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Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
Elections
Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
2021-02-06 00:31:17
by Dan McCue

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country. Despite the ruling, the legal saga is... Read More

Wyden Urges Biden to Remove Executive Director of US Interagency Council on Homelessness
Political News
Wyden Urges Biden to Remove Executive Director of US Interagency Council on Homelessness
2021-02-05 21:58:14
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, in a letter to President Joe Biden, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., requested the removal of Dr. Robert Marbut from his post as the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. In the letter,... Read More

GOP Eyes Path to Power by Making Peace With the Far Right
Political News
GOP Eyes Path to Power by Making Peace With the Far Right

NEW YORK (AP) — Over the course of 24 hours this week, House Republicans voted to defend a freshman conspiracy theorist with a history of violent rhetoric and a mainstream party leader who backed Donald Trump's impeachment. The seemingly conflicting... Read More

Fiercely Divided House Kicks Greene Off Both Her Committees
Congress
Fiercely Divided House Kicks Greene Off Both Her Committees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House has tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped... Read More

Biden Meets with House Democrats in Push for $1.9T Plan
Economy
Biden Meets with House Democrats in Push for $1.9T Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Friday with leading House Democrats who aim to put his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on a fast track to becoming law, drawing on new signs of strain in the economy to push... Read More

Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
Congress
Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
2021-02-04 22:28:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be problematic in the closely divided 117th Congress. One Democratic Senator will undoubtedly be the linchpin playing a decisive role in... Read More

Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists
Congress
Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists
2021-02-04 22:24:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence procedures are needed to avoid the kind of violence displayed during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. They... Read More

Immigrant Mother’s Love of US Fueled Kim Effort to Set Things Right After Capitol Riot
Congress
Immigrant Mother’s Love of US Fueled Kim Effort to Set Things Right After Capitol Riot
2021-02-04 19:42:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Even a month removed from the event, Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., still talks of the foreboding surrounding Jan. 6 with a sense of urgency. "You knew something was going to happen," he told The Well News recently. "I... Read More

McCarthy Stands by Greene, House Dems Prepare to Bounce Her From Committees
Congress
McCarthy Stands by Greene, House Dems Prepare to Bounce Her From Committees
2021-02-04 15:32:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Wednesday evening that he will take no disciplinary actions against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.,  even as House Democrats prepared for a Thursday vote to strip her of her committee assignments.... Read More

Takeaways from Legal Filings for Trump's Impeachment Trial
Impeachment
Takeaways from Legal Filings for Trump's Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legal sparring around Donald Trump's impeachment trial is underway, with briefs filed this week laying out radically different positions ahead of next week's Senate trial. House prosecutors and the former president's defense team are putting forward their arguments... Read More

House GOP Keeps Cheney as No. 3 Leader
Congress
House GOP Keeps Cheney as No. 3 Leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans decided Wednesday to stand by two GOP lawmakers who have polarized the party, voting to retain Rep. Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader and saying they’d fight a Democratic push to kick Rep. Marjorie... Read More

Democrats Expected to Invoke Congressional Review Act to Undo Trump-Era Regulations
Congress
Democrats Expected to Invoke Congressional Review Act to Undo Trump-Era Regulations
2021-02-03 19:15:09
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Although sparingly used since its ratification in 1996, the Congressional Review Act is expected to be utilized by congressional Democrats to reverse a number of Trump administration rules.  The CRA was enacted to fast-track congressional oversight of the... Read More

Biden Discussing COVID-19 Aid with Dems, Wants Fast Action
Economy
Biden Discussing COVID-19 Aid with Dems, Wants Fast Action

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient as Senate Democrats pushed ahead, voting to launch a process that could approve his sweeping rescue package on their own, if Republicans refuse... Read More

McCarthy Meets with Rep. Greene; GOP Faces Cheney Decision
Political News
McCarthy Meets with Rep. Greene; GOP Faces Cheney Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met late Tuesday with hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as Republicans wrestled over how to handle a bipartisan outcry over her endorsement of outlandish conspiracy theories and of violent, racist views. Aides... Read More

Capitol Police Officer Who Died After Riot Lies in Honor
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Officer Who Died After Riot Lies in Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor in the building he died defending, allowing colleagues and the lawmakers he protected to pay their respects and to remember the violent attack on Congress that took... Read More

House Democrats Lay Out Case for Conviction; Trump Calls Charge 'Irrelevant'
Impeachment
House Democrats Lay Out Case for Conviction; Trump Calls Charge 'Irrelevant'
2021-02-02 22:17:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump endangered the life of every member of Congress on Jan. 6 when he "summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them to a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats... Read More

GOP's McConnell Blasts 'Loony Lies' by Georgia Rep. Greene
Congress
GOP's McConnell Blasts 'Loony Lies' by Georgia Rep. Greene

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell denounced newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday, calling the far-right Georgia Republican’s embrace of conspiracy theories and “loony lies” a “cancer for the Republican Party.” “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps... Read More

Trump Lawyer: Impeachment Case 'Undemocratic,' Ill-Advised
Impeachment
Trump Lawyer: Impeachment Case 'Undemocratic,' Ill-Advised

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are using the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump as a political “weapon” to bar the former president from seeking office again and are pursuing a case that is “undemocratic” and unconstitutional, one of his... Read More

Pelosi, Schumer Move Budget Resolution, Paving Way for COVID Relief Passage Via Reconciliation
Congress
Pelosi, Schumer Move Budget Resolution, Paving Way for COVID Relief Passage Via Reconciliation
2021-02-01 21:15:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer filed a joint budget resolution Monday, paving the way to enabling Democrats to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID Relief Package without a single Republican vote. The... Read More

Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
Congress
Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
2021-02-01 21:04:13
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – As part of the first session in the 117th Congress, Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D- Va., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, reintroduced legislation to support youth apprenticeship programs in Central Virginia and across the country.  The Strengthening Youth Apprenticeships Act... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Unveils Policy Priorities for First 100 Days of Congress
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Unveils Policy Priorities for First 100 Days of Congress
2021-02-01 14:42:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the New Democrat Coalition showcased their legislative priorities for the first 100 days of the 117th Congressional session on Thursday, Jan. 28, in a meeting held virtually with members of the media.  The most pressing issue... Read More

Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security
Congress
Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security
2021-01-30 19:31:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to pay for personal security personnel for themselves or their families. In a letter dated... Read More

SEC 'Closely Monitoring' Stock Price Volatility As GameStop Saga Continues to Unfold
Wall Street
SEC 'Closely Monitoring' Stock Price Volatility As GameStop Saga Continues to Unfold

WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday it is "closely monitoring and evaluating" the extreme price volatility of certain stock trading prices over the past several days. The announcement came at the end of a week when amatuer... Read More

Spanberger, McKinley Urge HHS to Focus on Community Pharmacies for COVID Vaccine Distribution
Health
Spanberger, McKinley Urge HHS to Focus on Community Pharmacies for COVID Vaccine Distribution
2021-01-29 20:18:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to place community pharmacists at the lead in the nation's COVID-19 vaccines distribution strategy. In a letter to HHS Acting Secretary... Read More

Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego
Environment
Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego
2021-01-29 17:38:26
by Sara Wilkerson

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that simplifies the city of San Diego’s required permitting process to operate the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The legislation will... Read More

Democrats to 'Act Big' on $1.9T Aid; GOP Wants Plan Split
Economy
Democrats to 'Act Big' on $1.9T Aid; GOP Wants Plan Split

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress and the White House have rejected a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks, with lawmakers appearing primed to muscle the sweeping economic and virus aid forward without... Read More

Republicans Condemned Trump. Now They're Seeking His Help
Political News
Republicans Condemned Trump. Now They're Seeking His Help

Just two weeks ago, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared Donald Trump culpable in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. By Thursday, he was seeking his political support. A private meeting between the two men at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort signaled a... Read More

Democrats Make Federal Election Standards a Top Priority
Congress
Democrats Make Federal Election Standards a Top Priority

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy after a tumultuous post-election period and deadly... Read More

Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
Technology
Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Higher Antitrust Enforcement of Big Tech Companies
2021-01-29 14:27:56
by Victoria Turner

Big Tech is only “growing stronger” due to the pandemic and federal antitrust agencies need to “get serious about enforcement in the tech sector,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during this week’s State of the Net Conference. “We need that... Read More

CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
Cybersecurity
CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
2021-01-28 15:01:08
by Victoria Turner

Recent cyberattacks on U.S. federal systems point to the need to make the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency the "centralizing authority system" for the nation, said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., during a fireside chat at the State of Net Conference. That... Read More

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