Military nominees still stalled by Tuberville hold, with U.S. Senate gone until September
WASHINGTON — Despite warnings from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin that vacant top military positions affect readiness, Congress is heading into August recess with hundreds of defense nominees on hold as Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville continues his protest against the Defense Department’s abortion leave policy. As of Thursday, 301 military nominees had not yet reached […]
Democrats push more resilient, lower-carbon infrastructure at U.S. Senate climate hearing
The changing climate is hurting infrastructure and the national economy, members of a U.S. Senate panel and experts said Wednesday. Members of both parties on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee agreed at a Wednesday hearing on the need for more resilient infrastructure that could withstand the pressures of a changing climate. They also agreed speeding […]
John Fetterman back in the U.S. Senate and looking ahead to 2024
BRADDOCK, Pa. — By now, most people are aware that U.S. Sen. John Fetterman has been through a difficult time over the past year, to put it mildly. Pennsylvania’s freshman senator has staged a remarkable comeback and has plenty of things he wants to talk about besides his health issues, but to recap: He suffered a […]
Israeli president tells Congress criticism of his country must not negate ‘right to exist’
WASHINGTON — Israeli President Isaac Herzog, honoring Israel’s 75th year of independence, on Wednesday assured U.S. lawmakers that his nation “has democracy in its DNA,” even as tensions grow over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly extreme agenda to overhaul Israel’s judicial system and ramp up construction of settlements in the West Bank. Herzog’s remarks to […]
National bill on voting standards pushed anew by Democrats in Congress
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Tuesday said they plan to again introduce a bill to set national voting standards in response to state legislatures passing strict voting laws. The bill, known in a previous Congress as the Freedom to Vote Act, would establish national standards for early voting, mail-in ballots and protection of poll workers […]
How Democrats revived the Equal Rights Amendment from a long legal limbo | Opinion
The landmark measure still faces an uphill battle before it's enshrined into law.
LGBTQ project funding in two states stripped by U.S. House Republicans from spending bill
WASHINGTON — In a tense meeting marked by Democratic charges of hatred and bigotry, Republicans on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to strip funding for three LGBTQ community projects, just weeks after they included the money in the annual transportation and housing spending bill. At one point, Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican […]
U.S. House passes defense bill targeting abortion access, trans health, racial equity
'We’re talking about going from crazy to normal,' U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, said.
Pa. Sens. Fetterman, Casey introduce bill to expand funding for organic farming
Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country for the number of certified organic farms, at more than 1,125; in 2021.
Higher taxes on the wealthy would bolster Social Security, U.S. Senate Dems argue
Social Security provides financial stability that helps women and people of color stay out of poverty, an advocate said.
Pa.’s Boyle, Fitzpatrick back bill to study, prevent lung cancer in women | Thursday Morning Coffee
'Every eight minutes, an American woman loses her life to lung cancer,' U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District, said.
Manchin earned $476K in 2022 from family coal company, congressional disclosures show
The West Virginia Democrat's coal industry ties are 'a classic case study for a conflict of interest in Congress,' an expert said.