Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, gathers a cross-section of House Democrats in announcing the formation of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The new group, supported by the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is focused on getting Congress to update the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in 2013.
A proposal to solve a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute between the Westlands Water District and the federal government gets a mixed reception at a House of Representatives hearing.
It’s an important week for Fort Worth Democrat Marc Veasey. He is announcing the creation of the Voting Rights Caucus, which will urge a congressional update of the Voting Rights Act. He also is the plaintiff in a Texas voter ID case being heard at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton has been in Congress for nearly half his life. But at 66 he’s still not ready to sit back as chairman emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In fact, he’s putting out the word that he’s going to make a run at being chairman of the powerful committee again at the end of the year. The move has stunned insiders who see others chomping at the bit to compete for the job.
Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson says he’s back in his size 40 pants after losing 68 pounds over 18 months, feeling healthier and energized. Encouraged by the results of using his Fitbit, Simpson wants more Idahoans to take up walking.
Two North Carolina congressmen are going to the front lines of an ongoing fight between the IRS and some Republicans in the House of Representatives, many of whom still want accountability for alleged IRS scrutiny specifically targeting conservative nonprofit groups.
Some top thinkers in North Carolina’s tech economy are split over how the state’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr – chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee – should navigate government access when key terror investigation evidence may be out of sight due to phone data-encryption features. Burr is drafting encryption legislation with Intelligence Committee colleague Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is one of just three House Republicans to join Democrats in support of a move to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba and potentially allow federal officials to transfer prisoners to facilities in the U.S. The issue comes up during floor debate over the National Defense Reauthorization Act, a bulky piece of legislation that decides military spending and authorizes various national defense programs.
Although the FBI resolved its case against Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone, the broader privacy and encryption debate isn’t going away, according to legal experts in North Carolina with insights on national security, privacy and technology.
A House subcommittee on Wednesday heard testimony on programs states are using to slow the number of youngsters entering the foster care system because of abuse or neglect by their drug-addicted parents. The problem has only worsened as the nation’s heroin and prescription opioid crisis has exploded.
Republican Rep. Hal Rogers’ bill would provide $622 million to fight the Zika epidemic. The president had requested $1.9 billion, and the Senate moves to end debate on a bipartisan $1.1 billion emergency aid package co-sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
A Senate vote to provide $1.1 billion in emergency Zika appropriations won’t stop the fight in Washington. It’s not enough, say some of Florida’s lawmakers, where the virus has already infected 112 people.
After Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas drops his objection to the nomination of Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army, the Senate swiftly moves to confirm him. Fanning, 47, who is the first openly gay chief of any branch of the armed forces, was nominated by President Barack Obama in November and confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee in March.
Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) pleaded with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Thursday to allow a vote on President Obama’s nomination for Secretary of the Army. Roberts refused, citing his opposition to the president’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer detainees to U.S. sites.
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