If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
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If You Like Political History, Being House Historian Can't Be Beat
2020-10-13 18:15:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It happens like clockwork, every two years. Whenever one Congress ends and another is about to begin, House Historian Matthew Wasniewski and his staff of nine know the next several weeks will be busy indeed. Not only do... Read More

Stopgap Funding Bill Set for House Vote
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Stopgap Funding Bill Set for House Vote

WASHINGTON — The House will vote Tuesday on a short-term funding bill written by majority Democrats without support from Republicans, increasing the odds of a partial government shutdown in less than 10 days when current spending authority expires. The Democrats’... Read More

House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election
Marijuana
House Postpones Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Until After Election

WASHINGTON — House Democrats’ plan to vote on legislation decriminalizing marijuana before the November election went up in smoke Thursday, as leadership decided to postpone consideration of the measure amid concerns about the political optics. Some of the more moderate... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
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Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
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House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum
2020-07-27 20:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House on Monday voted to approve legislation that would create a national Latino museum on the National Mall. The initiative, which had widespread bipartisan support, passed unanimously Monday morning by a voice vote. If the measure passes... Read More

House Passes $259.5 Billion Spending Package
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House Passes $259.5 Billion Spending Package
2020-07-24 20:19:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House approved a $259.5 billion spending package Friday, rejecting a White House proposal to slash the budgets of the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, and providing ample funding for the humanities. The four-bill minibus, the first... Read More

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots
Military
House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

House Proposes Billions of Dollars for Technology Throughout Government
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House Proposes Billions of Dollars for Technology Throughout Government

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, House appropriators have approved hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding for fiscal 2021, culminating in the Appropriations Committee’s July 15 approval of legislation that would provide nearly $51 billion for the Homeland Security... Read More

House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill
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House to Vote Wednesday on Massive Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — The House will cut short its work week and vote Wednesday on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Democrats hail as transformative and Republicans dismiss as doomed. The House had originally scheduled votes for Thursday, but late Tuesday... Read More

House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens
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House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens

WASHINGTON — The House passed a sweeping overhaul of policing rules Thursday on a near party-line vote with little expectation it will break a partisan stalemate that’s put any Senate plans to act on hold. The legislation, named the George... Read More

Gohmert Tries to Drown Out Barr Critic With Incessant Tapping at Hearing
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Gohmert Tries to Drown Out Barr Critic With Incessant Tapping at Hearing

WASHINGTON — East Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tried Wednesday to drown out a critic of Attorney General William Barr by tapping his desk during a House hearing — not just once or twice like a judge or chairman calling for... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Expands Investment in House Democratic Battlefield
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Expands Investment in House Democratic Battlefield
2020-06-12 20:30:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced Friday that it is doubling down on its commitment to hold the Democratic House Majority by backing five additional challengers in their bids for Congress. These include Alyse Galvin, who is... Read More

Busy Summer Ahead for Appropriators After Pandemic Delays
Federal Budget
Busy Summer Ahead for Appropriators After Pandemic Delays

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the coming weeks will begin deciding how to spend another $1.4 trillion in annual appropriations, diving into debates over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall, public health programs and more after coronavirus-related delays sidelined the process... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
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House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
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Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

Analysis: The House’s Legislative Ambitions Will Have to Wait
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Analysis: The House’s Legislative Ambitions Will Have to Wait

WASHINGTON — A day after Memorial Day, the House returned to Washington for a week dominated by another solemn remembrance, for the 100,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus. That bleak milestone, anticipated with President Donald Trump’s order to fly flags... Read More

House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
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House, Senate to Return from Recess May 4
2020-04-27 21:28:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will return to work on Capitol Hill on May 4, some 11 days before the stay-at-home order currently in effect in the District of Columbia is set to expire. “Senators will return to Washington... Read More

House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
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House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
2020-03-17 13:57:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told members they can remain in their districts through next Monday, but at least for now, no decision has been made on the balance of House schedule for the week. In a... Read More

Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020 Elections
Battle for Congress Begins As Five Super Tuesday States Hold Congressional Primaries
2020-03-03 16:36:48
by Dan McCue

While most of the attention on this Super Tuesday is focused on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, voters in four of the 14 states and one territory will also be casting ballots in congressional primaries. The four states... Read More

Upstate New York Race Less Vulnerable With Collins Resignation
Political News
Upstate New York Race Less Vulnerable With Collins Resignation

WASHINGTON — Not all House departures are created equal. New York Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation should make it easier for Republicans to hold his Buffalo-area seat, because the GOP should have a nominee without legal problems. But New York’s multiple... Read More

Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman
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Biggs to Replace Meadows as Freedom Caucus Chairman

WASHINGTON — Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs will serve as the third chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, after the group of roughly three dozen hard-line conservatives elected him to take over its leadership effective Oct. 1. The sophomore congressman... Read More

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