Tag Archives: US House

12 For California: An Idea For Senate Reapportionment

In reaction to swelling discussion about the oversized influence small states have on national politics due to their mandated two US Senators, many suggested “fixes” are being floated. Here’s one from Wharton professor Eric Orts: Let’s allocate one seat to each state automatically to preserve federalism, but apportion the rest based on population. Start with the total U.S. population, then …

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Pelosi Critic: Dems Now “Absolutely” United Behind Her

Politico reports: House Democrats are “absolutely” united behind presumed incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Tim Ryan said Wednesday, putting the caucus in line behind the longtime Democratic leader as she prepares to face off against President Donald Trump on ending an ongoing government shutdown. Ryan (D-Ohio) has been among Pelosi’s most prominent critics, mounting a bid to unseat her as …

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House Democrats Unveil Plan To Reopen Government

The Associated Press reports: House Democrats are unveiling legislation to reopen the government without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The House is preparing to vote on the package Thursday when the new Congress convenes. This is according to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. It will include …

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House Republicans Brace For Minority Status

The New York Times reports: About two-thirds of Republicans returning to the House for the 116th Congress this week have never experienced the exquisite pain of being on the outs in an institution where the party in charge is totally in charge. Majority control runs the gamut from determining the floor agenda to determining access to the prime meeting space. …

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House Republicans Quietly End Probe Into FBI “Bias”

The New York Daily News reports: House Republicans say more investigation is needed into decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department in 2016 as they brought an unceremonious end to their yearlong look at the department’s handling of probes into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. The wrapping up of the congressional investigation, done …

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Steny Hoyer: Democrats Won’t Seat NC’s Mark Harris

The Washington Post reports: Incoming House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Friday that Democrats next week will not seat a North Carolina Republican amid allegations of election fraud in the state’s 9th Congressional District. “Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09, Democrats would object to any attempt by [Mark] Harris to be seated on January …

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House Democrats Plan To Restrict Trump’s War Powers

Politico reports: Key House Democrats plan to use their newfound power to force a debate about the war-making authority that Congress approved after 9/11 — after years of being stifled by the chamber’s Republican leaders. Prospects will be much brighter for the lawmakers who have spent years pushing Congress to weigh in on the use of American forces in countries …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Dem Gov Vetoes Bill Requiring New Primary In US House Election Under Fraud Probe

Charlotte’s NPR affiliate reports: Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would’ve required a new primary election in the 9th District Friday, saying it would make it harder to root out corruption in elections and campaigns. The elections bill, House Bill 1029, aimed to restore the governor’s control of the state elections board, an action Cooper was pleased by, but …

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House Advances Bill That Includes Border Wall Funding

NBC News reports: The House voted Thursday to advance a spending bill with money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, further muddying the scramble to dodge a partial government shutdown by Friday. The chamber approved the measure in a 221-179 vote. It suggests the House can pass the short-term spending legislation in an expected vote later Thursday night. But …

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Former Rep. Aaron Schock Posts Heart Emoji Comment On Instagram Page Of Gay Party Promoter Eliad Cohen

Back in July, former Republican US House Rep. Aaron Schock petitioned the US Supreme Court to intervene in his corruption case, which has included controversial questions about his sexuality posed by prosecutors, who apparently want to know who Schock’s traveling companions really were on publicly-funded trips. Today eagle-eyed JMG reader Chris tips us that Schock has commented on the Instagram …

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Pelosi: I Was Too Busy To Watch Paul Ryan’s Farewell

The Hill reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she didn’t hear Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) farewell speech on Wednesday because she “was busy doing other things.” “This may come as a shock to you, but I was busy doing other things at the time. I wish him well as he goes forward,” she said when asked …

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Paul Ryan Leaves Behind Ballooning Federal Debt

Bloomberg reports: When Paul Ryan became speaker of the House in 2015, the federal budget deficit was $438 billion. He blamed the “failed policies of President Obama” for budget deficits that had exploded to $1.4 trillion in 2009, the year after the Great Recession, though shortfalls began shrinking in the following years and were continuing to fall as Ryan took …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Dem Gov To Veto New Election Bill, Says It Gives Cover To Campaign Finance Violations

The Associated Press reports: North Carolina’s governor says he’s vetoing legislation directing new elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race because the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he’ll sign the legislation if state lawmakers remove the section. Cooper objects …

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Pelosi Faces Mueller/Impeachment Balancing Act

Politico reports: Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top allies are trying to stamp out the impeachment chatter spurred by a rapid-fire series of revelations that have brought special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe ever closer to the Oval Office. Their goal: Give Mueller space and time to finish his work before considering impeachment proceedings while satisfying the Democrats’ burning …

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Dems Likely To Request Cohen Testify Before Congress

CNN reports: Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said Sunday that once his party retakes control of the House, he hopes President Donald Trump’s estranged former attorney Michael Cohen will testify before Congress. “I certainly would like to see him come in the month of January,” Cummings said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The request by Cummings, who is expected …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Mark Harris Ordered Hiring Of Scamster Aide After Having Been Warned About Him

The Washington Post reports: North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris (R) directed the hiring of a campaign aide now at the center of an election-fraud investigation, according to three individuals familiar with the campaign, despite warnings that the operative may have used questionable tactics to deliver votes. Harris sought out the operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, after losing a 2016 election …

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Professor Apologizes For “Satirical” Call To Tax And Regulate Homosexuality: I’m Actually A Gay Man Myself

Yesterday the House Workforce Committee canceled a hearing on the minimum wage after one of its witnesses, San Diego State economics professor Joseph Sabia, was revealed to have written misogynistic and anti-gay blog posts, one of which called for “taxing and regulating homosexual acts.” Well, we have an update: In a statement, Sabia apologized and said the post was satirical. …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Legislature Approves Bill Mandating New Primary If Second US House Election Is Held

The New York Times reports: The North Carolina Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill requiring new primary elections if the state elections board calls for a second vote of a congressional election. The measure opens the door for Republicans to consider replacing Mark Harris, their candidate in the disputed race in the Ninth Congressional District. The bill, backed by substantial …

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House Cancels Hearing After Witness Revealed To Have Called For “Taxing And Regulating Homosexual Acts”

Politico reports: The House Education and the Workforce Committee postponed a hearing scheduled for today on the economic consequences of a $15 hourly minimum wage after homophobic and sexist blog posts surfaced that were penned by one of the Republican witnesses, San Diego State University economist Joseph Sabia. In a 2002 post published on his personal column “No Shades of …

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Eric Swalwell: I Do See A Path To Running For President

The Hill reports: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who is openly considering a 2020 presidential bid, said he does see a path for someone from a younger generation to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to win despite a primary field that is projected to be packed with established, high-profile candidates. “I actually do see a path, I am considering it,” Swalwell, …

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