The U.S. Forest Service would swap 30 acres serving the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for 1,317 acres in three national forests in California, plus a cash sweetener, under a deal authorized by Congress that’s nearing completion after five years of maneuvering.
The Black Congressional Caucus wants to create a commission that will study the disproportionate hardships that black males face and offer suggestions for how to address those issues. The commission comes amid fresh tension between police and residents over the value of black lives.
The personal information of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City and some of his staffers was compromised in the recent hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The congressman has had to change his phone numbers and even requested additional security around his home after receiving a string of harassing calls that included profanity and ‘the N word.’
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is criticizing his Democratic challenger, Deborah Ross, saying she has failed to make clear her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal that critics say could add hurt North Carolina communities already damaged by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
New documents from an ongoing congressional ethics investigation into North Carolina’s U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows show the employee the congressman paid a contested severance package to last year was first removed from his position after several female employees complained he’d made unwelcome remarks and actions toward them.
Major research universities rely heavily on federal funding in areas like defense, agriculture and energy. When lawmaker gridlock on passing a federal budget, schools like Penn State University are left on edge, with agencies facing uncertain funding for research projects and federal contracts.
A schoolteacher for more than 30 years, she established one of the state’s first programs for gifted students in the local school system. Her husband of 49 years, was schools superintendent for 20 years. Gervaise Wynn Perdue was 90.
In an effort to increase healthy eating options for underprivileged Americans, Congress voted to increase the number and variety of foods required for sale at stores authorized to accept food stamps. But critics warn the way the U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing the law could force tens of thousands of small convenience stores to stop accepting food stamps.
Western lawmakers who want Congress to treat wildfires as national disasters have found a powerful ally in New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who says the high cost of firefighting has made it impossible to fight the spread of the emerald ash borer in his state.
A year after the U.S. reopened its embassy in Havana, former Bush administration Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has become an advocate of lifting the embargo and opening trade with Cuba. For his friends in Miami, the change of heart have made him a pariah.
The Department of Energy says it is boosting protections for nuclear whistleblowers. The move comes after an audit requested by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and two other senators slammed the agency for not doing enough to protect employees from retaliation by DOE contractors if they reported health or safety concerns. Lawmakers and activists say the reforms are weak and mostly cosmetic.
Over 10 years after Rep. Kay Granger announced support for a project that would divert the Trinity River and create an urban lake and waterfront in northern Fort Worth, the Trinity River Vision is finally on track to be fully federally funded. The project is poised to be approved for about $520 million in funds by Congress as one of the projects in a large water-development infrastructure bill.
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, tried and failed using his new subpoena powers to elicit information from the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts and eight environmental groups. Smith is challenging their investigations into Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil’s climate change research, which allegedly predicted decades ago the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. Next up? A potential contempt-of-Congress face-off when lawmakers return in September.
The allegation by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that the White House is dragging its feet on spending available Zika funds while Florida struggles to contain the virus is just the latest salvo in a bitter partisan war that has jeopardized the administration’s call for nearly $2 billion in funding.
NATO will soon play a crucial role in stamping out the overseas threat posed by the Islamic State. North Carolina lawmakers have been cautious not to rail against an anti-alliance message by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while highlighting the importance and value of the multinational relationship. Maintaining a careful balance between public support and quiet opposition has become an art form in the 2016 presidential election.
If a court ruling on North Carolina’s voter ID law sparks a backlash against Republicans, time and distance are on U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ side – though he’s one of the controversial law’s most ardent defenders and he cited the protracted legal battle over the measure as one of the reasons he voted against Attorney General Loretta Lynch during last year’s confirmation hearings.
The discovery of locally transmitted Zika cases prompted Democratic lawmakers from Florida and beyond to demand that Republican leaders call Congress into emergency session from its summer break to approve long-stalled Zika funding. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, was the only GOP senator to join Democrats in urging representatives and senators to return to the nation’s capital and deal with the Zika threat.
Three senior U.S. government experts testify before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to urge Congress to pass a $1.1 billion Zika prevention bill stalled by partisan politics. The bill stalled after a House GOP version added provisions to block funding to Planned Parenthood for birth control.
Experts urge Congress to pass a Zika prevention bill
Loretta Lynch testifies before lawmakers over Clinton email probe
Sen. Whitehouse says 'duty calls' to take a stand on climate change
NC representative tells NRA during sit in: 'Get the Hell out of the way'