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GOP Reckons With Polarizing Candidates Amid Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
GOP Reckons With Polarizing Candidates Amid Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican... Read More

Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
2020-03-06 17:41:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling on the House Budget Committee to live up to its name and produce a budget this year, in spite of the fact spending caps have been set through the end of the... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
2020-03-03 21:09:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has rolled out an ambitious policy agenda it says will reinvigorate the government while also establishing the group's goals for the remainder of the 116th Congress. In announcing their "20 for 2020" plan on... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
Social Media
Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
2020-02-27 21:40:00
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line. The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar... Read More

ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
Political News
ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
2020-02-21 15:20:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, threw its support behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, this week, and urged Texans to join in supporting his efforts. In a series of new ads launched Wednesday,... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Political News
Blue Dog Coalition Celebrates 25th Anniversary
2020-02-14 18:42:37
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - It was 25 years ago Friday that 23 members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference to announce the formation of the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of pragmatic Democrats dedicated to fiscal responsibility and ensuring... Read More

The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
2020-02-04 23:50:35
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once... Read More

Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
Political News
Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
2020-01-23 18:21:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it intends to spend millions in six battleground states to ensure they are in the win column for the party's eventual presidential nominee come November. The investment in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North... Read More

Tight Polls, Impeachment, Billionaire Wild Cards: Uncertainty Reigns in 2020 Democratic Race
2020 Elections
Tight Polls, Impeachment, Billionaire Wild Cards: Uncertainty Reigns in 2020 Democratic Race

WASHINGTON — As Democrats’ top presidential candidates prepare to meet for the last debate before voters start weighing in, the primary contest remains one of the most unpredictable in decades — a contest not likely to end anytime soon. In... Read More

Dems Say GOP Broke Ethics Rules Using Video Trackers in House Office Buildings
Ethics
Dems Say GOP Broke Ethics Rules Using Video Trackers in House Office Buildings

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, of violating ethics rules by sending trackers to video record members of Congress in House office buildings. The DCCC filed a complaint with... Read More

Republicans Pledge to Pass Senate Impeachment Trial Rules Without Democrats
In The News
Republicans Pledge to Pass Senate Impeachment Trial Rules Without Democrats

WASHINGTON — Republicans leaders said Tuesday they have the votes to approve a package of rules — without Democratic support — that will govern the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, punting a decision about whether to call witnesses until... Read More

Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast
Political News
Republicans to NJ Rep. Jeff Van Drew: Not So Fast

Republicans aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for Jeff Van Drew. The New Jersey Democratic congressman may have hoped his defection to the GOP would ease his path to reelection in a conservative-leaning district. His political prospects as a... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Restore, Strengthen Federal Trust Funds
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Restore, Strengthen Federal Trust Funds
2019-12-05 21:44:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed a proposal to create congressional committees specifically tasked to restore and strengthen endangered federal trust funds. The coalition of fiscally-responsible, centrist Democrats said in a statement that without... Read More

Democrats Approve Early Voting Plan for 2020 Nevada Caucus
State News
Democrats Approve Early Voting Plan for 2020 Nevada Caucus
2019-11-26 13:54:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee has signed off on a plan that will allow Nevada to offer the first-ever early voting option for a presidential caucus. During a press briefing on Monday, DNC Chairman Tom Perez and Nevada party... Read More

Blue Dogs Assail Stop-Gap Spending Measure As 'No Way to Govern'
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Assail Stop-Gap Spending Measure As 'No Way to Govern'
2019-11-19 22:32:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month, but at least one group of House Democrats, the Blue Dog Coalition, said having Congress "lurching from one self-imposed deadline to another... Read More

Rep. Torres to Fight 'Housing Insecurity' As New Co-Chair of NewDem Housing Task Force
Affordable Housing
Rep. Torres to Fight 'Housing Insecurity' As New Co-Chair of NewDem Housing Task Force
2019-11-15 20:43:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., vowed to fight housing insecurity in her district and across the United States following her elevation Thursday to co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force. Rep. Torres joins fellow co-chairs Rep. Denny... Read More

Deval Patrick Decides to Jump Into Democratic Presidential Race
2020 Elections
Deval Patrick Decides to Jump Into Democratic Presidential Race

Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, reportedly has decided to enter the Democratic presidential race, joining a still-growing field of White House hopefuls. Patrick has started calling Democratic allies to inform them of his decision and plans to file paperwork... Read More

Mark Sanford Suspends 2020 Presidential Campaign
2020 Elections
Mark Sanford Suspends 2020 Presidential Campaign
2019-11-12 21:19:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford suspended his longshot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, explaining that sometimes "you've got to be a realist." Standing outside the New Hampshire statehouse while holding an oversized trillion-dollar... Read More

Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Seek Reelection
Congress
Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Seek Reelection
2019-11-11 15:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter King, a 14-term Republican U.S. Representative from Long Island, New York, plans to retire from Congress at the end of his term, joining a growing list of Republicans who have decided to leave the House this... Read More

Republican Moderate Breaks With Party Over Identifying Whistleblower
Impeachment
Republican Moderate Breaks With Party Over Identifying Whistleblower

WASHINGTON — As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump moves into a public phase this week, leading Democrats — joined by at least one GOP lawmaker — on Sunday rejected Republican demands for public testimony by the whistleblower whose complaint... Read More

Can Pete Buttigieg Position Himself as the Sensible Alternative to Biden and Warren?
2020 Elections
Can Pete Buttigieg Position Himself as the Sensible Alternative to Biden and Warren?

LEBANON, N.H. — As other presidential candidates promise free health care, college debt relief and sweeping new taxes on the ultra-rich, Pete Buttigieg is drawing large crowds with a different angle. “This will be a presidency where you can turn... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Appropriations Leaders to Provide Robust Funding to States for Election Security
Elections
Blue Dogs Call on Appropriations Leaders to Provide Robust Funding to States for Election Security
2019-10-29 18:41:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of national security-minded Democrats called on the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Tuesday to provide "robust" funding to a federal commission that partners with states to protect their election infrastructure.... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses JOBS Act to Expand Pell Grant Eligibility for Students
Political News
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses JOBS Act to Expand Pell Grant Eligibility for Students
2019-10-24 14:03:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus on Thursday threw its support behind a proposal to expand Pell Grant eligibility for short-term training programs that will allow more Americans to gain industry-recognized credentials. The House bill, H.R. 3497, also called... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Four Key Pieces of Housing Legislation
Housing
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Four Key Pieces of Housing Legislation
2019-10-18 20:11:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed four pieces of housing legislation it sees as "actionable solutions" to help Americans who are struggling to find homes in a market in which they are increasingly scarce and increasingly expensive. The endorsements... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
Technology
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation on Technology and Artificial Intelligence
2019-10-15 20:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed a pair of bills and a resolution Tuesday that they believe will keep the U.S. at the forefront of technology and artificial intelligence development. Coalition chair Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., vice chair Rep.... Read More

Blue Dogs Assail McConnell On Election Security, Warning 'Time Is Running Out'
Elections
Blue Dogs Assail McConnell On Election Security, Warning 'Time Is Running Out'
2019-09-13 17:44:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A group of centrist House Democrats best known for espousing bipartisanship to get things done on Capitol Hill, sharply criticized Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday for his continued refusal to allow election security bills to get a... Read More

Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman
Congress
Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman

WASHINGTON — Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs will serve as the third chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, after the group of roughly three dozen hard-line conservatives elected him to take over its leadership effective Oct. 1. The sophomore congressman... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
Health
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
2019-09-10 21:10:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed a pair of bills intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act while expanding health care coverage and driving down insurance costs for more Americans. Both bills were put forward by the... Read More

New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments
Congress
New Dems Urge Appropriations Committee to Act on Member-Led Amendments
2019-09-06 14:15:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of New Democrat Coalition task forces on work and national security sent letters to the House Appropriations Committee this week urging them to retain key House-passed amendments when conference deliberations get underway on the FY2020 appropriations... Read More

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