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2022-03-01 21:48:42
by Tom Ramstack
NASA Heads to the Moon Again but Only if It Fixes Its Problems

WASHINGTON — If there was a single lesson from a congressional hearing Tuesday on plans for a U.S. return to... Read More

WASHINGTON — If there was a single lesson from a congressional hearing Tuesday on plans for a U.S. return to the moon, it is that space exploration remains filled with dangers, technical difficulties and enormous costs. The difference between NASA’s... Read More

2022-03-01 21:41:58
by Dan McCue
Swing State Democrats Seek More Bipartisan Bills

WASHINGTON — A memo being circulated on Capitol Hill by a group of swing state Democrats ahead of Tuesday night’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — A memo being circulated on Capitol Hill by a group of swing state Democrats ahead of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address is calling for “a new agenda” that stresses bipartisanship over messaging bills and action over... Read More

2022-03-01 21:37:29
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Urging Omnibus Deal Get Done Early Next Week

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he’s urging congressional budget negotiators to strike a deal on... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he’s urging congressional budget negotiators to strike a deal on an omnibus spending package by early next week, so that the Senate can act on it well ahead of the... Read More

Biden Steps to State of the Union Lectern at Fraught Moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing disquiet at home and danger abroad, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing disquiet at home and danger abroad, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address at a precipitous moment for the nation, aiming to navigate the country out of a pandemic, reboot his stalled domestic... Read More

2022-02-28 22:32:19
by Dan McCue
Rep. Deutch Becomes 31st Democrat to Announce Retirement 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., announced Monday that he will not run for reelection this November, and instead will... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., announced Monday that he will not run for reelection this November, and instead will become the CEO of the American Jewish Committee. With his announcement, Deutch became the 31st House Democrat to forgo a... Read More

2022-02-28 19:56:35
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Roger Stone Sues to Block Congressional Subpoena

WASHINGTON — Political consultant Roger Stone is suing a congressional committee that wants information about whether he encouraged the Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Political consultant Roger Stone is suing a congressional committee that wants information about whether he encouraged the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol. Stone seeks a court order to block the House committee’s subpoena of his phone... Read More

2022-02-28 15:34:49
by Dan McCue
Congress Unmasked for State of the Union

WASHINGTON — It’ll be masks off for President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday as the... Read More

WASHINGTON — It’ll be masks off for President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday as the House is lifting the mask mandate that has been in place almost since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brian... Read More

2022-02-27 17:23:34
by Dan McCue
Fencing Going Up, Streets Being Closed for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON — An “inner-perimeter fence is going up around the U.S. Capitol building and several street closures have been announced... Read More

WASHINGTON — An “inner-perimeter fence is going up around the U.S. Capitol building and several street closures have been announced in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement... Read More

2022-02-25 23:16:55
by Dan McCue
Rep. Bishop Running in New District After Court Adopts New NC Congressional Map

WASHINGTON — Days after he suggested he might not seek reelection, Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., who currently represents North Carolina’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — Days after he suggested he might not seek reelection, Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., who currently represents North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, announced Friday he will run instead in the newly drawn 8th Congressional District. Bishop revealed his intentions... Read More

House Panel Requests Trump WH Records from National Archives

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional oversight committee sought additional documents Friday from the National Archives related to former President Donald... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional oversight committee sought additional documents Friday from the National Archives related to former President Donald Trump's handling of White House records as the panel looks to expand its investigation into his handling of sensitive and... Read More

2022-02-23 20:59:47
by Dan McCue
What They Are Saying About Russia, Sanctions and Ukraine

WASHINGTON — On Monday night, Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, and on Tuesday, the Biden administration imposed significant sanctions... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Monday night, Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, and on Tuesday, the Biden administration imposed significant sanctions on the Russian Central Bank and other banking interests. On Wednesday, a senior administration official said, another round of sanctions... Read More

2022-02-23 19:48:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Explores Pathways to Universal Health Coverage

WASHINGTON — The House Education Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions recently met to discuss possible pathways to affordable,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Education Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions recently met to discuss possible pathways to affordable, universal health coverage for Americans.  “Simply put, the steps taken in the American Rescue Plan made coverage more attainable for... Read More

2022-02-23 18:37:09
by Alexa Hornbeck
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Mental Health Issues

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss efforts to address the mental health needs of Americans, particularly children, after data collected during the pandemic revealed sharp increases... Read More

2022-02-22 18:31:11
by Dan McCue
Justices Reject Trump Appeal Over Jan. 6 Panel Doc Request

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review former President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of some... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review former President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of some of his White House documents to a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. The justices... Read More

2022-02-19 00:48:03
by Dan McCue
NewDem Action Fund Endorses Three for Congress

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund on Friday endorsed three for election to 118th Congress. The fund, an... Read More

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund on Friday endorsed three for election to 118th Congress. The fund, an offshoot of the largest ideological coalition in the House of Representatives, endorsed Quaye Quartey, who is running in California’s 27th... Read More

2022-02-18 22:38:35
by Dan McCue
National Archives Confirms Trump Took Classified Docs to Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON — The National Archives confirmed Friday there were classified national security documents among the 15 boxes of presidential materials... Read More

WASHINGTON — The National Archives confirmed Friday there were classified national security documents among the 15 boxes of presidential materials recently retrieved from former President Donald Trump’s home, the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. In a letter to the... Read More

2022-02-18 21:52:12
by Dan McCue
Maloney, Connolly Urge GSA to Void Trump Lease on Old Post Office Building

WASHINGTON — The chairs of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations are urging the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The chairs of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations are urging the General Services Administration to terminate the Old Post Office Building lease held by former President Donald Trump and the Trump... Read More

2022-02-18 21:34:15
by Dan McCue
Suozzi Claims Hillary Clinton Tried to Talk Him Out of NY Governor’s Race

NEW YORK — He may be languishing in the polls, but Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., is stirring up headlines at... Read More

NEW YORK — He may be languishing in the polls, but Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., is stirring up headlines at this week’s New York State Democratic Committee’s Nominating Convention. Speaking at a breakfast meeting Thursday at the Sheraton New York... Read More

2022-02-18 19:31:45
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Considers Next Steps in Investigating Harassment of Washington Football Employees

WASHINGTON — Political pressure is mounting against the Washington Commanders as Congress considers its next steps while reviewing allegations of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Political pressure is mounting against the Washington Commanders as Congress considers its next steps while reviewing allegations of sexual abuse by the football team’s top management. The National Football League this week delivered documents for a congressional investigation... Read More

2022-02-18 16:23:34
by Dan McCue
Rep. Hagedorn of Minnesota Dies After Cancer Battle

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., died Thursday night after a two-year-long battle with kidney cancer. His wife, former Minnesota... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., died Thursday night after a two-year-long battle with kidney cancer. His wife, former Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan, made the announcement Friday morning via her Facebook page. The congressman was 59. In a post... Read More

2022-02-16 21:45:52
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats in Congress Seek to Abolish US Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers struggle again with the nation’s debt ceiling, Democrats on a financial committee suggested Wednesday the economy... Read More

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers struggle again with the nation’s debt ceiling, Democrats on a financial committee suggested Wednesday the economy would get a bigger bang for the buck without the limit on spending. Republicans said eliminating the debt ceiling equates... Read More

2022-02-16 16:45:05
by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers Launch Working Group to Bolster Bipartisan Efforts to Counter China

WASHINGTON — The Problem Solvers Caucus has established a bipartisan China and Foreign Affairs Working Group to counter economic and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Problem Solvers Caucus has established a bipartisan China and Foreign Affairs Working Group to counter economic and other threats posed by China and foster American competitiveness. Reps. Young Kim, R-Calif., and Ed Case, D-Hawaii, will lead the... Read More

2022-02-16 15:33:50
by Alexa Hornbeck
House Members Debate Role of Immigrant Physicians in Easing Health Care Shortages

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship met Tuesday to discuss the role of immigrant physicians in... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship met Tuesday to discuss the role of immigrant physicians in the U.S. health care system. “Throughout the pandemic, immigrants in health care fields served on the front lines, and have... Read More

2022-02-15 18:44:30
by Dan McCue
Kathleen Rice Bows Out of 2022 Contest

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Tuesday she will not seek reelection in 2022, becoming the 30th House Democrat... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Tuesday she will not seek reelection in 2022, becoming the 30th House Democrat and 43rd member overall to announce a departure from Congress this year. “As I turn to the next chapter of... Read More

2022-02-15 13:53:37
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Lambast Postmaster General for Mail Delivery Delays

BALTIMORE — A congressional hearing Monday showed the days are likely to be numbered for Louis DeJoy as the 75th... Read More

BALTIMORE — A congressional hearing Monday showed the days are likely to be numbered for Louis DeJoy as the 75th U.S. postmaster general. The Trump administration appointee took over as head of the U.S. Postal Service in May 2020 with... Read More

On Parkland Anniversary, Biden Urges Congress on Gun Control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years after 17 people were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Joe Biden... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years after 17 people were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Joe Biden says his administration stands with the advocates working to end gun violence and is urging the nation to uphold the... Read More

2022-02-11 23:30:47
by Reece Nations
Scott, Hassan Lead Bipartisan Bill to Reinstate Employee Retention Tax Credit 

WASHINGTON — Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Thursday introduced legislation to reinstate the Employee Retention Tax... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Thursday introduced legislation to reinstate the Employee Retention Tax Credit that expired for most businesses in September. Originally introduced by the CARES Act in 2020, the program provided employers... Read More

2022-02-10 18:07:45
by Dan McCue
Schumer Calls for Bipartisan Support for Cannabis Reform Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on members on both sides of the aisle to join... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on members on both sides of the aisle to join an effort to draft and finalize a comprehensive cannabis reform bill. Schumer joined with Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Ron... Read More

2022-02-10 17:28:10
by Dan McCue
Luria Honored With Navy Legislative Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., has been honored for her leadership in advocating for a stronger U.S. Navy by... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., has been honored for her leadership in advocating for a stronger U.S. Navy by the nonprofit Association of the United States Navy. Luria, a former Navy ship commander, has pushed for a larger and... Read More

2022-02-09 20:18:02
by Reece Nations
Congress Contemplates Banning Members From Trading Stocks 

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Wednesday she would support revisions to legislation banning members of Congress... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Wednesday she would support revisions to legislation banning members of Congress from trading individual stocks. Pelosi had at first resisted the push for a congressional stock ban as politically vulnerable Democrats... Read More

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