Powerful House Democrats Urge Return of Spending Bill Earmarks
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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

Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
Congress
Longtime House Parliamentarian Wickham Stepping Down
2020-09-17 14:02:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Tom Wickham is stepping down as parliamentarian of the House of Representatives at the end of the month, and will be replaced by Jason Smith, his current deputy parliamentarian. In announcing the change, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
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Blue Dogs Urge Leaders to Restart Coronavirus Relief Talks
2020-08-21 15:16:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has begun circulating a letter they plan to send to leaders in the House and Senate, urging them to return to bargaining on a new coronavirus relief bill. Earlier this month,... Read More

Hoyer Vows House Members Won't Leave DC Without Relief Bill Deal
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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

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 Bill to Remove Confederate, Racist Statues and Busts
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House Passes Bill to Remove Confederate, Racist Statues and Busts

WASHINGTON — A measure seeking to remove the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney — who wrote the opinion in the high court’s Dred Scott decision that ruled Black people were not U.S. citizens — along... Read More

The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained
Federal Budget
The Congressional Appropriations Process Explained
2020-07-10 19:50:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer explains the congressional appropriations process, it all sounds so simple. "Funding the government is the Constitutional responsibility of the Congress," he told The Well News recently, in a statement for this article.... Read More

Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
Congress
Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
2020-07-02 19:07:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will vote later this month to remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the... Read More

Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
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Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue
2020-06-04 12:04:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's racist Dred Scott decision, currently on display in the... Read More

Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
In The News
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

House Democrats Release Updated Calendar for Pandemic-Plagued Session
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House Democrats Release Updated Calendar for Pandemic-Plagued Session
2020-05-29 18:34:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday released the updated plan for conducting congressional business into the summer. The plan and calendar emailed members states that the focus for June will be on having the House committees hold... Read More

Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
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Hoyer, Top House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Inspectors General from Retaliation
2020-05-22 20:40:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and several ranking House Democrats introduced legislation on Friday to protect inspectors general across the executive branch from being fired as a result of political retaliation. The Inspector General Independence Act would... Read More

Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
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Pelosi Slams McConnell for Comments on House Remote Voting Rules
2020-05-22 19:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday of "deliberately misleading" the public about House remote voting rules adopted by the chamber last week. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday,... Read More

Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Geopolitics
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
2020-05-22 12:47:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the third he's walked away from in the past two years. The Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago, allows nations... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
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Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
2020-05-07 13:41:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will hold what it is billing as its first "Virtual Congress" to debate the inclusion of state and local government funding in the next coronavirus relief package. The caucus says 24... Read More

House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
Congress
House Scuttles Plan to Return to Washington Next Week
2020-04-28 16:05:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A day after announcing members would be returning to Washington, House leadership reversed course Tuesday and announced they will not bring the chamber back into session next week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made the announcement Tuesday... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
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Hoyer Wants Proxy Voting Plan and Technology for House
2020-04-21 18:09:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says an emergency proxy-voting plan for members that could be voted on as soon as Thursday is a fine first step, but he would like to take a second look at technology that... Read More

Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
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Rules Chairman Devises Path Forward for Remote Voting by Congress
2020-04-16 20:29:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - After weeks of calls for some kind of tech-based system to allow members of Congress to work from their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee proposed a decidedly low-tech alternative --... Read More

Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
Civil Rights
Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
2020-04-10 19:05:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged the National Governors Association Friday to direct its members to collect demographic data on racial disparities and the coronavirus outbreak. Hoyer's request, directed to Govs. Larry Hogan, of Maryland, and Andrew Cuomo,... Read More

Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
Economy
Treasury Secretary Says US Economy Could Be Back in Business by May
2020-04-09 17:42:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he believes the U.S. could reopen for business in May, following a near halt caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During an extended interview on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" program, Mnuchin said... Read More

Trump Removes Watchdog Expected to Oversee $2 Trillion Virus Relief Fund
Political News
Trump Removes Watchdog Expected to Oversee $2 Trillion Virus Relief Fund
2020-04-07 20:48:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday summarily removed the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus. Glenn Fine, the... Read More

Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
Economy
Unemployment Claims Surge to Historic High As Pandemic Slams Economy
2020-03-26 15:42:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment claims reached a historic high of 3.28 million last week due to a wave of layoffs and business closures stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The figure shattered the previous record of... Read More

Hoyer Says Jump in Unemployment Claims Is a Further Call to Action in Virus Fight
Economy
Hoyer Says Jump in Unemployment Claims Is a Further Call to Action in Virus Fight
2020-03-19 20:49:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged to its highest level in more than two years last week, causing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to vow the government will do "everything necessary" to help... Read More

House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
Congress
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

Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
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Hoyer Introduces Bill To Remove Bust of Dred Scott Decision Author From Capitol
2020-03-10 15:14:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., introduced legislation Monday that would remove a bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from public display in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of Associate Supreme Court Justice... Read More

Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
Census
Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
2020-03-05 21:09:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized Facebook on Thursday for allowing President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to run an ad that some might confuse for the upcoming 2020 census. The U.S. Census Bureau is set to launch the... Read More

Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
2020-02-11 18:33:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion election year budget plan was largely panned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere Monday as just the latest example of a lack of fiscal discipline in the nation's capital. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan does... Read More

Budget Deficit Poised to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy
Federal Budget
Budget Deficit Poised to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy
2020-01-28 21:07:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal budget deficit will likely top $1 trillion this year, despite the continued strength of the U.S. economy, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The report follows an increase in new spending last year and the... Read More

House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says
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House Priorities for 2020 Include Health Care, Infrastructure, Climate and Redistricting, Leader Says

WASHINGTON — House Democrats in 2020 plan to pass legislation on top party priorities like health care, infrastructure and climate as well as more under-the-radar subjects like modernizing Congress and redistricting — all while trying to fully fund the government... Read More

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