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Congress Delays Schedule to Resolve Budget Disputes
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Congress Delays Schedule to Resolve Budget Disputes
2021-12-06 21:42:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The stopgap spending bill President Joe Biden signed last week keeps the federal government running but did nothing to resolve differences of opinion that are forcing Congress to extend its legislative session. It was supposed to end this... Read More

Political News
DeFazio Stepping Down From Congress After 36 Years
2021-12-02 20:46:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is stepping down at the end of the current Congress. He told colleagues he decided not to seek a 19th term to have more time to look... Read More

Congress
Beyond Manchin: Dems' $2T Bill Faces Senate Gauntlet

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took half a year but Democrats have driven President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package of social and climate initiatives through the House. It gets no easier in the Senate, where painful Republican amendments, restrictive rules and Joe Manchin... Read More

Social Media
Pixstory Striving to Address the Need for User Safety On Social Media
2021-11-23 16:47:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Social media, once a venue for pet pictures and catching up with friends from high school, has turned toxic in many cases. And it’s almost impossible to escape the most divisive of political commentary. Among those trying to... Read More

Political News
Democrats Pass the Build Back Better Act, Send Sweeping Bill to Senate
2021-11-19 16:06:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It was a long night’s journey into day but in the end, House Democrats passed the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden’s sweeping social program and climate spending plan by a vote of 220-213. One... Read More

Geopolitics
Congress Seeks to Regain Influence in United Nations
2021-11-19 15:52:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A top State Department official continued the Biden administration’s theme of “We’re back” during a congressional hearing Thursday on the United States’ role in the United Nations. The State Department is trying to regain leadership positions that suffered... Read More

Political News
House Censures Gosar, Strips Him of Committees Over Video
2021-11-17 22:34:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar Wednesday over his posting of a cartoon video on Twitter that showed him beheading Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and lunging, with swords in hand, at President Joe Biden.... Read More

Veterans
House Panel Seeks Better Interventions To Prevent Veteran Suicides
2021-11-17 22:11:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House panel heard one heartbreaking story after another about young people who placed themselves in harm’s way for their country only... Read More

Federal Budget
Yellen Extends Deadline to Possible Federal Default to Dec. 15
2021-11-17 15:29:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The federal government will run out of money and the nation will descend into its first-ever default on its debts if lawmakers don’t take action on the debt limit by Dec. 15, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in... Read More

White House
Speakers Hail Centrists, Willingness to Compromise at Infrastructure Bill Signing
2021-11-16 22:07:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t the best afternoon for holding a bill-signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. As the hour approached, the temperature plummeted and at times the wind sweeping across the wide lawn gusted to 35... Read More

Congress
Joint Hearing Planned on America’s Clean Energy Supply Chain
2021-11-10 21:34:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Two energy-related House committees will hold a joint hearing next week on supply chain issues related to the transition to a clean energy economy. The House Energy subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and the Environment and... Read More

Political News
House Speaker Calls for Investigations Into Gosar Over Video
2021-11-09 20:07:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday called for multiple investigations into Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., following his tweeting of an animated video that shows him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and threatening President Biden. "Threats of violence... Read More

Congress
Biden Asking Democrats to do so Much With so Little in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely have the leaders of Congress been asked to do so much, with so little, as in navigating President Joe Biden’s big domestic vision into law. Reaching for FDR-style accomplishments with slimmer-than-ever Democratic majorities has been politically messy at... Read More

In The News
Biden Faces Fresh Challenges After Infrastructure Victory

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — He has been here before. President Joe Biden doesn't need to look any further back than his time as vice president to grasp the challenges that lie ahead in promoting his new $1 trillion infrastructure deal to... Read More

Political News
House to Move on Infrastructure Bill, Spending Bill to Wait
2021-11-05 20:10:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Bowing to resistance from House moderates, Speaker Nancy Pelosi this afternoon has evidently decided to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill while putting final vote on the budget reconciliation bill on hold. The decision came after the House Democratic... Read More

Technology
Moss Says U.S. Needs a Digital Market Regulator to Curb Big Tech’s Power
2021-11-05 18:34:12
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — If the U.S. intends to reel in the power of Big Tech, it should create a digital market regulator that captures all market participants and provides adequate oversight, according to Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute,... Read More

In The News
Biden's Big Bill on Brink of House Votes, But Fights Remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House appear on the verge of advancing President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion-and-growing domestic policy package alongside a companion $1 trillion infrastructure bill in what would be a dramatic political accomplishment — if they can push it... Read More

Employment
Congress Confronts Challenges of Robotics for US Workforce
2021-11-03 20:45:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating a workforce trend toward robotics that kept a congressional panel guessing Wednesday about how to meet the challenges it represents. While some long-time jobs are replaced with machines, others that keep the machinery... Read More

Congress
After Capitol Rally, Paid Leave Back in Social Spending Bill
2021-11-03 17:59:00
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday in a Dear Colleague letter that she is requesting paid family and medical leave be added back into Democrats’ proposed Build Back Better framework. After weeks of back-and-forth priority shifting and despite... Read More

Crime
Legislators Address Increase in Domestic Violence from COVID-19
2021-11-03 16:22:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence, and now legislators like Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., who is a survivor of domestic violence, are pushing to advance policies to end the abuse.  “We have seen... Read More

Political News
Troubles at Home Shadow Biden's Climate Efforts Abroad

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — President Joe Biden joined other world leaders Tuesday to highlight the importance of preserving forests as a force against global warming, whipping up ambitions at a U.N. climate summit abroad even as a coal-state U.S. senator... Read More

Elections
Ohio, Florida Voters Cast Ballots in Three Congressional Races

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Both Democrats and Republicans brought out their heavy hitters in the runup to the special congressional election in central Ohio, as the parties sought to boost turnout in one of three off-year contests on the ballot... Read More

Elections
Eleven Candidates Vying to Replace Alcee Hastings in Florida’s 20th CD
2021-11-01 11:37:32
by Dan McCue

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Eleven candidates will appear on the ballot in Florida's 20th Congressional District on Tuesday, Nov. 2, facing off in a primary allegedly delayed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help stymie policy gains by Democrats in the U.S.... Read More

Political News
Ex-NC Gov. McCrory Eyes Political Comeback With Senate Bid

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — In the rankings of political upsets from November 2016, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's defeat was a distant second. Still, when the Republican best known for signing the transgender bathroom bill narrowly lost at the... Read More

Political News
Biden Announces 'Historic' Deal — But Still Must Win Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Thursday he had reached a "historic economic framework" with Democrats in Congress on his sweeping domestic policy package, a hard-fought yet dramatically scaled-back deal announced just before he departed for overseas summits. Biden's... Read More

Political News
Biden Heads to Capitol to Push Agenda, Unite Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill early Thursday to make the case to House Democrats for a dramatically scaled-back domestic policy package, $1.75 trillion of social services and climate change programs the White House believes can... Read More

Emergency Management
Lawmakers Decry ‘Inequities’ in Disaster Relief Assistance
2021-10-27 23:04:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Emergency management officials who testified to Congress Wednesday described U.S. policies on disaster relief as long on inspiration but short on administration. In other words, communities devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, floods or tornadoes receive disaster relief but in... Read More

Congress
Pelosi: In 'Good Shape' on Biden Plan, Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues Wednesday that Democrats are in "pretty good shape" on President Joe Biden's sweeping domestic plan and a related $1 trillion infrastructure bill as they race to wrap up talks ahead of... Read More

In The News
Letter Urges Passage of National Paid Leave to Combat Drug Addiction
2021-10-27 15:15:53
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — When Khrista Messinger, a 46-year-old who works for the City of Charleston, W.Va., requested time off from work to seek treatment for her substance abuse addiction she was told by her employer that she needed to use her... Read More

Well Versed
Joe Lieberman Tells TWN: Centrists Are the Key to Getting Government Working Again
2021-10-26 23:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In a divisive age in which it seems lawmakers will run faster from a deal than they would from a burning building, it’s nice, occasionally, to hear an elder statesman talk about the government's ability to get things... Read More

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