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Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus
Congress
Pelosi Suggests Lawmakers Work Through Christmas to Secure COVID-19 Stimulus

It’s beginning to look a lot like members of Congress won’t be going home for the holidays. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that lawmakers may have to stay on Capitol Hill over Christmas in order to pass another coronavirus... Read More

CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official
In The News
CDC Chief Says He Told Staff to Ignore Email From Trump Official

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he told staff to ignore an email by a top Trump administration health official who had sought changes to a scientific report on COVID-19’s risk to... Read More

FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
Health
FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Nationwide Distribution
2020-12-11 00:13:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A federal panel of outside experts on Thursday endorsed a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, recommending that the Food and Drug Administration move forward with emergency authorization. President-elect Joe Biden responded with a statement saying, “Today’s approval... Read More

Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
Education
Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
2020-12-10 19:06:57
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, a group of prominent Washington D.C. think tank organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize bipartisan-backed legislation that would benefit America’s college students. The letter was sent to the House and Senate minority... Read More

IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
Veterans
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation
2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

Emhoff to Join Faculty of Georgetown Law
Education
Emhoff to Join Faculty of Georgetown Law
2020-12-10 18:47:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be joining Georgetown Law beginning in January. The nation's very first "Second Gentleman"  and an entertainment lawyer by profession, will serve as a distinguished visitor from practice and teach... Read More

Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
Political News
Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
2020-12-10 18:02:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Susan Rice to be the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, signaling the importance of domestic policy in his early agenda. The job is also something of a career change for... Read More

New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
Congress
New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
2020-12-10 16:17:51
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, recently released a pragmatic agenda policy report detailing nine policy recommendations for how Congress can help advance economic opportunity and financial security for America’s working families. The report’s... Read More

Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas
Congress
Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas
2020-12-10 16:11:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress sought assurances from investigators Wednesday that the kind of behavioral and criminal offenses that have plagued Fort Hood, Texas, in recent years can be brought to an end. By the end of the congressional hearing,... Read More

Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
Climate
Reps. Schneider and Rice Promote Green Building Infrastructure
2020-12-10 16:04:29
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize America’s aging building infrastructure and spur more energy efficient investments. The Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property, or E-QUIP, Act will create an elective... Read More

Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
Cybercrime
Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
2020-12-10 15:56:39
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images... Read More

Rep. Emmer Urges SEC to Provide Clarity for Digital Securities
Cryptocurrencies
Rep. Emmer Urges SEC to Provide Clarity for Digital Securities
2020-12-10 15:46:16
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Tom Emmer, D-Minn., sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission urging them to address the issue of broker-dealer custody of digital securities. Rep. Emmer's letter urges the SEC to take three important actions:... Read More

Senate Confirms 3 to Federal Election Commission, Restoring a Full Slate
Elections
Senate Confirms 3 to Federal Election Commission, Restoring a Full Slate

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed three new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, giving the campaign finance regulator a full slate of six members for the first time since February 2017. Senators voted 92-4 to confirm Shana M. Broussard, who will be the agency's first... Read More

Facebook Sued by US, States in Antitrust Case
Business
Facebook Sued by US, States in Antitrust Case

WASHINGTON — Facebook Inc. was sued by U.S. antitrust officials and a coalition of states that want to break up the company by unwinding its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, deals the government says was part of a campaign to illegally crush competition. The Federal Trade Commission and... Read More

Hunter Biden Says He's Under Federal Investigation Over 'Tax Affairs'
Dep. of Justice
Hunter Biden Says He's Under Federal Investigation Over 'Tax Affairs'

President-elect Joe Biden's son revealed Wednesday that he's facing a federal investigation in Delaware over matters relating to his "tax affairs." Hunter Biden, who has long been a target of personal attacks from associates of President Donald Trump, said in a statement issued by his... Read More

Clyburn Wants 'Halt' to Biden Tapping House Democrats for Administration
Political News
Clyburn Wants 'Halt' to Biden Tapping House Democrats for Administration

WASHINGTON — Wary of a narrow majority, one of President-elect Joe Biden's closest allies in Congress isn't sure the Democratic Caucus can afford to see any more House members join the new administration. "I think we better bring that to a halt," Majority Whip James E. Clyburn told reporters... Read More

Ways and Means Aide Katherine Tai Said to be Biden's Choice for Trade Representative
Trade
Ways and Means Aide Katherine Tai Said to be Biden's Choice for Trade Representative

WASHINGTON — Katherine Tai, chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, is reported to be President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be America's trade negotiator. Tai would lead the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, an agency she knows well from her committee work... Read More

House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown
Congress
House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown
2020-12-09 22:14:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House has passed a week-long stopgap bill to keep the government open through Dec. 18 so lawmakers can continue to negotiate both a longer-term spending package and coronavirus relief. The bill passed 343-67. If the stopgap measure... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
Congress
Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
2020-12-09 19:28:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate circulated details of the $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, though significant hurdles to its passage remain. Among them is the fate of proposed aid to state and... Read More

McAuliffe Makes it Official, He's Running Again for Virginia Governor
State News
McAuliffe Makes it Official, He's Running Again for Virginia Governor
2020-12-09 18:57:40
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia’s former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a widely anticipated move official Wednesday, announcing he's once again running to lead the Commonwealth. The governor's race in Virginia is expected to be one the marquee political contests of... Read More

Women's Health Advocates Tell Congress Medicaid Should Pay for Abortions
Congress
Women's Health Advocates Tell Congress Medicaid Should Pay for Abortions
2020-12-09 16:51:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday clashed over whether to continue authorizing a law that blocks federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. Two doctors said withholding the funds was unfair to low income and minority... Read More

Biden to Tap Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to Run Housing Agency
Political News
Biden to Tap Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to Run Housing Agency

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia L. Fudge to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, several news reports said Tuesday. The move would create an opening in a solidly Democratic district that could lead to Nina Turner,... Read More

Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble
Political News
Stopgap Readied Amid Year-End Budget, Virus Aid Scramble

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers were finalizing a one-week stopgap funding measure Tuesday to avoid a partial government shutdown starting Friday at midnight, with the only add-ons expected to be a package of expiring health care program extensions, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby.... Read More

Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight
Political News
Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first round of selections for his health team clarified how the incoming administration will approach the COVID-19 pandemic and other health care issues, which were major themes of his campaign. Biden introduced the team to the public at... Read More

House Adopts Defense Conference Report as Veto Threat Looms
Pentagon
House Adopts Defense Conference Report as Veto Threat Looms

WASHINGTON — The House voted 335-78 on Tuesday to adopt a final version of the $731.6 billion defense authorization measure, setting up a possible end-of-year showdown as President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the legislation. House leaders have said they would cut the upcoming... Read More

Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
Mental Health
Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
2020-12-08 22:21:00
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., introduced the Youth Mental Health Services Act to improve mental health services for students in primary and secondary schools. “It’s a lot harder being a kid in 2020 than when I was... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects GOP Bid to Upend Biden Win in Pennsylvania
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects GOP Bid to Upend Biden Win in Pennsylvania
2020-12-08 22:16:38
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening rejected a last-gasp bid by the GOP to reverse Pennsylvania's certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the electoral battleground. As is their custom, the justices did not explain the rationale for their decision.... Read More

Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
Political News
Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
2020-12-08 20:54:43
by Dan McCue

Luke Letlow bested a field of fellow Republicans in the runoff election Saturday to represent Louisiana's 5th Congressional District representing the central and northeastern parts of the state. Letlow, who was chief of staff for the retiring incumbent, Rep. Ralph... Read More

With Government Shutdown Looming, House Dems Bring Forward Continuing Resolution
Political News
With Government Shutdown Looming, House Dems Bring Forward Continuing Resolution
2020-12-08 20:52:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In what is probably one of her last acts as a member of Congress, retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through Dec. 18. Widely expected, the move... Read More

New York Supreme Court Judge Orders Recount in Brindisi-Tenney House Race
2020 Elections
New York Supreme Court Judge Orders Recount in Brindisi-Tenney House Race
2020-12-08 19:34:26
by Dan McCue

A New York State Supreme Court judge ordered election officials Tuesday to recount some of the approximately 60,000 absentee ballots cast in the still undecided House race between incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi and his Republican challenger, Claudia Tenney. The ruling... Read More

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