Congress

2019-07-16 20:05:10
by Dan McCue
Threats Against Congress Continues to Grow, Hill Panel Told

WASHINGTON -- The number of threats made against members of Congress continues to grow, though most fall below the legal... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The number of threats made against members of Congress continues to grow, though most fall below the legal threshold of being considered an actual threat to cause bodily harm, a House panel was told Tuesday. In his first... Read More

2019-07-12 20:34:45
by Sean Trambley
House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** In June, legislation passed the House to expand veterans’ access to the Edith Nourse Rogers... Read More

2019-07-12 19:42:36
by Dan McCue
House Overwhelmingly Approves 9/11 Victims Bill

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday ensuring that a victims compensation fund for first responders to the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday ensuring that a victims compensation fund for first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Following the 402-12 vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the... Read More

2019-07-12 19:39:40
by Dan McCue
New Dems Cheer House Approval Of Comprehensive Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 220--197 Friday to approve the National Defense Authorization Act, a move moderate... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 220--197 Friday to approve the National Defense Authorization Act, a move moderate House Democrats called "a step towards reaffirming American leadership in the world." The National Defense Authorization Act is the name... Read More

2019-07-12 19:31:38
by Dan McCue
Florida House Candidate Can Use Digital 'Coin' as Incentive for Campaign Volunteers

WASHINGTON - An Independent congressional candidate in Florida has been given the green light to distribute a digital "coin" to... Read More

WASHINGTON - An Independent congressional candidate in Florida has been given the green light to distribute a digital "coin" to volunteers and supporters as an incentive to engage in activities that support his campaign. In an advisory opinion issued on... Read More

2019-07-11 20:22:16
by Elin Johnson
Craig Seeks Lifetime Ban On Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - Representative Angie Craig, D-Minn., has proposed legislation that would ban former Members of... Read More

2019-07-11 20:12:03
by Elin Johnson
‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - A bill sponsored by freshman Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., to provide funding... Read More

2019-07-11 19:58:11
by Dan McCue
Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Slew of Current and Ex-White House Officials

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to subpoena a dozen current and former Trump administration... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to subpoena a dozen current and former Trump administration officials in its ongoing probe of possible obstruction of justice documented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In a separate vote,... Read More

2019-07-11 10:26:07
by Dan McCue
Nonprofits Worry As Evidence Mounts That 2017 Tax Cut Led to Less Giving

WASHINGTON - The nonprofit community tried to warn Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the 2017 tax bill would hurt... Read More

WASHINGTON - The nonprofit community tried to warn Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the 2017 tax bill would hurt charitable giving. Now, nearly 20 months after President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on... Read More

2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit... Read More

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

2019-07-02 21:35:28
by Sean Trambley
New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses

Last week, U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, introduced the Investing in Main Street... Read More

Last week, U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to increase investment in small businesses by permitting banks to invest up to 15 percent of their capital in... Read More

2019-07-02 19:41:57
by Dan McCue
House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns

WASHINGTON -  House Democrats sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns,... Read More

WASHINGTON -  House Democrats sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District... Read More

2019-07-02 19:23:22
by Tom Ramstack
House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States.... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a new bill that would severely restrict uranium mining. Democrats... Read More

2019-07-01 21:03:35
by Dan McCue
Homeland Security Chair Rebukes Border Patrol Over Secret Facebook Group

WASHINGTON -The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee rebuked the Border Patrol Monday after a published report revealed the... Read More

WASHINGTON -The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee rebuked the Border Patrol Monday after a published report revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group in which border agents have posted lewd and derogatory content involving migrants and Democratic... Read More

2019-06-28 21:04:36
by Elin Johnson
Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game

WASHINGTON - Wednesday night the Democrats took the upper hand over Republicans 14-7 at the annual Congressional baseball game for... Read More

WASHINGTON - Wednesday night the Democrats took the upper hand over Republicans 14-7 at the annual Congressional baseball game for charity. The game was an opportunity for spry members of Congress to show their innate athleticism, proving there is nothing... Read More

2019-06-28 20:53:06
by Sean Trambley
Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions... Read More

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, promises to put more teeth in efforts to curb the activities of Chinese and other traffickers of Fentanyl and... Read More

2019-06-28 19:26:38
by Dan McCue
Hoyer: 'Senate Has a Responsibility to Act,' After House Democrats Pass 10 Spending Bills

WASHINGTON - As they head back to their districts for the week-long July 4 district work period, House Democrats have... Read More

WASHINGTON - As they head back to their districts for the week-long July 4 district work period, House Democrats have reason to feel proud and maybe, just a little bit tired. For the first time in 13 years, the House... Read More

2019-06-25 21:23:18
by Dan McCue
House Democrats Pass Emergency Funding to Address Border Crisis

WASHINGTON - House Democrats passed a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill Tuesday night to address the humanitarian crisis involving the... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Democrats passed a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill Tuesday night to address the humanitarian crisis involving the thousands of families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic leaders worked tirelessly Monday night into Tuesday to secure support... Read More

2019-06-25 21:04:05
by Dan McCue
Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise... Read More

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise to 144 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2049 if current laws are maintained, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

2019-06-25 20:45:09
by Dan McCue
Can Congress Defund Obamacare? SCOTUS Will Decide

WASHINGTON - It just might be the liveliest few minutes of the day in the Supreme Court press room. Quietly... Read More

WASHINGTON - It just might be the liveliest few minutes of the day in the Supreme Court press room. Quietly getting up from their desks, the 20 or so reporters who call the high court beat home on a daily... Read More

2019-06-21 23:26:24
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Seek to Secure U.S. Elections, Deter Future Interference

WASHINGTON - After playing a critical role in passing a sweeping election and ethics reform bill, the Blue Dog Coalition... Read More

WASHINGTON - After playing a critical role in passing a sweeping election and ethics reform bill, the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a package of legislative proposals aimed at securing U.S. elections and deterring future interference... Read More

2019-06-21 20:50:29
by Dan McCue
Congress Did Not Violate 'Nondelegation' Doctrine In Handling of Sex Offender Law

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that Congress did not unlawfully delegate its authority to another branch of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that Congress did not unlawfully delegate its authority to another branch of government when it left it to the attorney general to decide how to apply a sex offender law's requirements before... Read More

2019-06-21 20:38:13
by Elin Johnson
Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal... Read More

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal government should consider compensating the descendants of slaves in the United States. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who became the... Read More

2019-06-20 22:53:37
by Dan McCue
Trump, Canada's Trudeau Talk Trade and China at White House Meeting

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House Thursday, to talk trade and... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House Thursday, to talk trade and their respective issues with China on a day otherwise dominated by concerns over an escalation in hostilities between the U.S.... Read More

2019-06-19 21:06:55
by Dan McCue
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to Visit DC to Lobby for USMCA

WASHINGTON - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the nation's capital Wednesday evening to begin a busy 24 hours... Read More

WASHINGTON - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the nation's capital Wednesday evening to begin a busy 24 hours lobbying for U.S. passage of the USMCA trade deal. The prime minister will attend a reception hosted by David MacNaughton,... Read More

2019-06-18 20:47:17
by Dan McCue
Third Way Encourages Centrist Allies to Embrace Opportunity 2020

WASHINGTON - Third Way, the centrist Democratic think-tank based in Washington, D.C., took its message to Charleston, South Carolina Monday... Read More

WASHINGTON - Third Way, the centrist Democratic think-tank based in Washington, D.C., took its message to Charleston, South Carolina Monday and Tuesday, rallying its supporters and bolstering its efforts to keep the party from veering too far left ahead of... Read More

2019-06-18 20:41:26
by Dan McCue
New Democrat Coalition Welcomes Two New Members

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has welcomed two new members to its ranks in the 116th Congress: Representatives Donna... Read More

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has welcomed two new members to its ranks in the 116th Congress: Representatives Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. Shalala, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill... Read More

2019-06-18 20:37:46
by Dan McCue
House Passes New Democrat-Led Amendment to Improve Workforce Data Collection

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment championed by the New Democrat Coalition aimed at modernizing... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment championed by the New Democrat Coalition aimed at modernizing how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor trends and surveys people in non-traditional work arrangements. The amendment, sponsored by... Read More

2019-06-14 14:49:37
by Dan McCue
News Media Alliance Seeks Anti-Trust Exemption to Battle Tech Giants

WASHINGTON - A House panel began its inquiry into the largely unchecked power of the nation's largest technology and social... Read More

WASHINGTON - A House panel began its inquiry into the largely unchecked power of the nation's largest technology and social media firms Tuesday by focusing on the role the companies have played in reducing the news media to a mere... Read More

2019-06-14 14:40:17
by Elin Johnson
Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this week they plan to introduce... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this week they plan to introduce legislation to cancel student loan debt for nearly 42 million borrowers. “For far too many students and families, the cost... Read More

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