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'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

Congress
House Passes Spending Bill and Debt Limit Increase
2021-09-22 10:22:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday Night approved legislation to keep the government funded through early December and lift the debt ceiling -- the limit on federal borrowing -- through the end of 2022. The bill passed, 220 to 211,... Read More

Political News
Senate Democrats Introduce Pared Down Voting Rights Bill, Vote Likely Next Week
2021-09-14 19:50:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats introduced a pared down version of the House voting rights bill Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer indicated he likely will bring it to a vote in the chamber as early next week. After introducing... Read More

In The States
Democrats Sue As Texas Governor Signs Controversial Election Bill Into Law
2021-09-07 18:23:59
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Gregg Abbott had barely finished signing his name to a sweeping overhaul of his state’s election rules Tuesday, when a Democratic election lawyer announced he’d filed a lawsuit to prevent the new procedures from taking effect.... Read More

In The States
Democrats Set to OK New Legislative Maps Over Criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats on Tuesday are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was unnecessarily rushed and maps drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats in power.  Tuesday's... Read More

Congress
Budget Clash Pits Moderate Democrats Against Biden, Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outnumbered and with their party's most powerful leaders arrayed against them, nine moderate Democrats trying to upend plans for enacting President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar domestic program face a House showdown. All the rebellious group must do to... Read More

In The States
Texas Lawmakers Overcome Roadblock On Bill Restricting Voting Rights
2021-08-20 20:19:05
by Tom Ramstack

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Legislature is on track to pass another controversial state law restricting the right to vote after breaking a deadlock caused by Democrats who fled to Washington, D.C. to prevent enactment. The Democrats were trying to... Read More

In The States
Illinois GOP Claims Census Data Proves New Maps Illegal
2021-08-19 19:43:30
by Dan McCue

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly say newly released census numbers reveal the legislative maps that Democrats pushed to complete in the spring are unconstitutional. The Census Bureau released the data Thursday, Aug. 12, months later than usual, due to... Read More

Elections
Bustos Compiles Advice for Defending House Majority in 2022
2021-08-15 12:28:17
by Dan McCue

Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois Democrat who led her party’s House campaign arm in the 2020 cycle, has some advice for swing-district Democrats on how they can win in communities that tilted for former President Donald Trump the last two... Read More

U.S. Senate
Top Dem Sees Tough Pathway for $3.5 Trillion Social, Climate Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after clinching an initial budget victory, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer conceded Wednesday that Democrats face a tough pathway to delivering a package surging $3.5 trillion into family, health and environment programs to President Joe Biden's... Read More

Political News
Dems Renew Push on Elections Bill That GOP Vows to Block

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their push to enact their marquee voting bill, pledging to make it the first order of business when the Senate returns in the fall even though they don't have a clear strategy for overcoming... Read More

Political News
Democrats Get Arrested to Protest Deadlock in Congress on Voting Rights
2021-08-09 21:32:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A growing list of Democrats in Congress appear to be trying to get arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demonstrate their opposition to legislative action they say would suppress the right to vote.  The latest was Rep.... Read More

In The States
The Long, 'Surreal' Days of the Runaway Texas Legislators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny.  After bolting  the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill... Read More

In The States
By Thwarting Voting Overhaul, Texas Dems Allow Special Agenda to Expire

AUSTIN, Texas — When Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives left the state on Monday in a bid to deny Republicans a quorum needed to conduct business, they also left a number of other consequential agenda items in limbo.... Read More

Political News
Texas Dems Flee to DC to Avoid Vote on State Voting Restrictions
2021-07-13 15:27:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House fled their state on Monday, determined to stay on the lam in the nation’s capital to thwart a vote on new voting restrictions in the Lone Star state.... Read More

Congress
In Hunt for Infrastructure Deal, Every Dem Has Leverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a crucial moment for Democrats, party leaders are hunting for a sweet spot that would satisfy their rival moderate and progressive wings on legislation to finance President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar agenda of bolstering the economy and... Read More

Think Tanks
Democrats Hopes in 2022 Hinge on Voters of Color, Analysis Finds
2021-06-14 15:36:26
by Reece Nations

An analysis of the 2020 election conducted by several prominent Democratic advocacy groups determined that voters of color played critical roles in key races, among other findings. The report — conducted jointly by The Collective PAC, The Third Way and... Read More

Congress
Sales Pitch Summer? Dems Aim to Showcase Virus Relief Effort

MAIDENS, Va. (AP) — When Sherry Brockenbrough and her family opened a distillery on a leafy vista overlooking the James River on March 5, 2020, the coronavirus still seemed like a distant threat.  But in the coming weeks, Hill Top... Read More

In The States
Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
2021-06-04 13:03:30
by Dan McCue

After two days of public hearings, Illinois Democrats quickly approved new boundaries for state House and Senate district that will ensure their control of the legislature for the next decade, And they’ve since sent their proposed maps to Democratic Gov.... Read More

In The States
Texas GOP to Revive Voting Bill, Democrats Plot Next Move

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats' weekend victory over one of the most restrictive voting measures in the country would only be temporary.  GOP Gov. Greg... Read More

Congress
Agreement Eludes Senators On Election Reform Proposal
2021-05-12 20:33:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee tried Tuesday to amend a bill before sending it off to a final vote that would set national standards for elections. It made little headway in reaching agreement in a sharply divided Senate Rules and... Read More

Congress
Democrats Press for Broader Voter Access as GOP Resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the U.S. Senate mounted an aggressive case against Democrats' sweeping election and voter-access legislation, pushing to roll back proposals for automatic registration, 24-hour ballot drop boxes and other changes in an increasingly charged national debate.... Read More

Congress
GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats' Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are preparing to launch an all-out assault on sweeping voting rights legislation, forcing Democrats to take dozens of politically difficult votes during a committee hearing that will spotlight the increasingly charged national debate over access to... Read More

Political News
Red Meat Politics: GOP Turns Culture War into a Food Fight

President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat. Colorado Rep. Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Biden "stay out of my kitchen." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out a headline warning Biden was getting "Up in your grill." The news was wrong... Read More

Elections
Democrats Launch Senate Battle for Expanded Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are renewing their efforts to muscle through the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, setting up a fight with Republicans that could bring partisan tensions to a climax in the evenly split Senate and... Read More

Congress
Filemón Vela Opts Out of Re-Election Bid
2021-03-23 15:27:22
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Filemón Vela, D-Texas, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022, becoming the second House Democrat to announce their retirement in what could be a difficult cycle for the majority party. Earlier this month, Rep. Ann... Read More

Congress
With Virus Aid in Sight, Democrats Debate Filibuster Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he's open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of... Read More

Elections
Democratic Voting Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in Decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at... Read More

Impeachment
Trump Impeachment Trial to Open with Sense of Urgency, Speed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege and Republicans who want it... Read More

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

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