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Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings Is Dead
Longtime Congressman
Alcee Hastings Is Dead

Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings Is Dead

Florida Democrat was elected after being impeached as a federal judge

(Newser) - Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida has died at age 84 after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer. The Palm Beach County Democrat died Tuesday, according to chief of staff Lale M. Morrison. Hastings had been a reliably liberal voice on Capitol Hill since he first won his seat in...

Pelosi Announces Historic Pick for Sergeant-at-Arms

William Walker comes from DC National Guard

(Newser) - The next sergeant-at-arms for the US House is a historic choice. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she's appointing Major Gen. William Walker of the DC National Guard. He'll be the first Black person in the job. Walker "has proven to be a leader of great integrity...

Report: House Chamber Is Becoming a 'Safe Room'

Bulletproof doors are being installed during 2-week recess

(Newser) - If the Capitol is breached again while lawmakers are in the House chamber, they may already be in a safe room. The House is in recess for two weeks, and Axios reports that workers are fortifying the chamber with bulletproof doors and other measures. Workers seen removing doors from one...

COVID Widow Wins Husband's Seat in Congress

Julia Letlow dominated the race

(Newser) - The widow of a Louisiana congressional seat winner who died of complications from COVID before he was able to serve has won the seat herself. Julia Letlow won an impressive 62 percent of a 12-way race after a campaign marked by a dominant fundraising game as well as an endorsement...

Lawmaker Votes for Police Reform, Immediately Regrets It

GOP's Lance Gooden says he pressed the wrong button

(Newser) - Rep. Lance Gooden voted for a police reform bill Wednesday night that bans chokeholds and certain no-knock warrants, among other measures—and he wants his constituents in Texas to know that he sincerely regrets the error. Gooden, the only Republican who voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing...

House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill
House Passes Biggest
Voting Rights Bill in Decades

House Passes Biggest Voting Rights Bill in Decades

But HR1 may have little hope of passing the Senate

(Newser) - A sweeping voting rights reform bill passed the House in a 220-210 vote Wednesday night, with every Republican and one Democrat voting against. The HR1 "For the People Act," which would bring in new national standards, will be the biggest expansion of federal voting rights since the 1960s...

House Cancels Thursday Session Over Attack Fears

The Senate has not followed suit

(Newser) - The House of Representatives has canceled its Thursday session over reports of a possible plot by an “identified militia group” to attempt a repeat of the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. One Democratic lawmaker tells the Hill that there is “growing concern about threats to the...

'American Rescue Plan' One Step Closer to Arrival

House votes 219-212 to approve $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, sends it to Senate

(Newser) - A long-awaited COVID relief bill is now making its way to the US Senate after the House of Representatives approved the $1.9 trillion package early Saturday. CNN reports that the vote was 219-212, with no Republicans casting a "yea," and two Democrats joining their GOP colleagues in...

House Backs Civil Rights Protection for LGBTQ People
House Approves
LGBTQ Protections

House Approves LGBTQ Protections

Republicans call the bill, which has opposition in the Senate, an attack on religious freedom

(Newser) - The Democratic-led US House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Biden's, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill passed 224-206 with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting...

Greene Mocks Colleague's Trans Flag With 'Gender' Sign

Congresswoman goes after House neighbor Marie Newman, whose daughter is transgender

(Newser) - Rep. Marie Newman, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Illinois, has been going to bat to get an LGBTQ rights bill known as the Equality Act passed. Newman has shared that her daughter, "the strongest, bravest person I know," identifies as transgender. So Newman wasn't pleased when Georgia...

Dodging Security Screening Will Now Cost House Reps $5K

House votes to fine lawmakers who refuse new security measures after Capitol attack

(Newser) - As Nancy Pelosi promised it would , the House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted to fine any lawmaker who bypasses the security screening that was introduced at the US Capitol after the mob attack on the building Jan. 6. First offenders who flout the metal detectors and other measures will...

Defense Says Trump Had Right to Deny Election Results

New team files brief arguing House impeachment article

(Newser) - Lawyers for former President Trump filed their response to the House's impeachment charge Tuesday, and it included a denial that it's wrong to say the presidential election results are in doubt. Trump repeatedly told supporters he won the November election "in a landslide" and faces an article...

Dems Give GOP an Ultimatum on Marjorie Taylor Greene

They say they'll remove lawmaker from panels if Republicans fail to take action

(Newser) - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he plans to have a "conversation" with GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—but that's not enough for House Democrats, who want the Georgia lawmaker to be kicked off of committees because of her support for or endorsement of wild conspiracy theories. Politico...

Tiff Between 2 Congresswomen Reaches Boiling Point

Dem Cori Bush has her office moved away from GOP's Marjorie Taylor Greene 'for my team's safety'

(Newser) - The backlash against new GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene continues, with a Democratic colleague now ditching her office near Greene's. "A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway," Rep. Cori Bush, also a freshman congresswoman, posted Friday on Twitter . "She targeted...

House Delivers Its Case for Impeachment to Senate

Ceremonial walk begins in the chamber under attack during Capitol riot

(Newser) - Nine House managers walked their article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday evening, setting up a trial of former President Trump on a charge of "incitement of insurrection" involving the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6. It's the second time in just over a year that...

Lawmakers Who Dodge Metal Detectors Will Be Fined

Fine will be $5K, $10K for repeat offenders, Pelosi says

(Newser) - Some Republican lawmakers are furious about new security measures in the House after last week's Capitol riot, but if they keep trying to dodge the newly installed metal detectors, they're going to face steep fines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that lawmakers evading the detectors will be...

How Today's House Impeachment Vote Will Go

House will vote on whether to impeach President Trump this afternoon

(Newser) - President Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time in an unprecedented House vote Wednesday, a week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to "fight like hell" against election results just before they stormed the US Capitol in a deadly siege. "We are...

Reaction to Metal Detectors Now Outside House Floor: Fury

At least on the part of the GOP

(Newser) - Airports, courthouses, and now the US House of Representatives: Metal detectors were on Tuesday installed outside the House floor by Capitol Police, with CNN reporting that all House members and their guests, including staffers and aides, will need to pass through them to access the floor. Per a memo from...

House Approves 25th Amendment Resolution, Despite Pence's Refusal

Impeachment vote is next as end of Trump's term looms

(Newser) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved a resolution formally calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment in order to remove President Trump from office, despite the fact that Pence already informed the legislative body he'll do no such thing . House Democrats will vote...

Lawmaker Who Let Rioters Into State Capitol Faces the Music

Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman was seen letting in demonstrators during special legislative session

(Newser) - Another lawmaker is facing heat for a Capitol breach, this time in the Pacific Northwest. When far-right protesters descended on the Oregon Capitol on Dec. 21 during a special legislative session, surveillance video (available here via the Oregonian ) showed GOP Rep. Mike Nearman exiting through a side door, and...

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