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House Judiciary Panel Votes to Hold Barr In Contempt For Failing to Release Full Mueller Report

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House Judiciary Panel Votes to Hold Barr In Contempt For Failing to Release Full Mueller Report
2019-05-08 23:03:58
by Dan McCue

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt on Wednesday evening, capping a day of escalating tensions between the White House and Capitol Hill. The committee's 24-16 vote is technically a vote to... Read More

Republicans Want to Move on From Russia Investigation Even as They Reopen Probe
Congress
Republicans Want to Move on From Russia Investigation Even as They Reopen Probe

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a definitive verdict Tuesday on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in 2016 — “case closed.” “Two years of exhaustive investigation, and nothing... Read More

Nadler, 23 Other Democrats Want Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Invalidated
Congress
Nadler, 23 Other Democrats Want Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Invalidated

WASHINGTON — A group of two dozen Democratic members of Congress foreshadowed in a court case how they might fight back if President Donald Trump pardons someone for a criminal contempt of Congress charge — just as the two political... Read More

Road Ahead: Both Chambers Tackle Disaster Relief but Conclusion Still Iffy
Congress
Road Ahead: Both Chambers Tackle Disaster Relief but Conclusion Still Iffy

WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators hope to wrap up negotiations this week on a bipartisan disaster relief package that can get President Donald Trump’s support, while House Democrats plan to forge ahead with a vote on their own preferred proposal. The... Read More

Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
Elections
Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional
2019-05-03 20:44:32
by Dan McCue

A three-judge panel of federal judges tossed Ohio's congressional map Friday, holding that it was a partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans and ordering that the districts be redrawn for the 2020 elections. The unanimous decision said that as drawn the map... Read More

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force
Military
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force
2019-05-03 20:19:07
by Dan McCue

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare to the more than two million women veterans living in the United States. The... Read More

Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen
Environment
Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen
2019-05-03 14:58:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction in cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste. Some lawmakers were reacting to a Government Accountability Office report released this week... Read More

Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls
Telecom
Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls
2019-05-03 14:09:09
by Dan McCue

Representative Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday it’s time for Congress to provide regulators and the telecom industry with tools to protect American consumers from the scourge of relentless robocalls. “We all know... Read More

House Democrats Say They May Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt
Congress
House Democrats Say They May Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt

WASHINGTON — House Democrats accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress and threatened Thursday to hold him in contempt, the latest salvo in a building constitutional clash between Democratic lawmakers and the Trump administration over access to witnesses... Read More

House Passes Climate Bill, With Few Republican Backers
Congress
House Passes Climate Bill, With Few Republican Backers

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday to block funding for the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and force the White House to share yearly plans of how it will meet its obligations under that... Read More

Democrats Denounce Attorney General Barr for Skipping House Hearing as Tensions Rise
Congress
Democrats Denounce Attorney General Barr for Skipping House Hearing as Tensions Rise

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee excoriated the Trump administration Thursday for failing to comply with congressional oversight as Attorney General William P. Barr refused to show up at a hearing on the Russia investigation. “If we... Read More

Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67
In The News
Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67
2019-05-01 02:56:48
by Dan McCue

Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who later distinguished herself as a senior arms-control advisor to President Barack Obama, has died. Tauscher died late Monday night at the age of 67. Her family announced her passing in a Facebook post, stating she... Read More

Blue Dogs Seek to Keep Momentum Going After Positive Start to Infrastructure Talks
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Seek to Keep Momentum Going After Positive Start to Infrastructure Talks
2019-05-01 02:50:30
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., responded to word of a positive meeting between the White House and congressional leaders by saying it’s time to put politics aside in the name of creating good-paying jobs to rebuild America’s... Read More

New Bill Would Fund CDC Gun Violence Research
Health
New Bill Would Fund CDC Gun Violence Research

WASHINGTON — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would have money to research the causes of gun violence for the first time in more than two decades if a new proposal becomes law. The Democrat-controlled House Appropriations Committee... Read More

Sealed Records for Nonviolent Marijuana-Related Arrests Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
Law
Sealed Records for Nonviolent Marijuana-Related Arrests Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
2019-04-26 20:17:28
by Dan McCue

Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., are leading a bipartisan effort in the House to ensure that individuals arrested for nonviolent federal crimes stemming from marijuana possession get "a second shot at a better life." On Monday,... Read More

Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support
Military
Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support
2019-04-26 20:12:41
by Sean Trambley

Two months after being introduced by a coalition led by Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, bipartisan and bicameral support for the Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019 continues to grow.... Read More

Democrats Close But Still Short Votes Needed to Pass $15 Minimum Wage
Congress
Democrats Close But Still Short Votes Needed to Pass $15 Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON — Proponents of a $15 minimum wage are bullish about the prospects of the House passing a bill to incrementally double the current $7.25 federal standard over five years, despite Democrats seemingly being short the votes to do so.... Read More

Democrats Threaten Contempt for Trump’s Defiance of Subpoenas
In The News
Democrats Threaten Contempt for Trump’s Defiance of Subpoenas
2019-04-25 18:09:53
by Tom Ramstack

Democratic members of Congress threatened a contempt citation Wednesday against a Trump administration official who refused to testify this week on an immigration question for the 2020 Census. John Gore, an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights... Read More

House Oversight Threatens Ex-Trump Adviser With Contempt After He Skips Deposition
Congress
House Oversight Threatens Ex-Trump Adviser With Contempt After He Skips Deposition

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elijah Cummings threatened Tuesday to hold former White House adviser Carl Kline in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena ordering him to testify about his role allegedly covering up wrongdoing in the Trump administration’s White House... Read More

IRS Misses Deadline On Trump Tax Returns, Setting Stage for Legal Battle
Congress
IRS Misses Deadline On Trump Tax Returns, Setting Stage for Legal Battle
2019-04-23 21:36:51
by Dan McCue

The Internal Revenue Service missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to hand copies of President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns over to Congress, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy legal battle. In a letter to House Ways... Read More

House Gets Its Say as Supreme Court Takes Up Census Citizenship Question
Congress
House Gets Its Say as Supreme Court Takes Up Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — The House gets a relatively rare chance to directly address the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a legal showdown about whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The case is one of... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Former White House Counsel McGahn
Congress
House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Former White House Counsel McGahn
2019-04-22 23:16:31
by Dan McCue

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn requesting that he appear before the panel on May 7. In a statement, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said he believes McGahn may... Read More

Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
Entitlements
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

Trump Sues Cummings to Block Subpoena of Financial Records
Litigation
Trump Sues Cummings to Block Subpoena of Financial Records
2019-04-22 20:13:50
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on Monday sued the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District... Read More

Schiff Says Democrats Will Debate Impeachment Amid Left Pressure
Congress
Schiff Says Democrats Will Debate Impeachment Amid Left Pressure

WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that the Democrats will discuss whether to begin impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump after progressives ratcheted up the pressure on a reluctant party leadership. “We’re going to have a... Read More

State of Play Changes Dramatically In Wake of Mueller Report Release
Congress
State of Play Changes Dramatically In Wake of Mueller Report Release
2019-04-19 20:14:56
by Dan McCue

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Friday subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report as well as the underlying evidence, including grand jury evidence. "I am open to working with... Read More

Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
Rural
Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
2019-04-19 20:03:50
by Sean Trambley

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, legislation to help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by expanding access for tax-exempt cooperative organizations to a variety of... Read More

No Letup in Congressional Fundraising After ‘Green Wave’ Election
Congress
No Letup in Congressional Fundraising After ‘Green Wave’ Election

WASHINGTON — The race for the White House is already dominating headlines, but new campaign finance disclosures show donors in both parties are also opening their wallets to renew the fight to control the House in 2020. Presidential campaign years... Read More

Barr Defends Trump on Obstruction, Saying President Was 'Frustrated and Angry'
In The News
Barr Defends Trump on Obstruction, Saying President Was 'Frustrated and Angry'
2019-04-18 19:52:55
by Dan McCue

Attorney General William Barr vigorously defended President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday's public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying what some might see as obstruction on the part of the president... Read More

Non-Profit's 10-K For the Federal Government Paints Bracing Picture
Federal Budget
Non-Profit's 10-K For the Federal Government Paints Bracing Picture
2019-04-17 21:05:51
by Dan McCue

Think about it. Every public corporation in America is required to make frequent filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports provide a comprehensive summary of the company's performance, the risks it foresees encountering in the near and... Read More

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