Democrats back bill to raise minimum wage to $15, foreshadowing 2020 election fight

House Democrats on Thursday passed a bill to double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, highlighting a yawning gap between the two parties ahead of what’s shaping up to be one of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in U.S. history. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since July 2009. The 10-year interval since the last […]

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Pelosi says she would like to have U.S. debt limit proposal on House floor by July 25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she would like to have a proposal on raising the U.S. debt ceiling on the House floor by July 25. For that to happen, there needs to be an agreement on the debt limit with the administration by Friday, Pelosi told reporters. U.S. borrowing authority could be […]

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House passes bill to thwart 2020 ballot box hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. states would get $600 million in federal grants to secure voting machines from cyber attacks under legislation passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, with the money to be spent quickly so that upgraded equipment is in place by the Nov. 3, 2020 national elections. The Democratic-controlled House approved the legislation in a mostly partisan […]

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U.S. lawmakers joins global chorus of concern over Facebook's cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Both Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers joined policymakers across the globe who are concerned what Facebook Inc’s decision to launch its own cryptocurrency could mean for data privacy and security. Representative Patrick McHenry, the senior Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, wrote a letter Tuesday to committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, a Democrat, calling for a hearing […]

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Senators Look to Force 22 Votes Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators will try to force nearly two dozen votes rebuking the Trump administration’s decision to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and sell billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The legislation, led by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations […]

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House votes to protect 'Dreamer' immigrants amid White House opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to end the threat of deportation that has long hung over undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children. By a vote of 237-187, the Democratic-controlled House approved the legislation despite opposition from the White House, which said the move would “reward […]

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House panel chairman threatens former White House aides with contempt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Tuesday he would expect former White House aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to be held in contempt if they do not comply with subpoenas for documents he wants for his panel’s probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. Asked if the two would be held in […]

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Contempt of Congress vote looms over William Barr, Wilbur Ross

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the panel will vote […]

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U.S. Senate passes $19.1 billion in disaster relief, no border aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved $19.1 billion in aid to help Americans rebound from a string of natural disasters, and President Donald Trump supported it even though it did not include the funds he requested to address a migrant surge at the southern U.S. border. The Senate, which has a thin Republican majority, approved the measure […]

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