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Select Committee Works to Make Congress Better for Staff, Members and the American People
Congress
Select Committee Works to Make Congress Better for Staff, Members and the American People
2021-08-02 20:36:58
by Dan McCue

Retaining staff on Capitol Hill has never been easy, but it’s likely never been harder than it is today against a backdrop of often divisive and toxic politics, the spiralling costs of living in the region, and in the wake... Read More

Rush is on to Extend Eviction Moratorium While Landlords and Republicans Oppose It
Housing
Rush is on to Extend Eviction Moratorium While Landlords and Republicans Oppose It
2021-08-02 20:28:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration announced Monday that it is trying to find a way to extend the federal eviction moratorium that expired Saturday. As many as 11 million Americans are in danger of losing their homes within weeks after... Read More

Legislators Descend on DC to Pressure Senate to Pass Voting Rights Bill
Political News
Legislators Descend on DC to Pressure Senate to Pass Voting Rights Bill
2021-08-02 18:07:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Legislators from across the country began arriving in Washington, D.C., on Monday in a bid to pressure the U.S. Senate to pass sweeping voting rights legislation known as the For The People Act. The House passed the bill... Read More

Senators Finalize Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Text
Infrastructure
Senators Finalize Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Text
2021-08-02 14:22:22
by TWN Staff

Senators on Sunday night finalized the text of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, creating a sweeping 2,702-page document that could be voted on in the chamber by the end of the week. “We want to be done by Thursday,” Sen. Joe... Read More

Pelosi, Democrats Call on Biden to Extend Eviction Ban
Housing
Pelosi, Democrats Call on Biden to Extend Eviction Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation's eviction moratorium, calling it a "moral imperative" to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during... Read More

Detroit, Seattle to Hold Nonpartisan Primaries for Mayor
Cities
Detroit, Seattle to Hold Nonpartisan Primaries for Mayor
2021-07-31 17:16:42
by Dan McCue

Seattle and Detroit, the nation’s 18th and 21st largest cities, respectively, according to Politifact, are both holding nonpartisan primaries for mayor on Aug. 3. In Detroit, 10 candidates are running, including incumbent Mike Duggan, who currently is expected to breeze... Read More

Infrastructure Bill Advances Even Before Ink Dries On Completed Bill Text
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Bill Advances Even Before Ink Dries On Completed Bill Text
2021-07-30 20:06:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House and Senate gathered outside the Capitol Friday to celebrate this week’s progress on the largest infrastructure bill in U.S. history, and to remind everyone that the legislation still has a ways to go before... Read More

Seven-Bill Appropriations Package Clears House
Congress
Seven-Bill Appropriations Package Clears House
2021-07-30 18:40:12
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a package of seven appropriations bills for 2022, funding the executive office of the president and general government functions of the executive branch, the judiciary, and several departments and agencies. The vote was 219-208. The... Read More

Trump Urged Justice Officials to Declare Election 'Corrupt'
Political News
Trump Urged Justice Officials to Declare Election 'Corrupt'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results "corrupt" in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec.... Read More

Bidenomics Means Increasing 'Worker Power,' Advisor Argues
Economy
Bidenomics Means Increasing 'Worker Power,' Advisor Argues
2021-07-30 16:09:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON -- The success of President Joe Biden's promise to breathe new life into the American working and middle class will hang on the administration's ability to build up the power of workers, according to a group of economic experts.... Read More

Special Election Primaries Set for Two Ohio Congressional Seats on Aug. 3
In The States
Special Election Primaries Set for Two Ohio Congressional Seats on Aug. 3
2021-07-30 16:03:39
by Dan McCue

It may not be special elections galore, but voters in two congressional districts in Ohio are about to decide who will compete in November for two high profile Capitol Hill vacancies. On Aug. 3, 10 Republicans and two Democrats will... Read More

House Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Bill
Congress
House Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Bill
2021-07-30 16:01:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $2.1 billion emergency spending bill that includes funding for the Capitol Police, a move that solved a potential budget shortfall that could have led to furloughs in August. The bill, H.R.... Read More

New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.
Health
New Cases of ‘Untreatable’ Superbug Fungus Emerge in U.S.
2021-07-29 21:25:57
by Reece Nations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have reported domestic outbreaks of Candida auris, a deadly and highly transmissible yeast which can be resistant to all three major classes of antifungal medications before treatment. Outbreaks of the fungus were discovered... Read More

Government Tries to Play Catch-Up Against Fast-Moving Cyberattacks
Cybercrime
Government Tries to Play Catch-Up Against Fast-Moving Cyberattacks
2021-07-29 20:21:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress took a stab Thursday at improving the nation’s cybersecurity as the federal government mobilizes more resources against ransomware and hackers. Both President Joe Biden and members of a House Homeland Security subcommittee described threats to U.S. computer... Read More

Federal Workers: Get Fully Vaccinated or Face Stepped Up COVID Protocols
Health
Federal Workers: Get Fully Vaccinated or Face Stepped Up COVID Protocols
2021-07-29 20:07:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden told federal employees and onsite contractors Thursday that they need to get fully vaccinated or face regular testing and be required to wear masks at all times while on the job. Speaking in the East... Read More

White House Releases Strategy to Slow Migration at Southern Border
Immigration
White House Releases Strategy to Slow Migration at Southern Border
2021-07-29 15:50:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that efforts to address root causes of migration from three Central American countries won't produce immediate results as she unveiled a broad strategy that expands on principles the Biden administration previously outlined.... Read More

Administration Calls on Congress to Extend CDC Eviction Ban
White House
Administration Calls on Congress to Extend CDC Eviction Ban
2021-07-29 15:33:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The White House called on Congress Thursday to pass an emergency extension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction ban, three days before it is set to expire. Without immediate action, the Biden administration said it... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests
In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests
2021-07-29 14:49:12
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- In accordance with plans first announced in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the state National Guard to aid Department of Public Safety troopers with apprehending individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.... Read More

Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
Political News
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
2021-07-29 14:32:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday evening voted to advance bipartisan infrastructure legislation, despite the lack of actual bill text to consider and a looming battle in the House over the measure. By a 67-32 vote, the Senate moved... Read More

Transnational Crime Eludes Solutions Despite Congress’ Renewed Efforts
Congress
Transnational Crime Eludes Solutions Despite Congress’ Renewed Efforts
2021-07-29 14:26:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Federal law enforcement personnel tried to convince sometimes skeptical members of Congress Wednesday they are making adequate efforts to control transnational crime along the U.S. southern border. However, they also acknowledged a “crisis” as illegal immigrants and drug... Read More

Former Intelligence Officials on the ‘Deteriorating’ Situation in Afghanistan
Think Tanks
Former Intelligence Officials on the ‘Deteriorating’ Situation in Afghanistan
2021-07-28 20:18:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Had President Biden sought Gen. David Petraeus’s advice on the Allied troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, he has made no secret of that fact he would have advised against it, even though the general admits the goals from engaging... Read More

DOJ Issues ‘Guidance’ Docs for States on Federal Election Laws
Elections
DOJ Issues ‘Guidance’ Docs for States on Federal Election Laws
2021-07-28 19:06:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released two guidance documents Wednesday intended to ensure states fully comply with federal election laws, specifically those statutes pertaining to methods of voting and constraints on post-election audits. “The right of all eligible citizens to... Read More

Senators Say They’ve Struck Deal on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Senators Say They’ve Struck Deal on $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
2021-07-28 16:29:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators who have been negotiating for weeks on an infrastructure bill since forging an alliance with the White House say they’ve reached a deal on the “major issues” and can now move forward. “I... Read More

Census Bureau to Release Redistricting Data Beginning Aug. 16
Redistricting
Census Bureau to Release Redistricting Data Beginning Aug. 16
2021-07-28 16:27:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau will release redistricting data to the states in two formats beginning on Aug. 16. The first release will be geared for what the agency calls “experienced data users,” with a second, easier to use release... Read More

States to Fight Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook
Antitrust
States to Fight Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook
2021-07-28 15:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam served notice on Wednesday that they are appealing a federal judge’s decision to throw out their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. “We filed this notice of appeal because... Read More

State Lawmakers Work to Strip Old 'Whites Only' Covenants
In The States
State Lawmakers Work to Strip Old 'Whites Only' Covenants

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the Hartford suburbs since 1950 when they discovered something far uglier than they expected.  Tucked in a list of rules on... Read More

Infrastructure Talks Leave Biden's Entire Agenda at Risk
U.S. Senate
Infrastructure Talks Leave Biden's Entire Agenda at Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects.... Read More

Biden Proposes Rule to Bolster America’s Manufacturing Sector
White House
Biden Proposes Rule to Bolster America’s Manufacturing Sector
2021-07-28 13:37:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced a new proposed rule Wednesday morning that’s intended to strengthen domestic supply chains and bolster the nation’s manufacturing sector by establishing a higher threshold for products to qualify as made in the United States.... Read More

Voters Reject Trump-Endorsed Republican in Texas Special Election
Political News
Voters Reject Trump-Endorsed Republican in Texas Special Election
2021-07-28 13:28:44
by Dan McCue

First-term Texas State Rep. Jake Ellzey defeated fellow Republican Susan Wright in a special runoff  election in Texas’s 6th Congressional District Tuesday night, dealing former President Donald Trump a defeat in terms of the enduring power of his endorsement. Ellzey... Read More

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