Tag: House of Representatives

Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the United States economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Trump’s economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week the standoff with Democrats continues. The revised estimates from […]

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House Passes Resolution Condemning White Supremacy After Steve King’s Comments

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning white supremacy by a vote of 424-1, reflecting the anger in both parties over comments by Representative Steve King of Iowa questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive. The resolution begins by citing Mr. King’s remarks to The New York […]

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House GOP Leaders Remove Steve King from Committee Assignments

House Republican leaders voted Monday to remove Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from all of his assigned committees after the Iowa Republican came under fire for his comments about white nationalism in a New York Times interview. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Monday that the Republican Steering Committee voted not to give King any […]

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Steve King Loses House Committee Seats Over White Supremacy Remark

House Republican leaders removed Representative Steve King of Iowa from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday night as the party officials scrambled to appear tough on racism and contain damage from comments Mr. King made to The New York Times questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive. The punishment […]

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On Washington: No Photographic Memory in the Senate

WASHINGTON — It was a picture-perfect moment. As the Senate convened for the start of the 116th Congress, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, fellow progressives and potential rivals for the presidency, shared a brief hug on the Senate floor just minutes after they were both sworn in for their new […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power […]

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At the Border and in Washington, White House Digs in on Wall

McALLEN, Tex. — President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to escalate his demands for a wall with warnings of crime and chaos on the frontier, as the partial government shutdown neared a milestone Day 21 and Senate Republican efforts to break the impasse collapsed in Washington. On Friday, […]

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‘No Wall, No Deal,’ Pence Says as Shutdown Drags On

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence flatly declared on Thursday that there could be no agreement to reopen the government without funding for President Trump’s border wall, laying out terms that Democrats had already rejected even as he called on them to negotiate an end to a partial shutdown that […]

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The Lobbyists Blocking the Doorway

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the idealistic class of 64 Democratic House freshmen are armed with a reform agenda. This includes H.R. 1, a 571-page bill that addresses voting rights, corruption, gerrymandering and campaign finance reform as well as the creation of a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis — a […]

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Trump Again Warns He May Declare National Emergency to Build Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump warned on Wednesday that he reserved the option of declaring a national emergency to build his border wall without congressional approval. The president, speaking a day after his address to the nation that even some supporters conceded was unlikely to increase public support, headed to a […]

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Trump Offers a Steel Wall, but Democrats Are Unmoved

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s evolving definition of a border wall animated negotiations to end a partial government shutdown on Sunday, while House Democrats moved to increase pressure on the president by vowing to pass individual bills to reopen targeted departments that handle critical functions like tax refunds and food stamps. […]

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Speaker Pelosi Returns

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi became the first person in 64 years to return to the position of speaker of the House of Representatives, completing the most startling comeback in American politics since Richard Nixon became president. Her return says a great deal about Ms. Pelosi and about our politics, but […]

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Pence and Cabinet Members Are Due a Raise, as Federal Workers Go Unpaid

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet and other high-ranking political appointees in the Trump administration are positioned to receive a pay bump of about $10,000 a year even as 800,000 federal employees are entering their third week without paychecks. The increases are the result of Congress’s […]

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Democrats to Visit Trump Again, Searching for a Path to End the Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Newly empowered Democrats will head to the White House on Friday to meet with President Trump in another attempt to end a partial government shutdown, but both sides’ positions seemed to be hardening in a test of wills for divided government in Washington. Mr. Trump has insisted that […]

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Democrats Lay Out Their Agenda as Shutdown Fight Casts Shadow

WASHINGTON — House Democrats will unveil on Friday the details of ambitious legislation devised to lower barriers to the ballot box, tighten ethics and lobbying restrictions, and require presidents and candidates for the nation’s highest offices to release their tax returns. But the symbolism-soaked rollout of their top legislative priority […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Budget Deficit?

On Thursday, the best House speaker of modern times reclaimed her gavel, replacing one of the worst. It has taken the news media a very long time to appreciate the greatness of Nancy Pelosi, who saved Social Security from privatization, then was instrumental in gaining health insurance for 20 million […]

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Nancy Pelosi got sworn in today—and Twitter is now obsessed with her adorable granddaughter

Nancy Pelosi’s Granddaughter Is A New Twitter Hero: Watch Video – HelloGiggles Nancy Pelosi got sworn in today—and Twitter is now obsessed with her adorable granddaughter this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.

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Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker of the House with 220 Votes

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who represents San Francisco in the U.S. House of Representatives, was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday with 220 votes. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, received the second-highest amount of votes with 192. Pelosi was the Democrats’ nominee for Speaker. McCarthy was the […]

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Live Briefing: New Congress Updates: Nancy Pelosi Calls Indictment of Sitting President an ‘Open Discussion’

• The 116th Congress, with the House in Democratic control, comes to order at noon. • The roll-call vote to elect the next speaker is set to begin at 12:48, and conclude at 1:57. • Anticipating victory, Representative Nancy Pelosi suggested President Trump can be indicted. ImageA television in Statuary […]

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The Watergate Class of ’74 Has Valuable Lessons for Freshman Democrats

Forty-four years ago, in another year of national crisis over a scandal-ridden presidency, an election sent 91 new members to the House. That 1974 wave didn’t shift partisan control, but it did create one of the widest Democratic congressional advantages in a half-century. It also sent to Washington a new […]

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