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

New Democrat Coalition Unveils Policy Priorities for First 100 Days of Congress
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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 Condemned Trump. Now They're Seeking His Help
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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

'Just Move On': Republicans Grapple with Post-Trump Future
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'Just Move On': Republicans Grapple with Post-Trump Future

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority... Read More

Republican Party Faces Defining Moment Under Trump's Shadow
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Republican Party Faces Defining Moment Under Trump's Shadow

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a defining moment. The nearly 167-year-old party is divided over the typically mundane congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. The process, which will unfold Wednesday on Capitol Hill,... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Biden to Prioritize Bipartisan Legislation for Pandemic Response, Recovery
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Blue Dogs Urge Biden to Prioritize Bipartisan Legislation for Pandemic Response, Recovery
2020-12-30 20:04:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday requesting that he “prioritize bipartisan legislation” dealing with novel coronavirus pandemic response and recovery.  The letter highlighted the coalition’s policy priorities for the... Read More

House Democrats Unveil Committee Assignments for 117th Congress
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House Democrats Unveil Committee Assignments for 117th Congress
2020-12-22 18:54:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While most eyes on Capitol Hill this past week have been on developments related to the coronavirus relief package and the omnibus federal spending bill, there have been a number of other things going on. Among these were... Read More

Kansas Republican Icon Bob Dole: ‘The Election is Over and Biden Will be President’
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Kansas Republican Icon Bob Dole: ‘The Election is Over and Biden Will be President’

WASHINGTON — Former Republican presidential nominee and Kansas political icon Bob Dole said Thursday the election has been decided, whether President Donald Trump accepts the outcome or not. “The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on January... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
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Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
2020-12-15 20:22:36
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed two proposed rule changes to the House of Representatives that would make the legislative body more effective and member-driven. The House rule reform changes were spearheaded by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, in partnership with... Read More

Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
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Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
2020-12-11 14:58:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Future Forum, a caucus of younger House Democrats, has elected its new leaders for the 117th Congress. The mission of the caucus, which was founded in 2015, is to address issues important to millennial and Generation Z Americans,... Read More

Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
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Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
2020-12-04 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats made history on Thursday when the caucus voted to make Reps. Gregory Meeks, of New York, and David Scott, of Georgia, the first African-Americans to chair, respectively, the chamber's Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Meeks, who... Read More

Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
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Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
2020-12-03 18:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York, won a close race to lead the House Democrats' campaign arm during the 117th Congress, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cárdenas, of California, 119-107 in a secret ballot. The outcome of the... Read More

Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
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Murphy, Panetta Named House Chief Deputy Whips for 117th Congress
2020-12-02 17:18:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Stephanie Murphy, of Florida, and Jimmy Panetta, of California, have been named chief deputy whips for the 117th Congress, House Majority Whip James Clyburn announced Wednesday. In addition, Clyburn announced that Reps. G.K. Butterfield, of North Carolina,... Read More

DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
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DelBene Elected Chair as Moderate New Democrat Coalition Selects Leadership Team
2020-12-01 21:16:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Suzan DelBene, of Washington State, was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as the next chair of the New Democrat Coalition. In addition, the coalition of moderate Democrats elected five individuals -- Reps. Ami Bera, of California, Sharice... Read More

Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority
2020 Elections
Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority

WASHINGTON — Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov. 3 election, powered by their... Read More

Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
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Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
2020-11-20 20:45:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - During a week when newly elected members of Congress were all over Capitol Hill for their formal orientation, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., remembered how vastly different her experience was in 2012. Jay Inslee, the previous representative of Washington... Read More

House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
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House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
2020-11-19 21:07:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats completed their second of two days of leadership election by elevating Rep. Pete Aguilar of California to the position of caucus vice chair. The 148-82 vote, in which he prevailed over Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois,... Read More

2020 Lessons, Democratic Divisions Define Race for DCCC Chair
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2020 Lessons, Democratic Divisions Define Race for DCCC Chair

WASHINGTON — House Democrats will have to beat the odds, and history, if they are to keep the majority in 2022. Before they get there, they have to choose who will lead that fight. And the battle between Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and Tony Cardenas of California to... Read More

Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
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Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
2020-11-18 19:48:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats nominated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to lead the chamber for another two years on Wednesday in a virtual voice vote that reflected a triumphant rebound in her stature among members, two years after a rebellious faction... Read More

Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
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Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
2020-11-17 20:27:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gary Palmer has been elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for the 117th Congress. This is the Alabama Republican's second consecutive term as chairman, his having held the post in the 116th Congress. “I’m grateful to... Read More

New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
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New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
2020-11-13 21:25:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - They came from Texas and Colorado and New York and New Mexico. Some came in family SUVs, others in taxi cabs. But what they had in common as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on a... Read More

New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
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New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
2020-11-11 16:02:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition is out with its assessment of the 2020 election and they believe voters clearly endorsed pragmatic Democrats and their espoused approach to controlling the pandemic, making a full economic recovery and moving the... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
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Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them
2020 Elections
Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Donald Trump’s volcanic debate performance put the president’s sympathy for white supremacists in the campaign spotlight Wednesday, heightening a sense of menacing chaos in the race that threatens to undercut other Republicans up for reelection in a... Read More

Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
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Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
2020-09-29 20:22:37
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its support for an emergency funding bill to help municipalities withstand the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, introduced in the House by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., provides $500 billion... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020-09-28 21:13:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its ongoing commitment to expanding the Democratic Party’s majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced six new formal endorsements Monday. The coalition, founded in 1997, is composed of 104 House... Read More

What GOP Senators Said About Election-Year Supreme Court Picks in 2016 and Now
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What GOP Senators Said About Election-Year Supreme Court Picks in 2016 and Now

Within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Donald Trump’s nominee would get a vote. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer put out a statement as well. “The American people... Read More

Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
Mental Health
Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
2020-09-16 20:23:18
by Daniel Londono

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., served as moderator last week at a Blue Dog Coalition forum exploring the issue of mental health and addiction in the U.S. and how to deal with it. Brindisi, the coalition's co-chair, has been... Read More

Republicans Are Knocking on Voters’ Doors. Democrats Aren’t. Will It Affect the 2020 Outcome?
2020 Elections
Republicans Are Knocking on Voters’ Doors. Democrats Aren’t. Will It Affect the 2020 Outcome?

WASHINGTON — Democrats think it’s dangerous and unnecessary. Republicans consider it safe and essential. And both agree that, when it comes to in-person voter communication, neither side has ever experienced a dynamic like the one in this election. The ongoing... Read More

O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
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O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
2020-09-01 17:06:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats' first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and... Read More

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