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Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
Congress
Good Government Panel Scores Victory On Constituent Communications
2020-01-07 21:09:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New updates to the official House communications rules and procedures include several improvements endorsed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress last month. The updates, which went into effect on Tuesday, include: Name Change - The... Read More

Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020 Elections
Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020-01-07 17:49:46
by Dan McCue

Let's face it, for all the attention paid the early caucus and primary states, no one seriously expects the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina to have the final say on who is ultimately chosen to be... Read More

Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
Courts
Chief Justice Says Each Generation Owes the Next a 'Fully Functioning' Government
2020-01-06 20:05:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts issued his year-end report on the judiciary last week, coming closer than ever to publicly commenting on the partisan divide that has gripped the federal government. "Each generation has an obligation to pass on... Read More

Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
Climate
Congress Plans for Financial Damage Caused by Ignoring Climate Change
2020-01-04 00:17:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists and a South Carolina mayor warned Congress recently that climate change will take an increasing toll on the lives and finances of Americans if the federal government does not act soon. They discussed how greenhouse gas emissions... Read More

Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection
Litigation
Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection
2020-01-04 00:11:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The families of 143 U.S. soldiers and government contractors sued a group of multinational corporations last week in Washington, D.C. accusing them of indirectly funding the Taliban insurgents who killed and injured their relatives. In the complaint, filed... Read More

New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Roads to Travel This Holiday Season
Travel
New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Roads to Travel This Holiday Season
2019-12-20 21:26:41
by Dan McCue

If among your wishes this holiday season is that you arrive safe and sound at your destination, it would probably be a good idea to avoid complex and confusing highway interchanges. At least, that is what is suggested by a... Read More

Bill to Modify State Tax Deduction Splits Opinions During House Hearing
Taxes
Bill to Modify State Tax Deduction Splits Opinions During House Hearing
2019-12-17 21:53:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee took a last look at a Democratic proposal to repeal a cap on state and local taxes before a vote expected in the U.S. House this week. The cap is a $10,000 limit on state... Read More

21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time
Travel
21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time
2019-12-17 21:49:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - We've all dealt with it, and many of us are about to experience it again as we head home for the holidays. The long flight followed by a breathless sprint across an airport terminal all the while hoping... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
Environment
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
2019-12-13 15:06:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote the House and Senate appropriations panels this week, asking them to withhold funding from a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the west in the... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
Prescription Drugs
Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
2019-12-12 15:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kendra Horn believes it should come as no surprise to anyone that reining in runaway prescription drug prices has been a top priority of members of the 116th Congress. "After all, they are something that impacts just... Read More

Experts Decry End of 'Fair and Binding' Trade Rules After US Knee-Caps WTO Court
Congress
Experts Decry End of 'Fair and Binding' Trade Rules After US Knee-Caps WTO Court
2019-12-10 22:55:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Trade experts told a congressional panel led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., on Tuesday that the U.S. businesses and manufacturers will suffer if the decades-old rules-based trading system is allowed to fall by the wayside as the Trump... Read More

House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act
Congress
House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act
2019-12-06 21:39:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act requiring officials in 15 states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process. The bill, H.R. 4, the... Read More

Warren Stand on Private Equity Under Scrutiny at House Hearing
Finance
Warren Stand on Private Equity Under Scrutiny at House Hearing
2019-12-06 21:36:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren may score political points with the far left-wing of her party by vowing to rein in the ills of the private equity industry, but her proposals came under fire at a recent House Financial... Read More

Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
Trade
Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
2019-12-06 21:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Inaction in Congress on USMCA, the proposed new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, isn't just a political matter, it's causing real concern for some of the nation's most recognizable brands and the network of... Read More

Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:50:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Rep. Joe Cunningham's race for Congress quickly became the stuff of local legend. Here was a first-time candidate, a Democrat running in a staunchly Republican district, who defeated a well-financed GOP opponent,... Read More

IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
Veterans
IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
2019-12-03 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In many ways, Jeremy Butler is the perfect interview subject. It doesn't take much to encourage him to talk about topics he's passionate about. And as the newly appointed CEO of Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Butler... Read More

McAdams, Fellow Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Floor Vote
Trade
McAdams, Fellow Moderate Dems Push for USMCA Floor Vote
2019-11-22 21:37:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A quartet of moderate Democrats took to House floor this week to press for a vote on the USMCA trade deal, despite the stark partisan divide inflamed by the ongoing impeachment inquiry. "I think it's important that the... Read More

Murphy Shines Light On How U.S. Trade Policies Affect U.S. Quality of Life
Trade
Murphy Shines Light On How U.S. Trade Policies Affect U.S. Quality of Life
2019-11-19 22:29:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It used to be that when the general public thought of big U.S. policy, it thought of things like cold and hot wars, international diplomacy and sweeping changes in civil rights legislation. Trade, if it came to mind... Read More

New Polls Finds 70% of Americans Think Trump Was Wrong to Seek Ukraine Biden Inquiry
Opinion Polls
New Polls Finds 70% of Americans Think Trump Was Wrong to Seek Ukraine Biden Inquiry
2019-11-18 18:52:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Seventy percent of Americans think President Donald Trump's request that Ukraine open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, his political rival, was wrong, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll. Perhaps worse for the president, 58%... Read More

Ousted Ambassador Tells Impeachment Panel She Felt Threatened When Trump Denounced Her
In The News
Ousted Ambassador Tells Impeachment Panel She Felt Threatened When Trump Denounced Her
2019-11-15 22:31:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, told a House impeachment panel Friday that abruptly being ousted from her post was a heartbreaking experience that was compounded weeks later when she learned President Donald Trump had bad-mouthed... Read More

Showdown Over DACA Finally Has Its Day Before the Supreme Court
Immigration
Showdown Over DACA Finally Has Its Day Before the Supreme Court
2019-11-12 21:13:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A president has every right to undo a predecessor's policy he disagrees with, but if he does, he must do it the right way, the U.S. Supreme Court was told by immigrant advocates on Tuesday. That simple contention... Read More

Supreme Court Urged to Decide If Electoral College Voters Are Bound to State's Winner
In The News
Supreme Court Urged to Decide If Electoral College Voters Are Bound to State's Winner
2019-11-08 21:22:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In 2016, 10 Electoral College voters challenged the notion they were bound to vote for the winner of the presidential election in their state and at least tried to vote for somebody else. Seven electors actually cast that... Read More

School Shooters Exhibited Unreported Warning Signs, Secret Service Study Finds
In The News
School Shooters Exhibited Unreported Warning Signs, Secret Service Study Finds
2019-11-08 13:46:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Students who have committed deadly school shootings in recent years exhibited worrisome warning signs that went unreported to authorities, a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday says. The report, "Protecting America's Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of... Read More

In Blow to Trump, Sondland Changes Testimony
In The News
In Blow to Trump, Sondland Changes Testimony
2019-11-05 21:22:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House investigators released hundreds of pages of testimony from two top diplomats Tuesday, including a bombshell: revised testimony from one of the men in which he admits he told a top Ukrainian official the country likely would not... Read More

Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
Immigration
Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
2019-11-05 20:46:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Monday to sort out ambiguities in the Immigration and Nationality Act related to when a noncitizen can apply for cancellation of a removal order. The case before the court... Read More

New Report Shows Private Equity's Positive Impact on U.S. Economy
Economy
New Report Shows Private Equity's Positive Impact on U.S. Economy
2019-11-01 17:40:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Private equity sector is playing a positive role in the U.S. economy, supporting more than 26 million jobs while accounting for about 5% of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a new report. The analysis comes from... Read More

Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
Congress
Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
2019-10-23 00:47:35
by Sean Trambley

With what seems like an annual tradition, consumers flip on their TV to catch a playoff game or some other “must see TV” program only to find the station blacked out in the pay TV provider’s lineup because the provider... Read More

Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
State News
Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
2019-10-18 21:18:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A circuit court judge in South Carolina heard more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the state GOP executive committee's vote last month to forgo a 2020 Republican presidential primary. In the end,... Read More

Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
State News
Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
2019-10-18 21:07:24
by Dan McCue

The governors of five northeastern states came together for a summit on Thursday to discuss the outlines of a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping policies. "This issue is complicated, controversial and consequential. It is probably one of the... Read More

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