Sean Trambley

Sean Trambley is a Contributor for The Well News. A seasoned communications and policy professional with more than a decade of communications experience in Washington, DC and California, Sean served as the Communications Director and Legislative Assistant for former Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) from 2008 until his retirement in 2012. Later, he joined the Democracy Initiative as the Sr. Communications Strategist, a coalition of 60 environment, labor, and civil rights organizations committed to democracy reform. Sean now resides in Martinez, California where he founded SMT Strategies and works as a communications and public affairs consultant for campaigns, non-profits, and corporations. In 2016, he was appointed to the Martinez Planning Commission and also serves on the board of the Contra Costa Young Democrats.

Recent Work

Illinois Congressional Delegation Opposes Effort to End Food Stamp Program at Senior Living Facilities
Senior Citizens
Illinois Congressional Delegation Opposes Effort to End Food Stamp Program at Senior Living Facilities
November 24, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., along with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., led the bipartisan Illinois Congressional delegation in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  The letter opposes... Read More

Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Unanimously Passes House
Foreign Affairs
Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Unanimously Passes House
November 24, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, supporting the Three Seas Initiative unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Three Seas Initiative is a strategic partnership of twelve Central and Eastern European nations with the... Read More

Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean
Drugs
Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean
November 24, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure increasing funding to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to help combat corruption and illicit drug trafficking between the United States and Caribbean nations. Introduced by Reps. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., and Francis Rooney, R-Fla.,... Read More

Wyoming Governor Directs CARES Act Funds to Assist Residents Seeking Health Insurance
State News
Wyoming Governor Directs CARES Act Funds to Assist Residents Seeking Health Insurance
November 16, 2020
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon recently directed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to assist Wyoming residents in signing up for health insurance. Governor Gordon allocated $600,000 for the effort, which will be directed to the Enroll Wyoming Program.  The funds will... Read More

Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
November 16, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., have introduced the Africa Foreign Relations, International Cooperation, and Assistance Act, H.R. 8186, to enhance security and economic partnerships between the United States and African countries.   The bill requires... Read More

Kind Finds Federal Funding for Wisconsin Telehealth Services and Distance Learning
Health
Kind Finds Federal Funding for Wisconsin Telehealth Services and Distance Learning
November 16, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., announced nearly $2,000,000 in grants to support telehealth services and distance learning in Wisconsin.  The grants, approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, were awarded to St. Vincent Hospital and the HSHS System to help purchase telehealth... Read More

Blumenthal, Tillis Help Veterans With Legal Claims Against VA
In The News
Blumenthal, Tillis Help Veterans With Legal Claims Against VA
November 13, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., members of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, introduced the Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide explicit, timely information in... Read More

Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
State News
Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
November 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These programs offer day support, community engagement,... Read More

Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
State News
Wyoming Governor Launches Energy Rebound Program to Aid Oil and Gas Industry
November 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Mark Gordon will use CARES Act funding to assist Wyoming’s economic recovery and boost employment in the oil and gas industry. The Energy Rebound Program will utilize up to $15 million in CARES Act funding to provide business relief targeted towards drilled,... Read More

Sen. Murkowski Unveils Bill Highlighting Benefits to Alaskan Communities
State News
Sen. Murkowski Unveils Bill Highlighting Benefits to Alaskan Communities
November 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released her Fiscal Year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act bill.  The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is responsible for funding agencies that are tasked with ensuring clean water and... Read More

Sen. Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act
Veterans
Sen. Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act
November 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., celebrated the recent passage of the bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, included in a package of veterans’ legislation, the Veterans’ COMPACT Act.  The Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, co-introduced by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will create an... Read More

Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure
Army Corps Urged to Prioritize Upper Mississippi Water Infrastructure Projects
November 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are leading a bipartisan, bicameral call for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include funding for Upper Mississippi water infrastructure projects in its Fiscal Year 2021... Read More

Schrier Helps Tribes Secure First-Ever Licenses to Expand Internet Access
Congress
Schrier Helps Tribes Secure First-Ever Licenses to Expand Internet Access
November 11, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., recently helped the Nisqually and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in her district fulfill a long time dream. They are two of eight tribes in the state to receive first-of-their-kind licenses for 2.5 GHz wireless broadband services. ... Read More

New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
Health
New Government Run Health Insurance Option Could Be More Expensive Than Initial Projections, Study Shows
November 5, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON -- With Congress considering significant health care reforms, including creating a government-run health insurance plan called the public option, a new study shows that it could be significantly more expensive than previously estimated. The study, released by Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., Tom Church, and Daniel... Read More

Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most
Business
Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most
October 27, 2020
by Sean Trambley

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card left in a machine, she faced new barriers to gaining employment and becoming a productive member of society. Candid with her mistakes, she wanted to make... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
State News
California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
October 13, 2020
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades.  In his public statement, Newsom said... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
October 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would provide relief to Klamath Basin irrigators... Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation
Employment
Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation
October 12, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a news conference call to discuss landmark legislation he introduced this fall to protect workers as corporations increasingly classify them as independent contractors and use sub-contractors, temporary (temp) agencies, and corporate franchises to avoid labor laws.  Brown’s legislation,... Read More

DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
Federal Budget
DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
October 9, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction In Vehicle Expenditure and Lowering Emissions... Read More

House Financial Services Committee Democrats Urge SEC to Finalize Rule on Improper Executive Pay
Business
House Financial Services Committee Democrats Urge SEC to Finalize Rule on Improper Executive Pay
October 9, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Brad Sherman, D-Calif., chairman of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, led nine Financial Services Committee members in a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton asking the SEC to prioritize a... Read More

Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
State News
Washington State to Provide $300K in Grants to Shellfish Growers Impacted by COVID-19
October 9, 2020
by Sean Trambley

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19.  Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped dramatically since January, with some growers... Read More

Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
Environment
Conservation Enhancement Act Set to Be Signed Into Law
October 5, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act achieved final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives with support from a wide swath of bipartisan lawmakers.  The ACE Act helps conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat, including by reauthorizing the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and... Read More

Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
State News
Michigan Announces $80 Million for Opioids Crisis Response
October 2, 2020
by Sean Trambley

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Opioids Task Force announced the state has received $80 million in federal funding to respond to the ongoing opioids crisis.  The funds will support prevention, treatment and harm... Read More

O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
Congress
O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
October 2, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.” Halleran made his observation during a hearing of the House Agriculture... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
Congress
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Would Designate Malnutrition Awareness Week
October 2, 2020
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan resolution introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Chuck Grassly, R-Iowa, would designate Oct. 5-9 “Malnutrition Awareness Week.” Malnutrition is a significant problem in the United States and results from eating a diet which does not supply a healthy amount of one... Read More

Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
Congress
Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
October 23, 2019
by Sean Trambley

With what seems like an annual tradition, consumers flip on their TV to catch a playoff game or some other “must see TV” program only to find the station blacked out in the pay TV provider’s lineup because the provider can’t reach an agreement with the... Read More

Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
Health
Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
September 20, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national cannabis research agenda, direct the U.S.... Read More

Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
Environment
Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration
September 17, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration.  The lawmakers say the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019 was inspired by measures implemented in... Read More

Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible
Veterans
Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible
September 17, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for women at the VA’s healthcare call center. Brindisi’s legislation, H.R. 2972, would statutorily require the Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Call Center be accessible via text and... Read More

Freshman Rep. Haaland Introduces Bill to Incentivize Family-Friendly Workplaces
Employment
Freshman Rep. Haaland Introduces Bill to Incentivize Family-Friendly Workplaces
August 23, 2019
by Sean Trambley

In July, freshman Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., was joined by a dozen colleagues to introduce important legislation aimed at supporting family-friendly workplaces and incentivizing businesses to implement family-friendly policies for their workers.  H.R. 3838, the Honoring Family Friendly Workplaces Act, would create a Department of Labor... Read More

Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid
Entitlements
Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid
August 13, 2019
by Sean Trambley

In July, freshman Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., introduced the Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act to improve the financial security of Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing facilities.  Currently, Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for nursing care must contribute almost their entire personal income to the cost of... Read More

Sherill, Gottheimer and King Move to Keep Treasury From Blocking Charitable Contributions
Congress
Sherill, Gottheimer and King Move to Keep Treasury From Blocking Charitable Contributions
August 10, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Representatives Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Peter King, R-N.Y., have introduced H.J. Res. 72 to overturn U.S. Treasury Department regulations that bar the deduction of charitable contributions from federal taxes.  The bipartisan action comes after the Treasury, in June, barred municipalities from creating work... Read More

Houlahan, Balderson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Bolster Grants To Spark Small Business Innovation
Business
Houlahan, Balderson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Bolster Grants To Spark Small Business Innovation
August 6, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Freshman Representative Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., was joined by Representative Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, to introduce bipartisan and bicameral legislation to enhance commercialization services for federally funded research and development.  Introduced in the House on July 18, H.R. 3839, the Research Advancing to Market Production (RAMP) for Innovators... Read More

House Freshman Champions Bill to Bolster Cyber Security for Small Business Administration
Cybersecurity
House Freshman Champions Bill to Bolster Cyber Security for Small Business Administration
August 2, 2019
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, freshman Rep. Jason Crow, D-Col., had the pleasure of seeing one of his first pieces of legislation passed unanimously in the House by a voice vote. Crow’s SBA Cyber Awareness Act requires the Small Business Administration to issue a report assessing... Read More

Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
Climate
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
July 30, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., believe their... Read More

VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
In The News
VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
July 26, 2019
by Sean Trambley

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100 million in fees erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans who participated in the VA Home Loan Program. In June, the department’s Office of Inspector General... Read More

Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
In The News
Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
July 24, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Legislation intended to make it easier for small businesses to comply with federal regulations passed the House with bipartisan support last week. Introduced by freshman Representative Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., the bill requires the Small Business Administration to create a centralized website providing compliance guidelines for federal... Read More

McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill
Veterans
McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill
July 19, 2019
by Sean Trambley

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families who are experiencing financial hardship. Introduced in May, the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, H.R. 2938, would amend current bankruptcy law to... Read More

GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
In The News
GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
July 16, 2019
by Sean Trambley

New legislation passed the House last week to help small businesses gain access to capital, expand, and hire workers.  H.R. 3050, the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019, was introduced by Freshman GOP Representative Bryan Steil, R-Wis., and passed the U.S. House of Representatives... Read More

House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans
Veterans
House Passes Legislation to Expand STEM Scholarship Program for Veterans
July 12, 2019
by Sean Trambley

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** In June, legislation passed the House to expand veterans’ access to the Edith Nourse Rogers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)... Read More

New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses
In The News
New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses
July 2, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Last week, U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to increase investment in small businesses by permitting banks to invest up to 15 percent of their capital in Small Business Investment Companies.  The dramatic... Read More

New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
Veterans
New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
July 2, 2019
by Sean Trambley

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across the United States, and suicide rates are nearly two times higher for veterans than for non-veteran adults.  These tragic statistics have spurred a bipartisan coalition in... Read More

Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
Health
Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
June 28, 2019
by Sean Trambley

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, promises to put more teeth in efforts to curb the activities of Chinese and other traffickers of Fentanyl and synthetic opioids. Included in the Senate... Read More

America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
Rural
America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
June 11, 2019
by Sean Trambley

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress have long sought to map specific regions’ access to broadband services in order to help policymakers identify unserved areas. The Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019, introduced last week in the House of Representatives by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.,... Read More

After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
Congress
After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
June 4, 2019
by Sean Trambley

On Tuesday, the House passed a much-needed disaster aid bill that was blocked by three Republican congressmen leading to a two week delay for the $19.1 billion relief package to Puerto Rico, Texas, California, and other states. Following the bill’s passage in the Senate, the House... Read More

Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
Congress
Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
May 24, 2019
by Sean Trambley

In a stunning move Friday, a solitary House Republican from the Freedom Caucus blocked the passage of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package providing aid to Americans hit by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, including $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico. The funding passed the Senate on Thursday... Read More

New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans
Health
New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans
May 20, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation to improve primary care options for individuals with high-deductible health insurance plans. H.R. 2774, the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019, would create a primary care benefit... Read More

Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
Urban
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
May 14, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial blight and assist in neighborhood revitalization.... Read More

Scamming Senior Citizens - Legislation to Create Task Force at SEC to Protect Seniors Passes House
Bipartisan
Scamming Senior Citizens - Legislation to Create Task Force at SEC to Protect Seniors Passes House
May 10, 2019
by Sean Trambley

An important bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week protecting senior citizens from financial fraud and scams. The bipartisan Senior Security Act, introduced by Representatives Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Trey Hollingsworth R-Ind., creates a Senior Investor Task Force at the Securities and Exchange Commission... Read More

Easing the Burden for Military Families with License Portability
Military
Easing the Burden for Military Families with License Portability
May 10, 2019
by Sean Trambley

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced the Portable Certification of Spouses Act, legislation to improve the portability of occupational licenses from state to state for military spouses. The bill will also help alleviate the burden military spouses endure... Read More

Deceased Individuals Received Billions from Government, Legislation to Curb Practice Introduced in House, Senate
Bipartisan
Deceased Individuals Received Billions from Government, Legislation to Curb Practice Introduced in House, Senate
May 7, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals Act, legislation that would allow all federal agencies access to the Death Master File, a registry maintained by the Social Security Administration that contains the... Read More

New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices
Health
New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices
May 3, 2019
by Sean Trambley

New legislation in the California state house is seeking to end surprise hospital bills that catch unwitting patients with expensive out-of-network insurance costs for emergency care. Earlier this year, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reported on San Francisco woman Nina Dang and Austin man Scott Kohan, who suffered... Read More

Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
Housing
Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
April 30, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider D-Ill., Susan W. Brooks R-Ind., Jennifer Wexton D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick R-Penn. introduced legislation to extend clear and consistent non-discrimination housing protections to LGBTQ individuals. H.R. 2402, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 would include “sexual orientation” and... Read More

Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support
Military
Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support
April 26, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Two months after being introduced by a coalition led by Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, bipartisan and bicameral support for the Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019 continues to grow. The bill, now supported by 57... Read More

Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
Political News
Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
April 23, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Seven years ago, Republicans took over nearly every lever of power in North Carolina in a political takeover that seemed destined to transform the state into a conservative stronghold. North Carolina, once considered a moderate state, was now in Republican hands for the first time since... Read More

Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
Rural
Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
April 19, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, legislation to help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by expanding access for tax-exempt cooperative organizations to a variety of government grants and assistance, including FEMA... Read More

Bipartisan Taxpayer First Act Eliminates Opportunity for IRS to Create Automatic Tax Filing System
Taxes
Bipartisan Taxpayer First Act Eliminates Opportunity for IRS to Create Automatic Tax Filing System
April 12, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Tax season is upon us, and this year it seems many Americans are frustrated with smaller refund checks after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has failed to live up to the hype for most working families. But in a major boon to tax preparation... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
Innovation
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
April 9, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Pat Toomey R-Pa., announced the introduction of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in startups and help create jobs. In... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela
Venezuela
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela
April 5, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced new comprehensive legislation to help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The most comprehensive effort to... Read More

House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement
Health
House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement
April 2, 2019
by Sean Trambley

A robust and important health policy discussion occurred on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of aisle appearing to reach a rare consensus on the problems of countless Americans who have been surprised with expensive out-of-network medical bills. The House Education and Labor Subcommittee... Read More

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