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2022-03-22 22:47:44
by Reece Nations
School Nutrition Advocates Urge Congress to Extend Pandemic Meal Waivers

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers,... Read More

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers, schools across the country will be forced to cancel or scale back meal services for local families. The waivers, which... Read More

2022-03-21 18:57:42
by Dan McCue
SEC Proposes Rules to Improve Company Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

WASHINGTON — Publicly-traded companies, hedge funds and others may soon have to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Publicly-traded companies, hedge funds and others may soon have to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and how climate risk affects their business under new rules proposed Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under the proposal... Read More

Firing-Squad Executions Get Greenlight in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state's inability to procure lethal injection drugs.... Read More

Rep. Don Young, Longtime Alaska Congressman, Dies at 88

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Rep. Don Young, who was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House,... Read More

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Rep. Don Young, who was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House, has died. He was 88. His office announced Young's death in a statement Friday night. "It's with heavy hearts and... Read More

2022-03-18 23:23:18
by Reece Nations
O’Halleran Leads Package of Bills Targeting Ethics, Transparency in Congress 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., introduced five bills on Thursday as part of a package aimed at curbing... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., introduced five bills on Thursday as part of a package aimed at curbing ethical breaches by lawmakers and restoring public trust in Congress.  The bills take several courses of action to prohibit unethical... Read More

2022-03-18 21:16:23
by Dan McCue
Biden Warns Chinese President of ‘Consequences’ if China Helps Russia

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by secure video link for about two hours on Friday... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by secure video link for about two hours on Friday morning, with Biden warning that Beijing would face “consequences” if it provides “material support” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A... Read More

2022-03-18 21:01:09
by Dan McCue
Threats Lead Steube to Consider Using Campaign Funds to Defend Florida Home

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to protect their homes, up to and including paying for a locking security gate,... Read More

2022-03-18 17:47:22
by Dan McCue
Senate Finance Committee Far From Consensus on Drug Price Solution

WASHINGTON — As the Senate Finance Committee waded into the hot-button topic of prescription drug prices on Wednesday two things... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the Senate Finance Committee waded into the hot-button topic of prescription drug prices on Wednesday two things were clear from the outset: everyone agrees something needs to be done to make drugs like insulin more affordable and... Read More

2022-03-18 16:13:36
by Dan McCue
Ohio Supreme Court Tosses Maps, Throws State Primary Into Chaos

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a third set of state House and Senate maps on Wednesday, potentially... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a third set of state House and Senate maps on Wednesday, potentially throwing plans for the state’s upcoming May 3 primary election into chaos. In response to the ruling, Ohio Secretary of... Read More

2022-03-18 16:07:43
by Tom Ramstack
Playing the Blame Game as Gas Prices Continue to Rise

WASHINGTON — The national average for gasoline prices hovered near record highs Friday, a fact not lost in Washington, D.C.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The national average for gasoline prices hovered near record highs Friday, a fact not lost in Washington, D.C., as Republicans and Democrats engaged in a blame game. The Senate Commerce Committee's ranking Republican called on the Federal Trade... Read More

2022-03-17 22:57:34
by Tom Ramstack
Black Institutions Ask Congress to Help Pay for Security Amid Violent Threats

WASHINGTON — Rev. Eric Manning invoked the dead of the July 17, 2015, massacre at a church in Charleston, S.C.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rev. Eric Manning invoked the dead of the July 17, 2015, massacre at a church in Charleston, S.C., as he testified to Congress Thursday about threats to African American institutions. He read the names of the nine victims... Read More

Russia Business Deals Muddy GOP US Senate Primary in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several Republicans competing for the party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Ohio are facing... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several Republicans competing for the party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Ohio are facing scrutiny for their ties to Russia as the country intensifies its war against Ukraine. Much of the attention has focused... Read More

2022-03-16 23:08:24
by Dan McCue
Virginia to Consider Gas Tax Suspension

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is sending a bill to the general assembly during its upcoming special session... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is sending a bill to the general assembly during its upcoming special session to suspend that state's gas tax for three months. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular... Read More

2022-03-16 21:52:04
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Urge Action by Congress as Global Warming Intensifies Forest Fires

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel revived disputes Wednesday over how to manage forests to avoid catastrophic wildfires weeks before springtime... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel revived disputes Wednesday over how to manage forests to avoid catastrophic wildfires weeks before springtime brings risks of devastation for more communities in western states. Environmentalists and lawmakers agreed good science should lead policy decisions... Read More

2022-03-16 15:59:02
by Dan McCue
Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates Now Available in Print

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election... Read More

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday. The new guide is intended to provide an overall summary of the federal campaign finance laws that... Read More

2022-03-16 15:53:03
by Alexa Hornbeck
Spending Bill Includes Over $6 Billion in Funds for Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the omnibus spending bill into law for fiscal year 2022 and included... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the omnibus spending bill into law for fiscal year 2022 and included in the package is $6.6 billion for funding health care initiatives through the Indian Health Service, an agency within the... Read More

2022-03-16 15:46:11
by Dan McCue
In Address to Congress, Zelenskyy Urges President to be ‘Leader of Peace’

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy made an emotional and historic direct appeal to Congress Wednesday morning, asking for help... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy made an emotional and historic direct appeal to Congress Wednesday morning, asking for help protecting Ukrainian airspace and for stronger sanctions to beat back Russia’s unprovoked invasion of his country. Dressed in his now... Read More

2022-03-15 22:06:31
by Dan McCue
Federal Reserve Pick Raskin Withdraws Nomination

WASHINGTON — Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden’s pick for a position on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, withdrew... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden’s pick for a position on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, withdrew her nomination Tuesday, one day after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined all Senate Republicans in opposing her confirmation. In a... Read More

2022-03-15 22:02:24
by Reece Nations
Senate Passes Bill to Make Daylight Saving Permanent

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation that would permanently extend daylight saving time nationwide by unanimous consent on Tuesday. The... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation that would permanently extend daylight saving time nationwide by unanimous consent on Tuesday. The bill, entitled the Sunshine Protection Act, was sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of... Read More

2022-03-15 21:38:46
by Dan McCue
Shalanda Young Confirmed as OMB Director

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-36 to confirm Shalanda Young as director of the Office of Management and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-36 to confirm Shalanda Young as director of the Office of Management and Budget, making her the first Black woman in history to head the office and the fifth Black woman to be... Read More

2022-03-15 20:49:10
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Panel Approves Health Bill to Protect Against Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday to put significant new resources into U.S. preparedness for any other... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday to put significant new resources into U.S. preparedness for any other pandemics that threaten the nation’s health and economy. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., described the PREVENT Pandemics Act as an effort... Read More

2022-03-15 20:40:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
White House Outlines Dire Outcomes if Congress Fails to Pass COVID Relief Aid Bill 

WASHINGTON — The White House issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday outlining what might happen now... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday outlining what might happen now that the $22.5 billion in COVID-19 relief aid was dropped from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. “We continue to... Read More

2022-03-15 20:36:16
by Dan McCue
President to Travel to Europe Next Week for NATO Summit

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium, next week to attend a hastily arranged North Atlantic Treaty... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium, next week to attend a hastily arranged North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit meeting before attending a meeting of the European Union later that day, the White House announced Tuesday. Both... Read More

2022-03-15 18:57:30
by Dan McCue
Idaho Sues to End Tent Protest Near State Capitol Building

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a lawsuit Tuesday to bring an end... Read More

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a lawsuit Tuesday to bring an end to a monthslong protest by campers outside the Capitol Annex intended to bring attention to homelessness in the state. Specifically,... Read More

2022-03-15 17:54:36
by Dan McCue
Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Driving Up Costs for US Farmers

WASHINGTON — Russia’s unprovoked military assault on Ukraine is driving up the price American farmers pay for fertilizer. One of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Russia’s unprovoked military assault on Ukraine is driving up the price American farmers pay for fertilizer. One of the little known facts about American agriculture is that while American farmers feed much of the world, the United States... Read More

2022-03-14 21:49:46
by Reece Nations
Texas Court Blocks Transgender Youth Abuse Inquiries

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Court issued an injunction on Friday temporarily preventing the enforcement of a directive... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Court issued an injunction on Friday temporarily preventing the enforcement of a directive compelling the state child welfare agency to investigate gender-transitioning medical treatment cases as child abuse. Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued... Read More

2022-03-14 19:29:49
by Tom Ramstack
Avian Flu Reported in Poultry in Kansas and Illinois

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agriculture Department is confirming two cases of avian flu in Kansas and Illinois among flocks of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agriculture Department is confirming two cases of avian flu in Kansas and Illinois among flocks of poultry. So far, no humans have been infected. The flocks are under quarantine and will be depopulated, the Agriculture Department... Read More

2022-03-14 17:22:15
by Kate Michael
Roberta Flack Honored by DAR with DC Call Box Monument

WASHINGTON — Patrons enjoying a snow day soup, sandwich and suds at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill were surprised Saturday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Patrons enjoying a snow day soup, sandwich and suds at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill were surprised Saturday afternoon by the sudden appearance of musical great Roberta Flack. While Mr. Henry’s is often cited as the place where... Read More

2022-03-14 16:47:52
by Dan McCue
Zelenskyy to Deliver Virtual Address to Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to members of the House and Senate on Wednesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to members of the House and Senate on Wednesday at 9 a.m. According to a letter sent to members of both chambers by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

Anti-Trump Republicans Lining Up For 2024 Shadow Primary

NEW YORK (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.,... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is considering a rough timeline for a potential presidential announcement. And allies of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., are openly talking... Read More

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