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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

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
Spotlight
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
Spotlight
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
Spotlight
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
Spotlight
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

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