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118th Congress Opens With Intrigue, Meanwhile McConnell Makes History
Congress
118th Congress Opens With Intrigue, Meanwhile McConnell Makes History
2023-01-03 16:53:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Republicans held a last ditch, closed door meeting in the Capitol Tuesday morning, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., trying once again to rally support for his bid to be the next speaker of the House. With reporters... Read More

Opinion Polls
Most Americans Have Low Expectations for New Congress, Pollster Finds
2022-12-14 18:33:21
by Dan McCue

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – A majority of Americans expect little change when Republicans take control of Congress in January, and four out of five said their expectations that Congress will effectively conduct the people’s business remains low. Those opinions... Read More

Political News
McConnell Throws His Support Behind Electoral Count Reform Act
2022-09-27 22:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Tuesday that he supports the Electoral Count Reform Act, which aims to protect future elections from attempts at disruption like those that transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.... Read More

In The News
Manchin Describes Inflation Act Negotiations
2022-07-28 19:07:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Thursday rejected assertions he somehow reversed course in coming to terms with Democratic leaders on a reconciliation package now called the Inflation Reduction Act. “A reversal to me is going backwards, and I've... Read More

Climate
Climate Change Not Just Another 'Culture War Issue’
2022-07-23 16:40:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —The summer of 2022 has shaped up to be a season of discontent for those who consider themselves climate activists and fans of the environment. It began three weeks ago, when a majority of justices in the U.S. Supreme... Read More

U.S. Senate
Schumer Says Fast Action on Gun Control Unlikely
2022-05-25 16:51:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is telling colleagues that there won’t be a rush to bring new gun-control legislation to the floor in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, in recent... Read More

White House
White House Accelerates Response to Baby Formula Shortage
2022-05-12 23:09:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his administration to “work urgently” to respond to the major baby formula shortage that has forced families across the United States to rely on others with leftover supplies to swap or sell... Read More

Immigration
What They’re Saying About the End of Title 42 Expulsions
2022-04-06 23:02:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration last week announced it will wind down the pandemic-era order known as Title 42 in late May.  Though always controversial, the decision to do away with what were, in essence, summary deportations in the name... Read More

Federal Budget
Hoyer Urging Omnibus Deal Get Done Early Next Week
2022-03-01 21:37:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he’s urging congressional budget negotiators to strike a deal on an omnibus spending package by early next week, so that the Senate can act on it well ahead of the... Read More

In The News
What They Are Saying About Russia, Sanctions and Ukraine
2022-02-23 20:59:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — On Monday night, Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, and on Tuesday, the Biden administration imposed significant sanctions on the Russian Central Bank and other banking interests. On Wednesday, a senior administration official said, another round of sanctions... Read More

Political News
Sinema, Manchin Double Down on Opposition to Curbing Filibuster
2022-01-14 00:16:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear Thursday that she supports an effort to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, but she all but doomed the bill to failure by announcing she opposes a change to filibuster rules to bypass... Read More

Political News
Voting Rights and Fate of the Filibuster Set Senate Showdown on Capitol Hill
2022-01-12 00:14:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate only just returned to work a few days ago, but already it’s embroiled in the knock-down, drag-out brawl of the year. The “it,” of course, is the raging war of words over Senate Democrats' effort to... Read More

In Memory
Bipartisan Politicians Packed the Pews for Jan. 6 Isakson Memorial
2022-01-07 19:05:52
by Kate Michael

ATLANTA — Many of those not taking part in Jan. 6 proceedings on Capitol Hill were instead coming together in the spirit of commemoration to honor the late Sen. Johnny Isakson at his memorial in Atlanta on Thursday.  Pews at... Read More

Jan. 6
What They’re Saying About the Anniversary of the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol
2022-01-06 18:47:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both spoke at the U.S. Capitol Thursday morning in observance of the first anniversary of the attack on the building by insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump. Many more... Read More

In Memory
Harry Reid to Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda
2022-01-03 18:47:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who capped a 30-year career in the Senate by rising to majority leader, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy... Read More

Federal Budget
House Approves Measure to Assure Swift Passage of Debt Ceiling Increase
2021-12-08 17:27:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House approved legislation on Tuesday paving the way for an increase in the debt ceiling after congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle agreed to an unusual procedure that could avert the nation’s first-ever budget default.... Read More

Political News
Senate GOP Blocks Democrats’ Election Reform Bill, Filibuster Support Softens
2021-10-20 23:29:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Despite changes reflecting the spirit of compromise, Senate Democrats were unable on Wednesday to convince a single Republican to vote with them in support of guaranteeing Americans the right to easy access to the polls.  As a result,... Read More

Political News
Accord Reached on Raising the Nation’s Debt Limit
2021-10-07 15:03:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats have taken Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., up on an offer that will temporarily end a political standoff over raising the nation’s debt ceiling by allowing an emergency extension into early December. “We have reached... Read More

U.S. Senate
McConnell Makes New Offer On Debt Ceiling
2021-10-06 19:37:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. made a new offer to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on resolving the current Senate impasse over raising the nation’s debt limit. The immediate effect of the offer was for Senate... 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

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

Federal Budget
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Would Add $256 Billion to Deficit, CBO Finds
2021-08-06 14:33:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan infrastructure package set to be voted on in the U.S. Senate, perhaps as early as Saturday, would add $256 billion to the federal deficit, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday The budget office estimated that... Read More

Political News
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Advances in the Senate
2021-07-29 14:32:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday evening voted to advance bipartisan infrastructure legislation, despite the lack of actual bill text to consider and a looming battle in the House over the measure. By a 67-32 vote, the Senate moved... Read More

Political News
Big Infrastructure Bill in Peril as GOP Threatens Filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal  senators brokered with President Joe Biden is hanging precariously ahead of a crucial Wednesday test vote as they struggle over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending. Tensions were... Read More

Health
McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans Tuesday to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from... Read More

Political News
Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
2021-06-22 23:02:08
by Dan McCue

WASHIINGTON - Senate Republicans filibustered their Democraticcolleague's signature voting rights bill Tuesday night, denying it the 60 votes needed to advance the bill and start debate. Thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion, it was nevertheless a blow to Democrats'... Read More

U.S. Senate
GOP Ready to Block Elections Bill in Senate Showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' expansive elections and voting bill  is all but certain to be rejected in a key test vote in the Senate, providing a dramatic example of Republicans' use of the filibuster  to block legislation and forcing... Read More

Taxes
Tax Increases Seen As Counterproductive to Growth, Job Creation
2021-06-21 20:49:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Of all the uncertainties growing from the prolonged negotiations over President Joe Biden’s American Families plan, the most potentially vexing for the American businesses and the economy are several proposed changes to the U.S. tax code. Though much... Read More

Congress
National Guard Mission Ends on Capitol Hill
2021-05-24 20:56:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Five months after being deployed to the U.S. Capitol to help fend off rioters during the Jan. 6 siege by violent supporters of former President Donald Trump, National Guard troops have packed up and are heading home. The guard's... Read More

Congress
House Looks to OK Jan. 6 Riot Commission, Senate GOP Dubious

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is poised to vote on a 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a first step toward creating an independent, bipartisan panel that would investigate the siege and try to... Read More

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