To door knock or not? Campaigning for Congress in COVID era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean calls herself a “big hugger,” but there’s none of that in-person campaigning in the Philadelphia suburbs as the House freshman runs for reelection largely online to protect against the health risks of COVID-19. Traveling the heartland, Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is taking the opposite approach. She just […]

Congress investigates Fort Hood following soldier deaths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Congress will launch an investigation into sexual assault, disappearances, deaths and the leadership’s response at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the U.S. Army base in Texas died this year, two subcommittee leaders announced Tuesday. Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Jackie Speier of California sent a letter to […]

Trump looms large over campaigns for control of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle for control of Congressis solidifying into a raceabout President Donald Trump, as Republicans hitch their fortunes to their party’s leader and Democrats position themselves as a bulwark against him — and as partners in a potential Joe Biden White House. So far, voters are signaling they want to finish the […]

Amtrak to furlough 2,000 employees in October, members of Congress urge to stop it

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Illinois Congressman Daniel Lipinski says he’s upset by how Amtrak is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. “Amtrak’s announcement that they will furlough over 2,000 employees on Oct. 1 is extremely disappointing,” Lipinski said. Lipinski says his fellow lawmakers need to act. “Congress needs to act quickly to prevent furloughs and avoid long […]

4 members of Congress question NFL on concussion payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of Congress sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday questioning the league’s formula for making concussion settlement payments to Black former players. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.) signed the letter seeking explanation of a […]

Congress seeks to block goods from China over forced labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping goods out of the U.S. that are made with the forced labor of detained ethnic minorities in China passed overwhelmingly Tuesday in the House of Representatives despite concerns about the potential effects on global commerce. The House voted 406-3 to declare that any goods produced in […]

States plan for cuts as Congress deadlocks on more virus aid

Spending cuts to schools, childhood vaccinations and job-training programs. New taxes on millionaires, cigarettes and legalized marijuana. Borrowing, drawing from rainy day funds and reducing government workers’ pay.

States plan for cuts as Congress deadlocks on more virus aid

Spending cuts to schools, childhood vaccinations and job-training programs. New taxes on millionaires, cigarettes and legalized marijuana. Borrowing, drawing from rainy day funds and reducing government workers’ pay. These are some actions states are considering to shore up their finances amid a sharp drop in tax revenue caused by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 […]

Heal the country? Disease specialists running for Congress

BOSTON (AP) — A background in science — specifically, infectious disease and epidemiology — may not spring to mind as a key selling point for candidates hoping to land a seat in Congress. Not unless, say, the country is in the throes of a deadly pandemic. Two Democrats in Massachusetts are highlighting their disease expertise […]

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