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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

2019-03-02 01:13:24
by TWN Staff
For New Bedford, Massachusetts, Creation of First Offshore Wind Farm in US Means Jobs

Long ignored in the United States, offshore wind energy is poised to become a new economic engine in New Bedford,... Read More

Long ignored in the United States, offshore wind energy is poised to become a new economic engine in New Bedford, Massachusetts that will bring thousands of jobs and launch a new major industry along the eastern seaboard. During the 19th... Read More

2019-03-02 01:02:49
by Dan McCue
Washington Gov. Inslee Places Climate Change Front and Center in Presidential Bid

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and do so by making... Read More

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and do so by making climate change his central issue. "I'm running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate... Read More

2019-03-02 00:55:55
by Dan McCue
US Consumer Spending in December Threatens Continued Slowing of Economy

U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The slide, the biggest decline in nine... Read More

U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The slide, the biggest decline in nine years, is yet more evidence that the 2018 holiday shopping season was a disappointment for retailers and sellers of bigger... Read More

2019-03-02 00:32:01
by TWN Staff
Is Ex-Governor McAuliffe Running for President?

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses the speculation and more on the latest installment of The Electables podcast. Hosted by Democratic strategists... Read More

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses the speculation and more on the latest installment of The Electables podcast. Hosted by Democratic strategists Adrienne Elrod and Doug Thornell, The Electables aims to bring its listeners the backstory and insider perspective on the high-stakes... Read More

2019-03-01 13:23:16
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. They are trying to figure out how to act without the president’s approval... Read More

2019-02-27 03:27:51
by Dan Weisman
Rep. Duncan Hunter Tries to Remain Relevant

Indicted for campaign finance fraud and awaiting a September federal court trial, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50th District, CA.) does what... Read More

Indicted for campaign finance fraud and awaiting a September federal court trial, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50th District, CA.) does what he can to remain relevant. Although he has been banished from congressional committees, and doesn’t respond to non-conservative media outlets,... Read More

2019-02-27 01:59:36
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S. military intervention is possible soon. A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee called the hearing to determine how the U.S. government should... Read More

2019-02-27 01:56:52
by TWN Staff
Blue Dog Coalition Announces Policy Task Forces for the 116th Congress

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition has announced its four policy task forces for the 116th Congress. The task forces... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition has announced its four policy task forces for the 116th Congress. The task forces will be the main drivers of policy for the centrist group of members and will focus on fiscal responsibility and... Read More

2019-02-23 00:27:56
by HJ Mai
Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America?

The historical alliance between the United States and Western Europe has resulted in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity... Read More

The historical alliance between the United States and Western Europe has resulted in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, but U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is causing a rift. Tensions at the... Read More

2019-02-23 00:22:09
by HJ Mai
Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

In his 2018 State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump promised the American people “gleaming new roads, bridges,... Read More

In his 2018 State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump promised the American people “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land,” but even back then reports already suggested that the president “hates” part of... Read More

2019-02-23 00:11:12
by Dan Weisman
Meet the New San Diego Border Barrier

It's kind of like a bait-and-switch along 14 miles of the San Diego border barrier, or maybe similar to the... Read More

It's kind of like a bait-and-switch along 14 miles of the San Diego border barrier, or maybe similar to the new and improved status sometimes awarded to reconstituted cereal brands. Or call it peaches, as President Trump said for all... Read More

2019-02-20 00:10:48
by TWN Staff
E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a... Read More

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission that personal health information of certain Facebook users who were participating in... Read More

2019-02-19 23:57:35
by TWN Staff
Ballot Tampering and Voter Fraud: What’s Going On in NC-09?

Since last November’s election, the 9th District of North Carolina has yet to have a declared winner as the state’s... Read More

Since last November’s election, the 9th District of North Carolina has yet to have a declared winner as the state’s Election Board has refused to certify the results. Initial results after the election showed Republican Mark Harris squeaked by with... Read More

2019-02-16 03:06:31
by Tom Ramstack
US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have... Read More

2019-02-16 01:19:34
by Tom Ramstack
Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of... Read More

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of a Washington, D.C. marijuana business told Congress this week. A House Financial Services subcommittee called the hearing to determine whether... Read More

2019-02-13 00:18:45
by TWN Staff
Lofgren, Buck Lead Bipartisan Effort to Reform Legal Immigration System

Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO), who serve as Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the House ... Read More

Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO), who serve as Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship... Read More

2019-02-13 00:16:05
by Michael Cheng
Drone Deliveries to Fuel On-demand Services for Food, Basic Goods and Organs

Commercial airline services are great for traveling. Planes are also suitable for transporting large cargo over long distances. But what... Read More

Commercial airline services are great for traveling. Planes are also suitable for transporting large cargo over long distances. But what about time-sensitive and on-demand products, such as food, perishable items and organs? Drone deliveries could be the solution to such... Read More

2019-02-13 00:16:03
by HJ Mai
Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion

In his first two years as the leader of the free world, U.S. President Donald Trump aggressively pushed his “America... Read More

In his first two years as the leader of the free world, U.S. President Donald Trump aggressively pushed his “America First” agenda and selectively disengaged the United States from the international stage. He also publicly questioned America’s traditional alliances and... Read More

2019-02-13 00:16:00
by Michael Cheng
President Trump Promotes Offensive Cybersecurity Tactics

Government agencies concerned about limited options available to them in the event of security breaches and data hacks may now... Read More

Government agencies concerned about limited options available to them in the event of security breaches and data hacks may now explore offensive cybersecurity strategies. This is the message firmly conveyed by President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton earlier... Read More

2019-02-09 01:00:44
by TWN Staff
Net Neutrality: Poised for Bipartisan Action?

The 116th Congress ushered in the most diverse freshman class in history. While there are some vocal members on the... Read More

The 116th Congress ushered in the most diverse freshman class in history. While there are some vocal members on the extremes of both parties, this newly minted group of legislators is also by-and-large one of the most pragmatic in recent... Read More

2019-02-08 20:57:03
by TWN Staff
Peters, Davis Take Bipartisan Action to Address Rising Student Loan Debt Among America’s Workers

This week, Congressmen Scott Peters (D-CA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) led a bipartisan group of 99 Members of Congress to... Read More

This week, Congressmen Scott Peters (D-CA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) led a bipartisan group of 99 Members of Congress to reintroduce H.R. 1043, the Employer Participation in Repayment Act, which would incentivize employers to offer student loan assistance to help... Read More

2019-02-08 20:53:18
by TWN Staff
Wyden, Blunt Move to Support America’s Craft Beverage Industry

This week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced legislation to help ensure... Read More

This week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced legislation to help ensure the continued growth of America’s craft beverage industry. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently establish reduced... Read More

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