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Citing His ‘Alarming Disregard’ for the Law, House Committee Launches Contempt Proceedings Against Pompeo

The Democrat-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee announced Friday that it is launching contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his “alarming disregard” for the law and ongoing defiance of subpoenas for documents in two separate investigations. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that Pompeo …

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House Democrats Call for Special Counsel Probe Into Blatant Violations of Hatch Act by Top Trump Officials at RNC

Two Democratic congressmen are calling on the Office of Special Counsel to immediately launch an investigation into whether Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and other Trump administration officials violated federal law by participating in the Republican National Convention this week in their official government capacities. In a letter (pdf) dated Wednesday, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi …

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‘Stop Helping Trump Sabotage Our Democracy’: McConnell Urged to Call Senate Back and Pass House Bill Reversing DeJoy Mail Changes

Following the House’s passage over the weekend of legislation that would reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service, progressive advocacy groups are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “stop playing politics with our right to vote” and immediately call his chamber back from recess to approve the bill. “President …

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90 House Democrats Demand USPS Board of Governors Immediately Remove DeJoy Over Postal Service Sabotage

A group of 90 House Democrats on Wednesday demanded that the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors immediately remove Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, arguing that his vow to suspend recently imposed mail service changes does nothing to undo his conflicts of interest or the damage he’s already done to the nation’s most popular government institution. …

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‘I Hope the Postmaster General Comes Prepared. I Know I Will,’ Says Rep. Katie Porter as DeJoy Agrees to Testify on USPS Changes

Following demands by top congressional Democrats that he testify before the House Oversight Committee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s office announced Monday that he will appear at a hearing August 24. “I hope the Postmaster General comes prepared,” committee member Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) tweeted Monday afternoon. “I know I will.” DeJoy, a Republican Party megadonor who …

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Top Dems Demand Postmaster General DeJoy Testify, Citing ‘Grave Threat’ to ‘Our Very Democracy’

Top Democrats on Sunday demanded Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify before Congress next week and accused the “Trump mega-donor” of having “acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail.” The joint statement came from House Speaker …

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Top Dems Demand DeJoy Testimony, Citing ‘Grave Threat’ to ‘Our Very Democracy’

Top Democrats on Sunday demanded Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify before Congress next week and accused the “Trump mega-donor” of having “acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail.” The joint statement came from House Speaker …

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Amid ‘Coup Attempt in the Making’ by Trump, Top Democrat Demands Rapid IG Probe Into Postmaster General

The top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, a panel with jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, is demanding that the agency’s inspector general conduct a “flash review” of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent policy changes that have dramatically slowed mail delivery across the nation and raised the specter of calculated election sabotage. …

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Marginalized Communities Could Be ‘Shortchanged’ for Decades to Come by Trump’s Abrupt Change to Census Deadline, Critics Say

In addition to imposing likely delays in the delivery of mail-in ballots during the November elections through its sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service, the Trump administration appears intent on jeopardizing elections and marginalized communities for decades to come, critics said Sunday of the president’s abrupt change to the U.S. census deadline.  When the coronavirus …

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Landmark Measure to Repeal ‘Racist,’ Anti-Choice Helms Amendment Hailed as Step to a ‘More Equitable World’

Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday cheered the introduction of the first-ever legislation to repeal the Helms Amendment, which has prevented millions of women across the globe from accessing safe abortion care. Introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the “Abortion Is Health Care Everywhere Act” would rescind the 1973 amendment that blocks U.S. foreign aid funding for …

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Top VP Contenders Diverge as Warren Votes ‘Yes’ and Harris Votes ‘No’ on Slashing Pentagon Budget to Fund Health and Education

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, two leading contenders for the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nomination, voted opposite ways Wednesday on an amendment to slash the Pentagon budget by 10% and invest the savings in healthcare, housing, and education in impoverished U.S. communities. Warren, a co-sponsor of the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act …

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“The Fight Isn’t Over,” Say Anti-War Groups as 139 House Democrats Vote With GOP to Reject 10% Pentagon Budget Cut

Anti-war groups vowed to keep fighting to slash the bloated Pentagon budget after the House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a proposal to cut U.S. military spending by 10% and invest the savings in housing, healthcare, and education in poor communities. The final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment sponsored by Reps. …

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103 Democrats Join GOP in Voting Down Omar Amendment to Accelerate US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted down a proposal by Rep. Ilhan Omar to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and help bring to a close the longest war in U.S. history. The Minnesota Democrat’s amendment (pdf) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) fell by a vote of 129-284, with 103 …

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‘Choose People Over Pentagon’: Americans Urged to Call Lawmakers as Congress Set to Vote on 10% Military Budget Cut

With the House and Senate both expected to vote Tuesday on a popular proposal to cut the U.S. military budget by 10% and invest the savings in programs to help impoverished communities, anti-war advocacy groups urged Americans to immediately call their representatives and demand they choose “people over Pentagon” by voting yes. The amendment to …

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Progressive Caucus Announces Opposition to ‘Wasteful, Bloated’ $740 Billion Pentagon Budget Proposal

The Congressional Progressive Caucus said Sunday that it will formally oppose the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 unless “significant action” is taken to reduce the bill’s proposed Pentagon outlay. “Rubber-stamping a record $740 billion for the Pentagon shortchanges millions of families trying to get by in this crisis,” tweeted the CPC, which …

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‘Enough Is Enough’: 44 Groups Slam House Democrats for Including Hyde Amendment in Spending Bill

A coalition of 44 reproductive health, justice, and rights groups called out House Democrats for including the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funding for abortion services with limited exceptions, in a fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill that advanced Tuesday evening. “We say: enough is enough,” the groups declared in a joint statement Tuesday night. …

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Progressive Challenger Kreibich Slams Right-Wing Democrat Gottheimer for “Trump Values” Voting Record

With just over a week to go before the New Jersey Democratic primary, Dr. Arati Kreibich released a digital ad on Monday slamming her opponent in the state’s 5th Congressional District, conservative Rep. Josh Gottheimer, for repeatedly espousing “Trump values” and voting with Republicans. Gottheimer, who has served in Congress since 2017, voted with President Donald …

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‘Long Past Time’: In Historic Vote, House Democrats Pass Legislation to Make DC the 51st State

Pro-democracy groups applauded House Democrats on Friday for passing historic legislation that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C. and give equal representation to the more than 700,000 people who live there. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51) was introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the only federal lawmaker representing the District in Congress. As a …

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‘We Must Act Now’: 180 House Democrats Urge Pelosi to Save Clean Energy Industry ‘Decimated’ by Pandemic

As Congress continues to debate whether and how to keep helping workers and businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, over three-quarters of House Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the lower chamber’s party leaders to ensure the delivery of further relief to the “crucial” clean energy industry, which has been “decimated” by the public …

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Rights Groups Demand House Democrats Fix Bill That Gives FBI Power to Search Browser Histories Without Warrant

Over 50 anti-surveillance groups put pressure on the Democrat-controlled House “to seize this moment in defense of Americans’ civil liberties” in a new letter urging the chamber to pass the Senate-cleared USA Freedom Reauthorization Act only if it includes a key privacy protecting amendment. The letter (pdf), sent to House leadership Monday, calls the amendment …

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‘Massive Giveaway to Health Insurance CEOs’: Democratic COBRA Plan Denounced as Costly Taxpayer Gift to For-Profit Industry

For weeks, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups pressed the House Democratic leadership to support an emergency expansion of Medicare coverage to the tens of millions of people who have lost their jobs and their employer-provided health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. But in their newly introduced 1,815-page coronavirus relief bill, House Democrats opted instead for …

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House Democrats Denounced for Covid-19 Relief Bill That Leaves ‘Door Wide Open’ for Fossil Fuel Bailouts

Climate action advocacy groups on Tuesday blasted Democratic congressional leadership for introducing a 1,815-page, $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that fails to close loopholes for fossil fuel corporations that are lobbying for federal bailouts under the cover of the pandemic. Activists expressed frustration that House Democrats’ Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act …

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Senate Staffer Warns Congress ‘Sleepwalking Toward a Gut-Wrenching, Painful Failure’ on Covid-19 Relief

A senior Democratic Senate staffer wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread Tuesday morning that he has “never been so dejected” by the state of policymaking on Capitol Hill and warned that Congress is “sleepwalking toward a gut-wrenching, painful failure” as it refuses to advance solutions that match the scale of the coronavirus pandemic and the …

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‘No Excuse for This’: House Dems Unveil 1,815-Page Bill That Would Bail Out Corporate Lobbyists But Omits Key People-First Priorities

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a sprawling 1,815-page, $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that spurns many of the key demands of progressive activists and lawmakers while including proposals that immediately provoked backlash, such as a tax cut for the wealthy and a provision that would allow corporate lobbying organizations to take part in federal small …

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House Democrats Call on Inspector General to Investigate “Improper Political Interference” of Barr’s DOJ

Amid growing public calls by outside watchdogs and other lawmakers for the resignation or possible impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, members of the House Judiciary Committee late Friday afternoon called on Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to open an official probe into the politicization of the DOJ under Barr’s leadership. In a …

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