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    Kristi Noem said Tuesday she would not cooperate with Donald Trump's plan to run a Republican against Senator John Thune in his 2022 primary election to try and boot him from office after the Majority Whip denounced the president's bid to overturn the election. '@johnthune is a friend of mine, and I will not be challenging him,' the South Dakota...
    Donald Trump is leaving for Mar-a-Lago Wednesday for his Christmas vacation after threatening Tuesday night, seemingly out of the blue, to veto the coronavirus relief package because he wants larger direct checks for Americans. The president posted a four-minute video to Twitter where, in part, he slammed Congress for only including $600 payments for most Americans. Trump says he wants...
    President Trump in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday night demanded that lawmakers amend the coronavirus stimulus package they passed Monday to include $2,000 checks for individuals instead of $600 checks -- while also demanding that "wasteful and unnecessary" items be cut from the year-end spending package that was attached to the pandemic aid. The president, meanwhile, doubled down on his...
    Nancy Pelosi jumped at Donald Trump’s suggestion that Americans receive a $2,000 stimulus check, noting her immediate agreement with the idea and calling for a House vote. Trump demanded on Tuesday that Congress send a new version of the COVID-19 relief package, saying that the plans for a $600 stimulus check for Americans be increased to $2,000. “I am asking...
    President-elect Joe Biden spoke frankly in a rare address on the bleak reality of COVID-19 in the U.S., telling Americans "Our darkest days…are ahead of us, not behind us," during remarks on Tuesday.  "One thing I promise you about my leadership during this crisis: I'm going to tell it to you straight. I'm going to tell you the truth. And here's the simple truth:...
    President-elect Joe Biden outlined the priorities of his future administration on Tuesday, promising to unite Congress to address major challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. “I think with Donald Trump not in the way, that will also enhance the prospect of things getting done,” Biden said at a press conference on Tuesday, suggesting that Republicans would be more willing to...
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    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted the $2.3 trillion government spending bill — $900 billion of which is dedicated to coronavirus relief — criticizing Republicans for voting to print money with impunity. He warned Congress is essentially perpetuating lockdowns by handing money to states with leaders implementing rules that are “arbitrary and unscientific.” Both the House and Senate passed the 6,000-page...
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found rare common ground Monday after both lawmakers criticized the near $2.5 trillion spending bill that Congress passed. “[email protected] is right,” Cruz tweeted. “It’s ABSURD to have a $2.5 trillion spending bill negotiated in secret and then–hours later– demand an up-or-down vote on a bill nobody has had...
    Washington — President Trump huddled with Republican congressional allies at the White House on Monday to discuss the possibility of challenging the Electoral College votes when Congress convenes January 6 to tally them, in what would be the president's last-ditch attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election. A number of the president's closest supporters on Capitol Hill attended...
    President Trump Monday huddled with members of Congress to discuss plans to object to President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win and to force a debate on allegations of voter fraud. Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., attended the White House meeting and said there's growing support for GOP lawmakers from the House and Senate to challenge the election results when a Joint Session...
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz agreed with Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that it is “absurd" lawmakers voting on the stimulus package only have a limited amount of time to read it. “Congress is expected to vote on the second largest bill in US history *today* - $2.5 trillion - and as of about 1pm, members don’t even have...
    A pared down, second round of stimulus checks is included in a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief deal announced by congressional leadership on Sunday night. The agreement, announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators reach deal on Fed powers, setting stage for coronavirus relief passage Coronavirus relief deal hinges on talks over Fed lending powers Senate GOP...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documented her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine on Instagram in an effort to convince followers to follow suit when it becomes available to them.   The New York lawmaker, known for her strong social media presence, posted a string of videos on Friday when the jab was offered to her and other members of Congress.   At the start of...
    As the hotel industry continues to face record job loss amid the pandemic, advocates for the industry are once again calling on Congress for relief. According to a American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) survey, 71% of hotels will not be able to last another six months without immediate assistance...
    Senators are still in the nation’s Capitol, as Congress works to approve funding for the long-awaited coronavirus relief package by Sunday afternoon. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., hit the Senate floor Saturday with a list of grievances on the $900 billion package - the latest hold-up in Congress passing the bill. "We’ve never asked the Fed to engage in fiscal policy or...
    The U.S. House of Representatives skirted a government shutdown for the second time in a week by passing a two-day stopgap funding bill to allow Congress more time to agree on a COVID relief bill. The continuing resolution (CR), which passed the House and Senate with just hours to spare for Trump’s signature, will prevent a government shutdown and allow...
    After bailing out the nation’s biggest banks, Congress is now hesitant on whether to provide Americans with a second round of stimulus checks as 24.5 million remain jobless or underemployed, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said in a speech on Friday. During a speech on the Senate floor, Hawley blasted Congress — and specifically, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who objected to...
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after the Senate Republican GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters Congress had only hours to prevent a government shutdown Friday as lawmakers tried to put the finishing touches on a massive coronavirus rescue package. Leaders on Capitol Hill have said for days they...
    In Joe Biden's halcyon early days in the Senate, laws were made by two branches of government. The White House had its ideas, Congress had theirs, and the final product was hashed out in late-night negotiations followed by press conferences where lawmakers congratulated each other on their ability to compromise for the greater good. That is not the environment the...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Corrrespondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden brings more Capitol Hill experience than any president in decades, but his transition has stumbled in ways large and small, exposing the challenges of navigating a Congress that is a different place than when he last served in 2009. He rolled out an almost all-white national security team...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden brings more Capitol Hill experience than any president in decades, but his transition has stumbled in ways large and small, exposing the challenges of navigating a Congress that is a different place than when he last served in 2009. He rolled out an almost all-white national security team when allies were expecting diversity. He...
    Washington — President Trump threatened to veto the nation's annual defense spending act for the second time in two days in a tweet on Thursday, continuing a standoff with lawmakers over a bill that passed with veto-proof majorities in both chambers of Congress last week. Mr. Trump has repeatedly expressed opposition to the $732 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)...
    New York (CNN Business)Members of Congress who own stocks might face ethical dilemmas when they shape laws that could hurt -- or help -- their portfolios. Just ask Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Recent scrutiny has forced the issue of congressional stock trading into the limelight.The potential conflict of interest is blatantly obvious. Lawmakers should focus on the...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer say they would celebrate the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as the interior secretary next year under incoming President Joe Biden. But Haaland would become the third House Democrat to leave Congress for the Biden administration, and her departure would temporarily shrink the perilously slim Democratic majority by...
    Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill owner Angela Marsden offered to help make lawmakers aware Monday of the plight of restaurant owners and workers in the absence of additional coronavirus aid. "If I could, I would bring me and other business owners and tell them again to focus on people and faces," Mardsen told "Bill Hemmer Reports". "And that our country is headed out of a...
    Lawmakers are scrambling to get another coronavirus relief package passed before breaking for the holidays as several different versions of legislation are still floating around Capitol Hill. On Monday afternoon, the so-called bipartisan '908' group, named after the price tag on their bill, will unveil the details of their relief package. Two people familiar with negotiations over the $908 billion...
    Congress should have been informed Hunter Biden was being investigated over his taxes before they considered whether to impeach Donald Trump, a Republican senator who has spent a year examining the business affairs of the Biden family said. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) also claimed on Saturday that Hunter’s attorneys “have refused to cooperate with the committees.” Hunter Biden, 50, said last...
    A Republican senator who has spent a year looking into the business affairs of the Biden family has said that Congress should have been informed that Hunter Biden was being investigated over his taxes before they considered whether to impeach Donald Trump, as it emerged that Hunter's attorneys were refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Ron Johnson, representing Wisconsin, issued...
    (CNN)Maine is sending one-time $600 payments to certain jobless residents. New Mexico is providing $100 million in grants to small businesses. Kentucky is helping low-income residents pay their utility bills.With hopes of additional congressional relief still up in the air, states are taking action to help struggling residents and small businesses as the economy falters and coronavirus cases surge. Most...
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's administration moved forward with $1 billion in sales of drones and precision-guided weapons to Morocco on Friday, sending a notice to Congress about the potential deals, according to sources familiar with the notification. The deal includes four MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones made by privately held General Atomics, and Hellfire, Paveway and JDAM precision-guided munitions made...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of the Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, is looking forward to “working in good faith with members of both parties in Congress,” the Biden transition team said, despite criticism that he is a partisan pick. The Biden transition team is eager to work with Republicans on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP)...
    AN airman and Qanon follower who lost a GOP race for Congress in November has been charged with child pornography. Ben Gibson, 34, was booked into Bossier Maximum Security Jail Wednesday morning on four counts of pornography involving minors under the age of 13, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. 3Ben Gibson was arrested on Wednesday and charged...
    The GOP-led Senate overwhelmingly approved a $740 billion major national defense bill on Friday, defying President Trump's veto threats. The final vote was 84-13 on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), well beyond the two-thirds requirement to override a potential veto if Trump carried through on his threat to sink the legislation.  “The Senate’s bipartisan passage of the NDAA shows that members...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he is asking the FBI to brief the GOP on Rep. Eric Swalwell’s relationship with a Chinese spy. “I’m asking for an FBI briefing now,” the California Republican told reporters outside the Capitol on Thursday. McCarthy said he was not among the small group of lawmakers who were briefed by intelligence officials in 2015...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare break with President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging passage of a wide-ranging defense policy bill that Trump has threatened to veto. McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday that it was important for Congress to continue a nearly 60-year streak of passing the National Defense Authorization Act, which affirms 3% pay raises for...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump Jr. cuts ad for Loeffler, Perdue in Georgia Biden to tap Vilsack for Agriculture secretary: reports Georgia elections official: Trump should 'act more responsibly' MORE's decision to tap Reps. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondClyburn, Richmond among Biden inaugural committee leadership Black leaders express concerns about representation in Biden administration Rep. Mark Walker announces Senate bid in North Carolina...
    A bipartisan coalition on Capitol Hill is moving to force a series of votes to block President Trump’s sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, a deal struck after Emirati officials agreed to recognize Israel. Proponents of the deal to mobilize against such a rare public rebuke endangering a country that by striking a U.S.-brokered...
    Washington (CNN)It was a tale of two realities in Georgia this weekend. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a young, ambitious Republican, told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday that "mountains of misinformation" from allies of President Donald Trump alleging large-scale voter fraud in the presidential election were hurting GOP efforts in the runoff elections for US Senate. Hours later one of those Republican...
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers look less and less likely to debut the text of their COVID-19 stimulus deal Monday, as sticking points remain.  CNN reported that Republicans and Democrats still can't agree on two issues: lawsuit protections and state and local funding.  Lawmakers involved had aimed to release the text on Monday, but by mid-afternoon Wednesday looked more likely, Politico...
    Only 25 of the 249 Republicans in Congress have admitted Joe Biden won the election with 222 refusing to declare a winner at all, according to research carried out by the Washington Post.  The survey asked every Republican member of the House and Senate who won the election, whether they support or oppose Trump's continuing efforts to claim victory and if...
           
    PHOTO VIA BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAYGov. Ron DeSantis wants Congress to approve more unemployment relief and for the federal government to ease coronavirus travel restrictions from Europe and Brazil. DeSantis blamed federal policies related to trying to curb the spread of COVID-19 for many people losing jobs and said Washington should have “done a relief package months ago.” He made...
    A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday announced a $908 billion coronavirus aid proposal that attempts to end a monthslong stalemate in Congress that so far has blocked a new round of funding. “It’s not going to make everybody happy,” said Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat. “But I think it is a good framework.” The measure has...
    Congress returns to work Monday in Washington for a final pre-Christmas stretch of legislating before the holidays but remains no closer to passing broadly supported COVID-19 pandemic relief items, such as another round of $1,200 stimulus checks. House Democrats and Senate Republicans for months gridlocked on new relief legislation, despite most lawmakers agreeing on core elements, such as another...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill’s main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business. COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy — and a final burst of judicial nominees — dominate a truncated two- or...
    By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business. COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy — and a final burst of judicial nominees — dominate...