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Representative Elijah Cummings. a Powerhouse on Capitol Hill, Has Died
Congress
Representative Elijah Cummings. a Powerhouse on Capitol Hill, Has Died
2019-10-17 13:59:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., who started life as a sharecropper's son and  went on to become the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died on Thursday in Baltimore.... Read More

Bipartisan House Rebuke of Trump Over Syria Withdrawal Leads to Blow Up
In The News
Bipartisan House Rebuke of Trump Over Syria Withdrawal Leads to Blow Up
2019-10-17 13:41:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House delivered a resounding bipartisan condemnation of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria on Wednesday, even as the president sought to distance himself from the Turkish assault against the Kurds that followed... Read More

Rep. Nita Lowey’s Retirement Sparks Scramble for Coveted Gavel
Congress
Rep. Nita Lowey’s Retirement Sparks Scramble for Coveted Gavel

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey’s decision to retire at the end of the 116th Congress will set off a lengthy and contentious campaign among her colleagues to determine who will become the top Democrat on the spending... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
2019-10-15 20:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed a pair of bills and a resolution Tuesday that they believe will keep the U.S. at the forefront of technology and artificial intelligence development. Coalition chair Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., vice chair Rep.... Read More

House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory
Health
House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory
2019-10-11 18:33:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee has advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., that would require the EPA to list a dangerous class of compounds known as PFAS chemicals on its Toxics Release Inventory. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,... Read More

Luria Urges Congress to Fund Infrastructure Projects in Military Communities
Military
Luria Urges Congress to Fund Infrastructure Projects in Military Communities
2019-10-11 18:28:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Elaine Luria, D-Va., is leading a bipartisan effort urging the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to fund $100 million in needed infrastructure projects in military communities. Luria and more than a dozen of... Read More

Rep. Nita Lowey Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020
Congress
Rep. Nita Lowey Will Not Seek Re-election in 2020
2019-10-10 20:39:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and a fixture in Congress for 31 years, announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2020. Lowey offered no explanation for her decision in a statement... Read More

Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding
State News
Sherrill Convenes Meeting With Army Corps and Local Officials to Address New Jersey Flooding
2019-10-10 20:27:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., convened a meeting last week with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several local mayors to address the issue of repeat and intensifying flooding in... Read More

Spanberger’s Bipartisan Bill Aims to Crack Down on Narcotics Traffickers
Crime
Spanberger’s Bipartisan Bill Aims to Crack Down on Narcotics Traffickers
2019-10-10 16:55:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., has introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to deter narcotics traffickers from using illicit pill presses to manufacture counterfeit drugs. Spanberger, a member of the bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction, said as the opioid... Read More

Impeachment Looms Large In House Democrats’ Town Halls Over Recess
Crime
Impeachment Looms Large In House Democrats’ Town Halls Over Recess

WASHINGTON — The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has been a central concern at town halls for House Democrats across the country, with both safe and vulnerable members of the caucus fielding questions from Trump’s defenders and voters who... Read More

Freedom Caucus Members Roil Colleagues With DC Oversight Proposal
In The News
Freedom Caucus Members Roil Colleagues With DC Oversight Proposal
2019-10-04 21:18:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., have stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy with a proposal that Congress tighten its oversight of the District of Columbia. H.R. 4445, the District of Columbia Home Rule Improvement... Read More

House Panel Passes Bipartisan Bill Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
Business
House Panel Passes Bipartisan Bill Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
2019-10-04 20:47:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by freshman Reps. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., and intended to provide women entrepreneurs greater access to resources and training has passed through the House Committee on Small Business without objection. H.R. 4405,... Read More

Katko Leading Bipartisan Drive to Bolster Aid for Suicide Crisis Centers
Mental Health
Katko Leading Bipartisan Drive to Bolster Aid for Suicide Crisis Centers
2019-10-04 20:43:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., is leading a bipartisan initiative to bolster aid for suicide crisis centers. The initiative, H.R. 4564, would amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure "the provision of high-quality service through the Suicide... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Spending Transparency Legislation
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Spending Transparency Legislation
2019-10-04 18:07:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition on Friday endorsed H.R. 3830, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide Americans with more information on how federal tax dollars are being spent and help eliminate duplicative and wasteful government... Read More

Iowa's Axne, Leads Freshman Dems In Push to End Surprise Billing
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Iowa's Axne, Leads Freshman Dems In Push to End Surprise Billing
2019-10-01 18:38:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Representative Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, led a group of freshman House Democrats in introducing legislation to protect Americans from "surprise bills" due to out-of-date insurance directors. The UPDATE Act requires insurance companies to regularly update their provider directories to... Read More

Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
Elections
Pelosi Rips McConnell For 200 Days of Inaction on H.R. 1 Ethics Package
2019-09-27 21:05:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply rebuked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday for allowing 200 days to elapse without any action on H.R. 1, the sweeping reform package the House of Representatives passed last winter. "We sent this legislation... Read More

Attorney General Barr 'Has Gone Rogue' to Protect Trump, Pelosi Says
Impeachment
Attorney General Barr 'Has Gone Rogue' to Protect Trump, Pelosi Says
2019-09-27 21:02:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she believes Attorney General William Barr has "gone rogue" in his handling of a whistleblower complaint that implicates him in efforts by President Donald Trump to solicit Ukrainian interference in the 2020... Read More

House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
Economy
House Passes Bill Granting Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking
2019-09-27 20:59:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed a bill earlier this week that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, resolving a longstanding challenge for the growing industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of... Read More

McHenry, Maloney Introduce Bipartisan Financial Transparency Act
Finance
McHenry, Maloney Introduce Bipartisan Financial Transparency Act
2019-09-27 20:41:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., have introduced legislation to make financial data more easily available online and less opaque. McHenry, ranking Republican of the House Financial Services Committee, said with technology playing such a large... Read More

Earmarks Revival Might Usher In New Era of Congressional Civility
Congress
Earmarks Revival Might Usher In New Era of Congressional Civility
2019-09-27 20:26:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If Congressional leaders are serious about restoring civility, reasoned debate and a spirit of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, they should seriously consider bringing back earmarks, a George Mason University professor told a House panel on Thursday. "They are... Read More

Acting Spy Chief to Testify On Whistleblower’s Complaint
Congress
Acting Spy Chief to Testify On Whistleblower’s Complaint

WASHINGTON —The nation’s highest ranking intelligence official is expected to be grilled over the administration’s handling of a still-secret whistleblower’s complaint when he appears before Congress on Thursday as the first witness in the Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry of President... Read More

White House Threatens to Shut Down Legislative Process During Impeachment Inquiry
Congress
White House Threatens to Shut Down Legislative Process During Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Something might have finally ended Infrastructure Week: House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump after he admitted both discussing with Ukraine’s new president his desire for the... Read More

FAA Misled Congress On Inspector Training, Federal Investigator Finds
Aviation
FAA Misled Congress On Inspector Training, Federal Investigator Finds

WASHINGTON — A federal investigator has told President Donald Trump that Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors “lacked proper training and accreditation” to certify pilots, including those flying the Boeing 737 Max, putting air travelers at risk. Special counsel Henry J.... Read More

House Speaker Pelosi Launches Formal Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Congress
House Speaker Pelosi Launches Formal Trump Impeachment Inquiry
2019-09-24 21:31:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump Tuesday stemming from his allegedly putting political pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. Pelosi made her announcement on... Read More

Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
Congress
Can Congress Learn From States Legislatures? Panel Says Yes
2019-09-24 20:42:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In an era of political polarization here in Washington, state legislatures just might hold the key to getting past the friction and on to bipartisan agreement on meaningful legislation. At least that was the consensus of a panel... Read More

Pelosi Warns Of ‘Grave New Chapter’ Over Trump’s Ukraine Call
Congress
Pelosi Warns Of ‘Grave New Chapter’ Over Trump’s Ukraine Call

HHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled her readiness to take stronger action against President Donald Trump over a phone call with Ukraine’s president, now the subject of scrutiny after the administration refused to release a whistle-blower’s complaint about the call. “If... Read More

Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
Health
Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
2019-09-20 21:57:02
by Sean Trambley

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national... Read More

Modernization Panel Takes Hard Look at Budget and Appropriations Process
Congress
Modernization Panel Takes Hard Look at Budget and Appropriations Process
2019-09-20 21:21:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel charged with improving Congress's procedures and performance took a hard look Thursday at one of the government's most difficult exercises, the annual budget and appropriations process. Last year, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and... Read More

Facing Pressure, McConnell Backs Money for Election Security
Elections
Facing Pressure, McConnell Backs Money for Election Security

WASHINGTON — Under fire from the left and the right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he’ll back a measure to give states another $250 million to upgrade their voting systems to fend off foreign intervention. McConnell, a Kentucky... Read More

Short-Term Spending Deal Reached to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown
Federal Budget
Short-Term Spending Deal Reached to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and Republicans reached a deal Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1, even as the threat of a closure later in the year continues to build. The short-term... Read More

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