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2021-09-09 23:05:18
by Dan McCue
Murphy Takes Stand: She’ll Oppose ‘Rushed’ Reconciliation Package

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said Thursday that she plans to vote against the spending and tax measures currently... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said Thursday that she plans to vote against the spending and tax measures currently before the House Ways and Means Committee, chiding party leaders in the process for failing to give members adequate time... Read More

2021-09-08 18:16:10
by Dan McCue
Yellen Warns US May Hit Debt Limit in October

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning Congress that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning Congress that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the U.S. from broaching the government’s borrowing limit in October. In a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, Yellen said that... Read More

2021-09-07 18:29:42
by Dan McCue
Congressional Gold Medal Eyed for Kabul Attack Heroes

WASHINGTON -- Just days after their remains were returned home to their families for burial, the 13 U.S. service members... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Just days after their remains were returned home to their families for burial, the 13 U.S. service members killed during a deadly attack at the Kabul airport last month appear likely to receive Congress’s highest honor. Reps. Abigail... Read More

2021-09-05 12:23:17
by Dan McCue
Murphy, Cuellar Seek Assurances from Pelosi on Reconciliation Bill

WASHINGTON -- Two moderate House Democrats are pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a transparent process in the drafting of the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Two moderate House Democrats are pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a transparent process in the drafting of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, saying in a letter on Friday that her promises in this regard will determine whether they... Read More

2021-09-03 20:23:50
by Dan McCue
‘QAnon Shaman’ Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge Stemming from Jan. 6 Riot

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona man who wore a fur hat with horns and decorative body paint as he joined... Read More

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona man who wore a fur hat with horns and decorative body paint as he joined the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge and could serve... Read More

2021-09-03 19:02:31
by Reece Nations
Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler for an update on the progress... Read More

2021-09-02 14:28:18
by Kate Michael
Policymakers Respond to Warning Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Running Out Fast

WASHINGTON — America's safety net programs are running out of money, and fast. All four major trust funds — Social... Read More

WASHINGTON — America's safety net programs are running out of money, and fast. All four major trust funds — Social Security Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare Hospital Insurance, and the Highway trust fund —are heading for... Read More

2021-09-01 19:57:04
by Alexa Hornbeck
Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree

WASHINGTON -- A hearing held by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging centered around whether to expand Medicare to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A hearing held by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging centered around whether to expand Medicare to cover eyes, ears, and teeth, a proposal from Senate Democrats that could possibly cost over $359 billion over a decade. ... Read More

2021-09-01 18:01:35
by Dan McCue
Murphy Named Chair of Voter Protection Effort in Florida

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The Florida Democratic Party has named Rep. Stephanie Murphy chair of its Democracy and Voter Protection... Read More

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The Florida Democratic Party has named Rep. Stephanie Murphy chair of its Democracy and Voter Protection Program. In her new role, the Winter Park Democrat will work with the program’s staff, party leaders and other elected... Read More

2021-08-31 14:41:19
by Dan McCue
Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Food as Medicine

WASHINGTON -- The House Rules committee will host a roundtable discussion examining food as medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The House Rules committee will host a roundtable discussion examining food as medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. The event, announced by Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., is the seventh in a series of committee events... Read More

2021-08-27 13:39:40
by Tom Ramstack
$3.5 Trillion Social Benefits Resolution Gets Down to Wire

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders signaled Wednesday that the historic $3.5 trillion social benefits package getting its last revisions before a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders signaled Wednesday that the historic $3.5 trillion social benefits package getting its last revisions before a final vote is likely to include support for more affordable housing. Housing provisions are some of the most controversial portions... Read More

2021-08-26 18:48:54
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump, Stone, Extremist Groups Over Jan. 6

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of two right-wing extremist groups on Thursday over their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The 71-page... Read More

House Panel Probing 1/6 Riot Seeks Host of Trump-Era Records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is demanding a trove of records... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is demanding a trove of records from federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies, showing the sweep of the lawmakers' review of the deadly attack by a... Read More

2021-08-25 23:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Wants to Address Eating Disorders in the Military

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of... Read More

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act both contain measures that would encourage -- but not require -- the Defense... Read More

2021-08-24 21:28:24
by Tom Ramstack
House Democrats Break Impasse to Advance $3.5T Budget Plan

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats narrowly approved a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, hours after coming to agreement with moderates whose... Read More

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats narrowly approved a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, hours after coming to agreement with moderates whose desire for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill nearly scuttled President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic agenda. In... Read More

2021-08-24 20:02:10
by Victoria Turner
Veterans Need to Be Part of the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Voting Rights According to Advocates

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left... Read More

Jake Harriman, a veteran Marine who was deployed abroad for almost 15 years, did not recognize the country he left to fight for when he returned to the U.S. in 2015.  During two combat tours in Iraq, the now CEO... Read More

2021-08-24 19:00:20
by Dan McCue
Poll Finds Florida Voters Bullish on Bipartisanship, Fiscal Responsibility

Voters in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, a district that tends to vote Republican in local races, but has strongly supported... Read More

Voters in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, a district that tends to vote Republican in local races, but has strongly supported Democrats for president and the House since 2012, are emphatically in favor of bipartisanship and a steady, prudent hand when... Read More

2021-08-24 13:08:18
by Dan McCue
House Leaders to Make Second Try at Budget Vote Tuesday

WASHINGTON -- The House will reconvene at noon Tuesday to take a second stab at ending a stalemate with 10... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The House will reconvene at noon Tuesday to take a second stab at ending a stalemate with 10 centrist members over a $3.5 trillion budget framework.  Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and the other holdouts don’t necessarily oppose the... Read More

2021-08-23 20:53:05
by Dan McCue
Poll: NJ Voters Want a Fiscally Responsible Congress to Tackle True Health Care Concerns

Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, a traditional swing or battleground district nestled against the southeast portion of New... Read More

Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, a traditional swing or battleground district nestled against the southeast portion of New York State, are united in many key respects when it comes to spending and health care reforms, a recent survey... Read More

2021-08-23 20:41:21
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Prepares for Vote On $3.5 Trillion Economic Plan

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress returned from their summer recess Monday to hammer out an agreement on President Joe Biden’s... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress returned from their summer recess Monday to hammer out an agreement on President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” economic stimulus plan. They are running into strong headwinds from Republicans as they prepare for... Read More

Budget Clash Pits Moderate Democrats Against Biden, Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outnumbered and with their party's most powerful leaders arrayed against them, nine moderate Democrats trying to upend... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outnumbered and with their party's most powerful leaders arrayed against them, nine moderate Democrats trying to upend plans for enacting President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar domestic program face a House showdown. All the rebellious group must do to... Read More

2021-08-20 20:09:14
by Dan McCue
Moderates Reinforce Push for Immediate Infrastructure Vote

WASHINGTON -- Nine moderate House Democrats on Friday reinforced their call for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Nine moderate House Democrats on Friday reinforced their call for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, putting them on a collision course with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the chamber prepares to return to Capitol... Read More

2021-08-19 15:41:49
by Kate Michael
Van Hollen Wants ‘Equity of the Tax System’ To Pay for Infrastructure, Reconciliation Spending

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has passed both the $1.5 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the framework of the $3.5 trillion... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has passed both the $1.5 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the framework of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill made up largely of potential investments in social programs and climate policy. While these massive budgetary items... Read More

Census Data Puts Target on Rural, Rust Belt House Districts

While suburban congressional districts are swelling with new residents, lawmakers in large swaths of rural America and some Rust Belt... Read More

While suburban congressional districts are swelling with new residents, lawmakers in large swaths of rural America and some Rust Belt cities are in need of more people to represent.  In rural Illinois, Republican Rep. Mary Miller's district is short 73,000... Read More

2021-08-17 19:43:47
by Dan McCue
Diversity Groups Push for Revival of Minority Tax Program

Seven diversity organizations have joined the call for Congress to revive a tax certificate program intended to encourage minority and... Read More

Seven diversity organizations have joined the call for Congress to revive a tax certificate program intended to encourage minority and women ownership of broadcast stations. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., introduced the bill to reestablish the... Read More

2021-08-16 20:07:13
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Official Asks Congress to Intervene in State Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON -- A high-ranking Justice Department attorney urged Congress Monday to clamp down on new state laws that she claims... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A high-ranking Justice Department attorney urged Congress Monday to clamp down on new state laws that she claims shut out some low-income persons from participating in elections. She described voting rights as more at risk now than any... Read More

2021-08-13 15:29:27
by Dan McCue
Census Data Shows America Growing More Diverse, DC Whiter

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau to jump start the redistricting process across the country reveal an America that’s... Read More

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau to jump start the redistricting process across the country reveal an America that’s grown more diverse over the past decade. The largest demographic increases came in the number of people who identified themselves... Read More

2021-08-13 15:22:29
by Dan McCue
Moderate Democrats Demand Quick Passage of Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON -- Nine moderate House Democrats delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday, saying they will not vote for... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Nine moderate House Democrats delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday, saying they will not vote for a budget resolution intended to advance a sweeping, $3.5 trillion climate and social policy package this year unless a separate... Read More

2021-08-10 21:09:24
by Dan McCue
After Nearly 25 Years of Service, Ron Kind Won’t Seek Re-Election

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ron Kind, who took office in 1997 and is easily Wisconsin's longest-serving member of Congress, stunned reporters... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ron Kind, who took office in 1997 and is easily Wisconsin's longest-serving member of Congress, stunned reporters Tuesday by announcing he won't seek reelection in 2022. “The truth is, I’ve run out of gas,” the Democrat said.... Read More

2021-08-09 21:32:27
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Get Arrested to Protest Deadlock in Congress on Voting Rights

WASHINGTON -- A growing list of Democrats in Congress appear to be trying to get arrested outside the U.S. Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A growing list of Democrats in Congress appear to be trying to get arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demonstrate their opposition to legislative action they say would suppress the right to vote.  The latest was Rep.... Read More

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