Chuck Schumer Demands Climate Concessions From Trump on Infrastructure Spending

by Michael Bastach   Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told President Donald Trump that Democrats won’t cut a deal with him on infrastructure spending unless it includes a slew of policies aimed at fighting global warming. Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat, called for, among other things, making green energy and…

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Commentary: A Work Requirement for Food Stamps Isn’t Too Much to Ask

by Robert Romano   The conference committee for H.R. 2, the farm bill, has stripped out its additional work requirements as a condition for collecting food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The provision would have required able-bodied adults to work a minimum of 20 hours a week…

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Ohio’s Sherrod Brown and Utah’s Orrin Hatch: ‘It Will Not Be Possible to Finalize Bipartisan Agreement’ on Pension Crisis That Could ‘Erase’ Economic Gains

Members of Congress’ Joint Select Committee tasked with solving the nation’s pension crisis failed to present a bipartisan solution by its self-imposed November 30 deadline. The Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multi-Employer Pension Plans, co-chaired by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), said in a Thursday…

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12,000 Michiganders Demanding Action in Female Genital Mutilation Case

A petition with more than 12,000 signatures is demanding that two medical licensing boards revoke the licenses of the Michigan doctors who were at center of the shocking female genital mutilation case reported last week. As The Minnesota Sun reported, a federal judge in Detroit tossed out charges against Dr.…

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Idea of Building Dorms for Members of Congress Returns

by Evie Fordham   The difficulties some members of Congress have affording housing are again front and center because of Nov. 8 comments from Democratic New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about making rent. Her comments about “squirreling away” money until she starts receiving her congressional salary of $174,000 in January…

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Commentary: The Art of the Veto

by Robert Romano   By last count, Republicans lost at least 32 seats in the House in the midterm elections, and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is once again poised to be elected House Speaker. This means all legislation will now have to be worked out between a Democratic House…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls Congress the Culprit in Polarizing Judicial Confirmation Process

by Tristan Justice   Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg points the finger at an increasingly partisan Congress for polarizing the judicial confirmation process. Speaking at the federal courthouse in Washington on Wednesday, Ginsburg said a lack of collegiality and bipartisanship among lawmakers was to blame for polarizing the confirmation…

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Pelosi Outlines Agenda if Democrats Retake House

Projecting confidence about her party’s chances, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi outlined five of the top 10 agenda items Democrats will pursue if they retake the House in next month’s election. Lowering health care costs, rebuilding infrastructure, and running the House chamber with more transparency and openness are near the top…

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Commentary: Dems’ Beautiful Blue Wave More Like Stagnant Algae-Filled Millpond

by Jeffrey A. Rendall   It’s always curious when political pundits and media figures use terms like “waves” to describe forthcoming or just concluded elections results. According to the dictionary, a “wave” (used as a noun) is, “a long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on…

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Cyber Infrastructure Gets a Boost by Congress

by Natalia Castro   In the last year, both chambers of Congress have been working hard to improve our nation’s cyber security and cyber infrastructure. Last week, the Senate passed landmark legislation that will modernize U.S. cyber technology to combat growing threats around the world. On Oct. 4, 2018, the…

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