House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill Military
House Approves Family Leave, Space Force, in $738 Billion Defense Spending Bill
2019-12-13 15:00:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping $738 billion defense policy bill that for the first time will provide paid family leave for all federal workers and fund the creation of a Space Force, a top priority of... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism” Geopolitics
Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
2019-12-13 14:47:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and members of Congress urged that tougher policies be adopted to oppose human rights abuses in China and Hong Kong during a congressional hearing earlier this week. They accused China of mass incarceration of political... Read More

Report Assails Coast Guard for Failing to Address Harassment, Bullying Oversight
Report Assails Coast Guard for Failing to Address Harassment, Bullying
2019-12-11 20:33:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Officers at the U.S. Coast Guard’s New London facility failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations, according to a report issued by two congressional committees on Thursday. The report, called “Righting the... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
2019-12-11 19:59:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday threw their support behind H.R. 5211, The Sustainable Budget Act of 2019, which would create a fiscal commission charged with balancing the federal budget within a decade. The bill... Read More

Congress Holds First Hearing on Haiti in 20 Years Amid Political Instability Geopolitics
Congress Holds First Hearing on Haiti in 20 Years Amid Political Instability

WASHINGTON — Minutes after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson entered a meeting room in Washington and asked a group of Haitian activists about efforts to impeach their embattled president, Jovenel... Read More

House Votes Overwhelmingly to Put the Kibosh on Robocalls Privacy
House Votes Overwhelmingly to Put the Kibosh on Robocalls
2019-12-09 18:30:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House last week voted overwhelming to advance a bill designed to tamp down on robocalls by increasing the fines on those who make them and requiring phone companies to play a more active role in stopping them.... Read More

Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Congress
Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

WASHINGTON — Key House and Senate committee leaders announced a bipartisan agreement Sunday on draft legislation to prohibit surprise medical bills and raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. The agreement raises the odds of Congress clearing measures... Read More

Dog-Friendly Event Calls Attention to Lab Animal Retirement Legislation Animal Rights
Dog-Friendly Event Calls Attention to Lab Animal Retirement Legislation
2019-12-06 21:41:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -Earlier this week members of Congress sought to draw attention to a bill that would allow for the retirement of dogs, cats and other animals used in federal lab experiments. The bill, called the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation... Read More

Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA Trade
Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA
2019-12-06 21:27:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Inaction in Congress on USMCA, the proposed new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, isn't just a political matter, it's causing real concern for some of the nation's most recognizable brands and the network of... Read More

House Considers National Memorial for Fallen Journalists Media
House Considers National Memorial for Fallen Journalists

Washington, D.C., is home to numerous memorials and monuments honoring Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the country. But the U.S. capital lacks a permanent memorial dedicated to those who were killed while working to advance a free press.... Read More

Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system Affordable Housing
Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system

Young people facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system soon could have easier access to federal housing vouchers. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is joining with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to propose legislation... Read More

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