Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’
Political News
Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’
2021-02-26 15:04:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel wants to cut off funding for the kind of White supremacists who raided the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6. They described the attack as the first of many against government targets unless they act promptly... Read More

Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
2021-02-26 15:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with... Read More

Filibuster, Cloture to Play Out in Biden Agenda
Congress
Filibuster, Cloture to Play Out in Biden Agenda
2021-02-26 14:57:10
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Senate cloture rule might be the biggest Legislative obstacle in front of President Joe Biden’s policy agenda.  Simply put, the cloture rule is a debate-limiting procedure that requires 60 Senators to agree before moving on to a... Read More

Media Accused of Disinformation As Congress Ponders Restrictions
Media
Media Accused of Disinformation As Congress Ponders Restrictions
2021-02-25 15:03:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The news media fell under attack Wednesday in Congress for exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and irresponsibly downplaying threats of global warming. The criticisms were hurled during a House Energy... Read More

‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot
Congress
‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot
2021-02-24 14:35:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers repeated their conviction at a Senate hearing Tuesday that never again should insurrectionists be allowed to attack the U.S. Capitol like they did on Jan. 6 while acknowledging huge security lapses. They reviewed failures in intelligence reports,... Read More

Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
2021-02-23 22:01:53
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding... Read More

Former FEC Chairs Offer Bipartisan Endorsement of For The People Act
Elections
Former FEC Chairs Offer Bipartisan Endorsement of For The People Act
2021-02-23 21:52:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two former chairs of the Federal Elections Commission -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- have thrown their support behind the election reform provisions of the For the People Act. In a letter to the leaders... Read More

Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate
Political News
Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas will continue to play a major role in America for years to come, even as the Biden administration seeks to conserve public lands and address climate change, President Joe Biden's nominee to head... Read More

Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
Congress
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

Losses Mount as Child Care Workers Look for Help
Child Care
Losses Mount as Child Care Workers Look for Help
2021-02-22 16:08:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to a congressional panel on Friday, child care experts talked about how children and their caretakers were thrown into sometimes chaotic lifestyles and schedules by the coronavirus pandemic and the recession it caused. A House Appropriations subcommittee... Read More

CED Report Reveals Severity of America’s Deteriorating Infrastructure
Infrastructure
CED Report Reveals Severity of America’s Deteriorating Infrastructure
2021-02-19 19:43:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Neglected for too long, America’s severe infrastructure needs must finally be placed at the top of the U.S. policy agenda, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board said Thursday. A new, comprehensive report, offers several policy recommendations... Read More

Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
Mental Health
Congress Wants to Restore Its Workforce to Well-Being After Tumultuous Year
2021-02-19 15:01:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional subcommittee tried to assess the well-being and mental health of its own workforce Thursday after a year that one of its members described as “like drinking from a firehose while in freefall.” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
Congress
Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
2021-02-18 15:30:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses at a congressional hearing Wednesday said the African American community should receive reparations for the inequality and bigotry that started with slavery but continues now. They were speaking in support of a recently reintroduced bill that would... Read More

Spanberger Calls on President to Make USPS Nominations a First-Class Priority
Postal Service
Spanberger Calls on President to Make USPS Nominations a First-Class Priority
2021-02-18 15:08:56
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In response to constituents complaints over woeful mail service, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., on Wednesday joined an effort urging President Joe Biden to fill existing U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors vacancies as quickly as possible. According to... Read More

Permanent Solutions Needed to Close Digital Divide
Technology
Permanent Solutions Needed to Close Digital Divide
2021-02-18 14:49:34
by Victoria Turner

Substantial federal help is needed to assure affordable broadband access to disadvantaged communities, according to Wednesday’s witnesses before the House Commerce and Energy Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The virtual hearing, entitled “Connecting America: Broadband Solutions to the Pandemic... Read More

Biden and Congressional Democrats to Unveil Immigration Bill
Immigration
Biden and Congressional Democrats to Unveil Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status.The... Read More

Highlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill Progressing in House
Congress
Highlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill Progressing in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by... Read More

New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
Employment
New Bill in Congress Would Eliminate Employee Arbitration Requirements
2021-02-12 15:17:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Former Fox News television host Gretchen Carlson advocated during a congressional hearing Thursday against employment arbitration contracts that limit workers’ rights to sue their employers. She said they often force employees into silence about misdeeds of their bosses,... Read More

Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels
Congress
Democrats Pushing Biden's COVID-19 Bill Through House Panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed half of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan through a House committee Thursday, advancing $1,400 payments for millions of Americans and other initiatives that Republicans call too costly, economically damaging and brazenly partisan.The... Read More

Biden Tosses Trump Emergency Order Advancing Border Wall Construction
White House
Biden Tosses Trump Emergency Order Advancing Border Wall Construction
2021-02-11 18:43:49
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Thursday rescinded the emergency order used by former President Trump to justify construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico. “I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
2021-02-10 16:54:35
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling for a vote on a standalone bill focused on the vaccine development and distribution portion of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

Congress Considers Changes To Presidential Clemency Law
Law
Congress Considers Changes To Presidential Clemency Law
2021-02-10 15:11:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A backlash against former President Donald Trump continued Tuesday, first with a Senate trial on whether to impeach him again and second with a House hearing on whether to strip the presidency of some authority to grant clemencies... Read More

It's All Over In New York's 22nd Congressional District
Congress
It's All Over In New York's 22nd Congressional District
2021-02-09 21:34:08
by Dan McCue

Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a star among moderates in his party, has conceded to Republican challenger and former Rep. Claudia Tenney, at long last ending the 2020 election cycle. Brindisi had been expected to appeal a New York State... Read More

Subcommittee Assignments Give Murphy Strong Voice on National Security, COVID-19 Relief, and Trade
Congress
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

New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
Opinion Polls
New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
2021-02-08 17:12:31
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - New polling data conducted by Hart Research on behalf of Protect Our Care, a health care advocacy organization, shows that Americans across party lines support healt hcare reforms as the top priority for the Biden administration. The same... Read More

Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure
Congress
Cheney Says She Won't Quit House After Wyoming Censure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House GOP leader, said Sunday she was undeterred by a censure from Wyoming Republicans and criticism from some House colleagues over her vote to impeach Donald Trump, and will not resign or... Read More

Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
Elections
Tenney to be Certified Winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District Race, Judge Rules
2021-02-06 00:31:17
by Dan McCue

Republican Claudia Tenney will be certified as the winner of New York’s 22nd Congressional District race, a judge ruled Friday, ending a three-month ordeal in the only undecided House race in the country. Despite the ruling, the legal saga is... Read More

Fiercely Divided House Kicks Greene Off Both Her Committees
Congress
Fiercely Divided House Kicks Greene Off Both Her Committees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House has tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped... Read More

Biden Meets with House Democrats in Push for $1.9T Plan
Economy
Biden Meets with House Democrats in Push for $1.9T Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Friday with leading House Democrats who aim to put his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on a fast track to becoming law, drawing on new signs of strain in the economy to push... Read More

Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists
Congress
Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists
2021-02-04 22:24:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence procedures are needed to avoid the kind of violence displayed during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. They... Read More

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