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Blue Dogs Unveil Policy Task Forces for the 117th Congress
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Blue Dogs Unveil Policy Task Forces for the 117th Congress
2021-04-30 21:18:14
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday unveiled its policy task forces for the 117th Congress. The task forces oversee policy development for the Coalition, which will deliver on their promise of a positive agenda to produce... Read More

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Subcommittee Assignments Give Murphy Strong Voice on National Security, COVID-19 Relief, and Trade
2021-02-09 12:24:20
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., has been named to four subcommittees that will ensure she's a leading voice on national security, the continuing federal response to COVID-19, and international trade. The Winter Park Democrat is the only Florida Democrat... Read More

Congress
Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
2021-02-04 22:28:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be problematic in the closely divided 117th Congress. One Democratic Senator will undoubtedly be the linchpin playing a decisive role in... Read More

In The News
Hoyer: PAYGO Exemptions to be Decided on Case by Case Basis
2021-01-05 22:29:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When the House on Monday adopted its rules package for the 117th Congress with a 217-206, party-line vote, Democratic House leaders knew there would be lingering controversies. As they individually filed out of the Capitol, Republican members complained... Read More

Congress
Pelosi Narrowly Reelected Speaker, Faces Difficult Two Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi was narrowly reelected Sunday as speaker, giving her the reins of Democrats’ slender House majority as she and President-elect Joe Biden set a challenging course of producing legislation to tackle the pandemic, revive the economy... Read More

Congress
Congress Opens New Session as Virus, Biden's Win Dominate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress convened Sunday for the start of a new session, swearing in lawmakers during a tumultuous period as a growing number of Republicans work to overturn Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump and the coronavirus surges. Democrat Nancy Pelosi was reelected as... Read More

Congress
Pelosi Likely Speaker Again, But Might Require High-wire Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's little doubt that Nancy Pelosi will be reelected House speaker when the new Congress convenes Sunday. It could take a high-wire act for her to get there, largely thanks to the pandemic. The only woman in history to... Read More

Congress
Details Announced for First Session of 117th Congress
2020-12-30 14:46:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 117th Congress will convene at noon on Sunday for an opening session unlike any other thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Following a Quorum Call, the House will begin the election of Speaker of the House, with... Read More

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House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to Return Next Congressional Session
2020-12-29 20:53:24
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis would continue its work during the 117th Congressional session with House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., returning as chair of the subcommittee.  Since its... Read More

State News
Brindisi, Tenney Race May Not Be Decided Before Start of 117th Congress
2020-12-22 17:07:57
by Dan McCue

Continued delays in the review of ballots cast two months ago in one New York county could mean the state's 22nd Congressional District will go without representation at the start of 117th Congress in January. During a State Supreme Court... Read More

Congress
Select Committee Tasked With Helping Congress Function Better to Continue
2020-12-21 20:15:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A select, bipartisan committee tasked during the 116th Congress with finding ways to make the body more effective, efficient and transparent, got a new lease on life Monday, ensuring its work will last at least two more years.... Read More

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Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
2020-12-15 20:22:36
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed two proposed rule changes to the House of Representatives that would make the legislative body more effective and member-driven. The House rule reform changes were spearheaded by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, in partnership with... Read More

Climate
Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
2020-12-15 16:05:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday evening that the Select Committee on the Climate will return to work in the 117th Congress. Formed at the start of the outgoing 116th Congress, the committee effectively met its original charge... Read More

Congress
New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
2020-12-10 16:17:51
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, recently released a pragmatic agenda policy report detailing nine policy recommendations for how Congress can help advance economic opportunity and financial security for America’s working families. The report’s... Read More

Congress
House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar
2020-12-02 19:23:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first session of the 117th Congress will convene at noon on a Sunday in January and have an extra-long August recess, according to the House calendar released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday. And of course,... Read More

Political News
Incoming House Freshman Class Staffs Up
2020-12-01 21:06:19
by Dan McCue

Now into their second week of freshman orientation, incoming members of Congress are beginning to pick up the pace of building their staff for the 117th Congress. Each member-elect can access funds to officially hire one staffer for the interim... Read More

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Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic

WASHINGTON — When the 117th Congress convenes in January, COVID-19 precautions will prevent the 435 House members from gathering in the chamber together, so opening day festivities of swearing in members and electing the speaker will look a little different. House leaders have... Read More

U.S. Senate
Feinstein Won't Seek Top Democrat Spot on Judiciary Committee
2020-11-24 14:22:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Monday she will step down as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee when the 117th Congress convenes in January, apparently bowing to critics who believe she wasn't aggressive enough in her handling... Read More

Congress
New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
2020-11-13 21:25:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - They came from Texas and Colorado and New York and New Mexico. Some came in family SUVs, others in taxi cabs. But what they had in common as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on a... Read More

Congress
Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
2020-11-09 17:45:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is once again running for the Democrat-controlled House's second most powerful position. In a letter to fellow Democrats made public Saturday, Hoyer said he's proud of the unity and success the party has... Read More

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