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    Republican South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman and Democratic California Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a bill Thursday that would cut retirement benefits accrued by members of Congress. The Stop Congressional Retirees Accessing Perks (SCRAP) Act, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller, eliminates the $174,000 death gratuity paid to the families of members who die in the middle of a congressional session...
    Republicans at the federal and state levels are preparing for a 2022 midterm season focused on holding Democrats accountable at the federal and local levels, particularly on issues related to education. Republican members of Congress are expressing frustration with Democrat-led committees that have held a limited number of hearings on the Biden administration. The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Democratic...
    Trump assembled the crowd for the explicit purpose of interfering with the election. Who helped him do it? Today is the deadline for four of Donald Trump's most notorious toadies to provide documents to the House special committee probing the Jan. 6 insurrection. Chief of staff Mark Meadows, aide Dan Scavino, professional grizzled hobo Steve Bannon and determined remora Kash Patel...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Human actions are decimating our planet and making it harder for those who live on it to survive. Between climate change, habitat destruction, poaching, the wildlife trade, and the government refusing to grant protections to various species, a multitude of animals are struggling to survive and even facing extinction. With their...
    Four left-wing Congress members known as 'the Squad' are the biggest spenders on personal security despite advocating for the defunding of police, records show. According to Federal Election Commission reports, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Cori Bush (MO) have funneled thousands into private security. Between April 15 and June 28 this year, Bush spent more...
    Every year, the US sends around 100,000 horses to slaughter. While the last horse slaughterhouse in the US closed in 2007, the US continues to send horses abroad for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, the ban on horse slaughter in the US is temporary and thus, can easily be reversed. Many of these horses were forced to race,...
    WASHINGTON -- House progressives on Friday urgently called on Democratic congressional leaders to pass legislation to extend the federal eviction moratorium after the Supreme Court ended an extension late Thursday night."As your fellow colleagues, we implore you to act with the highest levels of urgency to advance a permanent legislative solution in a must pass legislative vehicle in order to...
    LABOR DAY may be a nightmare for millions of Americans who could lose their weekly $300 in extra unemployment benefits if the federal government doesn’t step in to prevent them from sunsetting. On Sept. 6, as many as 7.5 million unemployed citizens who lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic will stop receiving the temporary bonus unemployment...
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, additional unemployment benefits have helped keep some 6.7 million people out of poverty. As of September 7, those expanded benefits will expire along with the $300 weekly federal boost to traditional unemployment insurance (UI). As of now, it doesn't look likely that the White House or Congress will be able or willing to extend them once...
    (CNN)The leader of the Justice Department's civil rights division told Congress Monday that "voting rights are under pressure to an extent that has not been seen since the Civil Rights era."US Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke is testifying in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about voting rights legislation, as the House prepares to move forward a major element...
    President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives should celebrate budget passage, remain focused on fight Officials still looking for parents of 337 separated children, court filing says ​​Former U.S. attorney in Atlanta says abrupt resignation stemmed from not peddling Trump voter fraud claim MORE on Thursday called on Congress to act to lower the "outrageously" high price of prescription drugs, as...
    "There are a lot of tired people here," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., the top GOPer on the Senate Public Works Committee, on the floor Tuesday morning. The Senate was just moments away from beginning a roll call vote to approve the final version of the bipartisan, $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.  "After a long week of amendments, it’s time...
    "Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker smiles after signing legislation that expands protections for immigrant and refugee communities at East Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill. Monday, Aug. 2, 2021." Back in 2019, Illinois became first in the nation to ban private immigration detention facilities. Now, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law further legislation that effectively ends immigration detention in the state. The Illinois...
    (CNN)As the fight over voting rights intensifies, a longtime aide to late Congressman John Lewis hopes young Americans will use the lessons in the civil rights leader's posthumous graphic novel to change lawmakers' minds on the issue.Lewis' novel, "Run: Book One," comes amid efforts in state legislatures to enact restrictive voter laws, efforts that members of Congress are attempting to...
    A nationwide eviction moratorium officially expired Saturday after the Biden administration refused to extend it unilaterally and Congress failed to act in time, putting millions of people across the U.S. at risk of losing their homes in the near future as the highly virulent Delta strain tears through the country. The CDC's temporary eviction ban lapsed as a growing group...
    House conservatives in the Republican Study Committee (RSC) will introduce a beefed up plan to counter the Chinese Communist Party meant to serve as a contrast to a much weaker Senate-passed plan, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. The office of RSC chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) provided the bill text and detailed analysis of the forthcoming plan, titled the Countering...
    Immigrants and allies rally in New York City for a pathway to citizenship, July 2021. A group of more than 80 mayors spanning nearly 30 states is urging President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats to protect millions of young undocumented immigrants, essential workers, and Temporary Protected Status holders through the budget reconciliation process. A majority of Americans already support legalization for undocumented communities....
    ATLANTA -- President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday both marked the one-year anniversary of U.S. Rep. John Lewis' death by urging Congress to honor the legacy of the civil rights icon by enacting laws to protect voting rights.Biden said he often reflects on the last conversation he and his wife, Jill, had with Lewis, days before...
    On Wednesday, more than 150 major companies sent a letter urging lawmakers to introduce and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, an amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as reported by Reuters. The act would combat discrimination and suppression in voting. As of now, advocates are worried about how the important legislation will fare in the Senate. Companies...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based Target and Best Buy are among the more than 150 companies that have signed onto a letter urging the U.S. Congress to pass a sweeping voting reforms bill. “Congress needs to amend the Voting Rights Act to restore necessary safeguards by updating the Voting Rights Act’s coverage formula to prevent voting discrimination, as well as establish...
    Activists from various grassroots organizations rally outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California on July 7, 2021, calling on Congress and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to remove the filibuster and pass the "For the People Act" to expand voting rights.Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images Apple, Amazon, Google, Starbucks and Pepsi are among more than 150 companies that...
    The Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) pressed Congress on Monday to take action on voting rights, a $15 minimum wage and ending the Senate filibuster. The advocacy group, led by Bishop William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis, has been one of the loudest voices calling for the Biden administration and Democratic lawmakers to pass a number of their legislative priorities that...
    More On: debt ceiling House approves bipartisan budget and debt ceiling bill Locking in a future of trillion-dollar deficits Trump announces budget deal with congressional leaders Why Trump will wind up furious at Schumer, too WASHINGTON — The Bipartisan Policy Center cautioned on Thursday that it is facing difficulties projecting when the U.S. government will hit its debt limit...
    The House of Representatives voted Friday to restore Obama-era methane emissions standards in a move backed by major oil and gas corporations, The Wall Street Journal reported. Acting under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to void federal regulations, the House voted to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules issued last year under the Trump administration. The rules had removed...
    Hundreds of legislators are pushing Congress to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, despite its paltry odds of victory in the Senate. In a pleading letter to Senate and House leadership, more than 480 state legislators called for the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act,...
    A group of nearly 500 Democratic state lawmakers from across the U.S. signed an open letter released Tuesday in support of passing federal voting rights legislation. The open letter addressed to congressional leadership called for the passing of the John LewisJohn LewisProgressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill This...
    'Happy Pride. Now, abolish the damn filibuster and pass the Equality Act,' tweeted Rep. Mondaire Jones. With Pride Month celebrations in full swing, there are at least four bills sitting in or about to be introduced to Congress right now that lawmakers could vote in favor of to help advance...
                        State Representative Michele Rayner of District 70 officially announced her campaign for U.S. Congress in 2022 to replace the seat left vacant by Charlie Crist who is running for governor. Rayner, a Democrat and the first openly gay woman of color elected to the Florida Legislature, will join...
    The Supreme Court on Monday made the kind of logic-defying opinion that is exactly why crime rates in this country continue to increase. The people with the power to effect real change are too busy overpolicing low-level offenders to prioritize the kind of wide-reaching change that is really needed. The court ruled that a federal law used to slash the sentences of thousands...
    Some of the Texas Democrats who staged a walkout to defeat a sweeping election bill are in Washington, D.C., to crank up pressure on Senators to take action on voting rights. The lawmakers are expected to sit down with several members of Congress on Tuesday and are set to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday. Texas Democrats and...
    More On: monopoly Google hit with nearly $270M fine in French antitrust case Google to pay fine, change ad business to settle French antitrust case: report EU reportedly set to open formal antitrust probe into Facebook Barry Diller calls Apple’s App Store fees ‘disgusting’ Tech giants got targeted with a bold set of antitrust legislation from a bipartisan group...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Tuesday laid out his most comprehensive plan yet for shrinking the nation's longstanding racial wealth gap, the latest step in his promise to infuse more equity in government policies and in the rebuilding of the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. Some measures -- including changes to deal with housing discrimination and directing federal support to small...
    (CNN)Democrats are intensifying their demands for Congress to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, but even with the party in control of the House and the Senate, major obstacles remain. Texas state Democratic lawmakers are calling for federal action after they derailed a restrictive voting bill, and President Joe Biden is sending a grim warning about Republican-led state efforts to restrict...
    Drive-through voting in Harris County, Texas Texas Democrats managed to prevent Republicans from passing a racist voter suppression law over the weekend—but the fight is far from over and, they made clear, Congress must act. State House Democrats walked out on Sunday, denying Republicans the quorum they needed to pass a bill that President Joe Biden had on Saturday called “an assault on...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Virginia ran a mobile billboard outside the local  offices of Sen. Joe Manchin, urging him to champion passage of the Dream Act, bipartisan legislation that would put young undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship. In a picture tweeted by the organization, a billboard reading “Sen. Joe Manchin: Congress must act to...
    When former President Donald Trump nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last fall, opponents immediately raised the cry that she would overturn Obamacare. Posters appeared all over Capitol Hill shortly after her nomination, warning of Barrett’s alleged healthcare extremism. Protesters gathered throughout the city to speak out against her nomination, warning that she would be the decisive...
    Comedian Sarah Silverman is adding her voice to the chorus of celebrities urging Congress to swiftly pass a sweeping voting and elections reform package.  Her message to lawmakers, however, is unique: Stop being “a**h***s” and pass the bill. “It’s going to stop billionaires from straight-up buying our elections. And since it could actually pass, guess who are being total a**h***s...
    President Joe Biden in his first address to Congress called on legislators to pass into law a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 undocumented immigrants. “Immigration has always been essential to America,” he said Wednesday night. “Let’s end our exhausting war over immigration. For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and we’ve done nothing about it. It’s time...
    President Joe Biden proclaimed that 'white supremacist terrorists' are the worst threat to the homeland today, directly before asking Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by next month.    'By the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death,' the president said at his first joint address before Congress Wednesday night.   The act is currently stuck in the Senate with...
    President BidenJoe BidenTulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE on Tuesday called on lawmakers to pass a sweeping set of elections and voting reforms that hold the potential to reshape the U.S. political landscape, from how campaigns are financed to the laws governing the...
    President Joe Biden called for gun control measures in his first speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. “I need not tell anyone this, but gun violence is an epidemic in America,” he said. Biden called to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which would “close the so—called “boyfriend” loophole to keep guns out of the hands of...
    Bradley Cortright April 25, 2021 0 Comments Vice President Kamala Harris is urging lawmakers to pass what she says are “reasonable gun safety laws.” During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that aired on Sunday, Harris asked why President Joe Biden is not focusing more on the issue of gun violence after it was reported that there were at...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a nation confronting a legacy of police violence. Legislation that was once stalled on Capitol Hill is now closer than ever to consensus, lawmakers...