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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

2019-05-03 14:58:37
by Tom Ramstack
Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction in cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste. Some lawmakers were reacting to a Government Accountability Office report released this week... Read More

2019-05-03 14:09:09
by Dan McCue
Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls

Representative Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday it’s time for Congress to provide... Read More

Representative Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday it’s time for Congress to provide regulators and the telecom industry with tools to protect American consumers from the scourge of relentless robocalls. “We all know... Read More

2019-05-01 02:56:48
by Dan McCue
Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67

Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who later distinguished herself as a senior arms-control advisor to President Barack Obama, has died. Tauscher... Read More

Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who later distinguished herself as a senior arms-control advisor to President Barack Obama, has died. Tauscher died late Monday night at the age of 67. Her family announced her passing in a Facebook post, stating she... Read More

2019-05-01 02:50:30
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Seek to Keep Momentum Going After Positive Start to Infrastructure Talks

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., responded to word of a positive meeting between the White House and... Read More

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., responded to word of a positive meeting between the White House and congressional leaders by saying it’s time to put politics aside in the name of creating good-paying jobs to rebuild America’s... Read More

2019-04-26 20:17:28
by Dan McCue
Sealed Records for Nonviolent Marijuana-Related Arrests Addressed in Bipartisan Bill

Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., are leading a bipartisan effort in the House to ensure that... Read More

Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., are leading a bipartisan effort in the House to ensure that individuals arrested for nonviolent federal crimes stemming from marijuana possession get "a second shot at a better life." On Monday,... Read More

2019-04-26 20:12:41
by Sean Trambley
Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support

Two months after being introduced by a coalition led by Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jon Tester, D-Mont.,... Read More

Two months after being introduced by a coalition led by Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, bipartisan and bicameral support for the Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019 continues to grow.... Read More

2019-04-25 18:09:53
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Threaten Contempt for Trump’s Defiance of Subpoenas

Democratic members of Congress threatened a contempt citation Wednesday against a Trump administration official who refused to testify this week... Read More

Democratic members of Congress threatened a contempt citation Wednesday against a Trump administration official who refused to testify this week on an immigration question for the 2020 Census. John Gore, an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights... Read More

2019-04-23 21:36:51
by Dan McCue
IRS Misses Deadline On Trump Tax Returns, Setting Stage for Legal Battle

The Internal Revenue Service missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to hand copies of President Donald Trump's personal and business... Read More

The Internal Revenue Service missed a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to hand copies of President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns over to Congress, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy legal battle. In a letter to House Ways... Read More

2019-04-22 23:16:31
by Dan McCue
House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Former White House Counsel McGahn

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn requesting that he appear... Read More

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn requesting that he appear before the panel on May 7. In a statement, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said he believes McGahn may... Read More

2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to... Read More

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

2019-04-22 20:13:50
by Dan McCue
Trump Sues Cummings to Block Subpoena of Financial Records

President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on Monday sued the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and... Read More

President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on Monday sued the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District... Read More

2019-04-19 20:14:56
by Dan McCue
State of Play Changes Dramatically In Wake of Mueller Report Release

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Friday subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full, unredacted version of special... Read More

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Friday subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report as well as the underlying evidence, including grand jury evidence. "I am open to working with... Read More

2019-04-19 20:03:50
by Sean Trambley
Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act,... Read More

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, legislation to help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by expanding access for tax-exempt cooperative organizations to a variety of... Read More

2019-04-18 19:52:55
by Dan McCue
Barr Defends Trump on Obstruction, Saying President Was 'Frustrated and Angry'

Attorney General William Barr vigorously defended President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday's public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report... Read More

Attorney General William Barr vigorously defended President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday's public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying what some might see as obstruction on the part of the president... Read More

2019-04-17 21:05:51
by Dan McCue
Non-Profit's 10-K For the Federal Government Paints Bracing Picture

Think about it. Every public corporation in America is required to make frequent filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange... Read More

Think about it. Every public corporation in America is required to make frequent filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports provide a comprehensive summary of the company's performance, the risks it foresees encountering in the near and... Read More

2019-04-16 21:32:34
by Tom Ramstack
New Mexico Residents Complain About Oil and Gas Drilling

Members of a U.S. House committee advocated for stricter oil and natural gas drilling regulations during a hearing Monday in... Read More

Members of a U.S. House committee advocated for stricter oil and natural gas drilling regulations during a hearing Monday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources said lax regulations are creating too... Read More

2019-04-16 21:04:13
by Dan McCue
Mueller and His Investigation Still Largely An Enigma On Eve of Report's Release

On Thursday, the world will get its first real, if redacted, look at the final report detailing Special Counsel Robert... Read More

On Thursday, the world will get its first real, if redacted, look at the final report detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with those activities. Throughout it... Read More

Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would require the  executive branch to issue quarterly reports to... Read More

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would require the  executive branch to issue quarterly reports to Congress when it allows U.S. companies to engage in nuclear energy cooperation with foreign nations. The move comes amid reports... Read More

2019-04-11 12:16:33
by Dan McCue
Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent... Read More

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Representative Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., fast-tracked passage... Read More

2019-04-10 13:01:22
by Tom Ramstack
Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers called the hearing to address concerns raised by Trump administration policies to loosen environmental restrictions on... Read More

2019-04-10 00:09:42
by Tom Ramstack
Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Congress used a hearing Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump and social media companies for encouraging... Read More

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Congress used a hearing Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump and social media companies for encouraging white nationalism and hate crimes. They cited FBI statistics showing hate crimes have increased since Trump took office in 2016.... Read More

2019-04-10 00:05:48
by Dan McCue
Is Texas an Option for Democrats?

Fresh off helping to flip two U.S. House seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee... Read More

Fresh off helping to flip two U.S. House seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that it is stepping up its focus in the Lone Star State in 2020 by opening a regional... Read More

2019-04-10 00:02:41
by Dan McCue
Redacted Mueller Report 'Within a Week' Barr Tells Congress

Attorney General William Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he expects to release a redacted version of Special... Read More

Attorney General William Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he expects to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election "within a week" as he repeatedly defended his handling... Read More

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