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2021-09-22 15:58:47
by TWN Staff
Blue Dogs Endorse Slate of NDAA Amendments to Support US Service Members

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed a slate of amendments to the National Defense Authorization... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed a slate of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.  These amendments include measures that the Blue Dogs contend would strengthen support for U.S. service members as they transition... Read More

2021-09-22 10:22:58
by Dan McCue
House Passes Spending Bill and Debt Limit Increase

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday Night approved legislation to keep the government funded through early December and lift the... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday Night approved legislation to keep the government funded through early December and lift the debt ceiling -- the limit on federal borrowing -- through the end of 2022. The bill passed, 220 to 211,... Read More

2021-09-21 19:58:23
by Dan McCue
House Inching Toward Passing Continuing Resolution with Debt Ceiling Increase

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats were inching closer Tuesday afternoon to passing legislation that would both keep the government funded through... Read More

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats were inching closer Tuesday afternoon to passing legislation that would both keep the government funded through December and waive the federal debt limit through the end of 2022. But even as the bill cleared the House... Read More

2021-09-20 21:48:11
by Dan McCue
Democrats Say Debt Limit Increase Will Be Part of Short-Term Spending Bill

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats will pair a continuing resolution to keep the government open through December with an increase in... Read More

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats will pair a continuing resolution to keep the government open through December with an increase in the debt limit. The package is expected to be put up for a vote by next week, House Speaker Nancy... Read More

2021-09-20 15:44:00
by TWN Staff
Voters Tell Pollster Out-of-Pocket Costs and Limits of Coverage Most Concerning Issue

Most voters in the district represented by Rep. Marilyn Strickland support fiscal responsibility and want Congress to take a bipartisan... Read More

Most voters in the district represented by Rep. Marilyn Strickland support fiscal responsibility and want Congress to take a bipartisan approach. Fifty-seven percent believe members of Congress need to work across the aisle to deliver results for their constituents versus... Read More

2021-09-20 15:36:00
by TWN Staff
New Jersey Voters Strongly Support Sound Moderate Approach to Governing, Issues

A recent survey in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District found that voters there overwhelmingly agree with Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s fiscally... Read More

A recent survey in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District found that voters there overwhelmingly agree with Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s fiscally responsible and bipartisan approach to governing, and support her efforts to apply them to solving thorny issues like those surrounding... Read More

Democrats Try Delicate Tax Maneuvers for $3.5 Trillion Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday began the serious work of trying to implement President Joe Biden's expansive spending... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday began the serious work of trying to implement President Joe Biden's expansive spending plan, but getting there will require remarkable legislative nimbleness, since Biden has said the revenue to pay for it must... Read More

Vulnerable Democrats Push for Local Priorities in Budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a... Read More

House Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump Won't Run Again

One of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the... Read More

One of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced Thursday night he will not seek reelection in Ohio next year. U.S. Rep.... Read More

White House Warns That Debt Limit Showdown Could Hurt States

The White House is warning state and local governments about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants. school money... Read More

The White House is warning state and local governments about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants. school money and other programs if Congress fails to raise the U.S. debt limit. A fact sheet for state and local officials... Read More

2021-09-15 21:45:37
by Tom Ramstack
Biden’s Build Back Better Plan Advances After House Vote

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel raised the chances Wednesday for President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan to succeed when... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel raised the chances Wednesday for President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan to succeed when it approved key portions of the bill. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to endorse parts of the $3.5... Read More

2021-09-14 21:06:15
by Dan McCue
Moderates Seek Changes to Drug Pricing Proposal

A group of moderate Democrats led by Rep. Scott Peters sought on Tuesday to change the House debate on how... Read More

A group of moderate Democrats led by Rep. Scott Peters sought on Tuesday to change the House debate on how prescription drug prices are set in the U.S., arguing sweeping proposals put forward by progressives could threaten passage of the... Read More

2021-09-13 18:44:14
by Dan McCue
Fencing Surrounding Capitol to Return Ahead of Sept. 18 Rally

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of... Read More

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the building will return ahead of a follow up rally by Trump supporters on Sept.... Read More

2021-09-13 13:38:17
by Reece Nations
U.S. Could Hit Debt Limit by Next Month

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, released an analysis on Friday projecting that the United States’... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, a D.C.-based think tank, released an analysis on Friday projecting that the United States’ debt limit “X Date” will likely arrive between mid-October and mid-November of this year. The so-called x date represents the... Read More

2021-09-10 21:31:18
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Tries to Repair Rental Assistance Program

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democrat lawmakers could not agree on much during Friday’s heated House hearing on the Emergency Rental... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democrat lawmakers could not agree on much during Friday’s heated House hearing on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, except that the funds were not reaching the renters and landlords quickly enough.  “Congress gave the Treasury Department... Read More

2021-09-09 23:05:18
by Dan McCue
Murphy Takes Stand: She’ll Oppose ‘Rushed’ Reconciliation Package

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said Thursday that she plans to vote against the spending and tax measures currently... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said Thursday that she plans to vote against the spending and tax measures currently before the House Ways and Means Committee, chiding party leaders in the process for failing to give members adequate time... Read More

2021-09-08 18:16:10
by Dan McCue
Yellen Warns US May Hit Debt Limit in October

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning Congress that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning Congress that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the U.S. from broaching the government’s borrowing limit in October. In a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, Yellen said that... Read More

2021-09-07 18:29:42
by Dan McCue
Congressional Gold Medal Eyed for Kabul Attack Heroes

WASHINGTON -- Just days after their remains were returned home to their families for burial, the 13 U.S. service members... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Just days after their remains were returned home to their families for burial, the 13 U.S. service members killed during a deadly attack at the Kabul airport last month appear likely to receive Congress’s highest honor. Reps. Abigail... Read More

2021-09-05 12:23:17
by Dan McCue
Murphy, Cuellar Seek Assurances from Pelosi on Reconciliation Bill

WASHINGTON -- Two moderate House Democrats are pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a transparent process in the drafting of the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Two moderate House Democrats are pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a transparent process in the drafting of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, saying in a letter on Friday that her promises in this regard will determine whether they... Read More

2021-09-03 20:23:50
by Dan McCue
‘QAnon Shaman’ Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge Stemming from Jan. 6 Riot

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona man who wore a fur hat with horns and decorative body paint as he joined... Read More

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona man who wore a fur hat with horns and decorative body paint as he joined the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge and could serve... Read More

2021-09-03 19:02:31
by Reece Nations
Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler for an update on the progress... Read More

2021-09-02 14:28:18
by Kate Michael
Policymakers Respond to Warning Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Running Out Fast

WASHINGTON — America's safety net programs are running out of money, and fast. All four major trust funds — Social... Read More

WASHINGTON — America's safety net programs are running out of money, and fast. All four major trust funds — Social Security Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare Hospital Insurance, and the Highway trust fund —are heading for... Read More

2021-09-01 19:57:04
by Alexa Hornbeck
Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree

WASHINGTON -- A hearing held by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging centered around whether to expand Medicare to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A hearing held by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging centered around whether to expand Medicare to cover eyes, ears, and teeth, a proposal from Senate Democrats that could possibly cost over $359 billion over a decade. ... Read More

2021-09-01 18:01:35
by Dan McCue
Murphy Named Chair of Voter Protection Effort in Florida

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The Florida Democratic Party has named Rep. Stephanie Murphy chair of its Democracy and Voter Protection... Read More

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The Florida Democratic Party has named Rep. Stephanie Murphy chair of its Democracy and Voter Protection Program. In her new role, the Winter Park Democrat will work with the program’s staff, party leaders and other elected... Read More

2021-08-31 14:41:19
by Dan McCue
Rules Committee to Host Roundtable on Food as Medicine

WASHINGTON -- The House Rules committee will host a roundtable discussion examining food as medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The House Rules committee will host a roundtable discussion examining food as medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. The event, announced by Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., is the seventh in a series of committee events... Read More

2021-08-27 13:39:40
by Tom Ramstack
$3.5 Trillion Social Benefits Resolution Gets Down to Wire

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders signaled Wednesday that the historic $3.5 trillion social benefits package getting its last revisions before a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders signaled Wednesday that the historic $3.5 trillion social benefits package getting its last revisions before a final vote is likely to include support for more affordable housing. Housing provisions are some of the most controversial portions... Read More

2021-08-26 18:48:54
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump, Stone, Extremist Groups Over Jan. 6

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of two right-wing extremist groups on Thursday over their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The 71-page... Read More

House Panel Probing 1/6 Riot Seeks Host of Trump-Era Records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is demanding a trove of records... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is demanding a trove of records from federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies, showing the sweep of the lawmakers' review of the deadly attack by a... Read More

2021-08-25 23:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Wants to Address Eating Disorders in the Military

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of... Read More

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act both contain measures that would encourage -- but not require -- the Defense... Read More

2021-08-24 21:28:24
by Tom Ramstack
House Democrats Break Impasse to Advance $3.5T Budget Plan

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats narrowly approved a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, hours after coming to agreement with moderates whose... Read More

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats narrowly approved a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, hours after coming to agreement with moderates whose desire for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill nearly scuttled President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic agenda. In... Read More

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