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Graham Sets Conciliatory Tone at AG Hearing
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Graham Sets Conciliatory Tone at AG Hearing

Sen. Lindsey Graham showed off his two political sides Tuesday morning as he presided over the start of a highly anticipated hearing to confirm Attorney General nominee William Barr: His conciliatory instincts — and his commitment to defending President Donald Trump. Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Elect Roster
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U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Elect Roster
2019-01-16 01:19:31
by TWN Staff

Below is the full Democratic majority roster for the six Energy and Commerce subcommittees in the 116th Congress. Republican minority subcommittee rosters will be announced at a later date.  Read More

McCarthy Promises ‘Action’ on Rep. Steve King After Latest Racist Remarks
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McCarthy Promises ‘Action’ on Rep. Steve King After Latest Racist Remarks

Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, promised “action” after the latest racist remarks by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. “Action will be taken,” McCarthy said Sunday of King on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Read More

New Senate Chiefs
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New Senate Chiefs
2019-01-11 22:01:06
by TWN Staff

As new members of the U.S. Senate take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the appointment of a chief of staff. The Well News is tracking all of these top hires. Read More

2019 Congressional Calendar
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2019 Congressional Calendar
2019-01-11 20:32:37
by TWN Staff

The Well News offers this calendar which captures days that the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are in session during 2019. Read More

What Are Members of the House and Senate Saying About President Trump's Address to the Nation?
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What Are Members of the House and Senate Saying About President Trump's Address to the Nation?
2019-01-09 03:30:22
by TWN Staff

Statements issued after President Trump’s address to the nation: Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) - “The real crises here are of Donald Trump’s own making: dedicated public servants missing paychecks; taxpayers denied critical government services; economic hardship for small ... Read More

New Member Chiefs
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New Member Chiefs
2019-01-09 00:04:54
by TWN Staff

As new members of the House of Representatives take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the appointment of a chief of staff. Here The Well News is tracking all of these top hires.  Read More

The 8th and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
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The 8th and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
2019-01-08 02:35:39
by TWN Staff

On the 8th anniversary of the shooting in Arizona’s 8th congressional district, on January 8th, H.R. 8 is introduced into the House of Representatives.  It was January 2011 when a man began shooting outside of a... Read More

VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
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VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
2019-01-05 02:26:30
by TWN Staff

Chrissy Houlahan is a rising star. A third generation military veteran and Captain in the USAFR, she is poised to make her mark in the 116th Congress. Read More

Blue Dogs Work to Restore Fiscal Responsibility to Government
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Blue Dogs Work to Restore Fiscal Responsibility to Government
2019-01-04 20:41:42
by TWN Staff

This week, Democrats took back the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives following 2018's historic midterm elections. One of the first orders of business? Establish rules for the 116th Congress. H.Res.6, "A Resolution Providing for the House ... Read More

House Adopts Rules Package With Few Democratic Defections Over PAYGO Provision
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House Adopts Rules Package With Few Democratic Defections Over PAYGO Provision

The House on Thursday adopted the bulk of a rules package for the 116th Congress that featured dozens of changes designed to restore more committee and bipartisan involvement in the legislative process, increase... Read More

Violence Against Women Act Lapses During Shutdown, Putting Help for Victims at Risk
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Violence Against Women Act Lapses During Shutdown, Putting Help for Victims at Risk

Dozens of crucial programs meant to help victims of domestic and sexual violence face uncertain, worrisome futures because of the partial government shutdown. The Violence Against Women Act, regarded as an... Read More

‘Trump Show,’ Act III: What to Watch as House Democrats Take Control
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‘Trump Show,’ Act III: What to Watch as House Democrats Take Control

Act III of the Trump presidency, which can often feel like an off-Broadway production, officially began at noon Thursday when Democrats took control of the House and everything changed for Donald Trump. Read More

Democrats Take Over House Determined to Challenge Trump on Shutdown, His Border Wall and Much More
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Democrats Take Over House Determined to Challenge Trump on Shutdown, His Border Wall and Much More

Democrats took control of the House on Thursday with a show of unity and confrontation against President Donald Trump, electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their speaker and passing legislation to reopen government... Read More

The Freshman Class of House Democrats Is Already Making Waves
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The Freshman Class of House Democrats Is Already Making Waves

Even before they are sworn in Thursday, the 100 newly elected House members are promising to be one of the most independent — and difficult to control — freshman classes in years. They are far younger and more... Read More

Opposition to Pay-As-You-Go Proposal Prevents Unity on House Democrats’ Rules Package
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Opposition to Pay-As-You-Go Proposal Prevents Unity on House Democrats’ Rules Package

House Democrats’ rules for the 116th Congress contain a wide array of consensus changes but a pay-as-you-go, or “PAYGO,” provision that would require offsets for deficit increasing legislation is preventing party unity... Read More

Republicans Expect the Worst in 2019 but See Glimmers of Hope From Doom and Gloom
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Republicans Expect the Worst in 2019 but See Glimmers of Hope From Doom and Gloom

Republicans who support President Donald Trump are bracing for an onslaught of congressional investigations and court battles that could paralyze the White House over the next year. Read More

After Years of Assailing 'Obamacare,' Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout
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After Years of Assailing 'Obamacare,' Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout

Republicans in Congress, fresh off an election that punished their party for opposing health care protections... Read More

Republicans Appear Happy to Shuttle Shutdown Impasse to Pelosi
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Republicans Appear Happy to Shuttle Shutdown Impasse to Pelosi

During a combative White House meeting with Democratic leaders on Dec. 11, President Donald Trump declared that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was constrained in her ability to negotiate for a border wall because of a leadership fight in the House. Read More

Lone Senator at the Capitol During Shutdown
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Lone Senator at the Capitol During Shutdown

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts manned the empty Senate chamber by himself Thursday afternoon, while colleagues from both parties remained away during the partial government shutdown. Roberts and his wife Franki, who... Read More

How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?
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How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?

Homeland Security officials laid out the stakes in the budget brinkmanship that threatens a partial government shutdown late Friday: the $5 billion the House has approved for a border wall would be enough for about 215 miles of barrier. Read More

House GOP in Chaos Amid Looming Federal Shutdown
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House GOP in Chaos Amid Looming Federal Shutdown

House Republicans pushed the federal government Thursday to the brink of a shutdown over money for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, in a final reprise of the chaos that came to define their ... Read More

Mueller Asks House Committee for Roger Stone Transcript, Official Says
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Mueller Asks House Committee for Roger Stone Transcript, Official Says

Special counsel Robert Mueller asked the House Intelligence Committee to turn over a transcript of its closed-door 2017 interview of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, according to an official familiar with the request. Read More

Senate Approves Bipartisan Criminal Justice Overhaul
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Senate Approves Bipartisan Criminal Justice Overhaul

The Senate late Tuesday approved a bipartisan overhaul of criminal sentencing and the federal prison system, an initiative pushed by President Donald Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The bill, approved in the... Read More

New GOP Rules Limit Participation for Indicted House Members
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New GOP Rules Limit Participation for Indicted House Members

New Republican Party rules adopted last month for the incoming Congress are expected to block indicted members from committee work, sharply limiting the ability of Rep. Duncan Hunter to deliver specific benefits to... Read More

With Criminal Justice Bill Expected to Become Law, Kushner Gets Credit for His Role
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With Criminal Justice Bill Expected to Become Law, Kushner Gets Credit for His Role

Jared Kushner may finally get a win. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has been a drag on the administration for his friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the Oct. 2 killing of a U.S.-based dissident... Read More

Senate Has ‘Too Many Embarrassing Uncles,’ McCaskill Says in Farewell Speech
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Senate Has ‘Too Many Embarrassing Uncles,’ McCaskill Says in Farewell Speech

In her final floor speech, Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday that her surviving colleagues should stop calling the Senate “the world’s greatest deliberative body” because so much power has been concentrated in the leadership. Read More

Pelosi Agrees to Term Limits for House Leaders, Likely Securing the Votes She Needs to Regain the Speakership
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Pelosi Agrees to Term Limits for House Leaders, Likely Securing the Votes She Needs to Regain the Speakership

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., struck a deal Wednesday with... Read More

New Dems Elect Leadership Slate for the 116th Congress
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New Dems Elect Leadership Slate for the 116th Congress
2018-12-12 14:03:33
by TWN Staff

“Now at more than 90-strong, the New Democrat Coalition will push Congress to look at old problems through a new lens. We are laser-focused on growing the pie, creating jobs in every part of the country, and building an... Read More

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Senate Democratic Ranking Members Announced 116th Congress
2018-12-12 14:02:28
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced the slate of Senate Democratic Ranking Members for the 116th Congress. Ratified by the Senate Democratic Caucus, they include:  Aging: Senator Bob... Read More

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