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She's Set to Be Longest-Serving Woman in Congress

Ohio Democrat Marcy Kaptur was first elected in 1982

(Newser) - When the new Congress convenes on Tuesday, Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur will become the longest-serving woman in its history. Yet after 40 years, she sometimes feels like an outsider, reports the AP . Not because she's a woman or now in the minority party in the House. It's...

Democrats Push Back at Manchin's Energy Deal
Manchin Drops Changes
on Energy Permitting

Manchin Drops Changes on Energy Permitting

Schumer says the proposal could come up again

(Newser) - Update: Facing opposition from both parties, Sen. Joe Manchin abandoned his provision to streamline and speed up the permitting process for energy projects. With that wording dropped, a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government operating was moved along by the Senate on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports....

Pressure Increases for Biden to Cancel Student Loan Debt

President has canceled more debt than any predecessor, but borrowers feel let down

(Newser) - During his 2020 campaign, President Biden called for canceling student debt up to $10,000 for the 43 million people who borrowed money for school. He hasn't done that, though he's chipped away at the debt, canceling loans for people who are permanently disabled, those employed in the...

GOP Rebuilds House Districts to Win for Years

New lines set up Republicans to take control next year

(Newser) - The redrawing of congressional district lines is not only giving Republicans a shot at flipping five or more House seats, it's taken another step toward making elections less competitive and the nation more divided. With approval ratings already down for President Biden and Democrats, the GOP could be unbeatable...

Manchin Rips Domestic Bill, but Party Still Counts on Him

Some Democrats sound weary but don't expect him to undermine Biden

(Newser) - Don't expect Sen. Joe Manchin to support President Biden's $1.85 trillion domestic legislation, at least not yet, the West Virginia Democrat made clear in a press conference Monday. He accused members of his party of employing "shell games, budget gimmicks" to make the bill palatable, Politico...

Pelosi Says Democrats Almost Have a Spending Bill Deal

Biden meets with Manchin in Delaware

(Newser) - Asked Sunday when congressional Democrats will reach an agreement on President Biden's social safety net legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it could be any time now. "I think we are pretty much there now," Pelosi said on CNN's State of the Union. "We have...

Democrats Are Giving Trump What He Wants
Are Giving
Win to Main

Democrats Are Giving Win to Main Heckler

Trump wants GOP to make sure Biden has no congressional successes, Susan Glasser says

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump is watching Democrats in Washington fight this week, rooting for them to fail. And so far, they're accommodating him. Trump's position that President Biden is weak and will fail is as close to platform or policy as the Republican Party gets, Susan Glasser writes...

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...

There Are 9 Supreme Court Justices. New Bill Would Make It 13

Observers note legislation set to be introduced by Dems is unlikely to pass anytime soon, however

(Newser) - Last week, President Biden signed an executive order to set up a commission dedicated to studying possible reforms to the Supreme Court, including an increase in the number of justices on the bench. Congressional Democrats, however, aren't waiting for the results of the panel's report due out in...

Dem Lawmaker Claims Capitol Raid Was an Inside Job

Mikie Sherrill says she saw lawmakers leading people through Capitol on 'reconnaissance' mission

(Newser) - Rep. Mikie Sherrill is claiming that members of Congress led people through the Capitol on a "reconnaissance" mission a day before last week's riot. Sherrill, a New Jersey Democrat, took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to explain why she voted in favor of a resolution asking Vice President...

Court to Lawmakers: No, You Can't Sue Trump

Federal appeals court says congressional Dems have no legal standing in emoluments complaint

(Newser) - Congressional Democrats received some disappointing news this week over their emoluments lawsuit against President Trump. Per Politico , the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the complaint filed in 2017 by 200-plus Democratic House and Senate members, accusing the president of illegally profiting from foreign governments who spent money...

Pelosi After AOC Meeting: There Was No 'Hatchet' to Bury

House speaker says she and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had a 'positive' meeting Friday on 'range of issues'

(Newser) - The House of Representatives is about to take a six-week recess, but one notable meeting took place Friday that provoked some "palace intrigue," per Politico . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent 30 minutes behind closed doors with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after weeks of what seemed to be a tense...

Ocasio-Cortez Tasked With Investigating Trump

She's one of 3 newcomers named to House Oversight Committee

(Newser) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined her second House committee—and it's the primary investigative body that will soon hear testimony from President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday announced the 29-year-old congresswoman from New York as one of four new Democratic members, but she'...

Rep. Sorry for 'Distraction' Caused by Trump Vulgarity

But Rashida Tlaib says she's not sorry about being upset

(Newser) - Rep. Rashida Tlaib is sorry—not for referring to President Trump as a "motherf--ker," nor for calling for his impeachment, but for causing a "distraction" when there were more pressing issues to focus on, especially the government shutdown. The newly sworn-in Michigan Democrat said Tuesday that she...

Rising Dem Star to the Media: You're Banned

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bars reporters from 2 events

(Newser) - Seems President Trump isn't the only one with media issues . Now rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has entirely banned reporters from two town-hall-style events, CNN reports. The congressional candidate hosted the "listening tour" community meetings last week—one in the Bronx on Wednesday and one in Queens on...

Court Decision Makes Dem House Takeover More Likely

The US Supreme Court and a federal panel rejected challenges to a new Pennsylvania congressional map

(Newser) - Boosting Democrats' chances of retaking control of Congress in this fall's midterm elections, the US Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday rejected GOP challenges to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state's high court. The courts dismissed requests to throw out or...

Weinstein: I'll Reach Out to Ashley Judd 'in a Year'
Weinstein: I'll
Reach Out to
Ashley Judd
'in a Year'

Weinstein: I'll Reach Out to Ashley Judd 'in a Year'

He also tells Page Six the NYT was 'reckless'

(Newser) - Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal , which broke in the New York Times Thursday, continues to rain down, and it's now hit congressional Democrats. The Times reports at least four senators—Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy, and Martin Heinrich—will give money to charity equal to...

Democrats Snort at Trump's 'Drain the Swamp' Line
Democrats Snort at Trump's
'Drain the Swamp' Line
address to congress

Democrats Snort at Trump's 'Drain the Swamp' Line

A little heckling breaks out in the audience

(Newser) - Early in his speech to Congress Tuesday night, President Trump said he was making good on his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC. It seems, however, that Democrats disagree. Some laughter and derisive noises could be heard in the audience, as captured in this video captured by...

Hillary Clinton May Have Just Saved the Iran Deal

Her support makes it unlikely GOP can prevail in Congress

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton met with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill today and gave what one described as a "full-throated" endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal, reports the Hill . Clinton's public comments were a bit more measured: "This is an important step in putting a lid on Iran's...

Longest-Serving Woman in Congress Is Retiring

Maryland's Barbara Mikulski is stepping down from Senate

(Newser) - Democratic officials say Sen. Barbara Mikulski , the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, is ready to announce her retirement. The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, is set to make a statement at a news conference in Baltimore later today. Mikulski became the longest-serving woman in...

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