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Blue Dog's McAdams Stands Up Against Congressional Pay Raise

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Blue Dog's McAdams Stands Up Against Congressional Pay Raise
2019-06-11 23:06:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Ben McAdams wants to block a salary increase for members of Congress that is automatically set to take effect in January. Toward that end he's introduced an amendment to the roughly $1 trillion package of spending bills... Read More

House Democrats Reach Deal With DOJ to Get Some Mueller Evidence
Congress
House Democrats Reach Deal With DOJ to Get Some Mueller Evidence

WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the Justice Department has agreed to begin turning over some information the panel had subpoenaed related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “The department will share the first of these documents with... Read More

Watergate Figure John Dean Testifies About Mueller Report
Congress
Watergate Figure John Dean Testifies About Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — Nearly five decades after he helped bring down President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, former White House counsel John Dean returned to a congressional hearing room Monday to try to reprise the role. Testifying before the House... Read More

GOP Senators Exhale After Considering Crossing Trump on Tariffs
Congress
GOP Senators Exhale After Considering Crossing Trump on Tariffs

Senate Republicans who faced the unwelcome prospect of attempting to overturn President Donald Trump’s use of tariffs on Mexico are praising his deal to avert them, even if they’re still wary of the duties. Trump had threatened to impose 5%... Read More

Committee Chairs Seek Answers On Delayed Notice of Defects on Boeing 737 MAX
Transportation
Committee Chairs Seek Answers On Delayed Notice of Defects on Boeing 737 MAX
2019-06-07 21:32:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., chairman of that body's Aviation Subcommittee, want to know when Boeing and others first learned of a serious defect in the... Read More

House Democrats Don’t Have a Majority for Impeachment, But Support Is Growing
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House Democrats Don’t Have a Majority for Impeachment, But Support Is Growing

WASHINGTON — When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke last weekend at the California state Democratic Party convention, she was greeted with cries of “Impeach! Impeach!” from the crowd. The reality, however, is far different: Among House Democrats, a majority do... Read More

Contempt Charge Against Barr, McGahn Refined as House Set to Act
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Contempt Charge Against Barr, McGahn Refined as House Set to Act

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are moving ahead with a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for defying subpoenas, and they’re adding a shortcut for future legal confrontations with the Trump... Read More

HR 1 Provides Freshman House Democrats a McConnell 101 Lesson
Congress
HR 1 Provides Freshman House Democrats a McConnell 101 Lesson

WASHINGTON — While it is not quite an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, the metaphor is close enough: Freshman House Democrats who roared into the majority in January with ambitious legislative plans are increasingly facing the reality of a... Read More

House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
Immigration
House Bid to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship Garners Bipartisan Support
2019-06-05 21:16:53
by Dan McCue

The Democrat-led House passed legislation Tuesday that would create a path to citizenship for about 2.5 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The bill, which passed by a vote of 237-187, with seven Republicans voting in... Read More

Retirement Bill Remains Stalled Amid Republican Holds in Senate
Congress
Retirement Bill Remains Stalled Amid Republican Holds in Senate

WASHINGTON — A handful of Republican senators are holding up what could be the biggest retirement savings bill in more than a decade. After sailing through the House on a 417-3 vote May 23 before the weeklong Memorial Day recess,... Read More

Hoyer and House Appropriators Back Potential Pay Raise for Congress
Congress
Hoyer and House Appropriators Back Potential Pay Raise for Congress

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are making moves to lift the pay freeze that lawmakers have been living under since 2010. But the top Senate appropriator is not on board. House appropriators released their Financial Services fiscal 2020 spending bill this... Read More

After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
Congress
After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
2019-06-04 21:00:07
by Sean Trambley

On Tuesday, the House passed a much-needed disaster aid bill that was blocked by three Republican congressmen leading to a two week delay for the $19.1 billion relief package to Puerto Rico, Texas, California, and other states. Following the bill’s... Read More

House Finally Sends $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package to Trump’s Desk
Congress
House Finally Sends $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package to Trump’s Desk

WASHINGTON — The House sent a $19.1 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump’s desk Monday, more than a week after the first of three Republican holdouts objected to passing the legislation by unanimous consent. The bill, which was... Read More

House Panel Plans Mueller Report Hearings, Starting With John Dean
Congress
House Panel Plans Mueller Report Hearings, Starting With John Dean

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee is planning a series of hearings on Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, starting with an appearance by Nixon White House counsel John Dean on June 10. “Russia attacked our... Read More

Mueller’s Public Remarks Stoke Impeachment Pressures on Capitol Hill
In The News
Mueller’s Public Remarks Stoke Impeachment Pressures on Capitol Hill
2019-05-31 19:21:16
by HJ Mai

Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this week gave his first public remarks following the conclusion of his 22-month investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. While the former FBI director did not divulge... Read More

Thad Cochran, Longtime Southern Gentleman of the Senate, Dies at 81
In The News
Thad Cochran, Longtime Southern Gentleman of the Senate, Dies at 81
2019-05-30 20:13:40
by Dan McCue

Former Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who served in Congress for more than 45 years and was renowned for his Southern refinement and willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done, died Thursday morning at the age of 81.... Read More

Special Counsel Mueller Makes First Public Statement on Russia Probe
In The News
Special Counsel Mueller Makes First Public Statement on Russia Probe
2019-05-29 20:35:53
by Dan McCue

Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation Wednesday, reiterating that if his investigators "had confidence the president had not committed a crime, we would have said so," but beyond that saying very little. Mueller... Read More

State Attorneys General Boost U.S. House Payday Lender Bill
In The News
State Attorneys General Boost U.S. House Payday Lender Bill
2019-05-28 21:35:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five state attorneys general are giving a boost to a bill introduced in Congress this month that seeks to rein in excessive interest rates on payday loans. The attorneys general filed a comment letter with the Consumer Financial... Read More

House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality
House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
2019-05-28 21:27:58
by Dan McCue

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise legislation that would restore at least some form of net neutrality. The 47 signers of the letter to Speaker Nancy... Read More

Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
Net Neutrality
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
Congress
Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
2019-05-24 20:23:45
by Sean Trambley

In a stunning move Friday, a solitary House Republican from the Freedom Caucus blocked the passage of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package providing aid to Americans hit by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, including $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico. The... Read More

Congress Reaches Deal on Disaster Aid; Trump’s Border Request Omitted
Congress
Congress Reaches Deal on Disaster Aid; Trump’s Border Request Omitted

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders reached agreement Thursday on a $19.1 billion package to help states recover from natural disasters, including the California wildfires. The deal came after the White House agreed to give up on its demand for $4.5 billion... Read More

Acting Defense Secretary Restricts Information Military Can Share With Congress
Congress
Acting Defense Secretary Restricts Information Military Can Share With Congress
2019-05-24 01:48:18
by Dan McCue

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has imposed new restrictions on the information the Pentagon can share with Congress about the United States' military operations. The order, first reported by the Washington Post, came in the form of a May 8... Read More

Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition
Health
Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition
2019-05-24 01:42:27
by Dan McCue

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation intended to protect patients from unfair and expensive surprise medical bills. “For too many middle-class families, receiving an unexpected... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
2019-05-23 16:40:32
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force announced its goals for the 116th Congress, saying it will place an emphasis on fostering innovation while improving the nation's technological infrastructure and updating privacy protections. “Technology is changing the world and enhancing... Read More

Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller’s Counterintelligence Work
Congress
Schiff Strikes Deal to See Mueller’s Counterintelligence Work

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has agreed to begin turning over some counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials uncovered in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to House lawmakers, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said. Schiff said in a statement Wednesday that... Read More

Trump Walks Out on Democrats, Blasts 'Phony' Inquiries In Rose Garden
Congress
Trump Walks Out on Democrats, Blasts 'Phony' Inquiries In Rose Garden
2019-05-22 19:13:11
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump stormed out of a meeting with congressional Democrats Wednesday, and berated them to reporters gathered in the Rose Garden after learning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had earlier said he'd engaged in a "cover up." Speaking behind... Read More

Republican Keller Wins U.S. House Election in Pennsylvania
Elections
Republican Keller Wins U.S. House Election in Pennsylvania
2019-05-22 14:54:16
by Dan McCue

Fred Keller, a Republican state representative backed by President Donald Trump, defeated Marc Friedenberg, a Democrat and professor at Penn State University, in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. According to a vote... Read More

Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
Veterans
Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
2019-05-22 14:50:59
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs medical facilities at risk on a regular basis. The bill the representatives filed Tuesday, called the VA Community Infrastructure Act,... Read More

Nadler Prepares Contempt Vote for McGahn — but What Are the Consequences?
Congress
Nadler Prepares Contempt Vote for McGahn — but What Are the Consequences?

WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is preparing a committee vote to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, the second Trump official to get such treatment for defying one of Nadler’s subpoenas to testify... Read More

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