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For First Time in 42 Years, a DCCC Chair May Lose

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, head of Democrats' congressional campaign, in tight New York race

(Newser) - In its reassessment of the coming midterms, the Cook Political Report on Monday made a fairly common move for this time of year—it shifted a congressional race from "lean Democrat" to "toss up." However, this particular race involves Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who...

Democrat Wants New Leaders After Stock Ban Stalls

Pelosi brings the issue up just before recess

(Newser) - House Democratic leaders are taking heat for their handling of legislation to bar lawmakers from trading stocks. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, the Democrat who introduced the bill two years ago with support from both parties, issued a statement Friday saying House leaders had set the legislation up to fail, bringing the...

GOP Sees Harder Fight in Taking Back Senate, House

Republicans still projected to win House, but that number is falling, and Senate now looks precarious

(Newser) - In just 43 days, Americans will decide the makeup of the Senate and House. And with President Biden's tepid poll numbers earlier this year, as well as historical precedence that often has the party in power ceding ground during the midterms, it seemed a given just a few months...

Landmark Bill Goes to Biden: Here's What's in It

Among other things, it includes biggest ever investment in fighting climate change

(Newser) - The House gave final passage on Friday to the biggest investment ever in the US to fight climate change. The bill heading to President Biden's desk also includes a hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients and a new corporate minimum tax on big businesses. All...

17 House Democrats Arrested at Abortion RIghts Rally

They sat down in street in front of Supreme Court

(Newser) - Some 17 House Democrats—including Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, the fourth highest-ranked Democrat in the House—were arrested Tuesday afternoon at an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court. US Capitol Police said in a tweet that they made a total of 35 arrests, including 17 members of Congress, for...

House Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Backers say measure corrects a racial injustice

(Newser) - The House approved legislation Friday to end all federal criminal penalties over the manufacture, distribution, or possession of marijuana. Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the House the measure rights injustices and is "one of the most important criminal justice reform bills in recent history." The legislation cleared 220-204 and...

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...

Pelosi Has Hope for Midterms

Pelosi Has Theory
About Midterms

Pelosi Has Theory About Midterms

Speaker contradicts Manchin on his Build Back Better argument

(Newser) - History shows the political party holding the White House nearly always loses congressional seats in midterm elections. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that recent history gives her hope about Democrats' prospects this year, Politico reports. "One of the reasons that, in part, the president’s party loses...

There Are Now 28 House Democrats Retiring

Ahead of what is expected to be a challenging election

(Newser) - Two more House Democrats announced Tuesday they won't seek reelection in November, bringing the party's total retirements to 28 ahead of what is expected to be a difficult midterm election year, the AP reports. Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Jerry McNerney of California both said in...

10 House Lawmakers Recount the Fear of Jan. 6 Riot

"I really thought ... 'We're going to die here'"

(Newser) - Around three dozen Democrats were trapped in the House gallery on Jan. 6, 2020, after the rest of their colleagues had been evacuated, ducking beneath their seats as supporters of then-President Trump laid siege. In interviews with the AP , 10 of the lawmakers who were there described their experiences in...

Omar, Boebert Argue Apology in a Tense Call and Afterward

Members' conversation about anti-Muslim story doesn't settle the issue

(Newser) - After Rep. Lauren Boebert told an anecdote about mistaking Rep. Ilhan Omar for a terrorist , House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested the Colorado Republican call the offended Democrat and just talk it out. Boebert and Omar talked Monday, but the conversation didn't defuse the situation, the Hill reports. Afterward,...

AOC: We Shouldn't 'Over-Promise and 'Under-Deliver'

She warns against infrastructure 'victory laps'

(Newser) - President Biden has signe d the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and a $1.9 trillion social spending bill has passed the House —but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warns that her fellow Democrats should be careful about doing victory laps. The progressive Democrat says the base will be alienated and turnout at...

Trailblazer to Leave House After 30 Years

Republicans helped make her effective, Eddie Bernice Johnson says

(Newser) - Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson said Saturday that she won't run for reelection next year to the House, keeping a promise she made during her primary campaign this year. "There is a good reason I should stay: I am a personal friend to the president, I have gained some...

Kevin McCarthy Speaks for 512 Minutes, Delays Vote

House will vote on Biden's $1.9T bill Friday morning

(Newser) - Update: The House has delayed a vote on President Biden's spending bill until Friday. The move comes after House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy delayed proceedings with what the New York Times calls the longest continuous House speech since 1909, clocking in at 8 hours and 32 minutes. "Personally...

Rep. Jackie Speier Done Being a 'Weekend Wife, Mother'

Longtime California representative announces her retirement

(Newser) - Longtime California Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday that she will not seek reelection, becoming the latest Democrat to announce their retirement from Congress ahead of a fraught 2022 midterm election cycle. The seven-term congresswoman from the San Francisco Bay Area said in a video message that it was an "...

House Is Finally Ready to Vote on 2 Massive Bills

Votes on social spending, infrastructure bills expected Friday

(Newser) - Days after a stinging defeat in Virginia, Democrats are trying to move forward quickly with President Biden's agenda. Sources tell the Hill that after a long day of meetings Thursday, House Democrats are planning to vote Friday on a massive social spending bill as well as the infrastructure package...

Two Veteran House Democrats Are Stepping Down

David Price, Mike Doyle will not seek re-election in 2022 midterms

(Newser) - Two long-serving House Democrats are calling it quits before next year's midterm elections. North Carolina Rep. David Price, dean of the state's House delegation, announced Monday that he won't be seeking re-election, CNN reports. Price, 81, has represented the state's 4th congressional district since 1997 and...

Dems Slam 'Lousy Deal,' Pass Debt Limit Extension

Congress will have to revisit issue in 7 weeks

(Newser) - The House has approved a short-term extension of the nation's debt limit, postponing the danger of an unprecedented debt default until early December. President Biden is expected to sign the legislation, which was approved by the Senate in a party-line vote last week, Politico reports. The $480 billion measure,...

'We're Going to Get This Done,' Biden Says After Hill Meeting

President lobbies divided Democrats for the first time in person

(Newser) - With his domestic legislative agenda going nowhere in Congress, many Democrats had publicly urged President Biden to get more involved personally in negotiations. He did that Friday afternoon, going to Capitol Hill to meet with the divided House Democrats, the New York Times reports. As he left, he expressed confidence...

Pelosi Struggles to Bridge Chasm Within Her Party
Biden Will Try to Break
Logjam Himself

Biden Will Try to Break Logjam Himself

And Bernie Sanders is ticked at two fellow Democratic senators who remain holdouts

(Newser) - The shutdown has been averted , at least temporarily. Now the focus is solely on whether Democrats can reach a compromise on legislation crucial to President Biden's agenda. Toward that end, Biden himself will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with House Democrats later Friday afternoon, reports the Hill and...

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