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Congress to Examine 'Most Hated Fee in Travel'

Maybe you've encountered them: resort fees

(Newser) - The hotel industry may have to open up about its pricing if a new bill turns into law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019—introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas—would make it illegal for hotels and other accommodation... More »

Intel Chief Backs Whistleblower's Actions

Joseph Maguire testifies before Congress

(Newser) - President Trump has questioned the patriotism of the intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint against him, but the acting director of national intelligence feels otherwise. "I think the whistleblower did the right thing," Joseph Maguire said Thursday during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, per Reuters . "... More »

Big-Name CEOs to Congress: You Need to Act Now

Heads of Twitter, Uber, others write letter asking for tougher gun laws

(Newser) - The CEOs of nearly 150 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber asked Congress to pass a... More »

Valerie Plame's Campaign Ad Is One 'People Will Pay Attention To'

Ex-CIA operative is running for a congressional seat in New Mexico

(Newser) - Business Insider says it looks like a "Fast & Furious outtake"; the AV Club notes it's more reminiscent of the Bourne Identity franchise. Whatever movie you might compare Valerie Plame's new campaign ad to, there's no denying the spot is memorable. Plame , the ex-CIA operative... More »

Cherokee Nation Wants US to Make Good on 1835 Promise

Tribe is seeking to seat a nonvoting member for the first time

(Newser) - The Cherokee people have lived on the land now known as the United States of America for millennia . And yet the Cherokee Nation has never sent a delegate to Congress, something the Nation is now seeking to change. When the Treaty of New Echota was signed in 1835, it booted... More »

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... More »

Electronic Speed Limit Could Curb Tractor-Trailers

Bill would hold heavy trucks to 65 mph

(Newser) - Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would electronically limit tractor-trailer speeds to 65 miles per hour, a move they say would save lives on the nation's highways. Sens. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, and Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, introduced the measure Thursday, saying it would... More »

3 Senators Just Got Briefed on UFOs

The classified Pentagon briefing happened Wednesday

(Newser) - The list of lawmakers who have received briefings on Navy encounters with UFOs has gotten a bit longer. The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, was among three senators to receive a classified Pentagon briefing on the issue Wednesday, reports Politico , which cites "a growing number... More »

They Debated Abortion. What She Said Next Brought Groans

Calif. Rep. Norma Torres got irritated during conversation

(Newser) - Remarks by a California Democratic congresswoman during a debate about abortion on the House floor Wednesday spurred "audible outrage," per Roll Call . Lawmakers were discussing Health and Human Services appropriations bills and how spending on abortion fit in. Florida GOP Rep. Ross Spano objected to some of the... More »

Republican Who Called Trump 'Impeachable' Quits Caucus

Justin Amash has quit the House Freedom Caucus

(Newser) - A Republican congressman who's been going hard after President Trump, calling his actions "impeachable," made a big move Monday, stepping down from a group he co-founded. Politico reports that on Monday night, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash—deemed the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic" by the Washington Post ... More »

Cruz Surprises: 'I AGREE WITH AOC'

Pair agree to partner on anti-lobbying bill

(Newser) - It's an unlikely pairing: a self-described democratic socialist and a Republican who once mocked her logic . Yet New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found common ground Thursday, agreeing to put their heads together on a bill that would impose a lifetime ban on former members... More »

Again, One Lawmaker Blocks Disaster Aid Passage

Kentucky Republican stalls $19B package

(Newser) - For the second time in less than a week, a House Republican has prevented a $19.1 billion federal disaster aid package from passing Congress. That makes it more likely that the measure won't be approved until the House returns from recess next Monday, the Hill reports. When the... More »

Lawmaker Single-Handedly Blocks Disaster Relief Bill

Conservative Rep. Chip Roy of Texas objects and scuttles $19B in aid, temporarily

(Newser) - Chip Roy is a freshman congressman from Texas who just blipped onto the national political radar with a controversial move. The conservative Republican single-handedly blocked approval of a $19.1 billion relief bill Friday for regions around the US recovering from hurricanes and other disasters. The details of what happened,... More »

McGahn Is a No-Show, and Now Come the Consequences

'We will hold this President accountable—one way or the other,' says House Judiciary chair

(Newser) - The lines were drawn Tuesday as former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena to testify in front of the House Judiciary committee, as expected . Also as expected, House Democrats indicated they would move to hold him in contempt. "Let me be clear. This committee will hear Mr.... More »

GOP Lawmaker Calls Trump Actions 'Impeachable'

Rep. Justin Amash speaks out on Twitter

(Newser) - A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the AP reports. But... More »

Trump Changes His Mind on Mueller

The president says he shouldn't be allowed to testify

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, abandoning his previous declaration that he would leave that decision to his attorney general, the AP reports. Escalating tensions with House Democrats as they seek to bring Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee, Trump tweeted... More »

Trump Issues Another Veto

He won't stop funding Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen

(Newser) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, the AP reports. In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to... More »

Mnuchin: 'Continue to Grill Me' and 'I Will Not Be Back'

Secretary leaves hearing after heated exchange with Maxine Waters

(Newser) - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters probably won't be exchanging holiday cards this year after things got a little tense during the Treasury secretary's testimony on Tuesday. Mnuchin had testified about his plans to respond to requests for President Trump's tax returns... More »

DeVos Grilled on Plan to Yank Special Olympics Funds

Education secretary says 'we had to make some difficult decisions' for the next budget

(Newser) - By her own words, Betsy DeVos thinks the Special Olympics is "an awesome organization"—just not one that should be funded by the federal government. The secretary of education appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday to try to explain nearly $7 billion in suggested cuts to education... More »

'Abominable': Congressman Links Democrats, Nazis

Mo Brooks isn't alone in calling Hitler a 'socialist'

(Newser) - Politico is pointing out that the National Socialist German Workers' Party, aka the Nazi Party, "was fascist, not socialist—the opposite end of the political universe from socialists" following what it calls an "inane debate" among members of Congress. It began Monday as Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks... More »

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