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Kilmer/Schatz Lead Group of 22 Lawmakers in Effort to Protect Federal Workers
Economy
Kilmer/Schatz Lead Group of 22 Lawmakers in Effort to Protect Federal Workers
2019-01-18 20:23:26
by TWN Staff

This week, a group of 22 lawmakers led by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) introduced the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. The new legislation protects federal... Read More

Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis
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Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis
2019-01-16 01:23:07
by Bill Myers

Most epidemics start with a patient zero. Here in northwest Illinois, the opioid epidemic features a doctor zero. About 10 miles west of Dixon, up Route 2 and following the Rock River, under the shadow cast by the husk... Read More

The Government Shutdown: Stories from the States
In The States
The Government Shutdown: Stories from the States
2019-01-16 01:21:47
by TWN Staff

If there is one thing that has become clear over the past few days, it’s that people across the United States are being impacted in real and painful ways by the protracted government shutdown. With no end in... Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Elect Roster
Congress
U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Elect Roster
2019-01-16 01:19:31
by TWN Staff

Below is the full Democratic majority roster for the six Energy and Commerce subcommittees in the 116th Congress. Republican minority subcommittee rosters will be announced at a later date.  Read More

Ongoing Shutdown Ripples through Aviation Economy
Transportation
Ongoing Shutdown Ripples through Aviation Economy
2019-01-15 22:55:39
by TWN Staff

Last week, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and federal employees including air traffic controllers and other aviation workforce personnel sent a letter to President Trump calling for an immediate... Read More

VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Andy Levin
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VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Andy Levin
2019-01-12 00:23:50
by TWN Staff

A human rights activist, newly elected Representative Andy Levin has been advocating for working families since the 1980s. Now he brings his fight to Congress. Watch him as he navigates his first day... Read More

House, Senate Send Bipartisan Bill to President Trump to Protect Government Workers Hurt by Shutdown
Bipartisan
House, Senate Send Bipartisan Bill to President Trump to Protect Government Workers Hurt by Shutdown
2019-01-11 22:39:37
by TWN Staff

With 450,000 federal workers being forced to work without pay, and another 380,000 federal workers sent home over the holidays without pay, the ongoing shutdown is taking its toll on families and public servants. It is... Read More

Peters Highlights Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Border in Weekly Democratic Address
National Security
Peters Highlights Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Border in Weekly Democratic Address
2019-01-11 22:31:44
by TWN Staff

On Friday, Congressman Scott Peters of California delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. Peters, a centrist member of Congress known for his practical approach to problem solving, represents California's 52nd... Read More

New Senate Chiefs
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New Senate Chiefs
2019-01-11 22:01:06
by TWN Staff

As new members of the U.S. Senate take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the appointment of a chief of staff. The Well News is tracking all of these top hires. Read More

What Are Members of the House and Senate Saying About President Trump's Address to the Nation?
Congress
What Are Members of the House and Senate Saying About President Trump's Address to the Nation?
2019-01-09 03:30:22
by TWN Staff

Statements issued after President Trump’s address to the nation: Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) - “The real crises here are of Donald Trump’s own making: dedicated public servants missing paychecks; taxpayers denied critical government services; economic hardship for small ... Read More

A Failed State, How Illinois' Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis
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A Failed State, How Illinois' Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis
2019-01-09 01:51:50
by Bill Myers

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of their drug problem. It became a war of attrition — and the opioids won. A few years ago, Lee County authorities ... Read More

VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
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VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
2019-01-09 01:31:54
by TWN Staff

Representative Torres Small grew up in the New Mexico desert and brings her extensive knowledge of local governments, farmers, developers, and conservationists to the House. She’s a rising star and a new member to... Read More

New Member Chiefs
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New Member Chiefs
2019-01-09 00:04:54
by TWN Staff

As new members of the House of Representatives take office, one of the first and most important decisions they make is the appointment of a chief of staff. Here The Well News is tracking all of these top hires.  Read More

The 8th and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
Bipartisan
The 8th and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
2019-01-08 02:35:39
by TWN Staff

On the 8th anniversary of the shooting in Arizona’s 8th congressional district, on January 8th, H.R. 8 is introduced into the House of Representatives.  It was January 2011 when a man began shooting outside of a... Read More

VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
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VIDEO: First Day in Congress With Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
2019-01-05 02:26:30
by TWN Staff

Chrissy Houlahan is a rising star. A third generation military veteran and Captain in the USAFR, she is poised to make her mark in the 116th Congress. Read More

Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill
National Security
Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill
2019-01-04 20:42:02
by TWN Staff

On Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like ... Read More

Blue Dogs Work to Restore Fiscal Responsibility to Government
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Work to Restore Fiscal Responsibility to Government
2019-01-04 20:41:42
by TWN Staff

This week, Democrats took back the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives following 2018's historic midterm elections. One of the first orders of business? Establish rules for the 116th Congress. H.Res.6, "A Resolution Providing for the House ... Read More

The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs
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The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs
2019-01-02 00:11:38
by Bill Myers

Opioids have overwhelmed rural Illinois. Desperate, the cops in Ronald Reagan’s hometown have stopped arresting people and started getting them help. In an exclusive series, The Well News looks at “Safe Passage,” a... Read More

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill Signed into Law
Bipartisan
Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill Signed into Law
2018-12-22 03:14:47
by TWN Staff

Friday, President Trump signed the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. The law makes sentencing and prison reforms to the U.S. Criminal Justice System... Read More

New Mexico State Speaker of the House Brian Egolf Discusses Education and Economic Priorities
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New Mexico State Speaker of the House Brian Egolf Discusses Education and Economic Priorities
2018-12-21 21:52:26
by TWN Staff

Looking ahead to a new legislative term, The Well News had the opportunity to speak with New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf about his priorities and goals. Read More

Blue Dogs Move to End 'Rigged' Redistricting Process
Voting
Blue Dogs Move to End 'Rigged' Redistricting Process
2018-12-18 23:42:12
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, incoming Blue Dog Co-Chairs—Reps. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Lou Correa (CA-46), and Rep.-elect Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)—sent a letter to House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader-Designate Steny Hoyer... Read More

Families of 17 Victims in Parkland Shooting Respond to Administration's School Safety Report
National Security
Families of 17 Victims in Parkland Shooting Respond to Administration's School Safety Report
2018-12-18 23:42:03
by TWN Staff

Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto on Tuesday sent a letter to President Trump in response to the long awaited report issued by the Administration's Federal Commission on School Safety. Stand with Parkland, which represents all 17 families of the shooting ... Read More

Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Calling on Administration to Respond to Allegations of Chinese Government Election Interference
Foreign Affairs
Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Calling on Administration to Respond to Allegations of Chinese Government Election Interference
2018-12-18 23:42:00
by TWN Staff

Led by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other national security leaders in the Trump Administration expressing concern about ongoing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) attempts to ... Read More

CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US
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CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US
2018-12-18 22:40:11
by TWN Staff

Rx Drug Spending Slowest Growing Component of 2017 Health Care Expenses. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 National Health Expenditure (NHE) data, detailing the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States... Read More

The Rise of Digital Advertising and the Future of Campaigns
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The Rise of Digital Advertising and the Future of Campaigns
2018-12-15 01:15:43
by TWN Staff

New technology is rapidly changing the ways in which campaigns and candidates interact with voters. For decades, direct mail and other forms of traditional media have been the gold standard in voter communication and... Read More

Government Shut Down Looms
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Government Shut Down Looms
2018-12-15 01:13:30
by TWN Staff

With no resolution in sight on the border security question, Democrats and President Trump are locked in a bitter dispute with less than two weeks before a spending bill must be passed to keep the government open. Read More

New Dems Elect Leadership Slate for the 116th Congress
Congress
New Dems Elect Leadership Slate for the 116th Congress
2018-12-12 14:03:33
by TWN Staff

“Now at more than 90-strong, the New Democrat Coalition will push Congress to look at old problems through a new lens. We are laser-focused on growing the pie, creating jobs in every part of the country, and building an... Read More

Congress
Senate Democratic Ranking Members Announced 116th Congress
2018-12-12 14:02:28
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced the slate of Senate Democratic Ranking Members for the 116th Congress. Ratified by the Senate Democratic Caucus, they include:  Aging: Senator Bob... Read More

Senators Hail Passage of 2018 Farm Bill
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Senators Hail Passage of 2018 Farm Bill
2018-12-12 01:41:16
by TWN Staff

In a Congress marked by gridlock, the 2018 Farm Bill passed yesterday with overwhelming bipartisan support. By a margin 87-13, Senators on both sides of the aisle hailed the bill as success and touted achievements in securing funding for farmers, ranchers, ... Read More

Cortez Masto, Flake Move to Eliminate Wasteful Government Spending
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Cortez Masto, Flake Move to Eliminate Wasteful Government Spending
2018-12-07 23:34:40
by TWN Staff

On the Chopping Block: Paying Federal Loans in Peanuts, Federal Grants for Robot Bartenders, Agricultural Subsidies for Bug-Based Foods. On Wednesday, just weeks before the 115th Congress comes to a close... Read More

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