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2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19... Read More

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that... Read More

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

2019-05-24 01:42:27
by Dan McCue
Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act,... Read More

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation intended to protect patients from unfair and expensive surprise medical bills. “For too many middle-class families, receiving an unexpected... Read More

2019-05-24 01:39:15
by Dan McCue
North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday permitting full-time state government employees to take up to eight... Read More

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday permitting full-time state government employees to take up to eight weeks off after adopting or having a child. Executive Order 95 also provides 4 weeks of paid parental leave to... Read More

2019-05-22 19:17:10
by Dan McCue
Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds

A majority of American voters believe the U.S. Supreme Court was right in 1973 when it ruled in Roe v.... Read More

A majority of American voters believe the U.S. Supreme Court was right in 1973 when it ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutionally-protected right to have an abortion, and most also believe the current generation of justices... Read More

2019-05-22 14:50:59
by Dan McCue
Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs... Read More

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs medical facilities at risk on a regular basis. The bill the representatives filed Tuesday, called the VA Community Infrastructure Act,... Read More

2019-05-20 20:13:59
by Sean Trambley
New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation to improve... Read More

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,... Read More

2019-05-17 21:23:03
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the... Read More

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the Chinese government to honor its commitment to make all forms of fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more... Read More

2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in... Read More

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

2019-05-16 21:40:06
by Dan McCue
House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era... Read More

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era Navy veterans who have fought for years to prove they were exposed to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. Luria, a... Read More

2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support

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... Read More

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... Read More

2019-05-13 21:56:07
by Dan McCue
New York on Track to End Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions by 2020

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation last week adopted the final elements of a regulatory regime intended to end... Read More

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation last week adopted the final elements of a regulatory regime intended to end carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants in the state by the end of 2020. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced... Read More

2019-05-03 20:05:34
by Sean Trambley
New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices

New legislation in the California state house is seeking to end surprise hospital bills that catch unwitting patients with expensive... Read More

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... Read More

2019-05-03 14:58:37
by Tom Ramstack
Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction in cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste. Some lawmakers were reacting to a Government Accountability Office report released this week... Read More

2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable... Read More

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

2019-04-23 21:14:17
by Tom Ramstack
US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana... Read More

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana industry. U.S. District Judge William Martinez, an Obama appointee who presides in Colorado, ruled that cannabinoid formulations can be considered... Read More

2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to... Read More

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

2019-04-11 12:16:33
by Dan McCue
Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent... Read More

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Representative Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., fast-tracked passage... Read More

2019-04-10 13:01:22
by Tom Ramstack
Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers called the hearing to address concerns raised by Trump administration policies to loosen environmental restrictions on... Read More

2019-04-02 23:47:05
by Sean Trambley
House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement

A robust and important health policy discussion occurred on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of aisle appearing... Read More

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.... Read More

It Is Time We Come Together to Put Patients First

Envision Healthcare is a national physician-led organization of clinical professionals who work alongside hospitals, health systems and insurance companies. A... Read More

Envision Healthcare is a national physician-led organization of clinical professionals who work alongside hospitals, health systems and insurance companies. A leading national provider of emergency medicine services across the United States, Envision's emergency medicine and hospital medicine clinicians treated more... Read More

2019-04-02 21:02:09
by Dan McCue
Trump Backtracks on GOP Health Plan Push Before Election

President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday night on his renewed push for a Republican health care plan to replace... Read More

President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday night on his renewed push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Taking a break from lambasting congressional Democrats via Twitter for their demands to see Special Counsel... Read More

2019-03-30 00:16:11
by Dan McCue
Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds

New Hampshire will receive an additional $11.9 million to address the state's opioid crisis thanks to the willingness of the... Read More

New Hampshire will receive an additional $11.9 million to address the state's opioid crisis thanks to the willingness of the Granite State's congressional delegation to reach across the aisle and seek bipartisan support for the infusion of federal funding. New... Read More

2019-03-29 23:36:03
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or... Read More

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer as a condition of receiving subsidized health care. At least 15 states were planning their own work for health... Read More

2019-03-27 23:13:45
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs... Read More

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The coalition is a House caucus of moderate and fiscally responsible Democrats.... Read More

2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new... Read More

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new bill, the Climate Action Now Act, aiming to hold the Trump administration to the United States' original commitments under the... Read More

2019-03-26 23:55:37
by Dan McCue
Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be... Read More

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. In a letter filed in the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the Justice Department said it... Read More

2019-03-22 22:07:59
by Dan McCue
Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages

Last week, Representative Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., introduced The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which she and her... Read More

Last week, Representative Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., introduced The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which she and her bipartisan cosponsors say will take definitive steps toward reducing nationwide physician shortages, with an emphasis in rural areas. The bill... Read More

2019-03-15 22:58:49
by TWN Staff
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws... Read More

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R.1687). The bill would protect veterans' cannabis treatment options and their ability to be employed by the federal government.... Read More

2019-03-09 00:19:00
by TWN Staff
Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Excise Tax On Middle-Class Health Benefits Introduced in Senate

This week, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal a provision in the... Read More

This week, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act known as the “Cadillac Tax,” which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits. In... Read More

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