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Republicans Sue to Stop House Voting by Proxy

First-ever proxy votes were cast Wednesday

(Newser) - It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the Democratic majority's new... More »

Elijah Cummings' Replacement Has Been Elected

Kweisi Mfume wins over GOPer Kimberly Klacik for 7th Congressional District seat in Maryland

(Newser) - It was a race in Maryland "dramatically reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic," and one man has easily emerged victorious, per NBC News . Democrat Kweisi Mfume, 71, who was the head of the NAACP for nearly nine years, defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik in a special election held Tuesday to... More »

Democrats Ditch Plan for House Lawmakers to Return

Trump accuses them of 'enjoying their vacation'

(Newser) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has abruptly dropped plans for lawmakers to return next week, saying he and Nancy Pelosi decided to change course after speaking to the Capitol's attending physician. Hoyer said the physician warned it would be unsafe for House lawmakers to return as planned on May... More »

House Approves $484B More for Small Businesses, Testing

Democrats add a panel to investigate administration's actions

(Newser) - A $484 billion coronavirus relief package cleared the House on Thursday and is on its way to President Trump, who has said he will sign it. The legislation re-funds a tapped-out loan program for small businesses struggling during the pandemic slowdown, the New York Times reports, with a $320 billion... More »

Pelosi Drops Plan for Proxy Voting

Social distancing will be 'strictly enforced' during Thursday vote

(Newser) - House members are returning to Washington Thursday to vote on the $483 billion coronavirus relief bill—but they will no longer be voting on a controversial measure to allow voting by proxy for the first time in the chamber's history. The measure faced strong opposition from Republicans, and while... More »

Democrat Overseeing $500B: Sorry for My Stock 'Mistake'

Donna Shalala failed to report transactions

(Newser) - The one House Democrat on a committee overseeing $500 billion for companies affected by the pandemic has apologized over her own financial blunders. Rep. Donna Shalala says she sold stocks last year to avoid any conflict of interest, but violated the STOCK Act by failing to report the transactions within... More »

House Passes Rescue Bill, Overcoming Threat of Delay

Relief money to Americans should be coming soon

(Newser) - No delay after all . The House Friday approved a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, seen as a life preserver to a US economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic, per the AP . The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities... More »

Congress Has Its First Coronavirus Patient

Diaz-Balart showed symptoms Saturday and has tested positive

(Newser) - Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has become the first member of Congress to test positive for the new coronavirus. The Florida Republican showed symptoms Saturday and self-quarantined at his apartment in Washington, he said in a statement. He had decided not to return to Florida after casting House votes Friday, the Washington ... More »

After Intense Back-and-Forth, House Passes Virus Relief Bill

President Trump says he's ready to sign it after negotiations between Pelosi, his administration

(Newser) - After what the New York Times says was a "roller-coaster day of negotiations" between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration, the House passed a coronavirus relief bill in the early hours Saturday that will help families across the nation impacted by the illness. Per CNN , the bipartisan... More »

Outbreak Closes US Capitol, White House

They're closed to public until next month, thanks to coronavirus

(Newser) - Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus, the AP reports. The House and Senate sergeants-at-arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5pm ET Thursday. Lawmakers, aides, journalists, and... More »

New Impeachment Evidence Ties Parnas to Top Nunes Aide

Derek Harvey was in frequent contact with indicted Giuliani associate; Nunes hasn't commented

(Newser) - If you thought we were done hearing from Lev Parnas , you were wrong. The former associate of Rudy Giuliani has been making the media rounds , accusing President Trump and other big names of being directly involved in the pressure campaign against Ukraine's president to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden—... More »

Liz Cheney Won't Be Running for Senate

Republican will stay put in Wyoming seat, amid speculation she could be House speaker

(Newser) - Liz Cheney is staying put in the House. The Wyoming congresswoman said Thursday she won't run for the Senate seat being vacated this year by fellow Republican Mike Enzi, reports Politico . Instead, Cheney will seek reelection to the House, where she serves as chair of the House Republican Conference.... More »

Ex-Lawmaker: Don't Throw Me in Prison. I Was a Boy Scout

Rep. Chris Collins has pleaded guilty to insider trading

(Newser) - Prosecutors are seeking maximum prison time for a former lawmaker who's pleaded guilty to insider trading, Politico reports. Rep. Chris Collins, who initially denied the accusations, now faces up to five years in prison. "It is critically important that the sentence imposed on Congressman Collins drive home the... More »

Fight Over War Powers Looms in Congress

Pelosi says vote will be held Thursday

(Newser) - Iran and the US appear to have stepped back from the brink of war—but congressional Democrats still want to make sure President Trump's ability to take action against the country is reined in. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that the chamber will vote Thursday on a war... More »

Rep. Hunter Quits, Doesn't Mention Corruption Conviction

One of GOP's few California seats is now vacant

(Newser) - US Rep. Duncan D. Hunter submitted his resignation Tuesday, one month after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, leaving vacant one of the GOP's few remaining House seats in heavily Democratic California. Hunter's departure effective Monday ends his family's political dynasty in which he and his father,... More »

Ex-Governor Urges Gabbard to Resign House Seat

She has missed 85% of votes, says Abercrombie

(Newser) - Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie believes Rep. Tulsi Gabbard can best serve the people of the state by resigning. Abercrombie—a Democrat who represented Hawaii's 1st Congressional District in the House for 18 years—says Gabbard has been largely absent from Congress during her run for president and she... More »

New Chapter in History Unfolds on House Floor

House nears vote after hours of debate

(Newser) - American history is happening in the House of Representatives. The nation's 45th president is on track to become only the third commander in chief to be impeached as the House takes up charges that President Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress in pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rivals... More »

Here's When the Impeachment Vote Should Happen

And everything else you need to know

(Newser) - Unless dozens of Democrats have a radical change of heart , President Trump will finish Wednesday as the third president in American history to be impeached. After a 10-hour debate Tuesday, the House Rules Committee set parameters for a debate on the two articles of impeachment Wednesday, clearing the way for... More »

House Hands Trump a Border Fence Victory

Passes $1.4T federal spending package that includes funding

(Newser) - The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, handing President Trump a victory on his US-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs, the AP reports. The hard-fought legislation also funds a record Pentagon budget and is serving... More »

Centrist Democrats Ready to Impeach Trump

Party has fewer defectors than expected

(Newser) - A House vote to impeach President Trump is expected Wednesday—and few lawmakers on either side appear to be wavering, despite the high-profile defection of soon-to-be-former Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew. A succession of centrist Democrats from Republican-leaning districts declared their support for impeachment Monday, including freshman Rep. Abigail Spanberger,... More »

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