task Force
Affordable Housing
Rep. Torres to Fight 'Housing Insecurity' As New Co-Chair of NewDem Housing Task Force
2019-11-15 20:43:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., vowed to fight housing insecurity in her district and across the United States following her elevation Thursday to co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force. Rep. Torres joins fellow co-chairs Rep. Denny... Read More

Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
In The News
Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
2019-11-15 20:38:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration official told a U.S. Senate committee this week that new regulations to control vaping are likely coming soon, but couldn’t say when. His testimony drew rebukes and words of frustration from members of... Read More

House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs
Travel
House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for... Read More

GSA Audits Sought for Federal Properties Leased to Private Parties
Oversight
GSA Audits Sought for Federal Properties Leased to Private Parties
2019-11-14 18:52:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A pair of House committee chairs want the General Services Administration to conduct audits of federal properties that have been leased to private parties, including the Trump Hotel. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Committee on... Read More

Congress Plans to Punt Government Shutdown Deadline to Dec. 20
Federal Budget
Congress Plans to Punt Government Shutdown Deadline to Dec. 20

WASHINGTON — Congress plans to extend government funding through Dec. 20, averting the risk of a shutdown next week but setting up a potential spending fight amid likely impeachment votes before the end of the year, according to lawmakers and... Read More

Murphy, Diaz-Balart  Lead Bicameral Push to Help School Districts Accommodate Hurricane Refugees
Education
Murphy, Diaz-Balart Lead Bicameral Push to Help School Districts Accommodate Hurricane Refugees
2019-11-12 22:46:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, are leading a push in the House to ensure that states receive the extra education funding they need to accommodate refugee students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The bill, called... Read More

Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Seek Reelection
Congress
Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Seek Reelection
2019-11-11 15:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter King, a 14-term Republican U.S. Representative from Long Island, New York, plans to retire from Congress at the end of his term, joining a growing list of Republicans who have decided to leave the House this... Read More

Republican Moderate Breaks With Party Over Identifying Whistleblower
Impeachment
Republican Moderate Breaks With Party Over Identifying Whistleblower

WASHINGTON — As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump moves into a public phase this week, leading Democrats — joined by at least one GOP lawmaker — on Sunday rejected Republican demands for public testimony by the whistleblower whose complaint... Read More

McBath Plays Key Role In Moving Landmark Higher Ed Bill Out of Committee
Education
McBath Plays Key Role In Moving Landmark Higher Ed Bill Out of Committee
2019-11-08 21:26:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After two full days of debate, the House Education and Labor Committee voted to advance the College Affordability Act, including four pieces of legislation and an amendment introduced by Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga. The act, also known as... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
In The News
Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
2019-11-08 21:24:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio, will create incentives for states to provide complete domestic violence records to federal background check databases. Rep. Rice announced the filing of the bill at... Read More

Peters Helps Advance Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices From Committee
Prescription Drugs
Peters Helps Advance Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices From Committee
2019-11-08 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., helped advance H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, joining the majority of his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in voting to send the measure on to the full House. The... Read More

Widespread Support Emerges for Extending Panel Working on Congressional Reforms
Congress
Widespread Support Emerges for Extending Panel Working on Congressional Reforms
2019-11-07 22:15:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Multiple letters addressed to the House leadership shows there's widespread support for extending the mandate of a select committee that has been working for the past year on finding meaningful ways to reinvigorate the procedures and culture of... Read More

House to Hold First Public Impeachment Hearings Next Week
Impeachment
House to Hold First Public Impeachment Hearings Next Week
2019-11-07 13:34:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats announced Wednesday that they will hold their first public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump next week. In a brief statement, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said William Taylor,... Read More

North Carolina Begins Process of Redrawing District Maps
Impeachment
North Carolina Begins Process of Redrawing District Maps
2019-11-05 21:53:48
by Dan McCue

North Carolina lawmakers convened Tuesday afternoon to take the first procedural steps to draw new congressional maps in time for use in the 2020 elections. In all, 18 Republicans and Democrats turned out for a committee meeting at the General... Read More

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