Problem Solvers Urge Leaders to Return to Regular Order
Congress
Problem Solvers Urge Leaders to Return to Regular Order
2021-03-30 14:12:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is urging the Congressional leadership to return to regular order in the House, allowing for open debate on the House floor, committee hearings, and amendments.   In a letter endorsed by the 58-Member bipartisan Caucus,... Read More

House Passes Legislation to Expand Background Checks
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House Passes Legislation to Expand Background Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are making a new push to enact the first major new gun control laws in more than two decades -- starting with stricter background checks.   The House... Read More

House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition
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House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches... Read More

House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People
Civil Rights
House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.The... Read More

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
Political News
Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
2020-12-11 21:15:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on to the White House where president Trump threatened to veto it. Ignoring those threats, the Senate voted 84-12 in favor... Read More

Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority
2020 Elections
Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority

WASHINGTON — Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov. 3 election, powered by their... Read More

Secure Remote Voting Possible for the House, But Opposition Remains
Congress
Secure Remote Voting Possible for the House, But Opposition Remains

WASHINGTON — House members could securely vote remotely from outside the Capitol using technology that already exists, according to a report from Democrats on the House Administration Committee, but there remains stiff opposition to an expansion of remote voting. The House approved temporary rules changes in May... Read More

Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?
Political News
Despite Pelosi's Confident Predictions, House Democrats Lost Seats. What Happened?

WASHINGTON — After confidently predicting Democrats would expand their House majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is having to explain why it looks like they will actually lose seats. Democrats will keep the House majority, but the losses there come as Democrats appear likely to take the White House and improve their... Read More

Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents
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Democrats Holding House Majority, But Lose Several Incumbents

WASHINGTON — Democrats are projected to keep control of the U.S. House in Tuesday's elections, but with at least six incumbents losing their seats the party is falling far short of preelection expectations of an expanded majority. Among the Democrats defeated were several first elected in the... Read More

As Campaign Ends, GOP Dominates List of 10 Most Vulnerable in the House
2020 Elections
As Campaign Ends, GOP Dominates List of 10 Most Vulnerable in the House

WASHINGTON — How much has the political environment moved away from Republicans? Look no further than the 10 most vulnerable House members. One year ago, this list included eight Democrats and two Republicans. On the eve of the 2020 elections, the list includes seven Republicans and just... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020-09-28 21:13:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its ongoing commitment to expanding the Democratic Party’s majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced six new formal endorsements Monday. The coalition, founded in 1997, is composed of 104 House... 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

Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package
Political News
Senate GOP to Counter House’s Postal Bill with Broader Virus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are planning to roll out a “skinny” version of their eight-bill COVID-19 aid package with $10 billion added for the U.S. Postal Service as early as this week. The legislation will be composed of provisions that... Read More

House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions
Congress
House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the urgency to act outweighs concerns among rank-and-file lawmakers that the “bold” package described by party leaders isn’t bold enough. Several... Read More

House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
Congress
House Sets Bipartisan Panel to Look at Proxy Voting and Other Issues
2020-04-22 19:50:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday shelved a vote on a temporary change to House rules to allow proxy voting, announcing instead that a bipartisan panel will look at it and other issues relating to House operations during... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
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House Passes $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package, Trump Quickly Signs It
2020-03-27 20:05:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in what had to be record time on Friday, speedily sending the bill on to the White House for the president's signature. “This will deliver urgently... Read More

House Votes to Remove Equal Rights Amendment Deadline
Congress
House Votes to Remove Equal Rights Amendment Deadline

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers voted Thursday to remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, legislation that would enshrine in the Constitution a ban on sex discrimination. The measure, however, is unlikely to receive approval from the... Read More

House Action on Equal Rights Amendment Sets Up Legal Fights
Congress
House Action on Equal Rights Amendment Sets Up Legal Fights

WASHINGTON — The House will attempt to revive the Equal Rights Amendment later this week, with a vote to remove the 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopen the process for amending the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.... Read More

House Panel Asks Whether Legislation Can Keep Cash as King
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House Panel Asks Whether Legislation Can Keep Cash as King

WASHINGTON — At some uncertain point in the future, printing cash may be a waste of money. As Americans increasingly rely on credit cards, online transfers, mobile apps and cryptocurrencies to complete transactions, a House panel debated Thursday the promise... Read More

Pelosi Sets Wednesday Votes to Send Impeachment to Senate
In The News
Pelosi Sets Wednesday Votes to Send Impeachment to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial, several people told The Associated Press. Speaker Nancy Pelosi met privately Tuesday at 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

House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran
Geopolitics
House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran

WASHINGTON — With Thursday’s House vote to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress took its latest stab at reaffirming its constitutional authority to declare war, part of a long-standing power struggle between the executive and legislative branches... Read More

House to Vote on War Powers Resolution
Congress
House to Vote on War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on a war powers resolution Thursday to limit what military action President Donald Trump can take against Iran after Democrats — and even a couple of Republicans — complained a Trump administration briefing on... Read More

Facebook Official Defends Deepfake Policy Before House Panel
Social Media
Facebook Official Defends Deepfake Policy Before House Panel
2020-01-09 19:44:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A Facebook official told a House panel on Wednesday that the social media giant is “working proactively to remove harmful content,” but critics maintained the company has a “trust problem” that warrants greater government scrutiny. The showdown between... Read More

House Retirements Already Outpace Average for Past Election Cycles
Social Media
House Retirements Already Outpace Average for Past Election Cycles

WASHINGTON — The number of House members deciding to retire has already exceeded the average for recent election cycles, and more could be coming as lawmakers return to the nation’s capital after the holidays. Since 1976, an average of 23... Read More

North Carolina’s Mark Meadows Won’t Run for Reelection
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North Carolina’s Mark Meadows Won’t Run for Reelection

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies and most vocal defenders on Capitol Hill, is not running for reelection in 2020. In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call, Meadows said he knows... Read More

Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
Trade
Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
2019-12-20 14:41:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans threw their support behind a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.... Read More

Congress Braces for Trump Impeachment Vote as Partisan Lines Harden
In The News
Congress Braces for Trump Impeachment Vote as Partisan Lines Harden

WASHINGTON — The nation’s fractured leadership continued its somber march into the history books as the House of Representatives prepared to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a dramatic step that has been sapped of almost any drama by relentless... Read More

House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act
Congress
House Approves Restoration of Key Provisions of Voting Rights Act
2019-12-06 21:39:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act requiring officials in 15 states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process. The bill, H.R. 4, the... Read More

White House Says It’s Ready for Impeachment Votes and Trial
Impeachment
White House Says It’s Ready for Impeachment Votes and Trial

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and senior aides reacted to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that articles of impeachment are coming by essentially calling for a vote and a Senate trial. The White House messaging is similar to that used by... Read More

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