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2019-04-02 21:08:15
by Dan McCue
NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces... Read More

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces many on the political fringes had long argued they were. For those who may not be familiar with the group,... Read More

2019-04-01 22:18:12
by Dan McCue
Poll Finds Most Likely Democratic Primary Voters Want to Back Coalition Builder

A majority of likely Democratic primary voters want above all else in 2020 to beat President Donald Trump and say... Read More

A majority of likely Democratic primary voters want above all else in 2020 to beat President Donald Trump and say the way to do it is by supporting a centrist candidate with broad appeal rather than one trying to move... Read More

2019-04-01 16:14:19
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Restores Obama Ban on Oil Drilling in Arctic Waters

A federal judge on Friday night reinstated an Obama-era ban on oil-and-gas drilling in vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean,... Read More

A federal judge on Friday night reinstated an Obama-era ban on oil-and-gas drilling in vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean, holding President Donald Trump exceeded his authority in attempting to overturn it. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason... Read More

2019-03-30 00:38:19
by Dan McCue
Third Way Says Congress Must Ensure Higher Ed Meets Need of Hard-Working Students

The public policy think tank Third Way has thrown its support behind the PROTECT Students Act, a bill introduced this... Read More

The public policy think tank Third Way has thrown its support behind the PROTECT Students Act, a bill introduced this week by Senators Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that seeks to hold colleges, for-profit schools, and other institutions... 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

2019-03-30 00:11:07
by Dan McCue
Cunningham Champions Bipartisan Push to Ban Offshore Drilling Expansion

First-term Representative Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., this week introduced legislation aimed at banning offshore oil and gas exploration on the eastern... Read More

First-term Representative Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., this week introduced legislation aimed at banning offshore oil and gas exploration on the eastern seaboard and Pacific Coast. Offshore oil and gas exploration has been a hot-button issue in South Carolina and many other... Read More

2019-03-30 00:08:24
by Dan McCue
Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential... Read More

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential economic and personal benefits that would be attained if policies were enacted to push the rate of postsecondary completion up... Read More

2019-03-30 00:04:58
by Dan McCue
Luján Appears Poised to Enter New Mexico Senate Race

Democratic Representative Ben Ray Luján is "seriously considering" a run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico, according to a... Read More

Democratic Representative Ben Ray Luján is "seriously considering" a run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico, according to a source familiar with the congressman's plans, and at least one published report says his decision will be announced Monday. The... 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

2019-03-29 23:33:10
by HJ Mai
International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration

When Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this week that the United States plans to put astronauts back on the... Read More

When Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this week that the United States plans to put astronauts back on the moon within five years, he appealed to America’s competitive spirit by declaring a new space race against U.S. adversaries China... Read More

2019-03-28 17:50:59
by Dan McCue
Commerce, Not Safety Long at Forefront of Aviation Industry Oversight

The issues raised Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space went to the very... Read More

The issues raised Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space went to the very heart of a conflict that has plagued aviation and the entities created to regulate it since the days of Charles... Read More

2019-03-27 23:57:14
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in... Read More

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in space to growing threats from China and Russia. They are trying to convince Congress to authorize a new branch of... Read More

2019-03-27 23:19:34
by Dan McCue
Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts

Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, led by vice chairs Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent... Read More

Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, led by vice chairs Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday, urging him to abandon his threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on auto... 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

2019-03-27 00:19:22
by Dan McCue
Survey Finds Broad Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

On the heels of Congress’ introduction of the Equality Act, a landmark national survey of over 40,000 Americans has found... Read More

On the heels of Congress’ introduction of the Equality Act, a landmark national survey of over 40,000 Americans has found that seven in 10 Americans support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. The survey released Tuesday by the nonprofit and nonpartisan... Read More

2019-03-27 00:10:38
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Justices Struggle With Where to Draw the Line on Partisan Gerrymandering

As the U.S. Supreme Court waded into a pair of gerrymandering cases on Tuesday, a majority of the justices struggled... Read More

As the U.S. Supreme Court waded into a pair of gerrymandering cases on Tuesday, a majority of the justices struggled mightily with the question of just how a federal court can fairly determine when state legislatures have been too partisan... Read More

2019-03-26 21:45:16
by TWN Staff
Q&A with Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Josh Gottheimer

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is committed to bringing... Read More

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is committed to bringing members together across party lines and finding areas of agreement on key issues facing our country. Read Rep. Tom Reed's... Read More

2019-03-26 21:44:41
by TWN Staff
Q&A with Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Tom Reed

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is committed to bringing... Read More

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., is committed to bringing members together across party lines and finding areas of agreement on key issues facing our country. Read Rep. Josh Gottheimer's... Read More

2019-03-19 23:39:59
by TWN Staff
Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to 2017 Tax Law to Help Restaurants and Retailers

This week, U.S. Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Pat Toomey, R-Penn., introduced the Restoring Investments in Improvements Act, bipartisan legislation... Read More

This week, U.S. Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Pat Toomey, R-Penn., introduced the Restoring Investments in Improvements Act, bipartisan legislation that ensures restaurants and retailers can take full advantage of a 2017 tax law provision meant to spur renovations and... Read More

2019-03-15 23:58:13
by Dan McCue
Messy Issue of Gerrymandering About to Dominate High Court Docket

Over the next two weeks, the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court will be dominated by issues it has recently... Read More

Over the next two weeks, the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court will be dominated by issues it has recently preferred to punt back to lower courts: racial and partisan gerrymandering. On Monday, the justices will hear oral arguments in... Read More

2019-03-13 00:26:53
by Dan McCue
House Majority Leader Hoyer Proposes Restoring Earmarks

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told a select committee on Tuesday that he would restore the use of earmarks... Read More

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told a select committee on Tuesday that he would restore the use of earmarks so that members of Congress have "a greater say in directing spending toward critical public projects in their communities." "Earmarks... Read More

2019-03-11 21:41:58
by Dan McCue
Watchdogs: Trump's Gimmicky $4.7 Trillion Budget Not Grounded In Reality

The $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday, misses the mark on achieving meaningful... Read More

The $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday, misses the mark on achieving meaningful deficit reduction while relying on accounting "sleight-of-hand" to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years, according to a... Read More

2019-03-09 01:38:01
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Played Key Role In Passing Sweeping Election Overhaul Package

The House passed along party lines a sweeping ethics and election overhaul bill Friday morning, setting up a showdown with... Read More

The House passed along party lines a sweeping ethics and election overhaul bill Friday morning, setting up a showdown with Senate Republicans that will likely loom large in the 2020 elections. “It’s about money in politics and how that destroys... Read More

2019-03-08 20:18:10
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Promote Energy Efficiency, Tech in Manufacturing

Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a bill this week to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers adopt... Read More

Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a bill this week to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers adopt technology to improve their business processes, increase their energy efficiency and curb the wasteful use of resources. The bill, titled... Read More

2019-03-06 11:10:56
by TWN Staff
Q&A with New Democrat Coalition Chair, Rep. Derek Kilmer

What is your primary objective for the New Democrat Coalition during the 116th Congress? What gets me psyched about the... Read More

What is your primary objective for the New Democrat Coalition during the 116th Congress? What gets me psyched about the New Dems is that we look at old problems through a new lens – not just for the party but... Read More

2019-03-06 01:14:09
by TWN Staff
New Dems to Leadership: Strengthen the ACA

In a departure from several high profile Democrats who recently endorsed "Medicare for all" or "single payer" style health care... Read More

In a departure from several high profile Democrats who recently endorsed "Medicare for all" or "single payer" style health care plans, New Democrat Coalition members urged House leadership to instead take action to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on... Read More

2019-03-06 00:35:24
by Dan McCue
Report: Voting Machines Remain Vulnerable Ahead of 2020 Election

A mere 608 days before what promises to be the most hotly-contested presidential election in a generation, aging voting machines... Read More

A mere 608 days before what promises to be the most hotly-contested presidential election in a generation, aging voting machines employed in nearly every state of the union fall far short of ensuring a fair and secure Election Day, a... Read More

2019-03-06 00:24:38
by TWN Staff
North Carolina Election Saga Continues as State Board Sets Date for Election Re-Do

The ongoing saga in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District will drag on until at least September 10, after the state... Read More

The ongoing saga in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District will drag on until at least September 10, after the state Elections Board unanimously voted on Monday to re-do the election. Last November’s general election saw Republican Mark Harris beat Democrat... Read More

2019-03-04 19:30:12
by Dan McCue
Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Monday announced he is running for president in 2020, positioning himself as the candidate... Read More

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Monday announced he is running for president in 2020, positioning himself as the candidate who has proven he can bridge partisan divides to accomplish progressive goals. "I'm running for president because we need dreamers... Read More

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