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House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
Technology
House Panel Told Broadband Policies Should Not Worsen Urban/Rural Divide
2019-09-11 23:48:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A far-reaching broadband connectivity should not be dictated by the location of a home or business, but rather should foster economic growth and sustainable communities by being equally accessible by all. That was the overarching message delivered to... Read More

House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
Environment
House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling, Throwing Down Gauntlet for Trump, GOP
2019-09-11 23:43:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged... Read More

Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman
Congress
Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman

WASHINGTON — Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs will serve as the third chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, after the group of roughly three dozen hard-line conservatives elected him to take over its leadership effective Oct. 1. The sophomore congressman... Read More

Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work
Federal Budget
Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s appropriations process fell into disarray Tuesday after a scheduled markup was abruptly postponed in a dispute over policy riders, and a fight over the border wall threatened to hold up defense spending. Democrats were also resisting... Read More

Republican Bishop Beats Democrat McCready in Tight NC District 9 Race
Elections
Republican Bishop Beats Democrat McCready in Tight NC District 9 Race

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, with a strong showing in suburban Union County and three rural eastern counties. With 99% of precincts reporting, Bishop led McCready 50.8% to... Read More

Congress Returns to Gun Control Fight and a Government Shutdown Deadline
Congress
Congress Returns to Gun Control Fight and a Government Shutdown Deadline

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week amid mounting pressure from Democrats and the public to enact new gun restrictions, but lawmakers from both parties say meaningful action hangs solely on President Donald Trump. Since lawmakers were last in... Read More

House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
Environment
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters
2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

Hoyer Says Continuing Resolution Will Be Necessary to Avoid Another Shutdown
Federal Budget
Hoyer Says Continuing Resolution Will Be Necessary to Avoid Another Shutdown
2019-09-06 21:00:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Thursday that a continuing resolution will be necessary to keep the government funded past Oct. 1 and prevent the second shutdown in less than a year. In a letter to House... Read More

New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments
Congress
New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments
2019-09-06 14:15:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of New Democrat Coalition task forces on work and national security sent letters to the House Appropriations Committee this week urging them to retain key House-passed amendments when conference deliberations get underway on the FY2020 appropriations... Read More

Mod Dems Won the House in 2018, That Was Just the Beginning
Congress
Mod Dems Won the House in 2018, That Was Just the Beginning
2019-09-05 20:42:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - What it comes down to is this: Despite many in the media trumpeting the "fact" that all the momentum in the Democratic Party in 2018 was on the far-left, mid-term voters overwhelmingly endorsed moderates, rewarding their common-sense approach... Read More

House Judiciary Committee to Tackle Gun Legislation Debate Next Week
Congress
House Judiciary Committee to Tackle Gun Legislation Debate Next Week
2019-09-03 20:22:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee will reconvene next week taking on one of the nation's most contentious issues -- finding a way forward in the wake of a series of mass shootings. The markup on a trio of bills... Read More

McConnell: No Votes on Gun Measures Trump Won’t Sign
Political News
McConnell: No Votes on Gun Measures Trump Won’t Sign

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he expected to know next week whether President Donald Trump would be supporting new gun-related legislation in the aftermath of recent mass shootings. The Kentucky Republican was asked in an interview... Read More

Lawmakers Demand Information on Reported Administration Change in WMD Policy
Homeland Security
Lawmakers Demand Information on Reported Administration Change in WMD Policy
2019-08-30 19:14:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan and bicameral coalition of lawmakers is pressing the Department of Homeland Security for answers after a Los Angeles Times report claims the White House has quietly scaled back programs intended to prevent terrorist attacks involving weapons... Read More

Cherokee Nation Prepares Vote On Its First Congressional Delegate
Homeland Security
Cherokee Nation Prepares Vote On Its First Congressional Delegate

WASHINGTON — The Council of the Cherokee Nation is expected to endorse its first ever delegate to Congress when the tribal nation’s governing body meets Thursday. The tribe’s newly elected principal chief, Chuck Hoskin Jr., has named Kim Teehee as... Read More

Coming Soon To Fairport, NY: The Louise And Bob Slaughter Post Office
Congress
Coming Soon To Fairport, NY: The Louise And Bob Slaughter Post Office

WASHINGTON — A post office in Fairport, N.Y. is on its way to being named for the late Rep. Louise Slaughter and her late husband Bob. President Donald Trump signed into law this week legislation to rename a postal facility... Read More

Feeling Bipartisan Heat, Trump Backs Off Foreign Aid Cuts
Congress
Feeling Bipartisan Heat, Trump Backs Off Foreign Aid Cuts

WASHINGTON — Succumbing to bipartisan pressure, the White House abandoned plans Thursday to cut billions of dollars from the State Department budget for foreign aid, several officials said. A proposal to freeze as much as $4 billion in aid approved... Read More

Kudlow Pushes Back On Recession, Says U.S.-China Calls Positive
Economy
Kudlow Pushes Back On Recession, Says U.S.-China Calls Positive

WASHINGTON — Larry Kudlow pushed back Sunday on the notion that the U.S. economy is headed toward a recession, and said recent phone calls between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators had produced more “positive news.” Kudlow, the White House National... Read More

Sherill, Gottheimer and King Move to Keep Treasury From Blocking Charitable Contributions
Congress
Sherill, Gottheimer and King Move to Keep Treasury From Blocking Charitable Contributions
2019-08-10 00:09:34
by Sean Trambley

Representatives Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Peter King, R-N.Y., have introduced H.J. Res. 72 to overturn U.S. Treasury Department regulations that bar the deduction of charitable contributions from federal taxes.  The bipartisan action comes after the Treasury, in... Read More

Done Deal: Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Agreement
Federal Budget
Done Deal: Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Agreement
2019-08-01 18:21:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite pushback from conservative Republicans, the budget and debt ceiling deal struck by the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., easily passed the Senate Thursday afternoon. Even with fears that the vote in the Senate would... Read More

Senate GOP Blocks Bid to Pass TPS for Venezuelans
In The News
Senate GOP Blocks Bid to Pass TPS for Venezuelans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate will leave for a six-week break without passing a bill to grant Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Venezuelans even though the House of Representatives passed a similar measure last week. Two Democratic senators, Bob... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
Climate
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

House Working Group Says It's Making Progress On NAFTA Replacement
Trade
House Working Group Says It's Making Progress On NAFTA Replacement
2019-07-30 21:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House working group formed to negotiate changes to President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week that while it's made substantial progress, it's still waiting for a counter proposal for requested... Read More

McConnell Bristles At ‘Hyperventilating Hacks’ Criticizing His Blocking of Election Security Bills
In The News
McConnell Bristles At ‘Hyperventilating Hacks’ Criticizing His Blocking of Election Security Bills

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did something Monday he rarely does — get riled up and respond directly to criticism as he defended his decision to block election security bills last week that Democrats attempted to bring to... Read More

Nancy Pelosi, Trump Wrestler And Tightrope Walker, Wins Hearts of Democratic Centrists
In The News
Nancy Pelosi, Trump Wrestler And Tightrope Walker, Wins Hearts of Democratic Centrists

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi nearly was blocked from the speaker’s gavel late last year by a small band of moderate Democrats who said she was too divisive and had been atop the party for too long. More than six months... Read More

How California Keeps Blocking Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks
State News
How California Keeps Blocking Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — California’s sweeping deal with four major automakers last week to boost gas mileage standards and cut tailpipe emissions wasn’t the first time the Golden State has outmaneuvered the Trump administration, which has been planning instead to... Read More

Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access
State News
Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access
2019-07-26 22:05:59
by Dan McCue

Clearly concerned about what will happen if a federal appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act, Democrats at the National Governors Association summer meeting said Thursday that rolling back the health care law would be... Read More

Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding
2020 Elections
Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding
2019-07-26 20:28:07
by HJ Mai

Election security has been under the microscope since reports of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election first surfaced.  The findings by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence further indicate that the Russian... Read More

New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
Infrastructure
New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
2019-07-26 20:22:58
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition has asked President Donald Trump to recommit to negotiations on an infrastructure investment plan, highlighting the many benefits of bipartisan cooperation on a vital national issue. In a letter written by the coalition’s... Read More

VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
In The News
VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
2019-07-26 19:32:02
by Sean Trambley

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100 million in fees erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans who participated in the VA Home Loan Program. In June,... Read More

PPI Proposes 'Galvanic' Change in Federal Expenditures and Taxes
Federal Budget
PPI Proposes 'Galvanic' Change in Federal Expenditures and Taxes
2019-07-26 19:27:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If anyone doubted there's serious interest in getting a handle on the nation's debt and the federal budget, the standing room-only crowd that jammed a hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building Thursday afternoon would have quickly... Read More

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