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Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
National Security
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

Sources: Swagel to Replace Hall as CBO Director
Federal Budget
Sources: Swagel to Replace Hall as CBO Director

WASHINGTON — Senate and House budget leaders have chosen Phillip L. Swagel, a University of Maryland economist and former Treasury official in the George W. Bush administration, as the next director of the Congressional Budget Office, according to several sources... Read More

Donald Trump Jr. to Testify After Reaching Deal With Senate Committee
Congress
Donald Trump Jr. to Testify After Reaching Deal With Senate Committee

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to give limited additional closed-door testimony in June in a deal with the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to three people familiar with the arrangement, which headed off an increasingly bitter dispute that divided... Read More

Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
Urban
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial... Read More

Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies
Federal Budget
Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies
2019-05-14 21:32:27
by Dan McCue

Alice Rivlin, the economist and centrist Democrat who as the first director of the Congressional Budget Office taught lawmakers to be more conscious of the cost of new legislation, has died after a battle with cancer. The Brookings Institution, where... Read More

Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
Supreme Court
Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
2019-05-13 23:13:24
by Dan McCue

The attorneys for both Ohio and Michigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and block lower court orders to rectify partisan gerrymanders. In Ohio, a three-judge panel ruled that the state's congressional district map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered... Read More

Chairman Neal Issues Subpoenas for Trump Tax Returns
Congress
Chairman Neal Issues Subpoenas for Trump Tax Returns
2019-05-10 21:11:51
by Dan McCue

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Friday issued subpoenas for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns. The subpoenas give Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig until 5 p.m. next... Read More

Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs
Elections
Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs
2019-05-10 20:38:05
by Dan McCue

Democrats on two House committees and a key House task force Friday introduced legislation they say will help protect next year's elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference. The Bill, H.R. 2660, otherwise known as the Election Security Act, was... Read More

Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines
Florida
Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines

TAMPA, Fla. — An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed, the Florida Bar said Wednesday, meaning the Republican congressman could face discipline for allegedly intimidating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. A grand jurylike panel called the... Read More

Senate Panel, Led by Republicans, Subpoenas Trump Jr. Over Testimony
Congress
Senate Panel, Led by Republicans, Subpoenas Trump Jr. Over Testimony

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, to answer additional questions about his earlier testimony for the panel’s bipartisan Russia probe, according to a person familiar with the matter. The committee... Read More

New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Civil Rights
New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
2019-05-08 23:08:16
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend the federal Civil Rights Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition, which... Read More

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