• Maine Dec 29, 2019

    Collins Proposal to Curb Wildlife Poaching Becomes Law

    Maine’s Republican senator says a bill designed to protect animals by cutting down on illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching has been signed into law. Sen. Susan Collins joined Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon in proposing the Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act. The proposal authorizes the federal government to offer financial rewards for information that leads to disruption of...

  • Congress Nov 8, 2019

    Sen. Kamala Harris Introduces Bill to Lengthen School Day by Three Hours

    Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced a bill Wednesday that would lengthen the school day to 6 p.m. to better align with working parents’ schedules. The proposal, first reported by Mother Jones, calls for a three-hour extension of elementary school hours during weekdays and appoints money for the creation of summer programs and activities when school is not in...

  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    US Tells Migrant Woman 8 Months Pregnant to Wait in Mexico

    Eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and experiencing contractions, a Salvadoran woman who had crossed the Rio Grande and was apprehended by the Border Patrol was forced to go back to Mexico. Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the contractions. And then, according to the woman and her lawyer, she was almost immediately sent back to Mexico....

  • Donald Trump Aug 29, 2019

    Attacks by US Extremists Lead to Push for Anti-Terror Laws

    A white man opens fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Another man kills 11 Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The two mass shootings and a presidential tweet put a spotlight on the idea of “domestic terrorism,” adding momentum to a debate about whether such attacks should be classified and tried...

  • Donald Trump May 17, 2019

    House Approves Sweeping Bill to Expand Gay Rights

    Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said...

  • Massachusetts May 6, 2019

    Democrats Challenge Trump UN Nominee Kelly Craft on Climate Change

    Three Democratic senators are calling on President’s Donald Trump’s nominee for U.N. ambassador to clarify that she will put U.S. interests ahead of her own financial interests when it comes to climate change. The Democrats say Kelly Craft, who was nominated as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. last week, has invested more than $60 million in oil companies and other...

  • Donald Trump Apr 29, 2019

    Lawmakers Debate Future of Loan Relief for Public Workers

    In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that’s left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it. The Trump administration and some Republican legislators see it...

  • Donald Trump Jan 22, 2019

    Democrats Move Left on Top Policies as 2020 Primary Begins

    Almost no policy is too liberal for Democrats fighting to win over their party’s base, which is demanding a presidential nominee dedicated to pursuing bold action on America’s most pressing challenges. Among two dozen possible candidates, virtually all have embraced universal health care in one form or another. Some have rallied behind free college, job guarantee programs, a $15 minimum...

  • Associated Press Jan 11, 2019

    Tornillo Detention Facility for Migrant Teens, Largest in US, Is Shutting Down: HHS

    The nonprofit running what once was the largest U.S. detention camp housing migrant teenagers said the last children left the facility Friday. The tent city in Tornillo, Texas, is shutting down, and all tents and equipment will be removed from the site by the end of January, said Krista Piferrer, spokeswoman of BCFS Health and Human Services. The U.S. Department...

  • Congress Dec 15, 2018

    O'Rourke, Other Dems Don't Want Tent City's Contract Renewed

    Rep. Beto O’Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress have toured a remote tent city in West Texas where they say 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day. The lawmakers urged the nonprofit running the facility not to renew a federal contract that expires at the end of the year. That...

  • Donald Trump Nov 27, 2018

    Cory Booker Gets Advice From Barack Obama's New Hampshire Campaign Chair as He Mulls a Run for President in 2020

    Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is getting advice from one of former President Barack Obama’s campaign leaders in New Hampshire as he considers a run for the White House in 2020, CNBC has learned. Jim Demers, a co-chairman of Obama’s New Hampshire campaign organization in 2008, is becoming known as Booker’s “tour guide” within the state.

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2018

    House Democrats Promise Action on LGBTQ Rights Bill

    Just weeks ahead of a midterm election they hope will deliver them a majority, House Democrats are promising to prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would for the first time establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said she would introduce the Equality Act as one of her first orders of business if Democrats retake the...

  • Official Sep 13, 2018

    Trump Admin. Moved Millions in FEMA Funds to ICE Removal Operations

    As Hurricane Florence threatened the U.S. East Coast with devastating storm surge and damaging winds, documents made public Tuesday showed that the Trump administration had recently moved nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the agency tasked with detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. The funds are detailed in a Transfer and Reprogramming Notifications report from the Department...

  • Attorney Jun 18, 2018

    Hundreds of Children Wait in Border Patrol Facility in South Texas

    Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing.

  • United States Jun 15, 2018

    Vermont Lawmaker Visiting Southern Border to Investigate Family Separations

    Congress plans to take up two immigration issues next week, including the controversial family separations taking place on the southern border of the United States.

  • Congress Jan 23, 2018

    ‘Talking Stick' Credited With Helping to End Shutdown

    When the Senate called it quits late Sunday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared there still was no deal to end the federal government shutdown and address a standoff over immigration. On Monday morning, he and many of his fellow Democrats got to yes fast.

  • Congress Dec 22, 2017

    Long-Term Deal for Children's Health Again Eludes Congress

    Congress has again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children, leaving each party blaming the other for Christmas-season gridlock and states scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling money. Lawmakers scurrying to leave the Capitol for the holidays approved a short-term patch Thursday designed to keep state...

  • Massachusetts Dec 19, 2017

    Trump Set to Roll Back Federal Fuel-Economy Requirements

    The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to increase significantly the efficiency of new cars and trucks, a key part of former President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency is close to an announcement reversing a decision made in the waning days of the Obama administration...

  • Donald Trump Apr 6, 2017

    Filibuster Busted: Senate OKs ‘Nuclear Option,' Clearing Way for Gorsuch Nomination

    Republicans invoked the “nuclear option” in the Senate Thursday, unilaterally rewriting the chamber’s rules to allow President Donald Trump’s nominee to ascend to the Supreme Court. Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. Lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the long-term implications for the Senate, the court and the country. “We...

  • Donald Trump Apr 5, 2017

    Dems Elevate Attacks as Supreme Court Showdown Nears

    Senate Democrats elevated their attacks against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak as an explosive showdown loomed on the Senate floor. Republicans defended Judge Neil Gorsuch, accusing Democrats of trying to block him out of frustration over Trump’s election victory....
    “Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

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