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Political Reformer Anthony Brindisi Focuses on Education, Healthcare in Bid to Unseat Incumbent Claudia Tenney
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Political Reformer Anthony Brindisi Focuses on Education, Healthcare in Bid to Unseat Incumbent Claudia Tenney
2018-10-19 17:38:38
by TWN Staff

Unlike many first time Democratic candidates running for federal office this year, Anthony Brindisi is no stranger to working across the aisle to get things done. While many of his peers have yet to hold office at any level... Read More

Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders
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Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to sit for a transcribed interview with leaders of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees Oct. 24, the panels’ chairmen announced Thursday evening. The announcement comes just hours after House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark ... Read More

McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits
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McConnell Blames Entitlements, Not GOP, for Rising Deficits

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blamed rising federal deficits and debt on a bipartisan unwillingness to contain spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and said he sees little chance of a major deficit reduction deal while Republicans ... Read More

Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?
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Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?
2018-10-17 01:05:08
by TWN Staff

Despite all the blustering on the campaign trail about the debt and deficit, this week the Treasury Department announced a fiscal year 2018 deficit of $779 billion. This is the largest deficit since 2012, two years after the... Read More

An Accomplished Mayor, McAdams Hopes to Bring Bipartisan Approach to a Polarized Congress
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An Accomplished Mayor, McAdams Hopes to Bring Bipartisan Approach to a Polarized Congress
2018-10-17 00:07:54
by TWN Staff

If you ask Ben McAdams how he has managed to accomplish so much as Salt Lake County Mayor, his answer is pretty simple. Collaboration and bipartisanship. Once a politically toxic approach in many areas of the... Read More

What Senators Are Saying About the Kavanaugh Votes
Supreme Court
What Senators Are Saying About the Kavanaugh Votes
2018-10-06 00:22:17
by TWN Staff

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader: “We know the Senate is better than this. We know the nation deserves better than this. By confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, this ... Read More

Booker, Clyburn Come Together to Fight Poverty in America
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Booker, Clyburn Come Together to Fight Poverty in America

This week U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (SC-6) introduced a major new bicameral bill that they say will expand the successful 10-20-30 anti-poverty formula to ... Read More

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Opioids, Includes Key Donnelly Provisions
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Opioids, Includes Key Donnelly Provisions
2018-10-05 22:27:32
by TWN Staff

This week, the Senate passed the "SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act," a comprehensive bill to help address the opioid and drug overdose epidemic. The legislation passed on a bipartisan 98-1 vote, and now... Read More

Supreme Court
Lindsey Graham Won’t Read the FBI Report on Kavanaugh, but He’s Ready to Vote

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he has no plans to personally read the FBI report on Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but he’s confident the supplemental background check found no evidence to corroborate... Read More

FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe Leads to Fresh Acrimony as McConnell Pushes for Vote
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FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe Leads to Fresh Acrimony as McConnell Pushes for Vote

The FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault generated new schisms among Republicans on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed for a vote on the... Read More

In The News
EDF, Environmental Groups File Lawsuit to Block Trump Administration's Plan to Roll Back Methane Waste Standards
2018-10-03 09:07:13
by TWN Staff

This week, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and a broad coalition of health, environmental, Native American and Western citizens’ groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from eliminating... Read More

2018 Midterms
Bustos Announces Bid for Assistant Democratic Leader if Dems Win the House
2018-10-03 00:30:25
by TWN Staff

In an appearance on Morning Joe this week, Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced her intention to run for Assistant Democratic Leader if the Democrats take back the House in November. This would be the... Read More

Rep. Cheri Bustos Joins Race for Assistant Democratic Leader
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Rep. Cheri Bustos Joins Race for Assistant Democratic Leader

Rep. Cheri Bustos has formally announced she wants to move up in House Democratic leadership, setting up a contested race with candidates from different parts of the caucus. The Illinois Democrat said her candidacy for... Read More

Congressional Democrats Can Sue Trump Over Emoluments, Judge Says
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Congressional Democrats Can Sue Trump Over Emoluments, Judge Says

Almost 200 congressional Democrats won a ruling allowing them to proceed with a lawsuit claiming that Donald Trump is violating a Constitutional ban on receiving benefits from foreign governments while president without their permission. Read More

Rosenstein Called to Testify in Private House Hearing, Meadows Says
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Rosenstein Called to Testify in Private House Hearing, Meadows Says

Republican leadership has struck a deal with Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and other House conservatives to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before Congress to testify behind closed doors about his... Read More

Boozman, Heitkamp Join Center Forward to Discuss Opioid Epidemic as House Passes Bipartisan Legislation
Health
Boozman, Heitkamp Join Center Forward to Discuss Opioid Epidemic as House Passes Bipartisan Legislation
2018-09-29 00:54:32
by TWN Staff

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the United States, Congress – in a rare occurrence of bipartisan cooperation – reached a deal this week on legislation addressing the crisis. Read More

Farm Bill Set to Expire as House Leadership Cancels All Legislative Activity Until November
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Farm Bill Set to Expire as House Leadership Cancels All Legislative Activity Until November
2018-09-29 00:29:22
by TWN Staff

With the House of Representatives headed home until after the November midterm elections, the Farm Bill is set to expire on Sunday, September 30th.  Read More

19 Members of Congress From Both Parties Vow to Withhold Speaker Vote
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19 Members of Congress From Both Parties Vow to Withhold Speaker Vote
2018-09-28 12:30:19
by TWN Staff

On Thursday, 19 members of the Problem Solvers Caucus from both parties vowed to withhold... Read More

The optics of the Ford/Kavanaugh hearing were as divided as America
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The optics of the Ford/Kavanaugh hearing were as divided as America

Christine Blasey Ford was shaking as she sat down to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday in the most high- profile and high-stakes Supreme Court confirmation hearing since Anita Hill faced off with Clarence Thomas in 1991. Read More

Like It or Not, Congress is Giving the Pentagon More F-35s
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Like It or Not, Congress is Giving the Pentagon More F-35s

The White House wants to grow the Air Force. Congress wants to send money home for defense equipment programs built in lawmakers’ districts. Read More

Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Boost Economic Opportunity Through Improved Transportation Access
Transportation
Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Boost Economic Opportunity Through Improved Transportation Access
2018-09-26 00:29:08
by TWN Staff

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) have joined together to launch a legislative effort to boost economic opportunity for workers and families through improved access to transportation. Read More

Kavanaugh Drama Risks Driving Moderates, Women Away From GOP
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Kavanaugh Drama Risks Driving Moderates, Women Away From GOP

September 21, 2018 By Steven T. Dennis and Erik Wasson WASHINGTON — The sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is forcing its way into the midterm campaign, undercutting one of the GOP’s strongest issues for its base... Read More

Internal GOP Poll: ‘We’ve Lost the Messaging Battle’ on Tax Cuts
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Internal GOP Poll: ‘We’ve Lost the Messaging Battle’ on Tax Cuts

A survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee has led the party to a glum conclusion regarding President Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement: Voters overwhelmingly believe his tax overhaul helps the wealthy instead of average Americans. Read More

Kavanaugh Accuser’s Offer to Testify Puts Key Republicans in a Bind
Supreme Court
Kavanaugh Accuser’s Offer to Testify Puts Key Republicans in a Bind

After days of silence about whether she would appear, California professor Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she is willing to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee ... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Senators Move to Hold Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE Accountable in
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Bipartisan Group of Senators Move to Hold Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE Accountable in "Significant, Painful" Way
2018-09-18 19:22:20
by TWN Staff

Following a controversial deal by the Trump Administration that lifted a ban on the export of U.S. parts and components to ZTE for seven years, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would force the Chinese state-directed telecommunications ... Read More

Panetta Fights for Veterans' Education
Education
Panetta Fights for Veterans' Education
2018-09-15 13:17:48
by TWN Staff

First term Congressman Jimmy Panetta is well known on Capitol Hill for being a principled and pragmatic lawmaker who regularly puts policy over politics. This week, he is back in California’s 20th District on the Central Coast, living up ... Read More

Violence Against Women Act extension included in stopgap spending deal
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Violence Against Women Act extension included in stopgap spending deal

The Violence Against Women Act, which was set to expire Sept. 30, will be extended through Dec. 7 under a stopgap spending bill released Thursday. Read More

Sessions agrees to include Democrats in meeting on Social Media
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Sessions agrees to include Democrats in meeting on Social Media

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with state attorneys general to discuss complaints against social media companies has been expanded to include Democrats, the Justice Department said on Thursday. Read More

Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it
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Congress races to avert government shutdown — and may actually do it

Congress is scrambling to fund much of the federal government before the fiscal year ends, anxious to avoid an unpopular government shutdown or a bitter battle over President Donald Trump's demands for a border wall less than two months before ... Read More

GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California
Federal Budget
GOP's latest tax-cut bill won't pass, but it could roil midterms in high-tax states like California

Congressional Republicans are launching another tax-cut push this week, but it's more about your November election ballot than your 1040 form. Read More

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