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Q&A with Republican Study Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Johnson
Spotlight
Q&A with Republican Study Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Johnson
2019-05-17 16:18:39
by TWN Staff

What is your primary objective for the Caucus during the 116th Congress? Throughout its history, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) has been referred to as the “intellectual arsenal” of conservatism in the House, and it serves a number of important... Read More

Citing Threats to National Security, Three Women in Congress Take Climate Change Head On
National Security
Citing Threats to National Security, Three Women in Congress Take Climate Change Head On
2019-05-03 18:58:40
by Dan McCue

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

Singleton, ROKK Solutions SVP, Brings Diplomacy to Downtown D.C.
Spotlight
Singleton, ROKK Solutions SVP, Brings Diplomacy to Downtown D.C.
2019-04-30 19:25:46
by TWN Staff

Besides the 98 freshmen Members of Congress, there’s another new name to know in Washington these days. Lindsay Singleton, who joined ROKK Solutions as Senior Vice President, is a long-time communications strategist but spent over half of her career serving ... Read More

Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities
In The States
Oregon's Read Is Steeped In Public Service, Embracing Opportunities
2019-04-16 20:56:14
by Dan McCue

Tobias Read chuckled. The Oregon state treasurer wasn't long into a conversation when his caller asked why it is that his colleagues in government speak so highly of him. After a self-effacing pause, Read said he's just been lucky. "I... Read More

Supreme Court Poised to Tackle Census Question, Wages for Offshore Oil Workers and More
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Poised to Tackle Census Question, Wages for Offshore Oil Workers and More
2019-04-12 20:18:58
by Dan McCue

After a relatively quiet start to the month, oral arguments resume before the U.S. Supreme Court next week with several noteworthy cases on the docket. As is their custom, the justices have scheduled hearings on cases that resolved splits among... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
Innovation
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
2019-04-09 23:58:25
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Pat Toomey R-Pa., announced the introduction of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in... Read More

Bipartisan Quartet Reintroduces Bill To Protect State-legal Cannabis Businesses
Economy
Bipartisan Quartet Reintroduces Bill To Protect State-legal Cannabis Businesses
2019-04-08 20:49:45
by Dan McCue

A bipartisan quartet comprised of lawmakers from both the House and Senate have reintroduced a bill intended to protect state-legal cannabis businesses from federal interference. The bill, also known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act,... Read More

Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Law to Replace Voting Machines
State Elections
Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Law to Replace Voting Machines
2019-04-08 20:36:39
by Dan McCue

After weeks of contentious debate in the state legislature, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp last week signed legislation that will replace the state's electronic voting machines with a new system that produces a back-up paper ballot. The legislation, House Bill 316,... Read More

Former US Senator Ernest
U.S. Senate
Former US Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings Dies
2019-04-07 16:20:21
by Dan McCue

Former US Senator and South Carolina Governor Ernest "Fritz" Hollings died early Saturday morning at his home in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, after being in declining health for several weeks. He was 97. In a statement, his three surviving... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela
Venezuela
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela
2019-04-05 20:39:29
by Sean Trambley

This week, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced new comprehensive legislation to help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in... Read More

As NATO Celebrates 70th Anniversary New Challenges Emerge
NATO
As NATO Celebrates 70th Anniversary New Challenges Emerge
2019-04-05 20:22:03
by HJ Mai

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization celebrated its 70th anniversary this week, making it the longest lasting alliance in history. It may also be the “most successful alliance” in history, according to current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “No NATO ally... Read More

Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
National Security
Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
2019-04-04 15:14:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Two congressional committees met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to figure out the resources they should dedicate to confronting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing, Pentagon officials explained emerging threats from... Read More

New Poll Highlights Key Role Women of Color Played in 2018 Election
Voting
New Poll Highlights Key Role Women of Color Played in 2018 Election
2019-04-04 15:12:50
by Dan McCue

Black, Latina, Asian-American and Pacific Islander women voted in historic numbers in 2018, inspired by issues they felt made it impossible for them to sit on the sidelines, a new poll says. The data was collected by Intersections of Our... Read More

Trump Vs. Nadler: Reviving a New York Street Fight
Political News
Trump Vs. Nadler: Reviving a New York Street Fight
2019-04-03 19:16:27
by Dan McCue

The president's expression turned sour. Standing alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump considered the reporter's question for a fleeting moment and then began launching broadsides. He'd been asked about House Judiciary Committee's scheduled vote Wednesday morning... Read More

Bridgepoint Education Is Now Zovio, Announces Arizona Headquarters
Education
Bridgepoint Education Is Now Zovio, Announces Arizona Headquarters
2019-04-03 00:04:27
by Dan McCue

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. has changed its name to Zovio Inc., advancing the company's strategy and transformation into an education technology services company. In addition to the name change, the company, which partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver... Read More

House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement
Health
House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement
2019-04-02 23:47:05
by Sean Trambley

A robust and important health policy discussion occurred on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of aisle appearing to reach a rare consensus on the problems of countless Americans who have been surprised with expensive out-of-network medical bills.... Read More

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

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

Poll Finds Most Likely Democratic Primary Voters Want to Back Coalition Builder
2020 Elections
Poll Finds Most Likely Democratic Primary Voters Want to Back Coalition Builder
2019-04-01 22:18:12
by Dan McCue

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

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

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

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

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

Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
Opioids
Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
2019-03-30 00:16:11
by Dan McCue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
Health
Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
2019-03-29 23:36:03
by Tom Ramstack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
Health
Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
2019-03-27 23:13:45
by Dan McCue

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

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