Congress

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

Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game
In The News
Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game
2019-06-28 21:04:36
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Wednesday night the Democrats took the upper hand over Republicans 14-7 at the annual Congressional baseball game for charity. The game was an opportunity for spry members of Congress to show their innate athleticism, proving there is nothing... Read More

Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
Health
Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
2019-06-28 20:53:06
by Sean Trambley

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, promises to put more teeth in efforts to curb the activities of Chinese and other traffickers of Fentanyl and... Read More

Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills
Federal Budget
Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills
2019-06-28 19:26:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As they head back to their districts for the week-long July 4 district work period, House Democrats have reason to feel proud and maybe, just a little bit tired. For the first time in 13 years, the House... Read More

House-Senate Standoff Puts Border Crisis Money in Jeopardy
Congress
House-Senate Standoff Puts Border Crisis Money in Jeopardy

WASHINGTON — House Democrats and Senate Republicans have dug themselves into a standoff over funding to respond to the crisis at the southern border, raising the possibility that new money will not be approved before lawmakers leave for next week’s... Read More

Robert Mueller to Testify Publicly Before Congress on July 17
Congress
Robert Mueller to Testify Publicly Before Congress on July 17

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who spent nearly two years leading the Russia investigation, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17, setting the stage for what will probably be the most anticipated day... Read More

House Democrats Pass Emergency Funding to Address Border Crisis
Immigration
House Democrats Pass Emergency Funding to Address Border Crisis
2019-06-25 21:23:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats passed a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill Tuesday night to address the humanitarian crisis involving the thousands of families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic leaders worked tirelessly Monday night into Tuesday to secure support... Read More

Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
Economy
Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
2019-06-25 21:04:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise to 144 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2049 if current laws are maintained, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

Can Congress Defund Obamacare?  SCOTUS Will Decide
In The News
Can Congress Defund Obamacare? SCOTUS Will Decide
2019-06-25 20:45:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It just might be the liveliest few minutes of the day in the Supreme Court press room. Quietly getting up from their desks, the 20 or so reporters who call the high court beat home on a daily... Read More

Blue Dogs Seek to Secure U.S. Elections, Deter Future Interference
Elections
Blue Dogs Seek to Secure U.S. Elections, Deter Future Interference
2019-06-21 23:26:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After playing a critical role in passing a sweeping election and ethics reform bill, the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a package of legislative proposals aimed at securing U.S. elections and deterring future interference... Read More

Congress Did Not Violate 'Nondelegation' Doctrine In Handling of Sex Offender Law
Elections
Congress Did Not Violate 'Nondelegation' Doctrine In Handling of Sex Offender Law
2019-06-21 20:50:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that Congress did not unlawfully delegate its authority to another branch of government when it left it to the attorney general to decide how to apply a sex offender law's requirements before... Read More

Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
Civil Rights
Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
2019-06-21 20:38:13
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal government should consider compensating the descendants of slaves in the United States. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who became the... Read More

Congressional Leaders at Odds Over Pay Raise for Lawmakers
Congress
Congressional Leaders at Odds Over Pay Raise for Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders seem to be on a collision course over the issue of raising members’ pay, as the two majority leaders in the House and Senate are heading in opposite directions on the politically fraught issue. House Majority... Read More

Schumer Pushes for Vote to Make Clear Trump Needs Congressional Approval for War With Iran
Congress
Schumer Pushes for Vote to Make Clear Trump Needs Congressional Approval for War With Iran

WASHINGTON — Returning to Capitol Hill after a meeting at the White House about the shooting down of an American drone, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer increased the pressure for a floor vote to make clear that authorization would... Read More

Trump, Canada's Trudeau Talk Trade and China at White House Meeting
Trade
Trump, Canada's Trudeau Talk Trade and China at White House Meeting
2019-06-20 22:53:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House Thursday, to talk trade and their respective issues with China on a day otherwise dominated by concerns over an escalation in hostilities between the U.S.... Read More

Border Spending Bill Sent to Senate Floor, But House May Act on Its Version First
Congress
Border Spending Bill Sent to Senate Floor, But House May Act on Its Version First

WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators approved $4.59 billion in emergency funding Wednesday to address the influx of migrants at the southern border, and their House counterparts said they’re prepping a similar bill to bring to the floor as soon as Tuesday.... Read More

Hope Hicks Appears for Closed-Door Testimony Amid Executive Privilege Fight
Congress
Hope Hicks Appears for Closed-Door Testimony Amid Executive Privilege Fight

WASHINGTON — Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, angered Democrats Wednesday by declining to answer some questions during a closed-door session with members and staff of the House Judiciary Committee investigating President Donald Trump. The White House had... Read More

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to Visit DC to Lobby for USMCA
Trade
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to Visit DC to Lobby for USMCA
2019-06-19 21:06:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the nation's capital Wednesday evening to begin a busy 24 hours lobbying for U.S. passage of the USMCA trade deal. The prime minister will attend a reception hosted by David MacNaughton,... Read More

Third Way Encourages Centrist Allies to Embrace Opportunity 2020
2020 Elections
Third Way Encourages Centrist Allies to Embrace Opportunity 2020
2019-06-18 20:47:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Third Way, the centrist Democratic think-tank based in Washington, D.C., took its message to Charleston, South Carolina Monday and Tuesday, rallying its supporters and bolstering its efforts to keep the party from veering too far left ahead of... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Welcomes Two New Members
2020 Elections
New Democrat Coalition Welcomes Two New Members
2019-06-18 20:41:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has welcomed two new members to its ranks in the 116th Congress: Representatives Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. Shalala, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill... Read More

House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection
Labor
House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection
2019-06-18 20:37:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment championed by the New Democrat Coalition aimed at modernizing how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor trends and surveys people in non-traditional work arrangements. The amendment, sponsored by... Read More

Pelosi Faces a Tough Summer Trying to Keep Democrats Away From Impeachment Talk
Congress
Pelosi Faces a Tough Summer Trying to Keep Democrats Away From Impeachment Talk

LOS ANGELES — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried again this week to shift focus away from a divisive debate over impeachment and move it to a signature issue that Democrats credit with helping them win back a majority in... Read More

Road Ahead: Border Supplemental Talks Could Overshadow Regular Appropriations
Congress
Road Ahead: Border Supplemental Talks Could Overshadow Regular Appropriations

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are hoping this week will produce a breakthrough in negotiations over emergency funding for the migrant crisis at the southern border so they can pass it before the Independence Day recess. President Donald Trump has requested... Read More

House Democrats Aim to Repeal Church Tax Increase in Trump Law
Congress
House Democrats Aim to Repeal Church Tax Increase in Trump Law

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are likely to propose a repeal of a controversial provision in the 2017 tax overhaul that imposes a tax on some coveted benefits for employees at nonprofit organizations such as houses of worship, according to one... Read More

News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
Congress
News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants
2019-06-14 14:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel began its inquiry into the largely unchecked power of the nation's largest technology and social media firms Tuesday by focusing on the role the companies have played in reducing the news media to a mere... Read More

Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans
Education
Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans
2019-06-14 14:40:17
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this week they plan to introduce legislation to cancel student loan debt for nearly 42 million borrowers. “For far too many students and families, the cost... Read More

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