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Biden, Top Dems Strategize; Pelosi Says Deal 'Very Possible'
Political News
Biden, Top Dems Strategize; Pelosi Says Deal 'Very Possible'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Congress' top two Democrats strategized Friday trying to wrap up their giant domestic legislation, as the party continued scaling back the measure and determining ways to pay for it ahead of new deadlines.... Read More

House Votes to Recommend Contempt Charges Against Bannon
Congress
House Votes to Recommend Contempt Charges Against Bannon
2021-10-22 13:38:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives has voted to recommend that Steve Bannon, a long-time aide to former President Donald Trump, be held in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 siege on... Read More

Budget Hawk Urges Congress to Reject ‘Extenders’ to Get Reconciliation Deal
Federal Budget
Budget Hawk Urges Congress to Reject ‘Extenders’ to Get Reconciliation Deal
2021-10-21 18:03:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With Congressional Democrats reportedly within days of an agreement on a slimmed down reconciliation spending package, a well known independent budget hawk is urging them not to resort to “blatant budget gimmicks” to move the initiative toward passage.... Read More

Congress Tries to Intervene In Supply Chain Disruptions
Economy
Congress Tries to Intervene In Supply Chain Disruptions
2021-10-20 21:25:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- While economists warned about disruptions to the U.S. supply chain, Chuck Fowke told a congressional panel Wednesday about countertops. “If you can’t get the cabinets, you can’t put the countertops on,” Fowke said as he testified on behalf... Read More

Two Montanas? New Maps Highlight State's Split Personality
Redistricting
Two Montanas? New Maps Highlight State's Split Personality

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country:... Read More

Price, Doyle Join Exodus from the House, Opt Out of 2022 Races
Congress
Price, Doyle Join Exodus from the House, Opt Out of 2022 Races
2021-10-18 23:52:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. David Price, D-N.C., and Mike Doyle, D-Penn., on Monday became the latest members of Congress to announce they won’t be seeking reelection in 2022. The announcements come less than a week after Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., chairman... Read More

Trump Files Lawsuit to Block Release of Jan. 6 Documents
Litigation
Trump Files Lawsuit to Block Release of Jan. 6 Documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection to the congressional committee investigating the attack, challenging the decision of President Joe Biden.  In a federal lawsuit,... Read More

Crunch Time: Biden Faces Critical Next 2 Weeks for Agenda
Political News
Crunch Time: Biden Faces Critical Next 2 Weeks for Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration's accomplishments on a global stage.  Biden... Read More

Jan. 6 Panel Sets Vote on Contempt Charges Against Bannon
Congress
Jan. 6 Panel Sets Vote on Contempt Charges Against Bannon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel's subpoena on Thursday.  The chairman of the... Read More

Lawyer Who Aided Trump Subpoenaed by Jan. 6 Committee
Congress
Lawyer Who Aided Trump Subpoenaed by Jan. 6 Committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president's efforts... Read More

Veterans in Violent, Extremist Groups Prompt Response Plan from Congress
Congress
Veterans in Violent, Extremist Groups Prompt Response Plan from Congress
2021-10-13 21:29:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continued Wednesday as a congressional panel looked at why veterans would become violent against the country they swore to protect. Representatives of veterans groups and academics blamed mental... Read More

BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities
Technology
BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities
2021-10-13 21:24:59
by Victoria Turner

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder of AccesSOS, Tuesday.  Wong’s comment came during the Camelback Venture’s Guardian Summit panel discussion where she was joined by two... Read More

House Approves Temporary Extension of Debt Limit
Congress
House Approves Temporary Extension of Debt Limit
2021-10-13 14:32:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Surprising no one, the House did what it had to do Tuesday night, extending the nation’s borrowing authority -- otherwise known as the debt ceiling -- until Dec. 3. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation,... Read More

House Returns to Stave Off Default With Debt Limit Vote
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House Returns to Stave Off Default With Debt Limit Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House are scrambling back to Washington on Tuesday to approve a short-term lift of the nation's debt limit and ensure the federal government can continue fully paying its bills into December.  The $480 billion... Read More

Congress Off the Rails? Lawmakers Barrel Toward Fall Fights
Political News
Congress Off the Rails? Lawmakers Barrel Toward Fall Fights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Year-end pileups of crucial legislation and the brinkmanship that goes with them are normal behavior for Congress. This autumn, lawmakers are barreling toward battles that are striking for the risks they pose to both parties and their... Read More

Telehealth Gains Broad Support For Improving U.S. Health Care
Congress
Telehealth Gains Broad Support For Improving U.S. Health Care
2021-10-07 20:58:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The only remaining question after a Senate hearing on telehealth Thursday was not whether more of it is coming but when. Telehealth refers to medical personnel providing health care through telecommunications, most commonly streaming video over the Internet.... Read More

Analysts Ask Congress to Expand Clean Energy Tax Cuts to Nuclear Energy
Energy
Analysts Ask Congress to Expand Clean Energy Tax Cuts to Nuclear Energy
2021-10-07 20:32:36
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senior analysts from the Breakthrough Institute circulated a letter on Thursday compelling Congressional leaders to extend federal clean-energy tax credits to advanced nuclear energy. Breakthrough Institute's Jameson McBride, senior climate and energy analyst, and Adam Stein, senior nuclear... Read More

Congress Looks to Broadband to Boost Telecommunications
Broadband
Congress Looks to Broadband to Boost Telecommunications
2021-10-07 19:11:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Disputes in Congress on how much tax money should be invested in infrastructure continued during a hearing Wednesday on expanding broadband telecommunications access. Broadband refers to data transmission over a wide range of frequencies through optical fiber, wireless... Read More

Biden Administration Lays Out Consequences of Debt Default
Federal Budget
Biden Administration Lays Out Consequences of Debt Default
2021-10-05 20:08:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden detailed on Monday the ramifications of failing to raise the United States government’s debt limit while condemning Republicans in Congress for their role in the procedural delay. Congress has until Oct. 18 to raise the... Read More

'Everybody is Frustrated,' Biden Says as His Agenda Stalls
Political News
'Everybody is Frustrated,' Biden Says as His Agenda Stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Saturday acknowledged frustrations as Democrats strain to rescue a scaled-back version  of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and salvage a related public works bill after frantic negotiations failed to produce a deal.  "Everybody... Read More

Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Measure, Lights On Through December
Congress
Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Measure, Lights On Through December
2021-10-01 15:18:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Congress on Thursday voted to extend funding of the government through early December, avoiding an imminent  government shutdown, and providing emergency relief for Afghan refugees and states that have been hard hit by natural disasters this year. The... Read More

Progressive Resistance Delays Vote on Infrastructure Bill
Political News
Progressive Resistance Delays Vote on Infrastructure Bill
2021-10-01 15:13:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- You can almost hear it all across Capitol Hill: “It’s likely to be a long, long day.” On Thursday night, finding themselves short of votes and with the continued resistance of the progressive wing of the party on... Read More

Congress Moves to Avert Partial Government Shutdown
Political News
Congress Moves to Avert Partial Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is moving to avert one crisis while putting off another with the Senate poised to approve legislation that would fund the federal government into early December. The House is expected to approve the measure following the... Read More

Biden Can't Budge Fellow Dems With Big Overhaul at Stake
Political News
Biden Can't Budge Fellow Dems With Big Overhaul at Stake

WASHINGTON (AP) — His government overhaul plans at stake, President Joe Biden appeared unable to swiftly strike agreement with two wavering Democratic senators trying to trim back his potentially historic $3.5 trillion measure that will collapse without their support. With... Read More

Biden Intensifies Talks, With Big Overhaul Plans at Stake
In The News
Biden Intensifies Talks, With Big Overhaul Plans at Stake

WASHINGTON (AP) — His government overhaul plans at stake, President Joe Biden appeared determined Wednesday to strike agreement with two wavering Democratic senators, likely trimming back the size of his potentially historic $3.5 trillion measure that will collapse without their... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Sees Rising Threats
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Sees Rising Threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly installed chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the force, still struggling six months after an insurrection that left its officers battled, bloodied and bruised, "cannot afford to be complacent." The risk to lawmakers is... Read More

In Redistricting, Big Say for Big Cities in DC Power Balance
Political News
In Redistricting, Big Say for Big Cities in DC Power Balance

NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and Chicago every four years, when those cities become mostly irrelevant blips on the Electoral College map. But as congressional redistricting... Read More

'A Time of Intensity' Ahead, As Budget Committee Advances Spending Bill
Congress
'A Time of Intensity' Ahead, As Budget Committee Advances Spending Bill
2021-09-26 13:34:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Budget Committee voted 20-17 on Saturday in favor of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, effectively setting up a vote in the full House on the sweeping package in a matter of days. One Democrat, Rep.... Read More

House Votes to Guarantee Woman’s Right to an Abortion
Political News
House Votes to Guarantee Woman’s Right to an Abortion
2021-09-24 18:31:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- With wrangling over a $3.5 trillion spending plan seeming to tie the House in knots in recent days, Democrats pivoted Friday to take on a Texas law that threatens to unravel protections afforded women by the Supreme Court's... Read More

Biden: Budget Talks Hit 'Stalemate,' $3.5T May Take a While
Political News
Biden: Budget Talks Hit 'Stalemate,' $3.5T May Take a While

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a "stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation's tax and spending programs and... Read More

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