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2019-05-28 21:35:06
by Tom Ramstack
State Attorneys General Boost U.S. House Payday Lender Bill

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five state attorneys general are giving a boost to a bill introduced in Congress this month that seeks... Read More

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five state attorneys general are giving a boost to a bill introduced in Congress this month that seeks to rein in excessive interest rates on payday loans. The attorneys general filed a comment letter with the Consumer Financial... Read More

2019-05-28 21:27:58
by Dan McCue
House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise... Read More

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise legislation that would restore at least some form of net neutrality. The 47 signers of the letter to Speaker Nancy... Read More

2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19... Read More

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

2019-05-24 20:23:45
by Sean Trambley
Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill

In a stunning move Friday, a solitary House Republican from the Freedom Caucus blocked the passage of a $19.1 billion... Read More

In a stunning move Friday, a solitary House Republican from the Freedom Caucus blocked the passage of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package providing aid to Americans hit by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, including $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico. The... Read More

2019-05-24 01:48:18
by Dan McCue
Acting Defense Secretary Restricts Information Military Can Share With Congress

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has imposed new restrictions on the information the Pentagon can share with Congress about the... Read More

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has imposed new restrictions on the information the Pentagon can share with Congress about the United States' military operations. The order, first reported by the Washington Post, came in the form of a May 8... Read More

2019-05-24 01:42:27
by Dan McCue
Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act,... Read More

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation intended to protect patients from unfair and expensive surprise medical bills. “For too many middle-class families, receiving an unexpected... Read More

2019-05-23 16:40:32
by Dan McCue
New Democrat Coalition Releases Technology Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress

The New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force announced its goals for the 116th Congress, saying it will place an emphasis... Read More

The New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force announced its goals for the 116th Congress, saying it will place an emphasis on fostering innovation while improving the nation's technological infrastructure and updating privacy protections. “Technology is changing the world and enhancing... Read More

2019-05-22 19:13:11
by Dan McCue
Trump Walks Out on Democrats, Blasts 'Phony' Inquiries In Rose Garden

President Donald Trump stormed out of a meeting with congressional Democrats Wednesday, and berated them to reporters gathered in the... Read More

President Donald Trump stormed out of a meeting with congressional Democrats Wednesday, and berated them to reporters gathered in the Rose Garden after learning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had earlier said he'd engaged in a "cover up." Speaking behind... Read More

2019-05-22 14:54:16
by Dan McCue
Republican Keller Wins U.S. House Election in Pennsylvania

Fred Keller, a Republican state representative backed by President Donald Trump, defeated Marc Friedenberg, a Democrat and professor at Penn... Read More

Fred Keller, a Republican state representative backed by President Donald Trump, defeated Marc Friedenberg, a Democrat and professor at Penn State University, in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. According to a vote... Read More

2019-05-22 14:50:59
by Dan McCue
Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs... Read More

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs medical facilities at risk on a regular basis. The bill the representatives filed Tuesday, called the VA Community Infrastructure Act,... Read More

2019-05-21 21:38:28
by Dan McCue
After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States... Read More

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States and Iran, members of New Democrat Coalition in the House of Representatives say they are "deeply concerned" over the Trump... Read More

2019-05-21 21:33:02
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation,... Read More

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation, joined with Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., their counterparts on the Blue Dog Task Force on... Read More

2019-05-21 21:20:38
by Dan McCue
McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-Show at House Hearing

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Tuesday opened the panel's hearing on Russia interference in the 2016 election by... Read More

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Tuesday opened the panel's hearing on Russia interference in the 2016 election by warning the visibly absent former White House Counsel Don McGahn that he will be held in contempt for failing to... Read More

2019-05-21 12:48:25
by Dan McCue
George Washington to Citizens United: A History of Campaign Finance Reform

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In... Read More

From the very beginning of the Republic, campaign finance has been a hard subject to discuss in polite company. In a capitalist society, things, including access to whatever serves as the public megaphone of the era, simply cost money. And... Read More

2019-05-17 21:23:03
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the... Read More

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the Chinese government to honor its commitment to make all forms of fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more... Read More

2019-05-17 21:18:52
by Dan McCue
Roberts Holds Key to Whether Recent Anti-Abortion Laws Lead to Roe Review

For several weeks, a growing number of states in the Midwest and South have passed laws sharply limiting women's access... Read More

For several weeks, a growing number of states in the Midwest and South have passed laws sharply limiting women's access to abortions in a heavy-handed bid to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 ruling in Roe v.... Read More

2019-05-17 21:04:50
by Dan McCue
Eight Republicans Join House Democrats In Vote to Ban LGBT Discrimination

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the... Read More

Eight House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues Friday in voting in favor of legislation banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community. H.R. 5, also known as The Equality Act, was jointly introduced in both the House and the Senate... Read More

2019-05-16 21:40:06
by Dan McCue
House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era... Read More

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era Navy veterans who have fought for years to prove they were exposed to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. Luria, a... Read More

2019-05-16 21:32:15
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Criticizes Trump for Climate Change Policies That Harm Public Lands

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor... Read More

WASHINGTON - Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday that environmental policies of the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s outdoor recreation industry. During two House Natural Resources Committee hearings, a Trump administration official defended the Interior Department’s record, but environmentalists... Read More

2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and... Read More

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect... Read More

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act... Read More

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial... Read More

2019-05-14 21:32:27
by Dan McCue
Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies

Alice Rivlin, the economist and centrist Democrat who as the first director of the Congressional Budget Office taught lawmakers to... Read More

Alice Rivlin, the economist and centrist Democrat who as the first director of the Congressional Budget Office taught lawmakers to be more conscious of the cost of new legislation, has died after a battle with cancer. The Brookings Institution, where... Read More

2019-05-13 23:13:24
by Dan McCue
Ohio, Michigan Ask Supreme Court to Block Redistricting Orders

The attorneys for both Ohio and Michigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and block lower court... Read More

The attorneys for both Ohio and Michigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and block lower court orders to rectify partisan gerrymanders. In Ohio, a three-judge panel ruled that the state's congressional district map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered... Read More

2019-05-10 21:11:51
by Dan McCue
Chairman Neal Issues Subpoenas for Trump Tax Returns

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Friday issued subpoenas for six years of President... Read More

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Friday issued subpoenas for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns. The subpoenas give Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig until 5 p.m. next... Read More

2019-05-10 20:38:05
by Dan McCue
Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs

Democrats on two House committees and a key House task force Friday introduced legislation they say will help protect next... Read More

Democrats on two House committees and a key House task force Friday introduced legislation they say will help protect next year's elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference. The Bill, H.R. 2660, otherwise known as the Election Security Act, was... Read More

2019-05-08 23:08:16
by Dan McCue
New Democrats Endorse H.R. 5 Barring Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend... Read More

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday formally endorsed H.R. 5, also known as the Equality Act, which aims to amend the federal Civil Rights Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The coalition, which... Read More

2019-05-08 23:03:58
by Dan McCue
House Judiciary Panel Votes to Hold Barr In Contempt For Failing to Release Full Mueller Report

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt on Wednesday evening, capping a... Read More

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt on Wednesday evening, capping a day of escalating tensions between the White House and Capitol Hill. The committee's 24-16 vote is technically a vote to... Read More

2019-05-03 20:44:32
by Dan McCue
Judges Toss Ohio's Congressional Map, Declaring It Unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of federal judges tossed Ohio's congressional map Friday, holding that it was a partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans... Read More

A three-judge panel of federal judges tossed Ohio's congressional map Friday, holding that it was a partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans and ordering that the districts be redrawn for the 2020 elections. The unanimous decision said that as drawn the map... Read More

2019-05-03 20:19:07
by Dan McCue
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to promote inclusivity and equitable... Read More

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare to the more than two million women veterans living in the United States. The... Read More

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