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Problem Solvers Endorse Bill to Establish Smithsonian Women’s History Museum
In The News
Problem Solvers Endorse Bill to Establish Smithsonian Women’s History Museum
2019-07-26 19:19:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus on Thursday endorsed H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which will establish a new women’s history museum on the Mall in Washington, as a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Twenty-four Democrats and... Read More

Budget Deal Done, Blue Dogs Push For Serious Effort to Curb National Debt
Federal Budget
Budget Deal Done, Blue Dogs Push For Serious Effort to Curb National Debt
2019-07-26 15:23:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved a deal to lift the nation's debt ceiling and raise caps set on federal spending for the next two years. But even as the votes were being cast on the measure, members of... Read More

Senate Fails to Act on Warnings of Foreign Meddling in 2020 Election
Federal Budget
Senate Fails to Act on Warnings of Foreign Meddling in 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — More than two years after Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Robert S. Mueller III warned this week of a direct threat to American democracy — a foreign government meddled in a U.S. election, it will happen again,... Read More

House Clears Bill to Relieve Onslaught of Robocalls Plaguing Americans
Federal Budget
House Clears Bill to Relieve Onslaught of Robocalls Plaguing Americans

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and their constituents are fed up with the bombardment of nuisance and scam calls plaguing their cellphones and on Wednesday the House passed a bipartisan measure to combat robocalls. The House voted 429-3 to pass a bill... Read More

Budget Caps, Debt Limit Bill Expected to Pass House on Thursday
Federal Budget
Budget Caps, Debt Limit Bill Expected to Pass House on Thursday

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers expressed confidence Wednesday that the two-year budget and debt ceiling deal will pass in that chamber, though a furious whip effort was underway by both parties to clinch a strong bipartisan showing on the floor. Late... Read More

Analysis: Mueller Hearings Appear to Support Pelosi Plan to Hold Off on Impeachment
In The News
Analysis: Mueller Hearings Appear to Support Pelosi Plan to Hold Off on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III did little Wednesday to boost the prospects of impeaching President Donald Trump. The former special counsel’s highly anticipated testimony before Congress did not deliver the sort of splashy moment that circulates on cable TV.... Read More

House Opposes Israel Boycott in Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote
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House Opposes Israel Boycott in Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote
2019-07-24 19:21:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., opposing an international effort to boycott Israel. The vote on H. Res. 236, opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement that targets Israel, was... Read More

Senate Passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on 97-2 Vote
In The News
Senate Passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on 97-2 Vote

NEW YORK — Congress can never do anything about the growing numbers of people still dying from 9/11, but the Senate voted Tuesday to ensure the words “Never Forget” will never be just a slogan for the cops, firefighters and... Read More

Mueller’s Testimony Could Make or Break Democrats’ Impeachment Push
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Mueller’s Testimony Could Make or Break Democrats’ Impeachment Push

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, who led a special counsel investigation that cast a cloud over the White House for nearly two years, will testify for the first time Wednesday about the Russia investigation in back-to-back House hearings that... Read More

Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
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Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
2019-07-24 12:52:08
by Sean Trambley

Legislation intended to make it easier for small businesses to comply with federal regulations passed the House with bipartisan support last week. Introduced by freshman Representative Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., the bill requires the Small Business Administration to create a centralized... Read More

Hoyer Hails Bipartisan Budget Deal Averting 'Brinksmanship' and Potential Crisis
Federal Budget
Hoyer Hails Bipartisan Budget Deal Averting 'Brinksmanship' and Potential Crisis
2019-07-23 20:40:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday a bipartisan agreement on budget caps and the federal debt limits hashed out Monday night is an example of what can happen when elected officials "work together in good faith" for... Read More

Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Block State Tax Return Release
Litigation
Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Block State Tax Return Release
2019-07-23 20:33:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sued the House Ways and Means Committee and New York State's attorney general and tax commission in a bid to block them from sharing his state tax returns. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington,... Read More

Al Franken Tells New Yorker He Regrets Resigning: ‘Oh, Yeah. Absolutely.’
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Al Franken Tells New Yorker He Regrets Resigning: ‘Oh, Yeah. Absolutely.’

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in late 2017 after multiple women accused him of unwanted touching or kissing, received a measure of redemption Monday with the release of a lengthy and much talked about article in the... Read More

House Democrats, White House Strike Deal on Budget and Debt Ceiling
Federal Budget
House Democrats, White House Strike Deal on Budget and Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON — White House officials and congressional leaders reached a deal Monday evening to lift the nation’s debt limit and boost federal spending by about $320 billion over caps set to take effect under a 2011 budget law. The agreement,... Read More

Many Deadly Cancers Receive Lowest Amounts of Funding, Study Finds
Health
Many Deadly Cancers Receive Lowest Amounts of Funding, Study Finds

Some of the deadliest cancers — such as colorectal, ovarian and lung cancers — receive the lowest amounts of nonprofit funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The researchers found that breast cancer, leukemia, pediatric cancers and lymphoma were... Read More

Quizzing Mueller Gives Democrats a Fresh Chance to Hit at Trump
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Quizzing Mueller Gives Democrats a Fresh Chance to Hit at Trump

With Donald Trump’s impeachment as the prize that some Democrats covet, and others fear, Robert Mueller will finally sit down on Wednesday for five hours of questioning before two House committees. The reluctant witness won’t make it easy. So Democrats... Read More

Biden Leads in New CBS Poll, But Faces Enthusiasm Gap
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Biden Leads in New CBS Poll, But Faces Enthusiasm Gap

Joe Biden remains the top choice among Democratic voters in states that will hold early presidential primary and caucus contests in 2020, as four main contenders emerged as the top tier of the large field, a new CBS News poll... Read More

More Than 700 People Have Filed to Run For President. Why?
2020 Elections
More Than 700 People Have Filed to Run For President. Why?

LOS ANGELES — There is just about every shade of politics you can imagine represented by the people who run for president. There is Vermin Supreme, the perennial candidate who wears a boot for a hat and wants to give... Read More

Benefits of Bipartisanship Evident at Center Forward Discussion
Bipartisan
Benefits of Bipartisanship Evident at Center Forward Discussion
2019-07-19 23:21:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was an early summer afternoon and already the headlines were screaming. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had suffered a "striking" defeat, "capitulating" to Senate Republicans on a plan to send emergency funding to the U.S./Mexico border, "infuriating" a... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Releases Blueprint for Fiscal Reform
Federal Budget
Blue Dog Coalition Releases Blueprint for Fiscal Reform
2019-07-19 23:13:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON—The Blue Dog Coalition on Thursday released a comprehensive plan it believes will help restore fiscal discipline in Congress.  The Blue Dog Blueprint for Fiscal Reform was developed under the leadership of Representatives Ed Case, D-Hawaii, and Ben McAdams, D-Utah,... Read More

Rep. Murphy:  Always About the Mission
Bipartisan
Rep. Murphy: Always About the Mission
2019-07-19 22:01:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Elected to Congress in 2016 after a career spent mostly in the private sector, Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., was bound to see things from a decidedly nonpartisan perspective when she got to the nation's Capitol a few weeks... Read More

McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill
Veterans
McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill
2019-07-19 21:56:07
by Sean Trambley

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families who are experiencing financial hardship. Introduced in May, the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, H.R. 2938,... Read More

Rep. Kilmer: What Do We Want?  When Do We Want It?
Bipartisan
Rep. Kilmer: What Do We Want? When Do We Want It?
2019-07-19 21:46:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A smile spread across Representative Derek Kilmer's face. Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, the largest caucus of centrist Democrats in the House, he'd just been asked how one can break through all the hyper-partisan noise in the... Read More

Rep. Katko: Sit on the Sidelines or Do Something About It
Bipartisan
Rep. Katko: Sit on the Sidelines or Do Something About It
2019-07-19 21:37:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative John Katko, R-N.Y., makes no bones about how he feels about things. Still as straight and direct as he was during his years as a prosecutor of organized crime in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse, Katko,... Read More

Rep. Davis: Legislating in the Manner I Thought was Right
Bipartisan
Rep. Davis: Legislating in the Manner I Thought was Right
2019-07-19 21:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rodney Davis thought he knew what he was in for; after 16 years on the staff of Representative John Shimkus, the Des Moines, Iowa native "had some preconceived notions" about how to get things done. But after prevailing... Read More

New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
Immigration
New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
2019-07-19 21:21:01
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a proposal by Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., to establish enhanced standards of care for people detained at the U.S. border by Customs and Border Patrol. Ruiz’s bill, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals... Read More

Senate Strikes Deal to Vote on Stalled 9/11 Compensation Bill
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Senate Strikes Deal to Vote on Stalled 9/11 Compensation Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote next week on a House-passed bill to extend a fund to help first responders and other victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “We’re finally, finally able to tell them you won’t have... Read More

House Votes to Raise Federal Minimum Wage
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House Votes to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON — The House voted 233-199 Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour incrementally over six years, but the Democratic-led effort was almost derailed by divisions between progressives and moderates. Progressives on Wednesday had issued a... Read More

New Dems Urge House Leadership to Move Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bills
Health
New Dems Urge House Leadership to Move Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bills
2019-07-17 20:33:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Democrat Coalition's Healthcare Task Force asked the House leadership on Wednesday to hold a floor vote on drug pricing bills with bipartisan support as early as next week. The request was made in a... Read More

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office
Federal Budget
Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office
2019-07-17 19:54:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget to publish a full list of all federal programs publicly available on the... Read More

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