Republicans Promote Pandemic Relief They Voted Against
Congress
Republicans Promote Pandemic Relief They Voted Against

NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. But in the weeks that followed, the first-term Republican issued a news release celebrating more than $3.7 million from... Read More

Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
Military
Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
2021-05-05 13:54:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense experts portrayed a bleak outlook Tuesday during a congressional hearing for risks to the United States and the world from weapons of mass destruction. No recent example is better than the COVID-19 pandemic, which is fast approaching... Read More

GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
Think Tanks
GAO Knowledge Can Help Congressional Policies Keep Up with Tech Pace
2021-05-04 12:52:29
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Policymaking is not keeping up with the quick pace of technology, said Marci Harris, co-founder and CEO of POPVOX yesterday. She insisted that the retrospective role that the Government Accountability Office, which takes on government financial and performance... Read More

Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
Congress
Republicans Claim $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt U.S. Jobs and Businesses
2021-05-03 20:47:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration’s pledge to up the wages and fair labor standards of low-income workers hit a roadblock among Republicans during a congressional hearing Monday. The intentions are good but the economics are bad, according to critics who... Read More

Cheri Bustos Won’t Seek Reelection in 2022
Congress
Cheri Bustos Won’t Seek Reelection in 2022
2021-04-30 22:16:54
by TWN Staff

Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois Democrat who led her party’s House campaign arm in the 2020 cycle when her party retained control of the house, but failed to build on the momentum of the 2018 blue wave, announced Friday she... Read More

Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
Elections
Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
2021-04-30 21:24:17
by Dan McCue

 Susan Wright, who is seeking the seat held since 2019 by her late husband, Republican Rep. Ron Wright, secured one of two slots in an as yet unscheduled runoff election. She was one of 23 candidates vying to replace her husband,... Read More

How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
Congress
How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
2021-04-30 13:06:46
by Alexa Hornbeck

Janet Solie, 62-year-old retired physician assistant from Calabasas, Calif., went to a lab at an in-network hospital in Los Robles with complaints of acute abdominal pain, only to later be slammed with a large ER bill.  “The physicians who supervised... Read More

Domestic Terrorism Often Eludes FBI’s Efforts to Find and Stop it
Law Enforcement
Domestic Terrorism Often Eludes FBI’s Efforts to Find and Stop it
2021-04-30 13:04:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol came back to haunt Congress Thursday as lawmakers sifted through ideas to ensure it never happens again. The riot was the immediate subject of a House subcommittee hearing but domestic... Read More

Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
Technology
Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
2021-04-30 12:17:32
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the pandemic, Buffalo’s public school system found thousands of students with no internet access and partnered with the private sector and the Buffalo Bills Social Justice Fund to get lower-cost Spectrum Cable internet service... Read More

Biden's Declaration: America's Democracy 'Is Rising Anew'
Political News
Biden's Declaration: America's Democracy 'Is Rising Anew'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared that "America is rising anew" as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the coronavirus pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not... Read More

Census Bureau: Six States to Gain House Seats, Seven Lose One
Congress
Census Bureau: Six States to Gain House Seats, Seven Lose One
2021-04-26 20:20:26
by Dan McCue

Six states will see their congressional delegations grow in the next Congress, officials with the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday. Dr. Ron S. Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director, said as of April 1, 2020, the number of people living in... Read More

Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans
Congress
Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step... Read More

Washington, D.C., One Step Closer to Statehood
Congress
Washington, D.C., One Step Closer to Statehood
2021-04-23 13:46:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to make the District of Columbia the 51st U.S. state at a time political support for the legislation is the strongest it has ever been. The bill, entitled H.R. 51,... Read More

New Caucus Aims to Bring Main Street Priorities to Capitol Hill
Congress
New Caucus Aims to Bring Main Street Priorities to Capitol Hill
2021-04-22 19:36:47
by TWN Staff

Eighteen members of Congress on Wednesday announced the formation of a new Congressional Caucus whose intent is to ensure that the priorities and concerns of cities and counties across America are heard on Capitol Hill. The bipartisan Congressional Caucus of... Read More

After Floyd, Congress Ready to Plunge Into Policing Laws
Congress
After Floyd, Congress Ready to Plunge Into Policing Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation's policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden's admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd's death is "not enough" for a nation confronting a... Read More

Cicilline: Congress Must Curb Power of Google and Facebook
Technology
Cicilline: Congress Must Curb Power of Google and Facebook
2021-04-21 14:40:06
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The dominance of Google and Facebook as “gatekeepers” for online information and massive market power, particularly in digital advertising, has left U.S. journalism in a “state of crisis” and “Americans have had enough,”  said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.,... Read More

‘No Need to Reinvent the Wheel’ to Recover US Workforce
Education
‘No Need to Reinvent the Wheel’ to Recover US Workforce
2021-04-20 19:17:34
by Victoria Turner

With at least 4 million long-term unemployed American workers more than a year into the pandemic, witnesses before a US Senate hearing Tuesday called for the expansion of a post-secondary education grant to cover short-term, high quality programs.  Throughout the... Read More

Biden Administration Supports DC Statehood
Political News
Biden Administration Supports DC Statehood
2021-04-20 19:14:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday formally threw its support behind the D.C. Statehood bill, saying it would provide the residents of the District with "long overdue full representation in Congress." "Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as... Read More

House to Strengthen Hoyer’s Hand to Curb Drawn-Out Votes
Congress
House to Strengthen Hoyer’s Hand to Curb Drawn-Out Votes
2021-04-20 19:13:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are expected to adopt a new rule Tuesday that will temporarily enable Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to speed votes on noncontroversial bills and bypass the partisan maneuvering that has repeatedly drawn out votes this Congress. In... Read More

Gaetz, Greene Flaunt New Paths to Power, Testing GOP Leaders
Political News
Gaetz, Greene Flaunt New Paths to Power, Testing GOP Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have always faced rebels in their ranks. But Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are presenting top House Republicans with a test of how to handle a new breed of Trump-era, social media-savvy firebrands.... Read More

Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
Congress
Governors Call on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Act
2021-04-20 14:44:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan delegation of governors is urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to licensed cannabis dispensaries.  The governors of 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands circulated a letter... Read More

House Delegation Seeks Infrastructure Funds for Everglades Restoration
Environment
House Delegation Seeks Infrastructure Funds for Everglades Restoration
2021-04-19 18:03:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A dozen members of Florida’s congressional delegation, Republicans and Democrats, are urging their colleagues to make Everglades restoration a priority as they consider infrastructure projects to fund this year. In a letter sent to the House Transportation and... Read More

Legislative Window For Vital Public Infrastructure Improvements Exists
Think Tanks
Legislative Window For Vital Public Infrastructure Improvements Exists
2021-04-19 14:26:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - Public infrastructure researchers are saying the U.S. needs a new infrastructure vision, pointing to the Texas power grid failure in February as just the latest example of how vulnerable our long ignored and outdated systems have become. The... Read More

Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
Infrastructure
Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
2021-04-14 20:12:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but representatives like David Price, D-N.C., told reporters that, “the main obstacle for a bipartisan deal is how to pay for... Read More

Rep. Kevin Brady Won't Seek Reelection
Congress
Rep. Kevin Brady Won't Seek Reelection
2021-04-14 15:38:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the top Republican on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection next year after serving since 1997. "This term, my 13th, will be the last," Brady... Read More

Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
Civil Rights
Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
2021-04-14 14:05:10
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence and senseless killings of the last several months to her mixed-race six-year-old daughter.  “She’s Asian and Black and I want... Read More

Tourism Industry, Still Weak, Looking for Help
Travel
Tourism Industry, Still Weak, Looking for Help
2021-04-14 13:55:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is continuing its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic but not fast enough for tourism officials who testified before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. They said their industry was the hardest hit during the pandemic shutdown and... Read More

Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year
Law Enforcement
Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday during the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the... Read More

Biden Aims for Bipartisanship But Applies Sly Pressure
White House
Biden Aims for Bipartisanship But Applies Sly Pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is intended just as much to keep Democrats in line as it is a first step in... Read More

Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist
Congress
Biden Wants Infrastructure Deal, But GOP Doubts Persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden's premise that this is... Read More

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