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Police Change Account of Lawmaker's Fatal Crash

SUV with Rep. Jackie Walorski is the one that crossed the center line, say police in Indiana

(Newser) - Update: Indiana police on Thursday changed their account of the car accident that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski, two aides, and the driver of the other vehicle. Police now say it was Walorski's SUV—driven by 27-year-old Zachery Potts—that crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a vehicle...

GM Retirees Who Lost Full Pensions Turn to Congress

Bankruptcy deal cut payments and benefits for 20K Delphi workers

(Newser) - Dave Muffley thought he had it made when it came to a solid retirement. The Indiana man spent roughly 30 years as a salaried maintenance technician for Delphi Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors, and expected to retire with a comfortable income by the time he hit 62. But when...

Congress Passes Aid for Chip Production

Billions for Chip Industry

Billions for Chip Industry

Biden wins GOP support for measure to create high-tech jobs and compete with China

(Newser) - The House on Thursday passed a $280 billion package to boost the semiconductor industry and scientific research in a bid to create more high-tech jobs in the US and help it better compete with international rivals, namely China. The House approved the bill by a solid margin of 243-187, sending...

With Words and Jarring Images, Zelenska Frames Need for US Aid

Ukraine's first lady makes a stark and direct appeal to Congress, showing the war's toll on children

(Newser) - Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska, who has called herself "a non-public person," stood in the US Capitol on Wednesday and starkly made the case for more US air defense systems to block Russian missiles. She showed America's most powerful lawmakers images of the toll of Russian bombardment...

Gun Safety Measure Clears Congress
Biden Signs Landmark
Gun Safety Measure

Biden Signs Landmark Gun Safety Measure

'Lives will be saved'

(Newser) - Update: President Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. "Lives will be saved," Biden...

One Unlikely State Has Never Had a Woman in Congress

But liberal Vermont appears poised to lose that distinction

(Newser) - With a rare opening this fall in its congressional delegation, Vermont appears poised to lose its distinction as the only state that has never been represented by a woman in Washington, per the AP . Three women, including Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, are among...

De Blasio: 'I Am Declaring My Candidacy'

Former NYC mayor will seek Dem nomination for Congress in NY's 10th Congressional District

(Newser) - Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he'll run for Congress in a redrawn district that includes his Brooklyn home. De Blasio, whose second mayoral term ended last year, announced on MSNBC's Morning Joe that he'll seek the Democratic nomination for the 10th...

Judge: No, You Can't Use Brandon Chant as Ballot Name

Colorado congressional candidate Dave Williams argued it was his nickname

(Newser) - Update: A judge in Colorado has ruled that Dave Williams must appear as "Dave Williams" on the ballot, and not, as he hoped, as "Dave 'Let's Go Brandon' Williams." Williams, a GOP state lawmaker, is running for Congress and tried to use the anti-Biden slogan...

Standing Between Sarah Palin and Congress: Santa Claus

Bernie Sanders supporter from North Pole, Alaska, wants to 'legislate for greater good'

(Newser) - If Sarah Palin wants a seat in Congress , she'll first have to get past Santa Claus. That's the legal name of a city council member in—where else?—North Pole, Alaska, who's one of almost 50 people battling Palin for the state's only congressional seat. As...

Russia Sanctions 398 House Members
Russia Sanctions
398 House Members

Russia Sanctions 398 House Members

'Well there goes my Spring Break plans!'

(Newser) - Russia slapped sanctions on 398 House lawmakers Wednesday, drawing reactions ranging from defiance to amusement. Russia released a list of hundreds of lawmakers from both parties, saying they would face "mirror" sanctions in retaliation for US sanctions placed on hundreds of Russian lawmakers last month, the Hill reports. "...

Oil Executives Don't Bend on Cutting Dividends

Democrats in hearing push for money to be diverted to increasing production

(Newser) - Leveling intense criticism at oil companies over skyrocketing energy prices, House Democrats suggested that the CEOs cut dividends and reduce stock buybacks, diverting that money to increasing production. In a hearing Wednesday, Rep. Frank Pallone asked the executives if they'd agree to "doing whatever it takes" to lower...

House Vote to Punish Russia Has Only 8 Nay Votes

Legislation to suspend trade relations now goes to Senate

(Newser) - The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, preparing for President Biden to enact higher tariffs on more products and further weaken the Russian economy in response to its military assault on Ukraine. The US has already taken steps to shut off the importation...

'A Moment Unlike Any Other': Zelensky Addresses Congress

Ukrainian leader references Pearl Harbor, 9/11 in asking for no-fly zone

(Newser) - For weeks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been speaking to the world and asking allied leaders to "close the sky." On Wednesday morning, he spoke to Congress in a virtual address. USA Today reports that while world leaders have frequently addressed Congress, this is "a moment unlike...

Zelensky Addresses Congress This Week
Zelensky Will Speak
to US Congress

Zelensky Will Speak to US Congress

Ukraine leader will make an in-person pitch on Wednesday morning

(Newser) - Congress will hear from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky directly on Wednesday morning, reports Politico . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer informed members in a letter that Zelensky will speak to both chambers simultaneously via video, per the Washington Post . "Congress remains unwavering in our commitment...

Democratic Uprising Takes New COVID Money From Spending Package

Bill to keep government running has $13B for Ukraine's fight

(Newser) - Update: The House approved a massive spending bill Wednesday night that would rush $13.6 billion in US aid to battered Ukraine and its European allies, after top Democrats were forced to abruptly drop their plan to include fresh funds to battle COVID-19. Senate approval was assured by week’s...

House Resolution Backing Ukraine Passes 426-3

'The camera of history is rolling on all of us today'

(Newser) - The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution “steadfastly, staunchly, proudly, and fervently" in support of Ukraine. Lawmakers said Wednesday that history was watching the way the world responds as Ukrainians fight to save their Western-style democracy from invasion by Russia, the AP reports. With intensifying urgency, many...

Just in Time for SOTU, Capitol Ditches Mask Mandate

New CDC guidance eased the way for the move

(Newser) - Face coverings are now optional for President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday, as Congress is lifting its mask requirement on the House floor after federal regulators eased guidelines last week in a rethinking of the nation's strategy to adapt to living with a more manageable COVID-19....

Congress Hit by 'Unprecedented' Surge in Cases

Lawmakers urged to meet virtually amid wave of COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - The Capitol physician is warning lawmakers of an "unprecedented" number of cases hitting members of Congress and their staffers. At the on-site testing center, the 7-day positivity rate is higher than 13%, compared to less than 1% before the rise of the omicron variant, Politico reports. Omicron accounts for...

Schumer on Debt Ceiling Raise: Americans 'Can Breathe Easy'

Congress passes $2.5T increase, avoiding default through at least early 2023; most of GOP opposes

(Newser) - President Biden has a new bill on his desk to sign. The legislation provides for a $2.5 trillion increase in the debt ceiling, bringing that number to $31.4 trillion and avoiding a first-ever federal default right at the Wednesday deadline warned of by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, reports...

Bob Dole to Lie in State at Capitol

Flags at federal buildings will be at half-staff until Dec. 9

(Newser) - The body of the late Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas will lie in state in the US Capitol on Thursday as congressional leaders honor the former Republican presidential candidate and World War II veteran who served in Congress for 36 years, the AP reports. The US Capitol has long been...

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