Veterans Day legislation targets GI Bill racial inequities
In honor of Veterans Day, a group of Democratic lawmakers is reviving an effort to pay the families of Black veterans who fought on behalf of the nation during World War II for benefits they were denied or prevented from taking full advantage of when they returned home from war.
After secret Kabul trip, Meijer has ‘lost complete faith’ in Biden administration honesty
Republican Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was at the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport on a secret, unauthorized trip along with Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton just two days before a suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of civilians outside the airport’s Abbey Gate.news.yahoo.com
2 US lawmakers' Kabul trip prompts questions, criticism
Two members of Congress are facing criticism and questions following their surprise visit to Afghanistan this week, which diverted resources from the U.S.'s chaotic withdrawal, enraged military leaders and led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare it not “a good idea.” Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in on a charter Tuesday and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours before flying out on a military plane.news.yahoo.com
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defends Reps. Moulton and Meijer over unauthorized trip to Afghanistan: 'I understand their frustration'
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it was not a good idea to go to Afghanistan, but that he understood the members' frustration.news.yahoo.com
2 US lawmakers' Kabul trip prompts Biden administration fury
Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation, and their visit Tuesday stunned State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers.
2 Congress members fly to Kabul amid choatic evacuation
Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday, stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in and out on charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours. “As Members of Congress, we have a duty to provide oversight on the executive branch,'” the two said in their statement.news.yahoo.com
Biden draws criticism from fellow Democrats over deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
Congressional Democrats aren't sparing a president from their own party of criticism over the chaotic U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan as the Taliban seized control of the country and images of fleeing Afghans at Kabul's airport surfaced worldwide.news.yahoo.com
Biden warns Republicans: 'Don't get in the way'
President Joe Biden is warning Republicans not to "get in the way" of his infrastructure plans. In Cleveland Thursday, Biden held up a card with the names of GOP lawmakers who rejected his COVID aid bill but later promoted its help back home. (May 27)news.yahoo.com
Kennedy loss in Massachusetts may mark end of 'Camelot' era
The loss marks the first time a member of the political dynasty has come up short in a race for Congress in Massachusetts. The Kennedy legacy hung over the race, especially in the closing weeks, when Kennedy more explicitly invoked his pedigree including JFK; former U.S. Kennedy helped raise millions of dollars for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats campaign arm, during the 2018 midterm elections. Massachusetts voters may have rejected him, but few remaining House Democrats carry the same national fundraising appeal as Kennedy. In 1986, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend lost a U.S. House race in Maryland, and in 2002, Mark Kennedy Shriver also lost a congressional primary in Maryland.
U.S. lawmakers who tested positive for the coronavirus
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three members of the U.S. Congress have tested positive for the new coronavirus, and more than two dozen others have said they are self-quarantining in hopes of limiting the spread of the pandemic. Senator Rand PaulThe Kentucky Republican said on March 22 that he had tested positive and was in quarantine. He had been in the Senate and using the gym there in the days before he received his positive result. [nL1N2BF09W]Representative Mario Diaz-BalartThe Florida Republican said on March 18 that he tested positive after developing symptoms on March 14. More than two dozen House members have self-quarantined, some after exposure to Diaz-Balart or McAdams, and others after contacts with their constituents or staffers who later tested positive.feeds.reuters.com
DNC raises polling and donor thresholds for November debate
The DNC is also giving candidates a new option: Instead, they can reach at least 5% in two polls of the early-voting states. The polls must come in a window between September 13 and a week before the November debate. The DNC has not yet announced the date of that debate. The DNC started the 2020 election cycle with a mandate that candidates reach 65,000 donors or achieve at least 1% in polls. Because of those higher thresholds, the third Democratic debate -- held earlier this month in Houston -- was the first one conducted in just one night rather than two.
21 Democrats still running for president
(CNN) - The Democratic primary dropouts are coming a mile a minute now. With those dropouts, there are 21 Democrats running for president. In primaries without an incumbent running since 1972, I count 86 candidates who ended up running and averaged less than 5% in the polls. None of the candidates polling below 5% in the horserace were able to get above 10% on this question. There are so many low polling candidates running, after all.
Seth Moulton to end 2020 presidential campaign
(CNN) - Rep. Seth Moulton will end his presidential bid on Friday during a speech at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in San Francisco, according to prepared remarks of the speech the Massachusetts Democrat plans to deliver. The decision closes out a campaign in which the candidate failed to get traction or make this year's Democratic debates. "Today, I want to use this opportunity, with all of you here, to announce that I am ending my campaign for president," Moulton plans to tell the DNC meeting. "And most of all, I will be campaigning my ass off for whoever wins our nomination in 2020." Moulton is the latest Democratic candidate to get out of the 2020 race, following California Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Colorado Gov.
Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg calls for national service plan that offers student debt relief
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday proposed a plan to dramatically expand service opportunities for America's young adults while offering them financial incentives such as debt relief. "A New Call to Service" aims to create a network of 1 million national service members by 2026, Politico and other outlets reported. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor's plan combines opportunities for service with financial benefits for young adults who could be eligible for student debt forgiveness, vocational training and hiring preference. Through the plan, Buttigieg would fund existing groups such as Americorps and create new types of organizations akin to Climate Corps, Community Health Corps and the Intergenerational Service Corps. Buttigieg's plan offers a new approach to attack student debt, an issue that other candidates for the Democratic nomination have also taken on.cnbc.com
Mass. congressman and veteran weighs in on National Security
Congressman and Iraq war veteran Seth Moulton joined CBSN to talk about national security. He condemned Trump's recent challenge to Russia to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails and said he does not have the temperament to be the commander in chief.cbsnews.com