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Biden and Congressional Democrats to Unveil Immigration Bill
Immigration
Biden and Congressional Democrats to Unveil Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status.The... Read More

DC-Area Federal Offices Closed Thursday Due to Winter Storm
District of Columbia
DC-Area Federal Offices Closed Thursday Due to Winter Storm
2021-02-18 13:48:47
by TWN Staff

Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are closed Thursday due to a winter storm in the region. The Office of Personnel Management made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the White House informed the press and photo... Read More

Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
District of Columbia
Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
2021-02-17 21:12:04
by Dan McCue

DENVER, Colo. - Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Wednesday reintroduced their Medicare-X Choice Act by urging their colleagues to embrace it as a way of expanding both the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.  During a late... Read More

Highlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill Progressing in House
Congress
Highlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill Progressing in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by... Read More

Restaurants Urge Congress to Forgo Minimum Wage Hike
Employment
Restaurants Urge Congress to Forgo Minimum Wage Hike
2021-02-16 21:18:10
by TWN Staff

The National Restaurant Association is urging Congress not to increase the federal minimum wage as part of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. The association said in a letter sent to congressional leaders Tuesday that fast-tracking a minimum... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
Health
Bipartisan Bill to Protect Miners from COVID-19 Exposure
2021-02-12 21:23:22
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Mark Warner, D-Va., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., introduced the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection... Read More

How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
Geopolitics
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
2021-02-12 20:41:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to... Read More

New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
Employment
New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
2021-02-12 15:17:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Fox News television host Gretchen Carlson advocated during a congressional hearing Thursday against employment arbitration contracts that limit workers’ rights to sue their employers. She said they often force employees into silence about misdeeds of their bosses,... Read More

COVID Relief Bill to Reach House Floor Week of Feb. 22
Congress
COVID Relief Bill to Reach House Floor Week of Feb. 22
2021-02-12 14:51:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the next COVID-19 relief bill is on pace to reach the House floor the week of Feb. 22. "We hope to have this all done by the end of February, certainly... Read More

Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels
Congress
Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan.The... Read More

Norton Says Fencing Around Capitol Complex Should Not Be Permanent
Political News
Norton Says Fencing Around Capitol Complex Should Not Be Permanent
2021-02-11 20:56:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's delegate to Congress, says the fencing and razor wire currently wrapped around the U.S. Capitol should not be allowed to become a permanent feature. On Thursday she introduced the No... Read More

Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
Congress
Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
2021-02-11 19:57:42
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will soon bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Capitol Police and other law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol when it was attacked by rioting Trump supporters on Jan.... Read More

Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
Think Tanks
Experts Call for More Federal Aid for State and Local Governments
2021-02-11 19:49:08
by Victoria Turner

State and local government revenues were not hit as hard as expected by the pandemic, but the looming uncertainty of its long-term impact points to the need for more federal aid, leading economists say..  At the start of the pandemic,... Read More

Pappas Leads Bipartisan Call For Support for New Hampshire’s Seacoast
Congress
Pappas Leads Bipartisan Call For Support for New Hampshire’s Seacoast
2021-02-11 19:39:32
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., led a group of 10 lawmakers this week in a bipartisan call for $100 million in funding for the National Sea Grant College Program in the next COVID relief package. Since the beginning of... Read More

Chilling Video Footage Becomes Key Exhibit in Trump Trial
Impeachment
Chilling Video Footage Becomes Key Exhibit in Trump Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chilling security video of last month's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, including of rioters searching menacingly for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, has become a key exhibit in Donald Trump's impeachment trial... Read More

Cybersecurity Experts Caution Congress About 'Global Emergency' from Hackers
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Experts Caution Congress About 'Global Emergency' from Hackers
2021-02-11 15:00:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Cybersecurity experts suggested to a congressional committee Wednesday that lawmakers act quickly to address growing threats from hackers. They mentioned the SolarWinds computer infiltration by the Russians last year and a hacker’s attempt to poison a Florida municipal... Read More

Lawmakers Make Bipartisan Push to Protect the Flying Public
Travel
Lawmakers Make Bipartisan Push to Protect the Flying Public
2021-02-10 20:08:39
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is seeking to enhance the safety of the flying public by requiring airlnes to install secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passsenger aircraft. The legislation reintroduced by Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., Brian Fitzpatrick,... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
2021-02-10 16:54:35
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling for a vote on a standalone bill focused on the vaccine development and distribution portion of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

House Ways and Means Committee Begins Mark Up of COVID Relief Bill
Congress
House Ways and Means Committee Begins Mark Up of COVID Relief Bill
2021-02-10 16:47:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Ways and Means Committee is meeting Wednesday to mark up sweeping COVID-19 legislation that the panel's chairman, Rep. Richard Neal, of Massachusetts, says will enable Americans from all walks of life to better confront the lingering... Read More

Congress Considers Changes To Presidential Clemency Law
Law
Congress Considers Changes To Presidential Clemency Law
2021-02-10 15:11:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A backlash against former President Donald Trump continued Tuesday, first with a Senate trial on whether to impeach him again and second with a House hearing on whether to strip the presidency of some authority to grant clemencies... Read More

Trump Fumes, GOP Senators Baffled by Legal Team's Debut
Impeachment
Trump Fumes, GOP Senators Baffled by Legal Team's Debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump fumed that his attorneys' performance on the opening day of his second impeachment trial was a disaster, as allies and Republican senators questioned the strategy and some called for yet another shakeup to... Read More

It's All Over In New York's 22nd Congressional District
Congress
It's All Over In New York's 22nd Congressional District
2021-02-09 21:34:08
by Dan McCue

Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a star among moderates in his party, has conceded to Republican challenger and former Rep. Claudia Tenney, at long last ending the 2020 election cycle. Brindisi had been expected to appeal a New York State... Read More

Dems Propose $1,400 Payments as Part of Biden Virus Relief
Congress
Dems Propose $1,400 Payments as Part of Biden Virus Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Monday proposed an additional $1,400 in direct payments to individuals as Congress began piecing together a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that tracks President Joe Biden's plan for battling the pandemic, but also differs... Read More

Trump's Trial Starting: 'Grievous Crime' or Just 'Theater'?
Impeachment
Trump's Trial Starting: 'Grievous Crime' or Just 'Theater'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate launches Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, with lawyers for the former president insisting he is not guilty of inciting mob violence at the Capitol to overturn the election while prosecutors say he... Read More

Reps Push Child Tax Credit Expansion But Watchdog Says 'Not So Fast'
Federal Budget
Reps Push Child Tax Credit Expansion But Watchdog Says 'Not So Fast'
2021-02-09 12:27:48
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - House Democrats renewed their push to permanently expand and "improve" the Child Tax Credit, but a prominent fiscal watchdog warns that while the proposal deserves consideration, it must be fully paid for under the House PAYGO rules and... Read More

Subcommittee Assignments Give Murphy Strong Voice on National Security, COVID-19 Relief, and Trade
Congress
Subcommittee Assignments Give Murphy Strong Voice on National Security, COVID-19 Relief, and Trade
2021-02-09 12:24:20
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., has been named to four subcommittees that will ensure she's a leading voice on national security, the continuing federal response to COVID-19, and international trade. The Winter Park Democrat is the only Florida Democrat... Read More

New Firm Seeks to Advance Moderate-Driven, Bipartisan Policy Solutions
Public Policy
New Firm Seeks to Advance Moderate-Driven, Bipartisan Policy Solutions
2021-02-08 18:31:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new lobbying firm in town hopes to seize what its principals call a "unique opportunity" to advance moderate-driven, bipartisan policy solutions on Capitol Hill and beyond. Called the SMART Policy Group, the firm brings together more than... Read More

Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure
Congress
Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House GOP leader, said Sunday she was undeterred by a censure from Wyoming Republicans and criticism from some House colleagues over her vote to impeach Donald Trump, and will not resign or... Read More

Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed
Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege and Republicans who want it... Read More

Calendar Timing Means Virus Deaths Won't be Seen in Census
Census
Calendar Timing Means Virus Deaths Won't be Seen in Census

The human loss from the coronavirus will not be reflected in the 2020 census because of a matter of timing, which could save a congressional seat for New York but cost Alabama one. Because the start of the pandemic in... Read More

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