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2021-12-16 13:09:00
by Reece Nations
Blue Dog Coalition Shares Supply Chain Hurdles, Solutions During Roundtable

SAN ANTONIO — Members of the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on Wednesday over impediments to the... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Members of the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on Wednesday over impediments to the national supply chain as well as what’s being done to solve them. The discussion featured input from Gene Seroka, executive... Read More

2021-12-15 21:24:08
by Alexa Hornbeck
House Oversight Committee Releases Drug Pricing Report

The House Oversight Committee recently released a drug pricing investigation report on the need for structural reforms.  “We will continue... Read More

The House Oversight Committee recently released a drug pricing investigation report on the need for structural reforms.  “We will continue our investigation on drugs, the cost of drugs and ways to make [them] more affordable for people. Right now, all... Read More

2021-12-15 20:31:33
by Dan McCue
Senate Approves Defense Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday afternoon passed the National Defense Authorization Act, ending a prolonged standoff on amendments, many... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday afternoon passed the National Defense Authorization Act, ending a prolonged standoff on amendments, many of which were jettisoned from the final bill. In the end the vote was a decidedly bipartisan 89-10. The bill... Read More

Congress Sends Biden $2.5T Debt Limit Hike, Avoiding Default

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress averted a catastrophic debt default early Wednesday morning after Democratic majorities in both chambers voted to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress averted a catastrophic debt default early Wednesday morning after Democratic majorities in both chambers voted to send a $2.5 trillion increase in the nation's borrowing authority to President Joe Biden over lockstep Republican opposition. Capping a... Read More

2021-12-14 21:29:46
by Dan McCue
New Dems Urge Swift Action on Supply Chain Crisis

WASHINGTON — Congress must take swift and decisive action to shore up the nation’s supply chains if it wants to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress must take swift and decisive action to shore up the nation’s supply chains if it wants to keep creating jobs and ensure America leads the global economy, the New Democrat Coalition said Tuesday. Specifically, the largest ideological... Read More

2021-12-14 15:28:08
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Seeks Review of Firearms Rules on US Capitol Grounds

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asked the Capitol Police Board on Tuesday to update Congressional leadership on the... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asked the Capitol Police Board on Tuesday to update Congressional leadership on the current status of firearms rules within the U.S. Capitol Complex, and to consider an outright ban on guns in committee... Read More

Jan. 6 Panel Votes for Contempt Charges Against Mark Meadows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The texts,... Read More

2021-12-13 21:11:47
by Dan McCue
Homeland Security Chair ‘Deeply’ Disturbed by Report Government Surveilled Journalists

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security says he’s “deeply” disturbed by multiple news reports suggesting... Read More

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security says he’s “deeply” disturbed by multiple news reports suggesting an elite branch of U.S. Customs and Border Protection used government databases to investigate as many as 20 journalists, as... Read More

2021-12-13 18:40:01
by Tom Ramstack
House Committee Seeks Contempt Citation Against Former Trump Advisor Meadows

WASHINGTON – A House committee plans to vote as soon as Monday to recommend that former Trump Chief of Staff... Read More

WASHINGTON – A House committee plans to vote as soon as Monday to recommend that former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows be charged with contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate in its investigation of the Jan. 6 riot... Read More

Jan. 6 Panel Set to Vote on Holding Meadows in Contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is set to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday as lawmakers are releasing new details about thousands of emails and texts he has handed... Read More

2021-12-10 21:09:27
by Dan McCue
Select Committee Endorses Strategies for Improving Civility on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — A Select Committee formed to help make Congress function more efficiently and get up to speed with the... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Select Committee formed to help make Congress function more efficiently and get up to speed with the 21st Century has endorsed its second set of recommendations for improving civility and fostering collaboration among members of Congress. The... Read More

2021-12-10 21:06:48
by Dan McCue
New Dems Induct Brown, Williams Into Coalition

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition has inducted its two newest members – Reps. Shontel Brown, of Ohio, and Nikema... Read More

WASHINGTON — The New Democrat Coalition has inducted its two newest members – Reps. Shontel Brown, of Ohio, and Nikema Williams, of Georgia. The New Democrat Coalition is the largest Democratic ideological caucus in the House, with Brown and Nikema,... Read More

2021-12-10 21:05:44
by Tom Ramstack
House Approves Bill to Guard Against Presidential Abuses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday intended to guard against the kind of presidential abuses... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday intended to guard against the kind of presidential abuses of power that former President Donald Trump is accused of committing. Lawmakers were responding to actions such as Trump’s denials... Read More

2021-12-09 22:30:15
by Tom Ramstack
Build Back Better Act’s Benefits Disputed by House Environmentalists

WASHINGTON — With little doubt some version of the Build Back Better Act will win final approval within days, on... Read More

WASHINGTON — With little doubt some version of the Build Back Better Act will win final approval within days, on Thursday a congressional panel discussed how to get the greatest environmental benefit from it. Democrats said that after the infrastructure... Read More

2021-12-09 16:32:37
by Dan McCue
House Passes Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Strengthening Shipping Supply Chain

WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday night overwhelmingly endorsed a bipartisan bill intended to strengthen ocean supply chains that have been... Read More

WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday night overwhelmingly endorsed a bipartisan bill intended to strengthen ocean supply chains that have been racked by bottlenecks since last summer. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, introduced by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., in August just... Read More

2021-12-09 16:06:33
by Dan McCue
Contempt Case to Continue as Mark Meadows Sues Jan. 6 Panel

WASHINGTON — Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 siege on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol Wednesday after its chairman vowed to pursue contempt charges against the former Trump advisor. The long running conflict... Read More

2021-12-08 23:09:22
by Tom Ramstack
Scientists Warn Against Delays in Preparing for Bioterrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON — Biological scientists told a congressional panel Wednesday that anyone who thinks the COVID-19 pandemic is bad hasn’t seen... Read More

WASHINGTON — Biological scientists told a congressional panel Wednesday that anyone who thinks the COVID-19 pandemic is bad hasn’t seen anything yet, as bioterrorism becomes an increasing threat. Gene sequencing technology that falls into the wrong hands could allow bioterrorists... Read More

2021-12-08 17:27:26
by Dan McCue
House Approves Measure to Assure Swift Passage of Debt Ceiling Increase

WASHINGTON — The House approved legislation on Tuesday paving the way for an increase in the debt ceiling after congressional... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House approved legislation on Tuesday paving the way for an increase in the debt ceiling after congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle agreed to an unusual procedure that could avert the nation’s first-ever budget default.... Read More

2021-12-08 17:24:48
by Dan McCue
House Passes Defense Authorization Bill With Strong Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON— The House on Tuesday evening passed the National Defense Authorization Act, sending it to the Senate after an overwhelmingly... Read More

WASHINGTON— The House on Tuesday evening passed the National Defense Authorization Act, sending it to the Senate after an overwhelmingly bipartisan 363-to-70 vote. The Senate is expected to take the measure up by Friday. In the end, 169 Democrats and... Read More

2021-12-07 22:16:38
by Dan McCue
Select Committee on Jan. 6 Threatens Meadows With Contempt

WASHINGTON — The Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol says it will launch criminal charges on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol says it will launch criminal charges on former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows if he refuses to cooperate with the probe. Meadows, who has been... Read More

2021-12-06 22:45:16
by Dan McCue
Devin Nunes to Quit Congress to Become Trump Social Media Co. CEO

WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will resign from Congress at the end of the month to become chief executive... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will resign from Congress at the end of the month to become chief executive officer of former President Donald Trump’s fledgling social media entity, the company announced Monday. "Congressman Devin Nunes is a fighter... Read More

2021-12-06 21:42:31
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Delays Schedule to Resolve Budget Disputes

WASHINGTON — The stopgap spending bill President Joe Biden signed last week keeps the federal government running but did nothing... Read More

WASHINGTON — The stopgap spending bill President Joe Biden signed last week keeps the federal government running but did nothing to resolve differences of opinion that are forcing Congress to extend its legislative session. It was supposed to end this... Read More

2021-12-06 20:39:11
by Dan McCue
Former Sen. Dole to Lie In State in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Dole, R- Kan., will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Dec.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Bob Dole, R- Kan., will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Dec. 9. Dole, who died Sunday morning after a battle with lung cancer, served in the U.S. Army in World War... Read More

2021-12-06 19:48:59
by Tom Ramstack
Pelosi Expected to Strip Boebert of Committees Over Anti-Islamic Statements

WASHINGTON – Democrats in Congress are waiting to see whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi follows through on a reported promise... Read More

WASHINGTON – Democrats in Congress are waiting to see whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi follows through on a reported promise of sanctions against a Republican congresswoman who made anti-Islamic statements about a political rival. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Sunday... Read More

2021-12-03 20:33:58
by Dan McCue
Ethics Panel to Investigate Illegal Contribution Charges Against Fortenberry

WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Ethics has formed a panel to determine whether Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., is guilty... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Ethics has formed a panel to determine whether Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., is guilty of accepting illegal campaign contributions, this on the heels of the Justice Department filing criminal charges against the nine-term congressman.... Read More

2021-12-03 00:14:51
by Dan McCue
House Passes Stopgap Spending Extension Through Feb. 18

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday evening passed a stopgap spending bill that, if the Senate follows suit, will keep... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday evening passed a stopgap spending bill that, if the Senate follows suit, will keep the federal government running until Feb. 18. The vote was 221-212 with one Republican joining Democrats in approving the measure.... Read More

2021-12-02 20:46:28
by Dan McCue
DeFazio Stepping Down From Congress After 36 Years

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is stepping down at the end of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is stepping down at the end of the current Congress. He told colleagues he decided not to seek a 19th term to have more time to look... Read More

2021-12-02 19:15:52
by Dan McCue
House to Vote on Stopgap Spending Measure, Prospects in Senate Unclear

WASHINGTON — An agreement has been reached on a stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government running until... Read More

WASHINGTON — An agreement has been reached on a stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government running until Feb. 18. House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said the agreement on the continuing resolution was filed at 8... Read More

2021-11-30 22:08:57
by Tom Ramstack
Toy Safety Hazards Bring Warning From Senate as Christmas Nears

WASHINGTON — Trista Hamsmith told a Senate panel Tuesday the Christmas story no parent wants to endure. Her normally lively... Read More

WASHINGTON — Trista Hamsmith told a Senate panel Tuesday the Christmas story no parent wants to endure. Her normally lively daughter, a toddler named Reese, began coughing and exhibited difficulty breathing last year. A doctor diagnosed her with a common... Read More

2021-11-30 20:58:50
by Dan McCue
CBO Confirms: If Congress Fails to Act, Treasury Could Go Bust in Days

WASHINGTON — If the debt limit remains unchanged and the Treasury Department follows through on transferring $118 billion to the... Read More

WASHINGTON — If the debt limit remains unchanged and the Treasury Department follows through on transferring $118 billion to the Highway Trust Fund on Dec. 15, the federal government could run out of cash before the end of the month,... Read More

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