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Luján Appears Poised to Enter New Mexico Senate Race

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Luján Appears Poised to Enter New Mexico Senate Race
2019-03-30 00:04:58
by Dan McCue

Democratic Representative Ben Ray Luján is "seriously considering" a run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico, according to a source familiar with the congressman's plans, and at least one published report says his decision will be announced Monday. The... Read More

McConnell Moves Toward ‘Nuclear Option’ for Confirmation of Trump Nominees
Congress
McConnell Moves Toward ‘Nuclear Option’ for Confirmation of Trump Nominees

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set up debate next week to make it easier for Republicans to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees. The Kentucky Republican came to the floor Thursday afternoon to complain about the difficulty Republicans... Read More

Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
Transportation
Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight
2019-03-28 17:50:59
by Dan McCue

The issues raised Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space went to the very heart of a conflict that has plagued aviation and the entities created to regulate it since the days of Charles... Read More

House Passes Gender Pay Gap Bill, A Top Democratic Priority
Congress
House Passes Gender Pay Gap Bill, A Top Democratic Priority

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Wednesday passed another one of their top party priorities, a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act that is designed to help close the gender pay gap. HR 7 passed on a vote of 242-187, with... Read More

Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
Pentagon
Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission
2019-03-27 23:57:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in space to growing threats from China and Russia. They are trying to convince Congress to authorize a new branch of... Read More

Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
Economy
Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
2019-03-27 23:19:34
by Dan McCue

Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, led by vice chairs Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday, urging him to abandon his threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on auto... Read More

Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
Health
Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
2019-03-27 23:13:45
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The coalition is a House caucus of moderate and fiscally responsible Democrats.... Read More

Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
Climate
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new bill, the Climate Action Now Act, aiming to hold the Trump administration to the United States' original commitments under the... Read More

House Democratic Leaders Set Deadline to See Full Mueller Report
Climate
House Democratic Leaders Set Deadline to See Full Mueller Report
2019-03-26 23:59:24
by Dan McCue

The Democratic chairs of six House committees sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr late Monday demanding that Congress receive Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on his Russia probe no later than Tuesday, April 2. In their letter,... Read More

Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
Health
Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
2019-03-26 23:55:37
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. In a letter filed in the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the Justice Department said it... Read More

Q&A with Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Josh Gottheimer
Spotlight
Q&A with Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Josh Gottheimer
2019-03-26 21:45:16
by TWN Staff

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is committed to bringing members together across party lines and finding areas of agreement on key issues facing our country. Read Rep. Tom Reed's... Read More

Q&A with Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Tom Reed
Spotlight
Q&A with Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Tom Reed
2019-03-26 21:44:41
by TWN Staff

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is committed to bringing members together across party lines and finding areas of agreement on key issues facing our country. Read Rep. Josh Gottheimer's... Read More

Monday A Day of Dealing With Fallout From Mueller Report
In The News
Monday A Day of Dealing With Fallout From Mueller Report
2019-03-25 21:49:16
by Dan McCue

In the end, it had kind of the feel of a long-running series concluding with a less-than-satisfying finale or a a novel that fell flat with a chapter to go. No matter what side one was on as Robert Mueller... Read More

Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages
Health
Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages
2019-03-22 22:07:59
by Dan McCue

Last week, Representative Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., introduced The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which she and her bipartisan cosponsors say will take definitive steps toward reducing nationwide physician shortages, with an emphasis in rural areas. The bill... Read More

Replacing The Electoral College Won't Be Easy And Will Require Lots of Soul-Searching
Elections
Replacing The Electoral College Won't Be Easy And Will Require Lots of Soul-Searching
2019-03-22 21:40:22
by Dan McCue

This week Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made the biggest splash of her nascent presidential campaign by suggesting during a CNN town hall in Mississippi that the Electoral College should be retired and replaced by a popular-vote system that would ensure... Read More

Bannon, Papadopoulos, NRA Complying With Congress’ Trump Corruption Probe
Congress
Bannon, Papadopoulos, NRA Complying With Congress’ Trump Corruption Probe

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, George Papadopoulos and the National Rifle Association are among the eight people and entities who have provided documents to House Democrats as part of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by... Read More

The Oldest Freshman in Congress Gets Back to Basics in Miami
Congress
The Oldest Freshman in Congress Gets Back to Basics in Miami

MIAMI — Donna Shalala is an analog politician in a digital age. Not one to talk in 280-character sound bites, the 78-year-old congresswoman is reconnecting with her constituents after two months in Washington in an old-fashioned way: face-to-face conversations. On... Read More

Some Climate Change Panel Members Are Literally Invested in the Issue
Congress
Some Climate Change Panel Members Are Literally Invested in the Issue

WASHINGTON — One member of the House committee created to address climate change stands out for what he owns: hundreds of oil and gas wells in North Dakota oil fields worth millions of dollars. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican from... Read More

Democrats Introduce Bill to Block 'Trump's Multi-Agency Assault' on Science
Congress
Democrats Introduce Bill to Block 'Trump's Multi-Agency Assault' on Science
2019-03-18 15:57:37
by Dan McCue

Last week, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced legislation to address a "longstanding concern that has taken on newfound urgency," political interference with publicly-funded scientific research. The bill introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Paul Tonko,... Read More

Bill Named After Parkland Victim Jaime Guttenberg Puts Background Checks on Bullets
Congress
Bill Named After Parkland Victim Jaime Guttenberg Puts Background Checks on Bullets

WASHINGTON — Last month, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a plan to expand background checks on gun purchases. Now, Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz are offering a new plan to require universal background checks... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Releases Trade Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
Trade
New Democrat Coalition Releases Trade Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
2019-03-15 23:02:19
by TWN Staff

This week, the New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force revealed their goals for the 116th Congress. The task force works to advance a U.S. trade agenda that grows the economy, creates U.S. jobs, and ensures the United States sets the... Read More

Democrats Confront Commerce Secretary Ross, Saying He Lied About Census Question
Congress
Democrats Confront Commerce Secretary Ross, Saying He Lied About Census Question

WASHINGTON — House Democrats accused Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a contentious face-off Thursday of having lied to Congress about his role in a Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Confronted by Democrats for... Read More

Senate Votes Down Trump Border Emergency, Likely Forcing His First Veto
Congress
Senate Votes Down Trump Border Emergency, Likely Forcing His First Veto
2019-03-14 20:36:11
by Dan McCue

The Senate on Thursday voted to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the nation's border with Mexico, a bipartisan rebuke the president has already suggested he'll veto. The 59-41 vote on a previously-passed House measure rejecting the... Read More

No Transcript for the Second, Private Whitaker Meeting That Nadler, Collins Are Disputing
Congress
No Transcript for the Second, Private Whitaker Meeting That Nadler, Collins Are Disputing

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat and Republican on the House Judiciary Committee disagreed Wednesday over what exactly former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told them behind closed doors regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump — and the public may... Read More

House Panel Approves Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization
Congress
House Panel Approves Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved, along party lines, 22-11, a bill to reauthorize and expand programs designed to help victims of sexual and domestic violence. The protections and programs authorized by the 1994 law lapsed during... Read More

House Majority Leader Hoyer Proposes Restoring Earmarks
Spotlight
House Majority Leader Hoyer Proposes Restoring Earmarks
2019-03-13 00:26:53
by Dan McCue

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told a select committee on Tuesday that he would restore the use of earmarks so that members of Congress have "a greater say in directing spending toward critical public projects in their communities." "Earmarks... Read More

Whitaker to Meet With House Lawmakers to Clarify Testimony, Official Says
Congress
Whitaker to Meet With House Lawmakers to Clarify Testimony, Official Says

WASHINGTON — Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will meet Wednesday with the top Democrat and Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to clarify some of his answers from a hearing last month, an official familiar with the committee’s activities... Read More

Battle Over Mueller Report Moving to House Floor
Congress
Battle Over Mueller Report Moving to House Floor

WASHINGTON — The House moved a step closer Monday to demanding the Justice Department release to Congress the full report special counsel Robert S. Mueller III submits of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion... Read More

Mueller Should Put Trump Under Oath, Schiff Says
Congress
Mueller Should Put Trump Under Oath, Schiff Says

It would be a mistake for special counsel Robert Mueller not to subpoena President Donald Trump to appear before a grand jury in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday.... Read More

AT&T-Time Warner Investigation May Require Subpoenas, Democrat Says
Telecom
AT&T-Time Warner Investigation May Require Subpoenas, Democrat Says

WASHINGTON –– Congress may issue subpoenas in an investigation into whether the White House sought to block AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the chairman of a House antitrust subcommittee said Sunday. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., floated the possibility... Read More

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