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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

Mueller Shuns Public Hearing as Talks Stall With House Democrats
Congress
Mueller Shuns Public Hearing as Talks Stall With House Democrats

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller is balking at testifying publicly before Congress, pushing for a closed-door appearance in negotiations with House Democrats, according to three people familiar with the special counsel’s position. Mueller has told the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee that... Read More

After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'
Foreign Affairs
After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'
2019-05-21 21:38:28
by Dan McCue

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States and Iran, members of New Democrat Coalition in the House of Representatives say they are "deeply concerned" over the Trump... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
2019-05-21 21:33:02
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation, joined with Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., their counterparts on the Blue Dog Task Force on... Read More

McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-Show at House Hearing
Infrastructure
McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-Show at House Hearing
2019-05-21 21:20:38
by Dan McCue

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Tuesday opened the panel's hearing on Russia interference in the 2016 election by warning the visibly absent former White House Counsel Don McGahn that he will be held in contempt for failing to... Read More

George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform
Campaign Finance
George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform
2019-05-21 12:48:25
by Dan McCue

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In a capitalist society, things, including access to whatever serves as the public megaphone of the era, simply cost money. And... Read More

Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments
Opioids
Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments
2019-05-17 21:23:03
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the Chinese government to honor its commitment to make all forms of fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more... Read More

Roberts Holds Key to Whether Recent Anti-Abortion Laws Lead to Roe Review
Supreme Court
Roberts Holds Key to Whether Recent Anti-Abortion Laws Lead to Roe Review
2019-05-17 21:18:52
by Dan McCue

For several weeks, a growing number of states in the Midwest and South have passed laws sharply limiting women's access to abortions in a heavy-handed bid to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 ruling in Roe v.... Read More

Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Civil Rights
Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination
2019-05-17 21:04:50
by Dan McCue

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community. H.R. 5, also known as The Equality Act, was jointly introduced in both the House and the Senate... Read More

House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets
Veterans
House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets
2019-05-16 21:40:06
by Dan McCue

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era Navy veterans who have fought for years to prove they were exposed to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. Luria, a... Read More

House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
Environment
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands
2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

Sen. Lindsey Graham Aims to Advance Border Security Bill in Early June
Congress
Sen. Lindsey Graham Aims to Advance Border Security Bill in Early June

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he is willing to work with Republicans and Democrats to craft a limited immigration bill in short order that would change asylum laws and expand detention facilities in an attempt... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
National Security
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

Sources: Swagel to Replace Hall as CBO Director
Federal Budget
Sources: Swagel to Replace Hall as CBO Director

WASHINGTON — Senate and House budget leaders have chosen Phillip L. Swagel, a University of Maryland economist and former Treasury official in the George W. Bush administration, as the next director of the Congressional Budget Office, according to several sources... Read More

Donald Trump Jr. to Testify After Reaching Deal With Senate Committee
Congress
Donald Trump Jr. to Testify After Reaching Deal With Senate Committee

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to give limited additional closed-door testimony in June in a deal with the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to three people familiar with the arrangement, which headed off an increasingly bitter dispute that divided... Read More

Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
Urban
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial... Read More

Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies
Federal Budget
Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies
2019-05-14 21:32:27
by Dan McCue

Alice Rivlin, the economist and centrist Democrat who as the first director of the Congressional Budget Office taught lawmakers to be more conscious of the cost of new legislation, has died after a battle with cancer. The Brookings Institution, where... Read More

Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
Supreme Court
Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders
2019-05-13 23:13:24
by Dan McCue

The attorneys for both Ohio and Michigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and block lower court orders to rectify partisan gerrymanders. In Ohio, a three-judge panel ruled that the state's congressional district map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered... Read More

Chairman Neal Issues Subpoenas for Trump Tax Returns
Congress
Chairman Neal Issues Subpoenas for Trump Tax Returns
2019-05-10 21:11:51
by Dan McCue

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Friday issued subpoenas for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns. The subpoenas give Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig until 5 p.m. next... Read More

Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs
Elections
Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs
2019-05-10 20:38:05
by Dan McCue

Democrats on two House committees and a key House task force Friday introduced legislation they say will help protect next year's elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference. The Bill, H.R. 2660, otherwise known as the Election Security Act, was... Read More

Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines
Florida
Further Investigation Into Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Needed for Tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar Determines

TAMPA, Fla. — An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed, the Florida Bar said Wednesday, meaning the Republican congressman could face discipline for allegedly intimidating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. A grand jurylike panel called the... Read More

Senate Panel, Led by Republicans, Subpoenas Trump Jr. Over Testimony
Congress
Senate Panel, Led by Republicans, Subpoenas Trump Jr. Over Testimony

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, to answer additional questions about his earlier testimony for the panel’s bipartisan Russia probe, according to a person familiar with the matter. The committee... Read More

New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Civil Rights
New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
2019-05-08 23:08:16
by Dan McCue

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend the federal Civil Rights Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition, which... Read More

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

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