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House to Convene Jan. 10, Meet for 112 Days in 2022
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House to Convene Jan. 10, Meet for 112 Days in 2022
2021-11-30 17:19:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The second session of the 117th Congress will convene on Jan. 10 and meet for 112 days, including committee work days, in 2022, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday. The full 2022 calendar can be found here.... Read More

Political News
Eddie Bernice Johnson Retiring from Congress
2021-11-22 16:59:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, is retiring from Congress after nearly three decades in office, bringing to 16 the number of Democrats who are bowing out before the 2022 election. Johnson, a trailblazer her whole life, was the... Read More

Congress
Hoyer Urges Congress to Commit $9 Billion to Fight Worldwide Deforestation
2021-11-04 21:44:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after President Joe Biden joined more than 100 world leaders in a promise to end and reverse deforestation by 2030, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer moved to turn words and handshakes into concrete government... 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

Congress
House Approves Temporary Extension of Debt Limit
2021-10-13 14:32:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Surprising no one, the House did what it had to do Tuesday night, extending the nation’s borrowing authority -- otherwise known as the debt ceiling -- until Dec. 3. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation,... Read More

Infrastructure
Ribbon Cut on District’s Biggest Modern Infrastructure Project
2021-09-07 16:44:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton were among the dignitaries who joined descendants of civil rights icon Frederick Douglass for the opening of the new bridge named in... Read More

Employment
Salary Cap Raised for Capitol Hill Staffers
2021-08-12 20:56:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- In a move she says is intended to attract the “best talent in America” to Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday raised the salary cap for House staffers to $199,300, up from the maximum $173,900... Read More

Labor
AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka Dies of Heart Attack at 72
2021-08-06 14:35:10
by Dan McCue

Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. In a note to staff, Liz Shuler,... Read More

Civil Rights
Biden, Harris Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act
2021-07-27 12:55:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Monday and announced new guidance suggesting long-term COVID-19 could be considered a disability in some cases under federal civil rights laws.  “For our nation, the... Read More

In The States
Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
2021-04-30 18:47:49
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature passed a sweeping election overhaul bill on Thursday that established a wide range of new voting restrictions in one of the nation’s key battleground states. The bill makes Florida the first major swing state... Read More

Political News
Biden Administration Supports DC Statehood
2021-04-20 19:14:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday formally threw its support behind the D.C. Statehood bill, saying it would provide the residents of the District with "long overdue full representation in Congress." "Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as... Read More

Congress
House to Strengthen Hoyer’s Hand to Curb Drawn-Out Votes
2021-04-20 19:13:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are expected to adopt a new rule Tuesday that will temporarily enable Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to speed votes on noncontroversial bills and bypass the partisan maneuvering that has repeatedly drawn out votes this Congress. In... Read More

Congress
Hoyer Dismayed By Effort to Form Caucus Based on ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Values
2021-04-20 19:10:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that he was both “very disturbed” and “very disappointed” to learn of an effort by “a pretty significant number” of Republicans in the chamber to form a new caucus based “on... Read More

Congress
Hoyer Calls for 'Modernizing' House Approach to Staff Pay, Benefits
2021-04-16 19:50:13
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told a Select Committee on Thursday that it's high time Congress was brought into alignment with the best practices of the private sector when it comes to employee recruitment and retention. Appearing before... Read More

Congress
Alcee Hastings Dies of Cancer at 84
2021-04-06 19:23:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Alcee Hastings, the dean of Florida’s congressional delegation, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84. Hastings announced his cancer diagnosis just over two years ago, but he continued to press on with his... Read More

White House
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts
2021-03-08 14:29:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies must take steps to expand access to voter registration and give their employees time off to vote or volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers, a new executive order from the White House says. President Joe Biden signed... Read More

Congress
McCarthy Stands by Greene, House Dems Prepare to Bounce Her From Committees
2021-02-04 15:32:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Wednesday evening that he will take no disciplinary actions against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.,  even as House Democrats prepared for a Thursday vote to strip her of her committee assignments.... Read More

Political News
What They Are Saying About the Inauguration of President Joe Biden
2021-01-20 20:04:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The swearing in of President Joe Biden went off without incident Wednesday, despite fears that false claims of election fraud by President Donald Trump and others would cause armed demonstrations to erupt across the country. In the end,... Read More

In The News
Impeachment Resolution Accuses Trump of Inciting Mob That Attacked Capitol
2021-01-11 17:37:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats introduced a single article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday, charging him with inciting thousands of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying Joe Biden’s Electoral... Read More

Congress
House Poised to Consider Impeachment Measure as Early as Monday
2021-01-08 21:09:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are prepared to move to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in inciting a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol as early as Monday, according to staffers privy to talks Friday on Capitol Hill.... Read More

In The News
Hoyer: PAYGO Exemptions to be Decided on Case by Case Basis
2021-01-05 22:29:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When the House on Monday adopted its rules package for the 117th Congress with a 217-206, party-line vote, Democratic House leaders knew there would be lingering controversies. As they individually filed out of the Capitol, Republican members complained... Read More

Cybersecurity
Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
2020-12-18 21:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is urging House leadership to schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for members of Congress regarding the recently revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and major American companies. The attack is widely... Read More

Political News
Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
2020-12-17 14:11:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, of New Mexico, to serve as the first Native American interior secretary, a historic pick for a department that oversees the country’s vast natural resources and much of the... Read More

Political News
Future Forum Elects New Leadership Team for the 117th Congress
2020-12-11 14:58:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Future Forum, a caucus of younger House Democrats, has elected its new leaders for the 117th Congress. The mission of the caucus, which was founded in 2015, is to address issues important to millennial and Generation Z Americans,... Read More

Congress
Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Circulate Details of COVID Relief Proposal
2020-12-09 19:28:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate circulated details of the $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, though significant hurdles to its passage remain. Among them is the fate of proposed aid to state and... Read More

Congress
Momentum Builds for Earmarks Return
2020-12-07 21:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A decade after Republicans, then in the majority in the House, banned them in their conference rules, the practice of Congressionally-directed spending -- otherwise known as the use of earmarks -- is poised for an almost certain comeback.... Read More

Congress
Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis on Federal Level Gets Bipartisan Support
2020-12-04 19:56:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passed legislation that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level -- the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on such a measure. And significantly, the measure received bipartisan support. When the figurative smoke cleared,... Read More

Congress
House Releases 2021 Legislative Calendar
2020-12-02 19:23:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first session of the 117th Congress will convene at noon on a Sunday in January and have an extra-long August recess, according to the House calendar released by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday. And of course,... Read More

Political News
Hoyer, Durbin Aides Named to Biden Legislative Affairs Team
2020-11-23 21:02:15
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden has selected top aides to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin to serve in key roles on his White House legislative affairs team. Shuwanza Goff, who has been serving... Read More

Political News
Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
2020-11-18 19:48:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats nominated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to lead the chamber for another two years on Wednesday in a virtual voice vote that reflected a triumphant rebound in her stature among members, two years after a rebellious faction... Read More

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