Democrats Prepare for a New President Favorable to Justice Department Reform
Political News
Democrats Prepare for a New President Favorable to Justice Department Reform
2020-12-22 18:18:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are preparing legislation intended to capitalize on President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to reform the Justice Department. The most recent examples are bills introduced last week in the House and Senate to reinstate the Justice Department’s... Read More

Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
Congress
Meeks, Scott Make History As First African-Americans to Hold Respective Chairs
2020-12-04 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats made history on Thursday when the caucus voted to make Reps. Gregory Meeks, of New York, and David Scott, of Georgia, the first African-Americans to chair, respectively, the chamber's Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Meeks, who... Read More

House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census
Census
House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee will subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unless the Commerce Department hands over internal documents detailing delays and issues with data related to the 2020 census, the committee chairwoman warned in a letter Wednesday. In the letter, chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D- N.Y., accused... 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

Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus
Economy
Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber could pass a pandemic relief plan this week, though a deal with the White House remains elusive and the Republican-led Senate might not act before the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused each other of "moving the... Read More

House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks
Congress
House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are offering several concessions to Republicans on pandemic-related tax items, including a temporary fix to the thorny problem of how teleworkers and others who work in multiple states during the pandemic should be taxed. That pitch is part of a collection... Read More

In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action
Climate
In Policy Preview, Democrats Target Oceans for Climate Action

WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled broad ocean-themed climate legislation, touting the world's oceans as underappreciated tools to combat rising temperatures. "Until today, ocean climate solutions have been mostly out of sight and out of mind in the U.S.," said Jane Lubchenco, who led... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Emoluments Case Against Trump
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Emoluments Case Against Trump
2020-10-13 20:45:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive a lawsuit filed by members of Congress that accused President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from his presidency. As is their custom the justices did not explain why they were... Read More

Powerful House Democrats Urge Return of Spending Bill Earmarks
Congress
Powerful House Democrats Urge Return of Spending Bill Earmarks

WASHINGTON — Two of the most influential House Democrats said Thursday that the chamber should bring back earmarks next year, saying a de facto prohibition on “congressionally directed spending” gives too much power to the executive branch. Majority Leader Steny... Read More

House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan
Congress
House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan

WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package Monday night as part of a last-ditch attempt to secure new aid before the Nov. 3 elections. Even as talks resumed between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven... Read More

Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
Congress
Democrats Push for Climate Change Bills Similar to Biden’s Proposals
2020-09-25 14:48:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats used a hearing on climate change Thursday to advocate for pending clean energy bills that would revamp a big swath of federal regulations. Record-setting wildfires in western states and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast are adding... Read More

House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
Congress
House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed House committee leaders to put together a more slender coronavirus relief package than the one that previously passed the chamber, in their latest offer in talks with the White House. The House could... Read More

House Democrats’ Leadership Races Reflect Coming Generational Change
Political News
House Democrats’ Leadership Races Reflect Coming Generational Change

WASHINGTON — Only one House Democrat in the caucus’s 14-member elected leadership team is exiting the chamber next year, but that opening has created a competitive race for assistant speaker and cleared opportunities for other ambitious Democrats to run for... Read More

Democrats Weigh Next Steps After Trump Backs Bigger Stimulus
Congress
Democrats Weigh Next Steps After Trump Backs Bigger Stimulus

WASHINGTON — Some House Democrats are keeping pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a new coronavirus relief bill up for a vote next week as they look to signal to voters that the party is pursuing a deal... Read More

House Democrats Accuse U.S. Postmaster of Lying About Mail Delays, Political Motives
Congress
House Democrats Accuse U.S. Postmaster of Lying About Mail Delays, Political Motives
2020-08-24 20:43:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats hammered the U.S. postmaster Monday with allegations that he is conspiring to sabotage on-time mail deliveries while he defiantly denied he is trying to influence the 2020 federal election. Instead, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he... Read More

House Democrats Vote to Protect the US Postal Service and Voting By Mail This Fall
Congress
House Democrats Vote to Protect the US Postal Service and Voting By Mail This Fall

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives, meeting in a rare weekend session, approved a bill Saturday forbidding the U.S. Postal Service from making “any change” that would limit service until after the November elections. The bill, approved on a largely... Read More

$1.3 Trillion Spending Package Approved by House, Includes $500 Million For Election Security
Congress
$1.3 Trillion Spending Package Approved by House, Includes $500 Million For Election Security
2020-07-31 19:31:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $1.3 trillion spending package which includes bills to fund almost all of the federal government while providing an additional $500 million for election security. The so-called minibus passed 217-197... Read More

Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
Congress
Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
2020-07-31 19:25:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., vowed Friday that members will not leave the nation's capital until there's a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. Speaking on the House floor, Hoyer said, "We will not start the... Read More

Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland
Law Enforcement
Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have asked for internal investigations into the use of federal police by Attorney General William Barr and the acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department, Chad Wolf, to crack down on protests in Portland, Oregon, and... Read More

House Democrats Propose Removal of ‘Racial Intolerance’ Statues From Capitol
Congress
House Democrats Propose Removal of ‘Racial Intolerance’ Statues From Capitol

WASHINGTON — The draft House fiscal 2021 Legislative Branch spending bill released Monday would order the removal from the Capitol statues of Confederates and others “with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” including John C. Calhoun and Roger B. Taney, according... Read More

Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate
Climate
Passing Infrastructure Bill, Democrats Go All-In on Climate

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent... Read More

House Votes To Block Controversial Rewrite Of Decades-Old Anti-Redlining Laws
Congress
House Votes To Block Controversial Rewrite Of Decades-Old Anti-Redlining Laws
2020-07-01 14:58:53
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House on Monday voted to block the Trump administration from overhauling rules that affect how banks make loans to people in lower to moderate-income communities. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, challenges a recent ruling by... Read More

House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support
Congress
House Democrats Move to Pass the Next Coronavirus Bill Without GOP Support

WASHINGTON — As they work on the next bill to respond to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, House Democrats are eschewing negotiations with Republicans or the White House, and hope to vote on their own measure as soon... Read More

House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌Say‌ ‌Freezing‌ ‌WHO‌ ‌Funding‌ ‌Could‌ ‌Harm‌ ‌Venezuelans‌
Health
House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌Say‌ ‌Freezing‌ ‌WHO‌ ‌Funding‌ ‌Could‌ ‌Harm‌ ‌Venezuelans‌
2020-05-04 13:00:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON‌ ‌-‌ ‌House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌urged‌ ‌the‌ ‌Trump‌ ‌administration‌ ‌on‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌to‌ ‌resume‌ ‌funding‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pan‌ ‌American‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Organization,‌ ‌a‌ ‌regional‌ ‌branch‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌World‌ ‌Health Organization‌ ‌that‌ ‌operates‌ ‌in‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌America.‌ ‌ In‌ ‌a‌ ‌letter‌ ‌to‌ ‌Secretary‌ ‌of‌ ‌State‌... Read More

House Democrats Widen Massive Fundraising Edge
Campaign Finance
House Democrats Widen Massive Fundraising Edge

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have expanded their financial advantage over Republicans in battleground districts, new fundraising reports show. The reports covering the year’s first three months, which were due to the Federal Election Commission by midnight Wednesday, show fundraising did... Read More

Democrats Urge Mnuchin to Avoid ‘Unreasonable’ Terms on Airlines
Economy
Democrats Urge Mnuchin to Avoid ‘Unreasonable’ Terms on Airlines

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged the Treasury Department to move more quickly to help airlines to save industry jobs and refrain from imposing “unreasonable conditions” that might spur some carriers to decline... Read More

Democrats, White House Reach Deal on New North American Trade Agreement
Trade
Democrats, White House Reach Deal on New North American Trade Agreement
2019-12-10 22:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Long after some thought an agreement between the House and the Trump administration on a new North American trade pact would require a miracle, a deal was finally announced on the same day the House unveiled impeachment charges... Read More

Trump Facing Impeachment on Abuse of Power, Obstruction Charges
In The News
Trump Facing Impeachment on Abuse of Power, Obstruction Charges
2019-12-10 22:21:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Declaring President Donald Trump had betrayed the nation and his oath of office, House Democrats on Tuesday morning announced they will hold a vote to impeach him on abuse of power and obstruction charges. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.,... Read More

Cellphone Call From Ukraine Could Compound Trump’s Troubles
In The News
Cellphone Call From Ukraine Could Compound Trump’s Troubles

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump was constructing the opulent Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan four decades ago, he was infuriated when he saw a thin layer of golden-hued marble lining the walls and column in the lobby, and ordered aides... Read More

Pelosi Sets High Bar for Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Ironclad’ Proof
In The News
Pelosi Sets High Bar for Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Ironclad’ Proof

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, offering her most expansive view of the impeachment probe to date, said she decided to advance the inquiry into President Donald Trump after his phone call with Ukraine’s leader provided her with the “clarity”... Read More

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