Congress Seeks to Avert a Government Shutdown as Trump Seethes
Congress
Congress Seeks to Avert a Government Shutdown as Trump Seethes

Congress returned Monday from its Thanksgiving break hoping to avoid a government shutdown looming at the end of next week — with President Donald Trump being a potential wild card. Hopes for a new coronavirus stimulus package are slim as lawmakers focus on the more... Read More

Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package
Congress
Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal's attitude toward legislating under a Democratic-led White House might aptly be described as "never let a crisis go to waste." The Massachusetts Democrat wants to take a page from his party's 2009 playbook, when the Obama administration... Read More

Lawmakers a Step Closer to Averting Dec. 11 Government Shutdown
Congress
Lawmakers a Step Closer to Averting Dec. 11 Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Top appropriators reached bipartisan agreement Tuesday on a framework for an omnibus spending package that would avoid a partial government shutdown next month. The compromise forged between the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees sets spending allocations for the... Read More

Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
Geopolitics
Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
2020-11-20 21:34:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned Congress Friday against the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan announced this week amid indications that radical Islamists could resume terrorist attacks. They said further proof is needed that Taliban fighters would not try to seize... Read More

House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
Congress
House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
2020-11-19 21:07:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats completed their second of two days of leadership election by elevating Rep. Pete Aguilar of California to the position of caucus vice chair. The 148-82 vote, in which he prevailed over Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois,... Read More

Rep. Bustos Says She's Tested Positive for Coronavirus
Congress
Rep. Bustos Says She's Tested Positive for Coronavirus

CHICAGO — Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois said Monday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home with mild symptoms. Bustos, 59, who survived a closer-than-expected bid for reelection to a fifth term earlier this month, announced her diagnosis on Twitter, saying... Read More

White House Leaves Stimulus to Congress after Months of Impasse
Economy
White House Leaves Stimulus to Congress after Months of Impasse

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is stepping back from negotiations on a new stimulus package and leaving it up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to revive long-stalled talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to people familiar with the situation. While the White House probably... Read More

D.C. Voters Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms But Face Likelihood of Congressional Veto
Political News
D.C. Voters Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms But Face Likelihood of Congressional Veto
2020-11-06 18:29:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia voters continued their tolerance toward psychedelic plant-based drugs this week by decriminalizing the use of magic mushrooms. Unlike the four other cities that decriminalized use of the drug, Washington, D.C., faces the risk of a... Read More

Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents
Congress
Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents

WASHINGTON — Democrats are projected to keep control of the U.S. House in Tuesday's elections, but with at least six incumbents losing their seats the party is falling far short of preelection expectations of an expanded majority. Among the Democrats defeated were several first elected in the... Read More

10 Most Vulnerable Senators: Outspent Republicans Overrun Final List Before Election
2020 Elections
10 Most Vulnerable Senators: Outspent Republicans Overrun Final List Before Election

WASHINGTON — With Republicans making up the majority of vulnerable senators, Democrats hold promising prospects of winning control of the chamber. If they fail, it won't be for a lack of cash. Almost all the most vulnerable GOP senators on this final list financed their... Read More

Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
2020 Elections
Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
2020-10-30 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected a Republican candidate's attempt to delay the vote in a high-profile congressional race in Minnesota following the unexpected death of a third-party candidate. The date of the vote in Minnesota's Second Congressional District... Read More

Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
Congress
Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
2020-10-30 16:01:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., discussed the continuously growing need to renew the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a second round and urged both Congress and the administration to continue bipartisan negotiations... Read More

AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
House Watch
AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
2020-10-30 01:12:21
by TWN Staff

About Shedd:  Tiffany Shedd grew up in Pinal County, Ariz.  A small business owner, farmer and natural resource attorney, she is also a former bi-lingual kindergarten teacher, who worked her way through college and law school at the University of... Read More

MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
Senate Watch
MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
2020-10-29 22:56:26
by TWN Staff

About Lewis: Jason Lewis represented Minnesota's 2nd congressional district in the 115th Congress, but he is perhaps best known to most state residents as the host of a popular conservative radio show. Lewis voted for the Republican tax cuts of... Read More

ME Senate: Susan Collins (R)
Senate Watch
ME Senate: Susan Collins (R)
2020-10-28 16:07:21
by TWN Staff

About Collins: Susan Collins has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the hardest working members of Congress.  During her entire time in the U.S. Senate, she has never missed a roll-call vote – more than 7,300. Collins is... Read More

KS Senate: Roger Marshall (R)
Senate Watch
KS Senate: Roger Marshall (R)
2020-10-28 16:04:14
by TWN Staff

About Marshall: Dr. Roger Marshall is an OB/GYN, who has delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 25 years practicing in Great Bend. He also served as chairman of the board of Great Bend Regional Hospital for 14 years. For... Read More

GA Senate Special Election: Doug Collins (R)
Senate Watch
GA Senate Special Election: Doug Collins (R)
2020-10-28 15:40:41
by TWN Staff

About Collins: Doug Collins was born to Lenard and Dorothy Copelan Collins in Gainesville, Ga., in 1966.  In 1988, Collins attended the University of North Georgia and received his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Criminal Law. That same year,... Read More

GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
Senate Watch
GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
2020-10-28 15:31:28
by TWN Staff

About Ossoff: Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner. Ossoff and his wife Alisha, an OB/GYN physician, both grew up in Atlanta. Since 2013, Ossoff has served as the CEO of Insight TWI,... Read More

AZ Senate: Martha McSally (R)
Senate Watch
AZ Senate: Martha McSally (R)
2020-10-28 13:53:15
by TWN Staff

About McSally: Incumbent Martha McSally earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in 1988 before receiving her master’s from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1990. McSally was graduate number 21 of 103 in... Read More

MI Senate: Gary Peters (D)
Senate Watch
MI Senate: Gary Peters (D)
2020-10-28 13:48:48
by TWN Staff

About Peters:  Gary Peters is a Democratic member of the U.S Senate from the state of Michigan. Peters was sworn into the Senate on January 6, 2015. Peters is currently seeking re-election on November 3, 2020 for a second Senate... Read More

MT Senate: Steve Daines (R)
Senate Watch
MT Senate: Steve Daines (R)
2020-10-28 13:18:10
by TWN Staff

About Daines:  Steve Daines is a member of the U.S. Senate from Montana. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. Daines is running for re-election to the Senate to continue representing Montana. He is running against Democrat Steve Bullock.  Daines... Read More

NM Senate: Ben Ray Luján (D)
Senate Watch
NM Senate: Ben Ray Luján (D)
2020-10-28 12:58:52
by TWN Staff

About Luján:  Born and raised on a small family farm in Nambé, N.M., by a union ironworker and a public school employee, Ben Ray Luján learned the values of hard work and community service from a young age.   Luján has... Read More

Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
County News
Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
2020-10-27 16:06:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the groundworks needed to operate society are handled by the federal government, some maintained by states, and a large portion owned... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
Congress
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
2020-10-23 15:53:39
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank based in Washington, D.C, hosted Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dave Joyce, R-Ohio,  for a discussion of rural broadband access in connection with telehealth and education. The discussion was part of... Read More

Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
Social Media
Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
2020-10-22 18:34:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted to subpoena the chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. Thursday over what its chairman called censorship of information potentially embarrassing to presidential candidate Joe Biden. The social media giants limited the sharing... Read More

Railroads Asks Senate for Assistance as Pandemic Ravages Their Business
Transportation
Railroads Asks Senate for Assistance as Pandemic Ravages Their Business
2020-10-21 20:30:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak’s president asked Congress for a nearly $5 billion bailout Wednesday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to scare passengers away. The result has been a dramatic drop in fare revenue, furloughs and layoffs for thousands of workers and... Read More

Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
Health
Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
2020-10-21 15:41:06
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., introduced a bill in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support that would guarantee access to the future novel coronavirus vaccine at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries. The bill, entitled the “Securing Affordable Vaccines... Read More

Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House
Political News
Trump Faces Skeptical Court in Fight to Keep Records from House

WASHINGTON - Two of three judges on a Washington appeals court appeared skeptical of President Donald Trump's renewed efforts to prevent accounting firm Mazars USA LLP from turning over his financial records to House Democrats. At a hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals, two judges appointed by... Read More

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
Mental Health
Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
2020-10-16 19:28:26
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement... Read More

Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
Social Media
Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
2020-10-16 14:05:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Social media experts described organized disinformation campaigns on social media as a threat to democracy during a congressional hearing Thursday. Confusion created by the disinformation is leading some Americans to perceive threats to their health, safety or political... Read More

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