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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

As Google Chief Takes Hot Seat, Lawmakers Search Their Phones and Cry ‘Bias’
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As Google Chief Takes Hot Seat, Lawmakers Search Their Phones and Cry ‘Bias’

When members of Congress search their phones, they don’t much like what they see. That was clear when Google chief executive Sundar Pichai took the hot seat Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee to defend his... Read More

Which Gun Bills Could Be Important in Congress Next Year?
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Which Gun Bills Could Be Important in Congress Next Year?

The November midterm elections will bring a wave of new faces into Congress — 100 new House members who make up a class with more diversity and more women than ever before. It is also more pro-gun control. Read More

Can Trump Cut Budget Deal With ‘Chuck and Nancy’ to Fund His Border Wall?
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Can Trump Cut Budget Deal With ‘Chuck and Nancy’ to Fund His Border Wall?

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the kickoff of up to 10 days of political posturing and negotiations over whether the president’... Read More

Congress Has Tried More Than 200 Times to Pass an Anti-Lynching Law. This Year, It Could Fail Again
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Congress Has Tried More Than 200 Times to Pass an Anti-Lynching Law. This Year, It Could Fail Again

It was nearly a century ago that Rep. Leonidas C. Dyer, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a bill to make lynching a federal crime. With vigilante slayings of African-Americans rampant, it promised to force the federal government... Read More

After CIA’s Khashoggi Briefing, GOP Senators Say It’s Clear Saudi Crown Prince Was Complicit
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After CIA’s Khashoggi Briefing, GOP Senators Say It’s Clear Saudi Crown Prince Was Complicit

After a closed-door CIA briefing about the slaying of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, key Senate Republicans sharply contradicted President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said there was no question that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin ... Read More

Congress Looks to Delay Fight Over Government Shutdown Until Right Before Christmas
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Congress Looks to Delay Fight Over Government Shutdown Until Right Before Christmas

Consumed by the funeral of President George H.W. Bush and still divided over funding for border security, Congress is moving to push back Friday’s government shutdown deadline until Dec. 21. The delay could provide... Read More

Comey Ends Resistance to Subpoena, Will Testify Privately Friday
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Comey Ends Resistance to Subpoena, Will Testify Privately Friday

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify Friday at a closed House Judiciary Committee hearing, his lawyers said after ending a legal fight to quash their subpoena. Comey sued to block the summons last week, contending... Read More

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Selects Joaquin Castro as Next Chairman
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Selects Joaquin Castro as Next Chairman

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro was elected Friday as the next chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which will begin the next Congress with its largest membership since the group’s founding. The CHC had 31 members this Congress and will grow ... Read More

Problem Solvers Secure Reforms to House Rules: What Are They and What Do They Mean?
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Problem Solvers Secure Reforms to House Rules: What Are They and What Do They Mean?
2018-11-30 21:03:09
by TWN Staff

This week members of the Problem Solvers Caucus reached an agreement with Leader Pelosi and Rules Committee Ranking Member McGovern that they assert will help break the partisan gridlock in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More

New Democrat Coalition Elects New Leadership, Inducts 30 Members-Elect
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New Democrat Coalition Elects New Leadership, Inducts 30 Members-Elect
2018-11-30 20:40:03
by TWN Staff

This week the New Democrats inducted 30 Members-Elect to join the Coalition in the 116th Congress, bringing the group to over 90 members as the Democrats take control of the House next year. Read More

2020 Elections
Moderate Cheri Bustos Elected to Lead House Democrats’ Re-Election Effort

Rep. Cheri Bustos, a moderate from the Midwest, will lead the Democrats’ campaign arm in the 2020 election and will be one of the few women in House leadership.The Illinois congresswoman was elected to lead the... Read More

Senate Defies Trump on Saudi Arabia, Advances Yemen Measure
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Senate Defies Trump on Saudi Arabia, Advances Yemen Measure

In a rebuke to the White House, the Senate cast a procedural vote Wednesday to advance a resolution that would cut off most U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia’s war operations in Yemen. The Senate voted 63-37 to ... Read More

Rep. Katherine Clark Elected House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair
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Rep. Katherine Clark Elected House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark was elected House Democratic Caucus vice chair for the 116th Congress, handily beating California Rep. Pete Aguilar. The vote tally was 144-90. Clark’s election to the No. 6 leadership... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Elects New Leadership
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Blue Dog Coalition Elects New Leadership
2018-11-27 20:00:11
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally responsible House Democrats announced its new leadership team as their party is poised to retake the gavel in the 116th Congress. The Blue Dogs, known for their bipartisan approach... Read More

House Democrats Plan to Investigate Trump’s Financial Ties to Saudi Arabia
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House Democrats Plan to Investigate Trump’s Financial Ties to Saudi Arabia

Democrats will investigate whether President Donald Trump has financial ties with Saudi Arabia that colored his response to the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said. Read More

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Midwest Democrat With a Knack for Winning Over Trump Voters Seeks Higher Role in Party Leadership

A few days before the midterm, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., — an up-and-coming Democratic leader who was campaigning for one of her party’s House candidates — walked into a dimly lit pizza shop for lunch and a break. Read More

Possible Pelosi Challenger Marcia Fudge Backs Away From Speaker’s Race, Accepting Committee Assignment
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Possible Pelosi Challenger Marcia Fudge Backs Away From Speaker’s Race, Accepting Committee Assignment

The only Democrat publicly considering a challenge to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the House speakership abruptly announced Tuesday that she would support the California Democrat instead, after being given a new committee chairmanship. Read More

Incoming House Freshman Runs for Democratic Leadership Post
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Incoming House Freshman Runs for Democratic Leadership Post

U.S. Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania is running for a position in the House Democratic leadership, arguing that the nearly 60 incoming freshmen should be represented as the caucus forms its messaging strategy... Read More

After 181 Years of No Hats in Congress, Democrats Eye Exception for Religious Garb
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After 181 Years of No Hats in Congress, Democrats Eye Exception for Religious Garb

Hats have been banned from the House chamber of the Capitol for nearly two centuries — 181 years, to be exact. Under a new proposal from Democrats, the rule would be relaxed to allow religious headwear, like a hijab or kippah. Read More

Black Lawmakers Set to Assume More Powerful Roles in House
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Black Lawmakers Set to Assume More Powerful Roles in House

The Congressional Black Caucus is on the verge of becoming the most powerful bloc in the U.S. House when Democrats take control in January, with members to lead at least five committees and more than a dozen subcommittees. Read More

Meet the New Members of Congress
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Meet the New Members of Congress

They are activists and advocates, combat veterans, political novices and experts. And they are headed to Washington for a crash course in being members of Congress. More than 80 representatives-elect and four senators-elect, most of them Democrats and many who have ... Read More

House Democrats Rally to Protect Mueller After Sessions’ Ouster
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House Democrats Rally to Protect Mueller After Sessions’ Ouster

House Democrats scrambled Thursday to shield the special counsel investigation after the new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, signaled he would not recuse himself from supervising the high-stakes probe even... Read More

McConnell Plots the Republican Future — and His Own
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McConnell Plots the Republican Future — and His Own

Let House Democrats focus on investigating President Donald Trump, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He’s focusing on the longer game by pushing the Senate to confirm as many of Trump’s judicial nominees... Read More

Balance of Power Upended in Washington as Trump Faces Divided Congress
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Balance of Power Upended in Washington as Trump Faces Divided Congress

Democrats seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterm elections, while the Republicans expanded their Senate majority, upending the balance of power for the remainder of President Donald Trump’s term. Read More

In the Wake of Hurricane Michael, Crist, Williams Move to Help Homeowners and Businesses Better Protect Property From Storm Damage
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In the Wake of Hurricane Michael, Crist, Williams Move to Help Homeowners and Businesses Better Protect Property From Storm Damage
2018-10-19 17:47:40
by TWN Staff

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, a fast-moving storm that recently devastated the Florida Panhandle, Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Roger Williams (R-TX) have come together to address the high cost of... Read More

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