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Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
Climate
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter
2020 Elections
Hickenlooper Opens White House Bid Casting Himself as Bipartisan Uniter
2019-03-04 19:30:12
by Dan McCue

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

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

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

Washington Gov. Inslee Places Climate Change Front and Center in Presidential Bid
2020 Elections
Washington Gov. Inslee Places Climate Change Front and Center in Presidential Bid
2019-03-02 01:02:49
by Dan McCue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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