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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

House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Tweets as Racist
In The News
House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Tweets as Racist

WASHINGTON — For all the tumult and anger that President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on four minority lawmakers have caused, he has been clear about his political motives: Drive a wedge through the country that forces each side to its... Read More

Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood
Polling and Ads
Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood

WASHINGTON — Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton “sees good news” in a new Gallup poll that found a majority of Americans reject D.C. statehood. The Gallup poll, conducted in June and released Monday, found 64% of Americans oppose making Washington a... Read More

McCarthy Pitches Month-Long Debt Ceiling Stopgap, If Deal Can‘t Be Reached
Federal Budget
McCarthy Pitches Month-Long Debt Ceiling Stopgap, If Deal Can‘t Be Reached

WASHINGTON — The House’s top Republican suggested that lawmakers pass a 30-day extension of the debt ceiling to avoid default in early September, if Democrats and the White House can’t agree on compromise discretionary spending caps before leaving for the... Read More

Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
Education
Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
2019-07-16 21:43:06
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Representatives Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have added their names to the growing list of members of Congress who are pushing bills that tackle predatory student loan practices. Reps. Lee and DeLauro have introduced a new... Read More

Center Forward, TWN to Host Bipartisan Policy Discussion
Education
Center Forward, TWN to Host Bipartisan Policy Discussion
2019-07-16 21:23:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - This Thursday morning, July18, The Well News will host Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., for a conversation about what it means to seek common ground and pragmatic solutions for... Read More

GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
In The News
GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
2019-07-16 21:09:44
by Sean Trambley

New legislation passed the House last week to help small businesses gain access to capital, expand, and hire workers.  H.R. 3050, the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019, was introduced by Freshman GOP Representative Bryan Steil, R-Wis., and... Read More

Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
In The News
Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told
2019-07-16 20:05:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The number of threats made against members of Congress continues to grow, though most fall below the legal threshold of being considered an actual threat to cause bodily harm, a House panel was told Tuesday. In his first... Read More

House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans
Veterans
House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans
2019-07-12 20:34:45
by Sean Trambley

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** In June, legislation passed the House to expand veterans’ access to the Edith Nourse Rogers... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Approves 9/11 Victims Bill
Veterans
House Overwhelmingly Approves 9/11 Victims Bill
2019-07-12 19:42:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday ensuring that a victims compensation fund for first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Following the 402-12 vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the... Read More

New Dems Cheer House Approval Of Comprehensive Defense Bill
Veterans
New Dems Cheer House Approval Of Comprehensive Defense Bill
2019-07-12 19:39:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 220--197 Friday to approve the National Defense Authorization Act, a move moderate House Democrats called "a step towards reaffirming American leadership in the world." The National Defense Authorization Act is the name... Read More

Florida House Candidate Can Use Digital 'Coin' as Incentive for Campaign Volunteers
Elections
Florida House Candidate Can Use Digital 'Coin' as Incentive for Campaign Volunteers
2019-07-12 19:31:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An Independent congressional candidate in Florida has been given the green light to distribute a digital "coin" to volunteers and supporters as an incentive to engage in activities that support his campaign. In an advisory opinion issued on... Read More

Mueller Hearing Format Gets Complaints From Junior Judiciary Members
Congress
Mueller Hearing Format Gets Complaints From Junior Judiciary Members

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee aired complaints Thursday that testimony from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would be limited to two hours next week — meaning some members from both parties won’t get an opportunity to... Read More

Craig Seeks Lifetime Ban On Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress
Congress
Craig Seeks Lifetime Ban On Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress
2019-07-11 20:22:16
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - Representative Angie Craig, D-Minn., has proposed legislation that would ban former Members of... Read More

‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing
Health
‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing
2019-07-11 20:12:03
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - A bill sponsored by freshman Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., to provide funding... Read More

Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Slew of Current and Ex-White House Officials
Health
Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Slew of Current and Ex-White House Officials
2019-07-11 19:58:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to subpoena a dozen current and former Trump administration officials in its ongoing probe of possible obstruction of justice documented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In a separate vote,... Read More

US House Passes Green-Card Change Championed by Widow of Kansas Hate-Crime Victim
Congress
US House Passes Green-Card Change Championed by Widow of Kansas Hate-Crime Victim

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of her husband’s 2017 murder, Olathe, Kan., resident Sunayana Dumala became the face of legislation to help her and other Indian immigrants take a step toward U.S. citizenship. Her advocacy led to a major victory... Read More

GOP Senators Sound Optimistic About Trump’s New Fed Picks
Federal Reserve
GOP Senators Sound Optimistic About Trump’s New Fed Picks

WASHINGTON — A week after President Donald Trump tweeted his intention to nominate Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller to the Federal Reserve Board, GOP senators are expressing cautious optimism about both picks, despite Shelton’s unorthodox views on monetary policy. They’re... Read More

Nonprofits Worry As Evidence Mounts That 2017 Tax Cut Led to Less Giving
In The News
Nonprofits Worry As Evidence Mounts That 2017 Tax Cut Led to Less Giving
2019-07-11 10:26:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The nonprofit community tried to warn Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the 2017 tax bill would hurt charitable giving. Now, nearly 20 months after President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on... Read More

Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
In The News
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Subpoenas on Family Separation Order
Immigration
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Subpoenas on Family Separation Order

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled for Thursday a vote on a resolution that would authorize the issuing of subpoenas to current and former White House officials who participated in the 2018 decisions over the “zero tolerance” policy,... Read More

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Renewal Bill to Go Before House on Friday
Congress
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Renewal Bill to Go Before House on Friday

NEW YORK — The bill to replenish the expiring 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will get a vote in the full House of Representatives on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday. The move is a major step for the... Read More

Pelosi: Debt Limit Vote Possible Before August Recess
Federal Budget
Pelosi: Debt Limit Vote Possible Before August Recess

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday didn’t rule out voting on a debt limit increase before the August recess, though she indicated the need to raise the discretionary spending caps for fiscal 2020 is still an integral... Read More

CBO: Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 Could Boost Pay of up to 27 Million Workers
Economy
CBO: Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 Could Boost Pay of up to 27 Million Workers

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Monday that nearly doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour could cost 1.3 million jobs when fully implemented by 2025, though millions would see higher wages and... Read More

New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses
In The News
New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses
2019-07-02 21:35:28
by Sean Trambley

Last week, U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to increase investment in small businesses by permitting banks to invest up to 15 percent of their capital in... Read More

House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns
Litigation
House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns
2019-07-02 19:41:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  House Democrats sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District... Read More

House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
Energy
House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
2019-07-02 19:23:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a new bill that would severely restrict uranium mining. Democrats... Read More

House Brief That Trump Has ‘Disdain’ Kicks Off What Could Be Messy 2 Weeks
Congress
House Brief That Trump Has ‘Disdain’ Kicks Off What Could Be Messy 2 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The House told a federal appeals court Monday that President Donald Trump has “disdain” for congressional oversight ahead of action next week on the House’s efforts to subpoena his financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA. The brief... Read More

Homeland Security Chair Rebukes Border Patrol Over Secret Facebook Group
Homeland Security
Homeland Security Chair Rebukes Border Patrol Over Secret Facebook Group
2019-07-01 21:03:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee rebuked the Border Patrol Monday after a published report revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group in which border agents have posted lewd and derogatory content involving migrants and Democratic... Read More

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