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Keeping up with legislation, congressional investigations, member actions and the general goings-on in the halls of Congress.

Ranking GOP House Members Reveal Plan To Bypass Pelosi On Anti-Infanticide Bill

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives gathered outside the Capitol Building on Wednesday to announce the party’s strategy to bring anti-infanticide legislation to the floor after House Democrats rejected a vote 17 times. “There are some issues you really can’t believe that you have to have a debate about and this is certainly one of those,” GOP Conference Chair ...

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Al Green Breaks With Pelosi — Vows To Force Impeachment Vote

Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green broke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, vowing to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump Tuesday. Green, who has previously had two bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, said in an interview with C-SPAN that he is pushing for a third impeachment vote. This comes one day after Pelosi said ...

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Josh Hawley Explains Why He’ll Take To The Senate Floor To Defend Trump’s National Emergency

GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said he will stand with President Donald Trump and vote “no” on the Senate’s resolution of disapproval of his national emergency. “Look, first of all, we have a crisis at the border. And it’s clear to anybody who’s looked at the situation,” Hawley said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.” “Congress has heard testimony on this over ...

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There’s Enough Evidence To Open A Criminal Investigation Into Ocasio-Cortez, Former FEC Commissioner Says

Former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky called for an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide. “There seems to be enough evidence here to justify opening a criminal investigation,” von Spakovsky wrote in a Fox News op-ed Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide Saikat Chakrabarti have since December 2017 controlled the outside PAC ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Trashes Ronald Reagan: Pitted White Americans Against Brown And Black Americans

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Saturday that former President Ronald Reagan used certain rhetoric to pit white working class Americans against brown and black working class Americans. “A perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working class Americans against brown and black working class Americans is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens,” ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Has Racked Up Three Major Ethics Complaints During Her First Months In Congress

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has compiled a slew of ethics complaints during her first few months in Congress without providing much in the way of a response for any of them Watchdog groups have leveled ethics complaints at Ocasio-Cortez over her use of social media and alleged willingness to set up a million-dollar slush fund Ocasio-Cortez has not yet fully responded ...

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Elizabeth Warren Announces Plans To Break Up Facebook And Other Big Tech Firms

Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan Friday to wallop big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon as the Massachusetts Democrat works to differentiate herself among fellow presidential candidates. Her proposal would impose new rules on tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual ad revenue, forcing Amazon and Google to dramatically reduce their hold on online commerce. The plan ...

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Majority Of House Democrats Vote To Let 16-Year-Olds Vote For President

A majority of House Democrats voted Wednesday to lower the federal voting age from 18 to 16. A number of high-profile Democrats voted in favor of the legislation, including California Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu, Hawaii Rep. and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan ...

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In Surprise Move, House Republican Releases Bruce Ohr Transcript

Saying that his patience with the Justice Department “has grown thin,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins on Friday unilaterally released a 268-page transcript of a deposition that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave to Congress last August. Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, took the unusual step by reading a statement on the House floor and providing a ...

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Lindsey Graham Goes After FBI for FISA Abuse

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is resuming an investigation of potential surveillance abuse by the FBI with an expansive request for records related to the bureau’s vetting of the Steele dossier. In a letter sent Thursday to Attorney General William Barr, Graham asked for all FBI and Justice Department documents related to investigators’ attempts to verify allegations made in ...

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Two Senators Introduce Bill To Keep Members Of Congress From Cashing In As Lobbyists

Freshman Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Mike Braun of Indiana, both of whom have net worths well into the millions, are the only cosponsors of the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act. Scott and Braun want to put an end to lawmakers stepping into the so-called “revolving door of K Street” — using their connections to become well-heeled lobbyists ...

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Republican Senators Pushing Members To Stand With Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Republican senators remain conflicted over the constitutionality of President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure the southern border. While some are considering joining Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in his surprise rebuke of Trump’s declaration last weekend, others either support Trump or remain undecided. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott belongs among those firmly backing the President. He told The Daily Caller ...

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‘I’m Not For Socialism’: GOP, Democrats Clash Over The Green New Deal On Senate Floor

Democrats and Republicans got into it on the Senate floor over the Green New Deal. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer chided GOP lawmakers for not offering an alternative plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators criticized the Green New Deal’s high cost. A rhetorical brawl of over climate change broke out on the Senate floor as Democrats chided ...

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Gingrich: Pelosi has lost control of the House

Newt Gingrich believes that the new, far-left extremist liberals in Congress have wrested control of the House from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “There’s a deep anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli bias on the left,” Gingrich said Wednesday on Hannity. “There are a lot of people on the left who would be very happy if Israel disappeared tomorrow.” “I think it tells you how ...

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Democrats, Including Ocasio-Cortez, Vote Against Green New Deal Amendment

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Democrats on the House Committee on Financial Services voted unanimously against an amendment introduced by a GOP lawmaker to spark debate about a key demand of the Green New Deal. Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, the committee’s ranking Republican, introduced the amendment to the committee Democrats’ budget resolution, though he said in a hearing Wednesday he did not plan on voting ...

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