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Sen Hawley Proposes Bill Allowing People To Block Tech Companies From Constantly Tracking Their Location

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley announced a bill Monday that allows Americans to block tech companies from tracking people’s locations without direct consent. Hawley’s legislation creates a program similar to the national Do Not Call list that gives people the power to prevent online companies from collecting any more data than what is otherwise necessary for the companies’ services. It ...

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Democrats Agree To Billions In Humanitarian Assistance For US-Mexico Border – With Limitations

Top Democrats in Congress have acquiesced to some of the administration’s request for billions in southern border aid, but the offer comes with notable limitations. As lawmakers continue to negotiate over a humanitarian relief package, Democrats have offered to include a portion of President Donald Trump’s  $4.5 billion request for emergency border spending, according to Democratic leaders and aides. However, ...

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Cornyn, Feinstein Bill To Help Fight Rape Kit Backlog Passes Senate

The United States Senate unanimously passed a bill to help reduce the backlog of untested rape kits in the Senate on Thursday. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced the “Debbie Smith Act of 2019,” which would reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act and give more resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to perform forensic ...

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Democrats Unanimous As House Passes Bill Forcing Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls’ Sports

The Democratically controlled House of Representatives voted Friday 236-173 in favor of the Equality Act, which would require schools to include male athletes who identify as transgender girls on female sports teams. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the bill, which had unanimous Democratic support. The bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation ...

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House Democrats Move To Block Any Additional Spending For the Border Wall

House Democrats introduced legislation that would block the Pentagon from reallocating money to border wall construction, an attempt to undercut President Donald Trump’s trademark campaign goal. A defense spending bill introduced Tuesday by Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee not only gives the Department of Defense far less money than it requested, but also limits its authority to shift funds ...

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Chip Roy Slams Mitch McConnell Over Proposal To Bust Spending Caps

Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday for proposing to President Donald Trump a budget measure that would increase the discretionary spending caps. “Today, [McConnell] meets w/ [Trump] to pitch busting spending caps (again),” Roy tweeted. “Let’s be clear: this would be a very swamp thing to do. Holding to the caps (as ...

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Sen. Hawley Introduces A Bill Cracking Down On Big Tech Exports To China

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley pushed legislation Tuesday that would make it more difficult for American tech companies to export their technology to China. Hawley’s bill, which has few details. would require President Donald Trump to restrict any technology to China that would contribute to the communist country’s military. The Republican’s legislature would also place heavy restrictions on technology that influences ...

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Militant Anti-Semitic Imam Gives Opening Prayer in House Of Representatives

A Muslim cleric who called for violence against Israel and expressed support for Hamas gave the opening prayer before the House of Representatives Thursday, angering several representatives. Omar Suleiman, an imam and founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute, delivered the invocation at the invitation of his congresswoman, Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, according to the Jewish Telegraph ...

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House Judiciary Committee Passes Vote To Hold Barr In Contempt Of Congress

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not giving the committee special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report. The committee, led by New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, originally gave Barr a deadline of 9 a.m. Monday to turn in the full report with no redactions, which many Republicans believe ...

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Pelosi’s Response When Asked About Trump Tax Returns: ‘We Do Have A Little Jail Down In The Basement Of The Capitol’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got laughs Wednesday when she was asked about going after President Donald Trump’s tax returns and joked about arresting Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for keeping the returns private. “Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury Secretary if he does not comply ...

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Nadler Schedules Vote To Hold Barr In Contempt Of Congress

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler scheduled a vote Monday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not giving the committee special counsel Robert Mueller’s the full unredacted report. The New York Democrat gave Barr a deadline of 9 a.m. Monday to turn in the full report with no redactions, which many Republicans believe would be ...

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‘That’s A Crime’: Pelosi Accuses Barr Of Lying To Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress about his interaction’s with the special counsel’s office regarding the release of the Mueller report. “What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a ...

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Democrats Cut Matt Gaetz’s Mic During Judiciary Committee Hearing

Democrats cut Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s microphone at the end of a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. The incident unfolded as New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee, was wrapping up a hearing at which Attorney General William Barr was initially scheduled to testify about the special counsel’s investigation. Barr declined to show up because ...

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Attorney General Bill Barr Cancels House Judiciary Committee Testimony

Attorney General William Barr will reportedly no longer testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as Democrats voted to allow staffers to question Barr. “Barr has been in a dispute with the committee over its plans to have a counsel question the top law enforcement official alongside lawmakers on the panel at Thursday’s hearing,” reported The Washington ...

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