Ousters, upsets halfway through 2022 primary election season
More than halfway through a tumultuous primary season, voters have rendered verdicts in a number of contests, many of which featured candidates arguing they best represented a continuation of policies favored by former President Donald Trump.
Fallout from riot, virus leaves toxic mood on Capitol Hill
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. One problem in resuming fully in-person operations at the Capitol is the lack of vaccinations for thousands of staff to the 435 House members. Give me a break.”It’s clear that Democrats are more emotionally spent than House Republicans, who bolstered their ranks in the last election despite Trump's loss. In February, the House voted to remove Greene from her committee assignments because of her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts and other actions. AdWhile security fencing is set to be removed from the Capitol, metal detectors remain stationed outside the House chamber after some Republican lawmakers pledged to bring their firearms onto the House floor.
Buttigieg: Biden plan will usher in a new transportation era
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that an infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, where cars and highways are no longer king. “But I’ll add there are some things that need to be reduced ... sometimes roads need to go on a diet." People also are shifting to other modes of transportation, such as bicycles or scooters, for shorter trips. During the presidential campaign, Biden laid the groundwork by proposing $2 trillion to address infrastructure and climate change. Buttigieg made clear his work on the Biden team is just getting started.
House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
House Democrats are expected to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation Wednesday over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. The bill is a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s repeated false claims of a stolen 2020 election. It would limit states' ability to purge registered voters from their rolls and restore former felons' voting rights. AdSome Democrats have discussed options like lowering the threshold to break a filibuster, or creating a workaround that would allow priority legislation, including a separate John Lewis Voting Rights bill, to be exempt.
Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades
The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought changes that Republicans reject. For decades, it had required certain states and jurisdictions with large minority populations and a history of discrimination to get federal approval for any changes to voting procedures. In a speech Sunday, Trump branded the bill as “a disaster" and a “monster” that “cannot be allowed to pass." Ultimately, though, the biggest obstacle Democrats face in passing the bill is themselves. “We may not get the opportunity to make this change again for many, many decades,” said Sarbanes, the bill’s lead sponsor.
Democrats launch sweeping bid to overhaul US election laws
But there was no widespread fraud, as has been confirmed by election officials across the country and then-Attorney General William Barr. Dozens of legal challenges to the election put forth by Trump and his allies were dismissed, including by the Supreme Court. The bill would stymie state GOP efforts by mandating early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought reforms that Republicans reject. But daunting challenges lay ahead in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. Under pressure from the party’s left flank, Democrats have proposed eliminating the filibuster but lack the votes to do so.
New push for gun violence prevention wins support from both sides
CNN video(CNN) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers are unveiling new legislation on Wednesday that hopes to prevent gun violence by promoting the safe storage of firearms. It will be co-sponsored by other House Democrats as well as Republican Reps. Mike Turner of Ohio and Elise Stefanik of New York. "These are the kinds of bipartisan solutions we need to help reduce suicide, accidental shootings, theft of firearms, and other instances of gun violence." "Gun violence prevention has been and will continue to be a top priority for me and I know that many of my colleagues feel the same because we've simply had too many tragedies," the congressman said. The legislation is supported by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American Association of Suicidology, according to Levin's office.
FEC chair says she won't be silenced by ethical questions
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said on Thursday that she "will not be silenced" after a Republican congressman requested she be investigated for ethics violations for her public statements. He argued that the chairwoman's public statements regarding Trump on Twitter undermine her nonpartisan position. "Chair Weintraub has continued her pattern of blatant partisan behavior under the guise of her official duties as FEC Chair even after the 2017 IG investigation," Davis stated in the letter. "Impartial, nonpartisan leadership by the Chair of the FEC is essential for the Commission to fairly enforce our nation's campaign finance laws." A report from the Office of Inspector General following the conclusion of the 2017 investigation stated that the "OIG found no evidence that Commissioner Weintraub violated ethical standards."