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Democrats Scrutinize Consumer Watchdog Agency Saying It Has Abandoned Its Mission
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Democrats Scrutinize Consumer Watchdog Agency Saying It Has Abandoned Its Mission
2019-03-08 20:24:29
by Dan McCue

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was assailed by Democrats on the House Financial Service Committee on Thursday who contend an industry-friendly shift by the Trump administration has undermined the agency's mission. When the bureau opened in... Read More

House Eyes Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization and Expansion
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House Eyes Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization and Expansion

WASHINGTON — The Violence Against Women Act is back on the House agenda, with Democrats and at least one Republican leading a fresh effort to reauthorize and expand the domestic violence law. A bill introduced Thursday would include updates to... Read More

GOP Senators Opposed to Trump’s Emergency Race to Detangle From Democrats
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GOP Senators Opposed to Trump’s Emergency Race to Detangle From Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on the verge of a massive rebuke of President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration are now scrambling to soften the blow with changes to a resolution of disapproval crafted by House Democrats, according to a half dozen... Read More

House Passes Anti-Hate Resolution After Furor Over Ilhan Omar Comments
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House Passes Anti-Hate Resolution After Furor Over Ilhan Omar Comments

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to condemn anti-Semitism and other forms of hate after a protracted dispute fractured the Democratic Party over its handling of racially charged comments about Israel by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Omar, a Somali... Read More

Grassley Says He Wants Trump’s Tax Returns When House Gets Them
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Grassley Says He Wants Trump’s Tax Returns When House Gets Them

WASHINGTON — One of the few Republicans with the power to request President Donald Trump’s tax returns wants to make sure that if House Democrats are successful in getting them, he wants to see them too. “If the House of... Read More

Q&A with New Democrat Coalition Chair, Rep. Derek Kilmer
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Q&A with New Democrat Coalition Chair, Rep. Derek Kilmer
2019-03-06 11:10:56
by TWN Staff

What is your primary objective for the New Democrat Coalition during the 116th Congress? What gets me psyched about the New Dems is that we look at old problems through a new lens – not just for the party but... Read More

New Dems to Leadership: Strengthen the ACA
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New Dems to Leadership: Strengthen the ACA
2019-03-06 01:14:09
by TWN Staff

In a departure from several high profile Democrats who recently endorsed "Medicare for all" or "single payer" style health care plans, New Democrat Coalition members urged House leadership to instead take action to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on... Read More

House Democrats Ready Ethics Overhaul for Floor Vote This Week
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House Democrats Ready Ethics Overhaul for Floor Vote This Week

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, barely nine weeks into a majority they won in part with promises of an anti-corruption legislative agenda, will turn the spotlight this week to their signature campaign finance, ethics, voting and lobbying overhaul. The House Rules... Read More

Trump’s Emergency Declaration Hits Senate Roadblock; House Democrats Signal New Probes
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Trump’s Emergency Declaration Hits Senate Roadblock; House Democrats Signal New Probes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s relations with Congress took a sharp turn for the worse Sunday as his emergency declaration for a border wall hit a roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate, and House Democrats signaled a sweeping new probe of... Read More

Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy
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Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy
2019-03-01 13:23:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. They are trying to figure out how to act without the president’s approval... Read More

Pelosi on Green New Deal: ‘I Can’t Say We’re Going to Take That and Pass It’
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Pelosi on Green New Deal: ‘I Can’t Say We’re Going to Take That and Pass It’

WASHINGTON — The ambitious Green New Deal proposal for combating climate change was dealt another blow Wednesday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to commit to holding a vote on the nonbinding resolution. “I can’t say we’re going to take that... Read More

Michael Cohen Describes a Culture of Criminality Around Trump
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Michael Cohen Describes a Culture of Criminality Around Trump

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen, once among President Donald Trump’s most ardent defenders, fiercely turned on him Wednesday, describing a culture of rampant criminality and nonstop lying around Trump involving payoffs to his alleged mistresses, inflated personal wealth and secret efforts... Read More

House Passes Resolution Overturning Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration
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House Passes Resolution Overturning Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — The House’s approval Tuesday of a resolution to override President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border sets up a difficult vote for Senate Republicans. Three Republican... Read More

Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
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Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela
2019-02-27 01:59:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S. military intervention is possible soon. A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee called the hearing to determine how the U.S. government should... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Announces Policy Task Forces for the 116th Congress
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Blue Dog Coalition Announces Policy Task Forces for the 116th Congress
2019-02-27 01:56:52
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition has announced its four policy task forces for the 116th Congress. The task forces will be the main drivers of policy for the centrist group of members and will focus on fiscal responsibility and... Read More

Schiff Says He’ll ‘Obviously’ Subpoena Mueller Report if Trump Administration Won't Release It
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Schiff Says He’ll ‘Obviously’ Subpoena Mueller Report if Trump Administration Won't Release It

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will “obviously” take whatever steps are necessary to make public the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, including subpoenaing his final report, calling him to... Read More

Flap Over Dianne Feinstein Lecturing Children in Viral Video
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Flap Over Dianne Feinstein Lecturing Children in Viral Video

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s debate with a group of school children over climate change policy, captured in a video that went viral late Friday, underscored tensions brewing within the Democratic Party between its restive liberal activists and more... Read More

Congress to Subpoena Full Mueller Report if Barr Withholds Parts, Blumenthal Says
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Congress to Subpoena Full Mueller Report if Barr Withholds Parts, Blumenthal Says

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress will subpoena the full report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III if the Justice Department only discloses certain parts of it, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday. Read More

US-Saudi Nuclear Talks Prompt Deeper Probe by House Democrats
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US-Saudi Nuclear Talks Prompt Deeper Probe by House Democrats

WASHINGTON — A House committee is deepening its investigation into what it describes as ongoing White House efforts to “rush” the transfer of highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, a move some... Read More

E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
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E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
2019-02-20 00:10:48
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission that personal health information of certain Facebook users who were participating in... Read More

US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
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US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
2019-02-16 03:06:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have... Read More

Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services
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Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services
2019-02-16 01:19:34
by Tom Ramstack

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of a Washington, D.C. marijuana business told Congress this week. A House Financial Services subcommittee called the hearing to determine whether... Read More

Congress Pauses to Remember John Dingell
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Congress Pauses to Remember John Dingell

WASHINGTON — In the last 24 hours of his long life, John D. Dingell, 92, was visited by a few old friends and House colleagues. One of them was House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who eulogized Congress’ longest-serving member Thursday, and recalled that ... Read More

Lawmakers Announce Deal to Prevent Shutdown, But Prospects Remain Uncertain
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Lawmakers Announce Deal to Prevent Shutdown, But Prospects Remain Uncertain

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers late Monday reached an agreement in principle on border security that would allow them to fund the government beyond Friday, according to congressional officials from both parties. Read More

Congress Tries Again for a Deal on Border Barrier Money
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Congress Tries Again for a Deal on Border Barrier Money

WASHINGTON –– Congressional negotiators dug in for a weekend of talks on a security plan that includes some sort of barrier on the U.S.-Mexican border, hoping to complete a deal that’s also acceptable to President Donald Trump and ... Read More

Net Neutrality: Poised for Bipartisan Action?
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Net Neutrality: Poised for Bipartisan Action?
2019-02-09 01:00:44
by TWN Staff

The 116th Congress ushered in the most diverse freshman class in history. While there are some vocal members on the extremes of both parties, this newly minted group of legislators is also by-and-large one of the most pragmatic in recent... Read More

Congress Has Had It Up to Here With Agencies Not Taking Its Spending Advice
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Congress Has Had It Up to Here With Agencies Not Taking Its Spending Advice

WASHINGTON — Congress is increasingly trying to force federal departments, especially the Pentagon, to quit disregarding audit recommendations on how to get more bang for billions of dollars in taxpayer bucks. Read More

John Dingell Remembered As 'True Statesman,' 'Twitter Ninja'
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John Dingell Remembered As 'True Statesman,' 'Twitter Ninja'

DEARBORN, MI – The death of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, is being met with sadness and warm reflections on the towering legacy he leaves behind. Here’s how the nation is reacting to the passing of the... Read More

Michigan’s John Dingell, Longest-Serving Member in Congress, Dies at 92
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Michigan’s John Dingell, Longest-Serving Member in Congress, Dies at 92

DETROIT — Former U.S. Rep. John David Dingell Jr., who was one of the U.S House’s most powerful chairmen and helped write and pass some of the most consequential legislation in the nation’s history, died Thursday, according ... Read More

Democrats Show Displeasure With Trump Policies Through SOTU Guests
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Democrats Show Displeasure With Trump Policies Through SOTU Guests
2019-02-06 02:54:33
by TWN Staff

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) brings Fifth District resident, Jacqueline Beale, the Maryland State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the non-partisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society "I am honored that Jacqueline... Read More

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