Tag Archives: Congress

Federal Gov’t And USPS To Close For GHWB Funeral

Politico reports: The federal government and large portions of the country’s financial sector will be closed on Wednesday for a day of mourning following the death of President George H. W. Bush. It will be the first day of mourning for a former president since 2007 following Gerald Ford’s death. The U.S. Postal Service: Some package services will still be …

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American Airlines Threatens To Change Ticketing Policy

The Associated Press reports: American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. American CEO Doug Parker says his airline would be acting just like many other businesses when customers want to swap their ticket for a different flight or for another …

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Congress Weighs Allowing Supersonic Flights Over US

Roll Call reports: The U.S. has banned domestic commercial supersonic aviation for four decades, but lawmakers could upend those restrictions in the coming weeks even as environmentalists and public health advocates warn that doing so could elevate pollution and climate damage from high speed aircraft. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. A provision in …

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POLL: 44% Support Starting Impeachment Process

Axios reports: Almost two thirds of Americans believe Michael Cohen’s claim that President Trump ordered him to make illegal payments to two women to keep them quiet about his affairs — but less than half of Americans believe Congress should start impeachment proceedings, according to a new Axios poll. Republicans believe it’s those payments, which would have violated campaign finance …

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Nancy Pelosi Urges Paul Ryan To Make It Clear That “Thug” Putin Is Not Welcome To Address Congress

Via press release from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief. Putin’s ongoing attacks on our elections and on Western democracies and his illegal actions in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine deserve the fierce, unanimous condemnation of the international community, not a VIP ticket to our nation’s capital. …

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Conservative Magazine: Congress Must Censure Trump

From the editors of the Weekly Standard: Already some Republicans, and not just his usual critics, have either distanced themselves from Trump’s remarks or straightforwardly rebuked the president—House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Liz Cheney, Rep. Peter Roskam, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham, among others. Only one president in history, Andrew Jackson, has ever been censured by Congress, …

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French President To Congress: Reject Nationalism

Reuters reports: French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged the United States to reject nationalism and stay true to global ideals of cooperation in the face of terrorism and other challenges, saying countries can still retain their own identities. “I do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the abandonment of freedom and the illusion of nationalism,” Macron told …

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170 Congress Members Demand Pruitt’s Resignation

The Hill reports: A group of 131 representatives and 39 senators signed a resolution introduced Wednesday that calls for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution states that the co-signers have “no confidence in the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and [are] calling for the immediate resignation of the Administrator.” Highlighted within the resolution are …

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LIVE VIDEO: Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress

CNBC reports: Mark Zuckerberg is testifying at a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees Tuesday, in the first of two congressional hearings for the Facebook founder and CEO. The company is facing questions following reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg is …

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GOP Tax Law Projected To Raise Deficit By $1.9 Trillion

The Associated Press reports: The GOP’s signature tax law is projected to increase the national debt by $1.9 trillion between 2018 and 2028, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office. According to the report, the tax law would cost the government $2.3 trillion in revenues, but economic growth would offset that figure by about $461 billion. The …

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Kimmel Blasts Trump And “Allegedly Christian” Pols: If You Don’t Do Something, You’re Mentally Ill [VIDEO]

“Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something. Now! Don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it. You said it after Vegas, …

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GOP Issues Tickets For Trump’s State Of The “Uniom”

Raw Story reports: On Monday, journalists on Twitter noted something odd about tickets to tomorrow’s State of the Union — that the term “union” was misspelled as “uniom.” This isn’t the first time a Trump-related typo has made waves. After President Donald Trump fired former FBI director James Comey last year, his lawyer issued an error-laden statement that included the …

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Shep Smith: The GOP Will Own The Shutdown [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Fox News’s Shepard Smith on Thursday said blame over a possible government shutdown lies with Republicans as long as they control both Congress and the White House. “With one party in charge of everything, a government shutdown will not happen, right?” Smith said. “I mean, never in the history — at least modern history — of the …

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LIVE VIDEO: House Votes Again On GOP Tax Scam

Yahoo News reports: The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday was expected to give final approval to a sweeping tax bill and send it to President Donald Trump to sign into law, sealing his first major legislative victory in office. In the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, Republicans in mere weeks steamrolled over the …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Votes On GOP Tax Scam Bill

The Associated Press reports: The Senate is expected to pass the legislation Tuesday night, but the plan to send it on to Trump for his signature had to be scrapped. Democrats noted that three provisions violated Senate rules and had to be removed. So the massive bill will be hauled back across the Capitol for the House to re-vote on …

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Dem House Rep Intros Resolution Calling On Congress To Investigate Sexual Assault Claims Against Trump

The Hill reports: A Democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill calling on Congress to investigate claims of sexual assault and misconduct against President Trump following calls from several Senate Democrats for Trump’s resignation. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling on Congress to investigate the accusations against the president either in an existing committee or through the …

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GOP Claims They Have The Votes To Pass Tax Bill

Talking Points Memo reports: When you’re ramming a massive tax bill through Congress at record speed, there are bound to be a few speed bumps. But after some drama on the Senate floor Thursday night, with a handful of Republican deficit hawks withholding their votes over concerns the bill would blow a $1 trillion hole in the federal deficit and …

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Coalition Of “Never Trump” Conservatives Call On GOP To Protect Robert Mueller From Any Actions By Trump

The Washington Post reports: In February, with the shock of President Trump’s victory still fresh, a small group of libertarians and conservatives began meeting every two weeks to discuss their next moves. Evan McMullin, the “Never Trump” presidential candidate, was in the room. So was Bill Kristol, co-founder of the Weekly Standard, who had drafted McMullin to run. The meeting …

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Behold The “Average” Face Of Congress

The BBC reports: Take a close look at this face. Who do you see? We’d call him a clean-cut, middle-aged white man. He looks like a John, a James, or a Robert. Perhaps you’ve met him once: the husband of a friend, or a former colleague. Or maybe you’ve only ever seen him on television – people who look like …

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Lindsey Graham: Trump Doesn’t Need Our Permission To Strike North Korea But We Should Give It Anyway

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said President Trump doesn’t need congressional approval for a military strike against North Korea, but he urged his colleagues to give it “as a last resort.” “It would be very smart if the Congress could come together and tell the president ‘you have our authorization to use military force … as …

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