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    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, may have gotten under somebody’s skin. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags that Fetterman hangs from his second-floor outdoor balcony that overlooks the building's broad front steps. In an interview, the irreverent Fetterman said he hadn't known about the provision until told by a reporter Friday. But, he said, he had no intention of taking them down — unless lawmakers pass legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use and make it illegal for employers and others to discriminate against someone because of the sexual orientation or gender identity. “I would be delighted to take them down if they give us that,” Fetterman said. “That's the reason I’m flying them.” The Republican-controlled Legislature has blocked legislation...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, may have gotten under somebody’s skin. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags that Fetterman hangs from his second-floor outdoor balcony that overlooks the building’s broad front steps. In an interview, the irreverent Fetterman said he hadn’t known about the provision until told by a reporter Friday. But, he said, he had no intention of taking them down — unless lawmakers pass legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use and make it illegal for employers and others to discriminate against someone because of the sexual orientation or gender identity. “I would be delighted to take them down if they give us that,” Fetterman said. “That’s the reason I’m flying them.” The Republican-controlled Legislature has blocked...
    (CNN)The next time an athlete and their entourage thinks about doping they could find themselves sitting in a US jail.It's a scenario that became closer to reality earlier this week after a bill was passed by the US Senate that has been heralded as a new dawn in the fight against doping in sport.The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA), which passed unopposed in the Senate on Monday and now only requires presidential approval before becoming law, would impose criminal sanctions on individuals involved in doping at major international sports competitions that feature US athletes, sponsors and broadcasters. Named after whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was instrumental in exposing the Russian doping scandal, the Act targets a sports star's entourage -- coaches, doctors, agents and officials -- as well as athletes themselves. Penalties for violating the proposed anti-doping law include up to 10 years imprisonment and fines of $250,000 dollars for individuals...
    1 federal prison, 8 deaths: Report details COVID-19s early march through the system Trumps lawyer puts Philadelphia mobster Skinny Joey Merlino at center of election conspiracy Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft ...
    Republicans in Congress are poised to block some of President-elect Joe Biden’s most aggressive climate policies, such as a carbon tax or clean energy mandate, if Mitch McConnell keeps control of the Senate, but they are willing to support smaller policies that could garner bipartisan support. Congressional Republican leaders over the past few years have sought to distinguish themselves from President Trump by declaring climate change a problem and proposing legislation to promote innovation in nuclear energy and technologies that capture emissions from fossil fuels. But despite Trump’s loss, Republicans are unlikely to cooperate on legislation that would enable Biden to reach his goals of achieving net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050 and using carbon-free power by 2035. "I don't think you will see a big change in our position,” said Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana, the top Republican on the House’s special climate change committee. “If you...
    Florida's Governor is proposing to expand the state's Stand Your Ground law to allow armed citizens to shoot and possibly kill anyone they suspect of rioting.  Ron DeSantis has drafted so-called 'anti-mob' legislation which comes in direct response to several months of unrest in the U.S. this past summer which often led to rioting and looting both in Florida and other states around the country. But the widening of the law could allow armed citizens to shoot and potentially kill anyone they suspect of looting and not just if they feel their own personal safety to be at risk. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has drafted 'anti-mob' legislation that would expand Florida's Stand Your Ground law DeSantis' newest legislation is an attempt to prevent 'violent and disorderly assemblies' by permitting violence against anyone involved in the 'interruption or impairment' of a business. The draft version of the law states this can include...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- With his signature, Governor Newsom historically made California the first state in the country studying and developing proposals for potential reparations."I like the spirit of what you guys are saying... this is not just about California," Newsom said as he signed the legislation. "This is about making an impact, a dent across the rest of the country."On the federal level, the push for reparations for African Americans has gone nowhere, despite a century of effort. Congress has approved reparations for survivors of Japanese American internment camps during World War II, Native Americans, and Holocaust survivors."I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell before a rare House hearing on reparations in June 2019.But Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who authored the California legislation, says it's deeper than...
    McConnel spent the past two years proudly blocking more than 400 pieces of legislation passed by the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won a seventh term, according to an Associated Press projection, defeating Democrat Amy McGrath. Kentucky voters kept the Republican despite his historic record of obstruction. It is unclear whether he will remain Senate Majority Leader, as control of the U.S. Senate has not been determined yet. McConnell put the odds of a GOP majority at "50-50" last week. McConnell has spent much of the past two years blocking popular House-passed legislation from coming up in the Senate and pushing to confirm Donald Trump's conservative judges to lifetime appointments.
    DONALD Trump says he wants to punish offenders who burn the American flag with one year in prison. Speaking at a rally in Michigan President Trump told crowds that he will seek to impose the legislation when he's reelected. 5 Protestors burn a small American flag in Kenosha, Winsconsin back in AugustCredit: EPA 5Trump told his supporters that he would jail anyone for burning an American flagCredit: The Mega Agency "I say when somebody burns the American flag they should go to jail for one year," Trump announced to a cheering crowd earlier today. Following recent videos of members of Antifa burning the flag, Trump told his Michigan supporters that he would get Congress to "put in" the legislation. "We'll get some of our congressmen and women and we're going to put in legislation...you burn the American flag...I see it with Antifa and they are constantly...yesterday they were burning it,"...
    Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, October 23, 2019.Erin Scott | Reuters Four years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it "a pretty crazy idea" that fake news on Facebook could have influenced the election that handed Donald Trump the presidency.  Today, the idea that social media can influence political events is far less debatable. In the years since 2016, independent researchers and a bipartisan Senate committee have found that Russian actors purposefully spread disinformation on social media to meddle in U.S. elections. Zuckerberg himself said in 2017 he regretted being dismissive of the suggestion that Facebook could be used for such purposes. Since 2016, lawmakers have only grown more skeptical of the tech platforms. That scrutiny was exacerbated by the revelation that a political analytics firm called Cambridge Analytica had gained access to information about Facebook users without their...
    D.C. started early voting this week, allowing residents to submit ballots in the presidential race ahead of Nov. 3. It wasn’t until the 1964 election that D.C. residents could even vote for president, owing to its unique history and the fact that the District of Columbia is not a state. While it has a long way to go, this election could have an impact on efforts to make D.C. the 51st state. Q: Why couldn’t D.C. residents vote for president until 1964? Congress passed legislation in 1801 that formalized new boundaries for the District of Columbia, from land ceded by Virginia and Maryland. That came about as the federal capital was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington. As a result, residents lost the right to vote for president and vice president because they no longer lived in a state. It wasn’t until 1961 that Congress and the requisite number...
    The Supreme Court has been packed with conservatives, the result of 15 Republican nominations since 1969, a period in which Democratic presidents have named … four. That number isn’t just a coincidence with when justices have died; it represents a series of schemes, deals, and coordinated efforts in which Republicans in all three branches of government have worked to make sure as many seats as possible stay under GOP control. This is not a new problem. The small number of seats on the Supreme Court, and the enormous power that institution enjoys, has from the very beginning ensured that the fight over a single seat rises to near nation-wrecking status. Imagine if there were only nine members of Congress, and their selection was not via voters, but by a process that was indirect, arcane, and openly in the service of a few extremist organizations. The imagination required is minimal. The problem caused by...
    Could Joe Biden's gun-control policy make Barack Obama look like Ronald Reagan? You be the judge. With less than two weeks until election day, Steven Crowder was alarmed by gun-control legislation the Biden claimed to support on its website. In this clip, Crowder highlighted the epic failure of the mainstream media for not reporting on Biden's support of legislation that would ban all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts. "I was surprised when I read this. Joe Biden's gun control policies are far more radical than people feared Barack Obama's would be," Crowder said. According to Biden's website, he supports legislation that would hold adults criminally and civilly liable for directly or negligently giving a minor access to a firearm, regardless of whether the minor actually gains possession of the firearm. Watch the clip for...
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests against Indonesia’s new jobs law were held in cities across the country on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on the president to revoke the legislation they say will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. More than 1,000 students and workers gathered near the Presidential Palace in Jakarta to express their anger at the legislation, which was passed on Oct. 5. Protests were also held elsewhere in the country, including in Bandung, Surabaya and Makassar. There were no immediate reports of the violence that marred earlier protests against the jobs law. The new legislation, which amends 79 existing laws and regulations, is expected to bring radical changes to Indonesia’s labor system and natural resources management. President Joko Widodo’s administration says it is needed to ease bureaucracy, attract more investment and create jobs at a time when Southeast Asia’s largest economy is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic....
              Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation this week passed during the General Assembly 2020 special session into law making Juneteenth an officially recognized holiday in the Commonwealth. Juneteenth will now be a permanent, statewide holiday allowing all state employees to get a paid day off from work. Northam originally made the announcement that he was signing the legislation during a press conference on Wednesday. “Today I was proud to sign legislation that makes Juneteenth a permanent, statewide holiday and I’m also proud that the legislation passed unanimously,” Northam said. “Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. It’s time we elevate this not just a celebration by and for some Virginians, but one acknowledged and celebrated by all of us.” Friday morning, the governor posted a photo to Twitter showing him signing the legislation. In case you missed...
    Among the many municipal items on the Denver ballot this November is a measure that would effectively end the Mile High City's three-decade-old prohibition of pit bulls. But while proponents of the concept typically focus their arguments on the general ineffectiveness of breed-specific legislation and how the proposal will not only allow pit-bull owners to emerge from the shadows but give authorities better ways to enhance safety, Teresa Browning has another reason why the ban should go. She says a former domestic partner reported that she was illegally sheltering a pit bull that was actually registered as an approved breed — but because of the Denver law's vague language, she was terrified that the dog would be taken away from her, anyway. "It's something I still worry about," Browning says. "I'm praying that November will end my fear of that happening."Related Stories Here's What Denver Residents Will Be Voting On...
    Last week, Kentucky Rep. Lisa Willner submitted a request to draft “Attica’s Law,” a bill that would eliminate a clause from Kentucky’s rioting statute that lets prosecutors charge anyone who was a part of a group of rioters, even if they themselves did not engage in “riotous activity.” The law’s namesake is Attica Scott, a Kentucky legislator who was recently arrested along with 22 other protestors, including her daughter, for a Class D felony offense of first-degree rioting, the same class of charge faced by the sole officer to be prosecuted for events related to Breonna Taylor’s death. Police said that Scott and the others were a part of a larger group of protesters that caused damage to the Louisville Public Library. Scott has described the arrest as “absurd,” saying in an interview with WFPL that it was “retaliation against me being an outspoken critic of both administration and law...
    In a tweet published on Friday, President Donald Trump alleged that Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is working on appointing California Sen. Kamala Harris as President of the United States. Trump seemed to suggest that Pelosi and other Democrats will replace their nominee Joe Biden with Harris, if Biden wins the presidency. “Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris,” he wrote. “The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!” Trump published the tweet shortly after House Democrats unveiled legislation to create a special commission that would determine whether a commander-in-chief is fit to serve. As The Hill reported, the bill would establish the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office. The panel would consist of 17 figures, including eight former executive officials, vice presidents, heads...
    Alex Thomas October 9, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) swatted down a suggestion this week that she has been “toying” with the idea of impeachment. Pelosi appeared with Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) on Friday for a press conference in which she announced her endorsement of Raskin’s bill that would set up a “Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act.” The commission would evaluate whether the president is capable of fulfilling his duties as president. In a press release, Pelosi’s office said, “The legislation will create the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office, the body and process called for in the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to enable Congress to help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government.” When a reporter told Pelosi that she had...
    The coronavirus pandemic has reemphasized the need for health care pricing transparency, says the leader of an organization pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that implements it. The Patients’ Rights Advocate, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that aims to “bring the consumer’s voice to Washington,” Cynthia Fisher, the group’s founder, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We push for access to information,” Fisher said. “We want a real, functional [health care] marketplace that encourages competition and allows consumers to have choices.” Today, the United States has no laws requiring hospitals, insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies to list the price of a procedure or drug before a consumer purchases it, Fisher said. As a result, “consumers have no idea what they’re going to get and at what price.” “Health care is the only sector of the economy that doesn’t have price transparency. It doesn’t even matter who’s in office. This is something that...
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said, if elected, he will make “the only responsible response” to confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, which, he said, is to ensure legislation passes that makes Roe v. Wade “the law of the land.” On Monday evening, during an NBC town hall in Miami, Florida, Biden responded to a question by Cassidy Brown, who works in sports marketing, that expressed her concern about her inability to obtain birth control and an abortion should Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the Supreme Court. “Number one, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to over … overview … overrule Roe,” Biden answered. “The only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.” Roe v. Wade must remain the law...
    Nancy Pelosi’s long-running charade came to an end today. President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally called a time-out on the pantomime of negotiations that have been going on since sometime last summer over a new tranche of economic relief. House Speaker Pelosi had been in the latest round of talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for several days but shown neither the will nor the ability to reach a deal to bring economic aid to American households and business on terms the Trump administration could agree to. Whatever the exact words and terms exchanged, Pelosi’s message was clear. In fact, it had remained unwavering for months. No deal with the Trump administration—even if it came at an enormous cost to the American economy. The Democrats Pelosi leads have had many reasons to oppose an economic aid deal. First, there was the risk that a deal would actually improve the economic...
    The past decade or so has been tough for Frontier Airlines. Once the pride of Denver, the carrier has suffered through years of terrible consumer reviews, public-relations disasters and labor strife. And now, compounding the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel, the firm is now being used as an example of why Congressional aid to the industry as a whole should be tied to customer protection — thanks partly to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser's call for a federal investigation into Frontier's practices. Weiser is among forty attorneys general from across the country to sign an October 1 letter to Congressional leaders urging them to "enact new consumer protection measures for airline industry customers whether as part of a financial relief package or in separate legislation as soon as possible," according to Weiser's office. That missive, released by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), makes prominent mention...
    EMMANUEL Macron warned Islam is a religion in "crisis all over the world" as he outlined new laws to combat "separatists" in France. In a keynote speech today, the French president unveiled new legislation aimed at tackling radicalism which can lead to terrorism. 1Macron today described Islam as 'a religion that is in crisis all over the world'Credit: AP:Associated Press He has coined the term "separatism" to describe the underworld that thrives in some neighborhoods around France where radical muslims have taken control of local communities. Macron claimed that there had been "an extreme hardening of positions" in recent years adding "Islamist separatism" had become a problem in his nation However, members of France’s six-million-strong Muslim community - the largest in Western Europe - immediately accused him of stirring up Islamophobic and racist feeling so as to appeal to far-right voters. In a speech broadcast live from Les Mureaux, north of...
    London (CNN)The European Union has launched legal proceedings against the UK after it failed to withdraw legislation that would breach the Brexit deal both sides signed last year and break international law. The announcement comes after weeks of controversy since Boris Johnson's government revealed its plans to put in place legislation that would override a specific part of the Withdrawal Agreement called the Northern Ireland Protocol.Speaking in Brussels, Ursula von Der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, said that the EU had invited the UK to "remove the problematic parts of their draft internal market bill by the end of September." She said that the draft bill is "by its very nature a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down in the Withdrawal Agreement," adding that "it will be in full contradiction" of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Since the UK government has not pulled this legislation, the Commission...
    Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw (Texas) warned in a video that Democrats would dismantle the country in a video highlighting radical legislation advanced by the Democratic majority in the House over the past two years. "In two minutes, I'm going to tell you about all the radical Democrat policies that passed out of the House this session," Crenshaw said in the video. "Ever wonder what it would be like if they had all three branches of government?"Watch: Dan Crenshaw: Radical Democrat Policies www.youtube.com Crenshaw highlighted 10 bills that have passed in the House. If there were currently a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Democratic president, they could have become law. Here are the 10 bills: H.R. 1, the For the People Act, would overhaul the U.S. election system. It would impose new restrictions on lobbying that are so severe the left-leaning American...
    The persistence of the filibuster is one of the deeper political mysteries of the age. As a legislative tool, it has a profoundly dishonorable history. People remember it as the tool that Sen. Jefferson Smith used to defeat Sen. Joseph Harrison Paine and his corrupt political machine. But Jeff Smith and Joe Paine never existed; they were fictional characters played by Jimmy Stewart and Claude Raines in Frank Capra’s 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Jeff Smith was based loosely on Montana Sen. Burton K. Wheeler, a Democrat who became the victim of a sham investigation after he exposed corruption in Warren G. Harding’s Justice Department; but no filibuster figured in that tale. The filibuster’s true pedigree is as an instrument of white supremacy. It was used throughout the first half of the 20th century by Southern senators to block federal anti-lynching legislation, and, later, to delay passage of the 1957 and 1964 Civil...
    London (CNN)Joe Biden has provided UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the latest reminder that the world is watching how his government is handling Brexit. The Democratic Presidential candidate tweeted on Wednesday: "We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit. Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period." The tweet makes reference to a political argument currently rumbling in the UK. Last week, Johnson's government unveiled proposed legislation that would override parts of the Brexit deal that the UK agreed with the European Union last autumn. Specifically, it would override a part of the deal known as the Northern Ireland protocol. This exists for the primary purpose of there being no hard border between the Republic of Ireland, an EU member state,...
    As the U.S. continues to grapple with the health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the nation's doctors, nurses and other front-line health professionals are experiencing burnout amid the prolonged strain of caregiving during this time. "The COVID pandemic has magnified the issues faced by our front-line workers and health care providers," said UVA Physicians Group CEO Corey Feist during a webinar hosted by U.S. News & World Report Wednesday. Corey Feist is the brother-in-law of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency medicine physician who died by suicide in April at the height of the pandemic in New York City. According to recent national survey data, "62% of our nurses and 42% of our doctors are feeling burnt out while battling COVID. Yet many of them continue to suffer in silence out of fear of professional stigma, out of fear of being ostracized by their families and...
    House Democrats plan to advance climate change legislation in the next Congress quickly if Joe Biden wins the White House in November. A Democrat in the White House and perhaps in charge of the Senate will give House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the chance to advance a liberal wish list her rank and file have been drafting for two years. Legislation to address climate change and to impose green energy initiatives is at the top of that list and will be among the first bills the House votes on in January, the California Democrat said last week. "Yes, it will be an early part of the agenda," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. Pelosi opened her weekly press conference lamenting the worsening fires in Oregon and California and the recent destructive hurricane in Louisiana, which she said was the fifth-strongest to hit the United States. "I mentioned these in...
    The Portland City Council has passed the toughest facial recognition ban in the US, blocking both public and private use of the technology. Other cities such as Boston, San Francisco, and Oakland have passed laws barring public institutions from using facial recognition, but Portland is the first to prohibit private use. The ban passed unanimously, according to CNET, CNN, and OneZero. The new law is actually established as two ordinances. The one prohibiting public use of facial recognition (PDF here) is now in effect, and city bureaus must complete an assessment of their facial recognition usage within 90 days. The ordinance prohibiting private use (PDF here) takes effect on January 1st, 2021. “Portlanders should never be in fear of having their right of privacy be exploited” “Portlanders should never be in fear of having their right of privacy be exploited by either their government or by a private institution,”...
              RICHMOND, Virginia – As the Senate wraps up its second week of the 2020 special session and continues to pass new legislation, the timing of crossover with the House of Delegates, a requirement for a bill to become law, remains unknown. Since the Senate began considering bills in committee and advancing legislation during sessions almost a week before the House, the two bodies are currently not in sync with their lawmaking procedures. Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax County) told The Virginia Star after Friday’s session that he has no idea when Senate bills will be considered by the House and vice versa. Del. Mark Sickles (D- Fairfax County) echoed Surovell, saying he does not know when crossover will begin yet because the House is still considering many bills that will impact the budget. Sickles also said that delegates should have a better sense of...
    For months, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's foremost demand in coronavirus relief, one of his hostage demands, has been lifting the threat of liability for schools and businesses when they put people in danger of coronavirus infection. It's also been clear for months that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had this at the top of their wish list. It turns out they didn't just tell McConnell what they wanted, they handed him the draft bill for it. The Washington Post is reporting that the Chamber's "Institute for Legal Reform wrote draft legislation designed to shield companies from liability related to the pandemic and distributed it to state and federal lawmakers, according to a top executive." That top executive is Matthew Webb, senior vice president for legal reform policy at the Chamber, reported this on a Zoom teleconference with the Texas Chamber of Commerce that was recorded and uploaded June 1...
    Europa PressMadrid Updated: 08/19/2020 12:41 PM Save Related News The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, has assured that it is important to “value” the “historical figure” and the “legacy” of King Juan Carlos, but that this should not impede judicial action if you have committed acts that “do not match our legislation”, always respecting the presumption of innocence. In statements to RNE, collected by Europa Press, the Foreign Minister believes that it is not only possible but important to separate the work of Don Juan Carlos to “solidify” democracy in a “turbulent” and “complicated” moment. However, it it cannot be an “obstacle” if there is conduct that is not justified in the legislation in force for the Justice to act if said acts do not match said legislation, as “it cannot be otherwise” for the “citizen who is also subject to...
    Members of his own party have asked him to give in on this and other issues to reach an agreement that allows the approval of a new economic stimulus package Nancy Pelosi, urged the Republicans to reach a middle ground in the negotiation. Photo: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EFE The Democrat who has the power to speed up negotiations for the possible approval of a new stimulus package appears to be Nancy Pelosi, leader of that majority in the federal House of Representatives. However, the legislator does not want to give the arm to twist in the middle of the conversations that members of the cabinet of the President Donald Trump with leaders in Congress to reach a term that pleases the parties. At the moment, the amount of the package seems to be the biggest blockade token. Democrats, led by Pelosi, favor allocating $ 2 trillion...
    Shivers went up my spine when I heard that the TRUST Act might be included as part of additional action on COVID-19. It sounds like a benign piece of bipartisan legislation, but it could well lead to major cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The TRUST Act would create “Rescue Committees” for any federal government trust fund spending more than $20 billion annually that faces insolvency by 2035. Under these criteria, the TRUST Act would apply to Social Security’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program, Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) component, and the Highway Trust Fund. (Social Security’s separate Disability Insurance Trust Fund is scheduled to run out of money in 2065.) Each Rescue Committee would consist of 12 current members of Congress, with three members chosen by the minority and majority leaders in the House and the Senate. The committee’s job would be to come up with legislative...
    Democrats are more motivated than ever to repeal the Senate filibuster, in order to help Joe Biden enact his legislative agenda over Republican opposition. The idea of ending the upper chamber's procedural tool for obstruction has gained heavyweight support recently, including from former President Barack Obama and liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden’s new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, said during her run for the White House that she, too, favors undoing senators' ability to filibuster legislation. Below is a guide to the filibuster, including its purpose and history, what Biden thinks about it, how it could be repealed, and what Democrats would seek to accomplish by killing it. WHAT IS A FILIBUSTER? The filibuster allows the minority party to block legislation by extending debate. Any senator can object to the legislation and hold it up with lengthy floor speeches. The term filibuster originates from a Dutch word meaning “pirate,” according...
    The core of American democracy — the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches — is under assault like never before. The biggest transgressor by far is President Donald Trump. His assertion a week ago that he could use executive orders to provide tens of billions of dollars to unemployed Americans and could suspend collection of payroll taxes without legislative approval is a stunning and unprecedented assertion of dictatorial powers. But Trump’s two predecessors set the stage for this grotesque overreach with their own progressively worse overreaches. And Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts deserves blame as well. His decision to slow walk legal challenges to Trump’s decision to unilaterally transfer billions of dollars in appropriated funds to build a border war has backfired in a gigantic way by encouraging Trump to believe he can do anything. Partisans of both parties also deserve blame. Just as their...
    Black lawmakers at the Texas Legislature unveiled on Thursday the George Floyd Act, a sweeping police reform proposal that would ban chokeholds across the state and require law enforcement officers to intervene or render aid if another officer is using excessive force while on the job. The legislation, spearheaded by members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, is named after Floyd, a Black man killed in Minneapolis police custody. Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes until and after he lost consciousness. His death in May set off protests across the country and renewed debate over police brutality and racial inequity. And at the Legislature, which is set to meet again in January 2021 for a regular session, Floyd’s death has sparked new calls for policing and criminal justice reforms — including proposals that have failed at the Texas Capitol in recent years,...
              The second session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly wrapped up Wednesday evening after passing the legislation called for in Governor Bill Lee’s proclamation. Over the course of three legislative days, the state Senate and House passed measures related to COVID-related liability protection, expansion of telemedicine and criminal laws related to protests. The Senate addressed the legislation through its existing standing committees, while the House used a combination of standing committees and those established specifically for the extraordinary session, including COVID Related Liability Committee, Public Safety Committee and Electronic Delivery of Healthcare Committee. In all, five bills were passed in the second extraordinary session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. SB 8001 / HB 8006 – a governmental entity, defined as a governing body, board, commission, committee or department of a municipality, county or other political subdivision of the state, shall not intentionally prohibit or...
    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said he is not responsible for who gets hired, has never made legislative decisions based on improper motives and the notion of tying consequential legislation to the employment of a few individuals is “seriously mistaken.” That’s the latest statement from the longest-serving statehouse speaker in the country after an ongoing patronage scandal involving a utility and a civil RICO lawsuit filed by a group of attorneys against both Madigan and the utility, ComEd. Madigan's statement Tuesday afternoon came multiple requests for comment on a number of issues, including Madigan being referred to as “Public Official A” in the U.S. Department of Justice’s deferred prosecution agreement with ComEd. In that agreement, the utility agreed to pay a $200 million fine for its role in a patronage scandal to curry favor with Madigan in exchange for favorable legislation. A group of attorneys Monday...
    President Obama surprised Washington when he called on the Senate to get rid of the filibuster in his eulogy for Congressman John Lewis, calling it a "Jim Crow relic" that has long impeded the advancement of civil rights. Other prominent Democrats in the Senate, including some former presidential candidates, have also called for eliminating the filibuster as they sought to pass voting rights legislation or a bill to establish Washington, D.C., as a state. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Delaware Senator Joe Biden recently suggested he was open to ending the filibuster, "depending on how obstreporous" Republicans are, "you're just going to have to take a look at it," he said in July.  His new running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, has also expressed a willingness to get rid of it, in order to pass the Green New Deal, she said last year during a CNN town hall on...
              The first day of the Tennessee General Assembly’s special session Monday called by Governor Bill Lee, revealed the legislation related to COVID-19 liability, telemedicine expansion and protesting that will be considered. Only legislation related to the topics specifically contained in the governor’s proclamation can be considered during the special session, which began at 4 p.m. on Monday with both the House and Senate going into a floor session. The floor sessions, which lasted less than 30 minutes each, dispensed quickly with the formality of the respective speakers assigning two committees each to notify the governor and the other chamber that it has “perfected its organization and is ready to conduct business.” The Senate then introduced and passed on the first of three considerations SB 8001 through SB 8011. Meanwhile, reflective of how the 2020 legislative year has gone with not being on the...
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Belmont winner Tiz the Legislation gained the $1 million Travers Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga, and heads to Kentucky for subsequent month’s Derby because the possible favourite. Ridden by Manny Franco, Tiz the Legislation ran 1 1/Four miles in 2:00.65 on Saturday and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10. The three-year-old colt stays undefeated this yr with 4 straight graded stakes victories for 82-year-old coach Barclay Tagg. He grew to become the primary New York-bred in 138 years to win the Belmont Stakes on June 20 within the first leg of the rescheduled Triple Crown sequence. Tiz the Legislation started his racing profession at Saratoga final summer season and has six wins in seven begins. The Travers victory gave Tiz the Legislation 100 factors in qualifying for the Kentucky Derby and he continues atop the leaderboard with 372. Caracaro returned $6.40 and $4. Max Participant,...
    Christians in Scotland have warned new hate speech legislation could enshrine “cancel culture” in law while rendering expression of biblical morality illegal. The Scottish Parliament is currently debating the “Hate Crime and Public Order” bill that would criminalize communicating “threatening, abusive or insulting material” that is “likely” to stir up hatred against a protected group, which Christians fear could easily include traditional Christian teaching on sexual morality, marriage, and human nature. While eliminating the offence of blasphemy, the new legislation creates a new crime of stirring up hatred against any of the protected groups covered by the Bill. It also creates offences of “possessing inflammatory material” with a view to communicating the material in circumstances where it is likely that hatred would be stirred up. The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan, has warned that the legislation could enshrine “cancel culture” in law. “A new offence of possessing...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. This is good news, I suppose: The White House is willing to cut a deal with Democrats that leaves out Senate Republican legislation aimed at protecting employers, hospitals and schools from coronavirus-related lawsuits, according to two people with knowledge of internal White House planning….One of the people familiar with the administration’s thinking said the measure was “considered important but not absolutely essential.” Mitch McConnell probably could have gotten his liability shield if he had been more reasonable. There’s a case to be made for some kind of modest “safe harbor” legislation, after all. But McConnell wouldn’t go there. Instead he insisted on a shield so strong it would have protected businesses even from the most egregious negligence. Even the Trump White House was able to see what a political loser this was. Now let’s get to...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) declared Thursday that he supports former President Barack Obama’s proposal to “eliminate the filibuster” to allow Democrats to push through changes to the nation’s election laws. Obama used his eulogy at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis to call for passing “voting rights” legislation that would restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had been struck down by the Supreme Court. “And if all this takes is ending the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do,” Obama said. The filibuster is a parliamentary rule that requires 60 members of the Senate to agree to allow a bill to proceed to a final vote. Segregationist Democrats used the filibuster to block civil rights legislation, but the filibuster has also been used by both parties to urge compromises. In the Democratic...
    Former President Barack Obama on Thursday said he'd back eliminating the filibuster in order for Congress to pass voting rights legislation, throwing his support behind a progressive proposal that has gained recent momentum in the Democratic Party. Obama delivered the eulogy for the late Rep. John Lewis of Georgia at his Thursday funeral, honoring the life and legacy of a civil rights icon who nearly died when marching at a 1965 voting rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama. During his remarks, in which he described the late congressman as Martin Luther King Jr.'s "finest disciple," Obama pivoted to urging for more voting access and restoring the Voting Rights Act that Lewis helped shape. The former president then signaled his support to end the filibuster, the Senate procedure that creates a 60-vote threshold for legislation to advance. Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and Obama's vice president, recently appeared open to...
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and a host of other House conservatives introduced legislation on Wednesday that would block big tech giants from censoring lawful political speech on the Internet. Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Lance Gooden (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Jim Banks (R-IN), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Ron Wright (R-TX), and Gosar introduced the Stop the Censorship Act of 2020, which would revoke big tech companies’ Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act legal immunity if the tech platform were to remove lawful speech on their platform. The House Republicans’ legislation aligns with recommendations proposed by the Department of Justice. Gosar said in a statement on Wednesday that Congress can no longer allow big tech companies to deem what is and what is not allowable free speech on the Internet. Gosar said: Online platforms should not have special immunity to censor competition and...
    Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a fresh round of coronavirus relief on Monday, as White House negotiators and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are set to meet in the evening to begin negotiations. “So I hope this strong proposal will occasion a real response. Not partisan cheap shots. Not the predictable, tired, old rhetoric as though these were ordinary times and the nation could afford ordinary politics,” Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in unveiling the HEALS Act. The $1 trillion Republican bill is the alternative to the House’s HEROES act, the $3 trillion relief legislation passed in May. HEALS stands for the package’s focus on Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection, and Schools. The HEALS Act is more targeted than the CARES act, tailored to an economy that has “one foot in the pandemic and one foot in the recovery,” according to McConnell. The relief legislation includes $100 billion...
    Rep. José Serrano, a co-lead sponsor of legislation to establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In a historic vote on Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation that would establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The long-overdue project, which has been introduced in numerous sessions of Congress without success going back years, “passed unanimously by voice vote,” NBC News reported. “I am incredibly proud that, during my final term in office, I have been able to lead the effort in the House to make the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino a reality,” said Rep. José Serrano, a co-lead sponsor. “Today, we reached an important milestone for the Hispanic community with passage of this legislation. After nearly 20 years of work, the National Museum of the American Latino Act was...
    Six Democratic mayors have sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to pass legislation barring the Trump administration from sending federal agents to their cities.  The mayors called on the Congressional leaders to pass legislation that would require the administration to receive consent from local authorities before deploying federal agents, as well as limit federal agents’ crowd controlling activities to protect federal property. They also said the legislation should require visible identification at all times on federal agents and vehicles unless the agents are on an undercover mission authorized by the local U.S. attorney. The letter sent to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House, Senate GOP race to finalize coronavirus package ahead of Monday rollout Congress set for messy COVID-19 talks on tight deadline Sunday shows - Coronavirus relief, stimulus talks dominate MORE (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future Democrats hope clash...
    At a time of unprecedented gridlock, even some fellow Democrats warn Biden's lengthy to-do list faces long odds in Congress. "I think there is considerable bipartisan support for many of the principles," said Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon. "The higher priority for the Republicans, should they be in the minority, is to prevent Biden from being an effective president." Democrats already control the House, but much of Biden's agenda could come down to the Senate. If Democrats win the White House, they would need to pick up three seats in the Senate to retake the majority. Biden has predicted the party could end up with as many as 53 seats. That's still short of the 60 votes required to past most bills in the Senate. Merkley is a leading voice calling for the removal of that threshold, known as the filibuster, and instead pass legislation with a 51-vote majority....
    The federal moratorium on evictions established last March as part of the approval of the CARES Act expired this Friday. In several cities, such as New York, there is pressure to cancel rent collection. Photo: ANGELA WEISS / . / . The measures in the United States Congress Aimed at financially assisting Americans who are struggling to meet rent payments and avoid evictions do not appear to be among the top priorities for Republican lawmakers as part of a new stimulus package. Under “HEROES Act”, approved by the democratic majority in the House of Representatives, earmarking funds is provided to help Americans meet their rent obligation. However, a preliminary document of the draft of the proposal of the Republicans in the Senate on a recent economic rescue legislation for coronavirus does not mention the subject. In the summary that contains the measures that the Republican...
    Oklahoma lawmakers are working on legislation aimed at supporting law enforcement and providing better benefits to police officers. Two Republican state representatives, who call it the “Back the Blue” legislation, said it will increase pay for state troopers, create better retirement plans for law enforcement, and increase compensation for family members of officers who are killed in the line of duty, according to News 9. “We have an aging workforce in law enforcement, and as these individuals retire, it's going to be incredibly difficult to recruit police officers for the last decade,” state Rep. Kyle Hilbert said. "I hope we show young men and women in Oklahoma that if you put [on a] blue uniform, we are going to support you," he added. It remains unclear where the funding would come from and whether such legislation would pass. But Hilbert, who noted he expects there to be some...
    A preliminary draft of the legislation that is handled in the US Senate as part of a last stimulus package It confirms the intention to include a second round of stimulus checks for individuals and families, although it does not offer details on its scope. The document circulating since Thursday and was reviewed by the New York Times precise provision to include new economic stimulus payments. Under the heading “Stimulus payments”, the text states that “that will be included.” The New York newspaper report states that the White House Along with Republican senators, they are closer to an economic bailout proposal agreement that will include another round of direct payments to Americans, as well as additional aid for small businesses and a partial extension with an increase in the benefit for unemployment. The report highlights that the content of the summary circulating may change as negotiations progress. Senate Majority...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  A bill to remove statues of Confederate leaders and figures who advocated for white supremacy from the Capitol passed the House on a bipartisan vote Wednesday, the New York Times reported. The House voted 305 to 113 to remove the statues as part of a broad effort to take symbols of racism out of public spaces, the Times reported. The legislation was introduced by House Majority Leader and Democratic Maryland Rep. Steny H. Hoyer. “These painful symbols of bigotry and racism—they have no place in our society, and certainly should not be enshrined in the United States Capitol,” co-sponsor of the bill and Democratic California Rep. Barbara Lee said, the Times reported. “It’s past time that we end the glorification of men who committed treason against the United States in a concerted effort to keep African-Americans in chains.” Today I voted to remove confederate...
    Oklahoma lawmakers announced new “Back the Blue” legislation Tuesday to offer increased support to police forces in the state. State Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R) and state Sen. James Leewright (R) are leading an effort to increase pay for Oklahoma State Police, offer better retirement plans, compensate families when those officers are lost in the line of duty, and better support local police departments. It is a hard sell during a time of national division, when race and police brutality are at the forefront of a heated conversation ignited by the killing of George Floyd by former officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department. Protests, both peaceful and decidedly not, continue across the United States, while politicians on both sides respond with diametrically opposed approaches to the issue. Regardless of position, it is clear that signing anyone up to put the uniform is going to be a hard sell for the...
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wants to address health care disparities, toughen gun control, overhaul policing, provide free community college, erase student loan debt, invest in green energy and improve the nation's infrastructure. But that's just the start. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has also proposed measures to help Americans buy their first homes, raise the federal minimum wage and boost taxes on the wealthy and corporations. That's to say nothing of his massive plans tied to the coronavirus. The reams of proposals reflect Biden's belief that the nation faces immense challenges that require a far-reaching government response not seen since the New Deal. It marks a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has struggled to articulate his second-term plans and has sometimes said the coronavirus will simply go away. But such ambition may inevitably lead to disappointment. At a time of unprecedented gridlock, even...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wants to address health care disparities, toughen gun control, overhaul policing, provide free community college, erase student loan debt, invest in green energy and improve the nation’s infrastructure. But that’s just the start. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has also proposed measures to help Americans buy their first homes, raise the federal minimum wage and boost taxes on the wealthy and corporations. That’s to say nothing of his massive plans tied to the coronavirus. The reams of proposals reflect Biden’s belief that the nation faces immense challenges that require a far-reaching government response not seen since the New Deal. It marks a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has struggled to articulate his second-term plans and has sometimes said the coronavirus will simply go away. But such ambition may inevitably lead to disappointment. At a time of unprecedented gridlock, even some fellow Democrats warn Biden’s...
    Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., and Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., joined "Your World" Thursday to discuss bipartisan legislation that pushed to dissuade cities and state against "defunding" law enforcement. "What the bill says is that if a city moves to defund the police department, they want to abolish the police department or significantly cut funding to a police department...that would put them at risk of losing certain federal grants," Brindisi told guest host Charles Payne. "And I think we have to step back and acknowledge that our law enforcement does, by and large, very good work. Most officers serve with dignity and respect. And these are very difficult times that our country is going through right now. We should be having conversations about how we reform policing and improve relations." TRUMP TO 'SURGE' FEDERAL AGENTS TO CHICAGO, OTHER CITIES, AMID SPIKE IN VIOLENT CRIME "However, I don't think we should be...
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) — Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to Pres. Donald Trump, visited Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday. (credit: CBS) “The pandemic has made us value, now more than ever, the national treasure that is our parks & the respite they afford our families,” Ivanka Trump tweeted. She toured the park with Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and delivered remarks. The visit was intended to highlight the Great American Outdoors Act. Gardner was one of the legislation’s key sponsors. The pandemic has made us value, now more than ever, the national treasure that is our parks & the respite they afford our families. Today @SecBernhardt & I visited Rocky Mountain Nat‘l Park
    President Trump during his Thursday briefing at the White House said he told Republicans to drop the payroll tax cut from the next coronavirus relief bill since Democrats were not going to sign off on it. “I’d like to see a payroll tax cut,” Trump said when Fox News’ John Roberts informed him Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had made an announcement about the new relief package, and it didn’t include the cut. “Based on that I told Republicans, I said I think a payroll tax would be good, but we’re not going to get it from Democrats. So you still need Democrat votes. I would like to see it but if we're not going to get their votes, I guess we have to go on to the next thing,” he said. McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday afternoon that "a framework that will enable Congress to make law and deliver more relief to...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday signed a bipartisan piece of legislation pushed by the White House that provides funds for conservation and maintenance of public lands. The bill passed the House and Senate with historic bipartisan support and will now head to President Trump’s desk, where he is sure to sign it. Here’s what to know about the land conservation legislation: It would provide repairs to park infrastructure The National Park Service accounts for 84 million acres of land at 400 different sites. But as of 2019, there was $11.9 billion in deferred maintenance and repairs needed. The bill will direct up to $6.65 billion to priority repairs and up to $3 billion for other agencies like the Fish and Wildlife service. It would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund  The bill would irrevocably offer $900 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund each year. This fund...
    Excerpted from Majority Chief Mitch McConnell’s speech on the Senate flooring Wednesday. Because the spring, our nation has engaged in essential conversations about racial justice in policing. Most individuals perceive that persevering with our nation’s super progress towards justice doesn’t imply battling in opposition to US ideas or historical past. Progress means fulfilling our values, not attacking them. And but a bunch of radicals has latched onto this second to say we must always repudiate our nation itself. Mobs have dragged statues of Washington, Jefferson and Grant by the grime. And in parallel, inside many elite establishments, self-styled intellectuals say we must always equally discard the essential ideas they fought for. One of many key pillars of our nation is the rule of legislation. In a civilized society, the identical legal guidelines want to use to everybody. The occasions our nation has fallen quick on this rating, notably for...
    Forty-eight senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to restore the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. The lawmakers named the new bill after civil rights icon John Lewis, a member of Congress from Georgia who passed away Friday. The “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act”—sponsored by 47 Democrats and Republican Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)—would require that any state with a history of voting discrimination within the past 25 years seek federal approval before making any changes to its voting procedures. And it would mandate that any state, regardless of its history, obtain clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington, DC, before making any changes that would tend to burden voters of color, such as strict voter ID laws or closing polling places in areas with large numbers of minority voters. In December, Lewis presided over the Democratic-controlled House as it...
              U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who also chairs the Senate Health Committee, this week introduced the Preparing for the Next Pandemic Act. According to a press release that Alexander’s staff published on his website, the legislation “will maintain sufficient onshore manufacturing for tests, treatments and vaccines, and rebuild state and federal stockpiles of supplies like masks and ventilators.” “In this internet age, attention spans are short,” Alexander said in the press release. “Even with an event as significant as COVID-19, memories fade and attention moves quickly to the next crisis. That makes it imperative that Congress act this year on needed changes in order to better prepare for the next pandemic.” According to the press release, Alexander’s legislation does three things: • Onshore Manufacturing — Provides new, sustained funding – $5 billion over 10 years – to maintain sufficient onshore manufacturing for tests, treatments and vaccines so...
    Nearly two months after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, the Minnesota Legislature approved a bill Tuesday to restrict police use of chokeholds and neck restraints, ban departments from offering “warrior”-style officer training and change a state arbitration process that officers use to contest discipline. State Rep. Carlos MarianiThe measures, passed in the early morning hours following lengthy closed-door negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans, were hailed by supporters as a step toward curbing police killings and other violence that disproportionately affects Black Minnesotans and people of color. “It creates a modern accountability framework of laws that will help to end the type of police brutality that killed George Floyd in May of this year,” Rep. Carlos Mariani, a St. Paul DFLer who chairs the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Division, said in a speech during floor debate. Even as lawmakers celebrated new changes to...
    Getty Will there be a second coronavirus stimulus check? The stimulus package on the table right now is the HEROES Act, which will likely contain another round of stimulus checks for qualifying Americans. But has the HEROES Act passed? What’s the current update on the legislation? The Senate returns from their recess on Monday, July 20, which is when negotiations on the bill will begin. They have just over two weeks to create, debate, and pass another stimulus package before the last day of their session. Last week, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell stated, “We go back in session next week and in the course of the next couple of weeks, I’ll be laying out in the Senate another package. We are looking at another direct payment.” The Senate has until August 7, when their next recess begins, to decide on the details of the package. Forbes stated that...
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis issued a warning this week that the loss of Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC), the $600 boost to weekly unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, by the end of the month will "result in large income losses" particularly to younger workers in food preparation and health care, and will "generate hardship for families, […] impair their financial positions and potentially degrade their ability to service debt." Meaning they won't be able to make rent, car, or credit card payments and eat, all at the same time. The hardest hit demographic, the Minneapolis Fed found for at least the four states in its region, is the 16 to 34 age group—the likeliest to be getting UI. That's the group likeliest to have young children in the household, as well. But that's not going to bother all the "pro-life" Republicans in the Senate who agree with their leader Mitch...
    Applications for sports betting licenses are expected to start being accepted in October and licensed mobile platforms could start offering the first legal wagers on sports in Virginia in January 2021. Members of Virginia’s Lottery Board, which was assigned regulatory responsibility for expanded gaming by the 2020 General Assembly, were briefed at a virtual public meeting Wednesday on the initial draft regulations for online sports betting. Proposed licensing and consumer protection regulations were posted Wednesday on the Virginia Lottery website, with rules governing operational matters to be released in August. Those interested in submitting feedback on the regulations before the close of the public comment period in September can do so through the Lottery General Notice board online. The sports betting legislation requires the state Lottery Board to adopt an initial regulatory framework for sports wagering by Sept. 15. “The General Assembly was clear in its expectations for the Lottery...
    The president of a union representing New York State troopers is calling for members to be pulled from any posts in New York City, citing concerns about police legislation slated to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday afternoon. “I am demanding that New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett immediately remove all uniformed State Troopers currently stationed within New York City and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction,” wrote PBA President Thomas Mungeer in a Wednesday press release. Roughly 200 troopers are assigned to roles in New York City. A spokesperson for the State Police declined to comment. CALLS FOR NYPD TO REINSTATE ANTI-CRIME UNIT AS SHOOTINGS RISE IN NEW YORK CITY The legislation, which was scheduled to be signed by de Blasio during a 2:30 p.m. event, “puts an undue burden upon our Troopers,” Mungeer wrote. “It opens them up to criminal and civil...
    Bradley Cortright July 12, 2020 0 Comments Days after President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former campaign aide Roger Stone, lawmakers are moving to limit his power to issue pardons or commute sentences.  During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addressed Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence and her goal to issue a curb his ability to limit his clemency powers.  “We will have legislation that says a president cannot commute or pardon or offer clemency to anybody who commits a crime … is convicted of a crime that affects the president’s behavior and his culpability,” Pelosi said. She added, “Again, people should know, this isn’t just about lying to Congress — that means lying to the American people — witness tampering and the rest, it’s about our national security.”Watch the video below: “It’s staggering corruption, but I think it’s important for people also...
    Mayor Invoice de Blasio has banned massive gatherings within the metropolis till the top of September, saying, “We simply can’t have that whereas we’re specializing in well being proper now.” However he’s making one huge exception: Black Lives Matter protests. “This can be a specific second in American historical past the place 400 years of oppression, 400 years of racism are being addressed in a really, very highly effective approach that may’t examine to the rest,” he says, “and folks’s voices wanted to be heard.” Privileging some speech is certain to infuriate everybody who isn’t allowed to assemble once they suppose it’s simply as necessary; he’s mainly begging any group with any satisfaction to additionally problem the ban. And rightly so, as a result of the mayor is participating in blatant viewpoint discrimination, which is blatantly unconstitutional — and ensures the courts will assist those that defy him. Heck,...
    Thirty years in the past, The Submit referred to as on Mayor David Dinkins to do one thing about hovering violent crime. He did. How about you, Mayor de Blasio? At this time’s crime numbers are nothing like as dangerous as again on Sept. 7, 1990, however the course is identical. And New Yorkers discovered within the years that adopted that it’s fully potential to “do one thing” and make a world of distinction. De Blasio was round then, certainly was a junior Dinkins staffer (assembly his future spouse on the job). So he, too, is aware of a turnaround is eminently potential — with ample management and political will. That summer time, the town noticed a rash of drive-by shootings and high-profile robberies — together with the deadly mugging of younger Brian Watkins, on the town from Utah along with his household to attend the US Open....
    (CNN)The coronavirus pandemic has plunged America's already struggling child care system into a state of heightened crisis.Even before the pandemic, millions of parents could not find quality, affordable child care that matched their work hours or their ZIP codes. Long waitlists for a child care slot were routine. Now, across the United States, the pandemic has created significantly greater challenges for American families to secure safe, accessible care for their children with facility closures, reduced capacity, and new financial strains on programs, providers, staff and parents. Nita M. LoweyRichard E. NealIn an April survey of more than 5,000 providers by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, nearly half reported that they were completely closed. The Center for American Progress (CAP) estimates that without adequate federal support, the coronavirus pandemic could permanently eliminate 4.5 million child care spots -- nearly 50% of US child care capacity, which...
    There are countless stories of the abuse that animals suffer in factory farms. Animals are cramped, stolen from their mothers, mutilated, and tortured until they are slaughtered for people to eat. It’s so heartbreaking to hear about the atrocities that animals endure at the hands of humans. Hopefully one day, we will live in a world without factory farming and animal agriculture altogether. However, for now, it’s important to bear witness to and educate others about the inhumane treatment of animals In addition to the cruel torture inflicted on animals in factory farms, the devastating impact of factory farming on the environment is becoming increasingly more discussed in mainstream spheres. Factory farming accounts for mass deforestation, 37% of global methane emissions, and uses 70% of the world’s freshwater. However, environmental destruction is not the only atrocity involved in factory farming – more recently, the detrimental impact the working conditions of factory farms have on...
    The following article reflects the views of the author and not those of AllOnGeorgia. Sen. William Ligon Jr. serves as Chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. He represents the 3rd Senate District which includes Brantley, Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties and portions of Charlton County.  He can be reached by phone at 404.463.1383 or by email at william@senatorligon.com On Friday, June 26th, the General Assembly adjourned, Sine Die. Over the course of the 40-day session, the Senate spent hours debating legislation in committee meetings and on the Senate floor, in order to produce the most precise language in all of the bills that were passed. Below are several bills I would like to highlight. On Friday, Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 426, the Hate Crimes Bill, into law. HB 426 will allow judges to add additional penalties during sentencing if crimes are committed due to a victim’s actual or...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – In the wake of the release of a preliminary report about the recent public corruption scandal in San Francisco, Supervisor Matt Haney announced he will introduce an anti-corruption legislative package that aims to close loopholes that were used by the involved city officials. On Monday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and City Controller Ben Rosenfield released a preliminary assessment report on contracts with the city’s Department of Public Works, recommending ways the agency can improve transparency and strengthen oversight and accountability. The assessment found procedures and polices related to the city’s contracting process could be strengthened to cut fraud and abuse. According to Haney, his legislative package will come in a series of ordinances that addresses loopholes in the contracting process. “The Controller’s analysis makes it clear that we need sweeping structural reform in City Hall. We’ve let years of corruption waste taxpayer dollars,”...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – In the wake of the release of a preliminary report into the recent public corruption scandal in San Francisco, Supervisor Matt Haney announced he will introduce an anti-corruption legislative package that aims to close loopholes that were used by the involved city officials. On Monday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and City Controller Ben Rosenfield released a preliminary assessment report on contracts with the city’s Department of Public Works, recommending ways the agency can improve transparency and strengthen oversight and accountability. The assessment found procedures and polices related to the city’s contracting process could be strengthened to cut fraud and abuse. According to Haney, his legislative package will come in a series of ordinances that addresses loopholes in the contracting process. “The Controller’s analysis makes it clear that we need sweeping structural reform in City Hall. We’ve let years of corruption waste taxpayer dollars,”...
    Beijing’s best lawmaking human body, the Nationwide People’s Congress (NPC), handed the regulation unanimously on Tuesday early morning nearby time, bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature, by means of a rarely utilised constitutional backdoor, in accordance to Hong Kong community broadcaster RTHK, citing unnamed resources. Chinese state-operate Xinhua news company beforehand noted the regulation would criminalize offenses these kinds of as secession, subversion versus the central Chinese authorities, terrorism, and colluding with overseas forces. A draft of the law had not been produced community ahead of its passage, this means the greater part of people in Hong Kong have not seen particulars of a legislation that will now govern their lives. The passing of the regulation has not been officially verified and facts remain unclear. But RTHK reviews that achievable utmost sentencing for crimes underneath the legislation will be “much larger” than 10 a long time imprisonment. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie...
    A circuit court judge in Goochland County has blocked an attempt by gun rights groups to temporarily halt the implementation of a Virginia law that will limit a person’s ability to purchase a handgun to one per month unless they meet certain criteria. Without ruling on whether the law is constitutional, Judge Timothy Sanner blocked the temporary injunction, which would have stopped the law from going into effect before the court made a ruling on its constitutionality. The court found Gun Owners of America, the Virginia Citizens Defense league and the other plaintiffs did not meet the burden of proof required for the injunction. The decision means the law will go into effect Wednesday, but the court still will hear legal arguments about the bill before making a decision on whether it is constitutional. “[This legislation] strikes a reasonable balance between the rights of citizens to keep...
    Greece’s center-right government announced plans Monday to impose tighter controls on public demonstrations that frequently block traffic and turn violent. But political opponents say they plan to defeat the proposals with mass demonstrations. The country has a long tradition of public protests, and several recent rallies have been held in support of the Black Lives Matter marches in the United States. Under draft legislation submitted to parliament late Monday, participation in a protest rally held without police permission could be punishable by up to a year in prison. Protest organizers may also be held liable for damage caused to public or private property during a protest, according to the text of the draft legislation posted on the Greek parliament’s website. The government argues that the changes will protect the right to protest and stop small gatherings from causing extensive disruption to traffic. Left-wing opposition parties, including a party that...
    The Peach State is stricken from the list of states that does not have a hate crime law. Lawmakers approved the measure in its entirety Thursday, one day before the Georgia legislature adjourned for 2020, and Governor Kemp signed the bill into law Friday. The measure passed the House in a vote of 127-38. In the Senate, the measure passed 47-6. The final version provides sentencing guidelines for anyone who commits a crime based on race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, mental disability, or physical disability. The guidelines would apply for felonies and in misdemeanor offenses of simple assault, simple battery, criminal trespass, battery, and misdemeanor theft. “[W]e took an important, necessary step forward for Georgia. We stood together as fellow Georgians to affirm one simple but powerful motto: Georgia is a state too great to hate,” said Governor Kemp. “The signing of HB 426 is a sign...
    On Sunday, lawmakers in Mississippi voted in favor of removing the Confederate imagery from their state flag, The Washington Post reported. As The Inquisitr reported earlier this week, lawmakers were fairly certain they had the votes to pass the legislation and were confident the change was forthcoming. The state flag, which was the last state flag in the United States to feature the Confederate battle emblem, will be replaced in the near future. The legislation that passed through the state’s legislature called for the immediate removal of the current state flag. It also ordered the creation of a committee that will be responsible for designing the new state flag. The design will be presented to the state’s voters and they will have the chance to vote on the design in November. Additionally, the legislation laid out two specific requirements for the flag — the design must include the words “In...
    Mississippi’s state Senate on Sunday joined its House of Representatives in voting to pass legislation to remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag, The Associated Press reports. The measure now heads to the desk of Gov. Tate Reeves (R), who has already announced his intentions to sign off on the legislation. BREAKING
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) celebrated Pride Month and stated that the Equality Act still needs to be passed by the Senate. Transcript as Follows:  “Hello, I’m Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and it is my honor to represent New York’s 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley. I am also proud to be New York’s first openly gay Member of Congress. Each June, the LGBTQ community and our allies come together to celebrate Pride Month. Pride is different this year, but its fundamental promise has never been more important. Remember, we celebrate Pride in June to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots from June 1969, which happened when police raided that Greenwich Village hangout, a normal thing back then, and brutalized the peaceful patrons for no other reason than they were Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. But that night was different. The people fought back, and...
    The Mississippi state House advanced legislation to change the Magnolia State’s flag, the last in the country to still include the stars and bars of the Confederacy. The chamber advanced the bill by an 84-35 margin, allowing lawmakers in the state House to reach the two-thirds majority needed to suspend the rules to consider the change. The House will then be able to consider the legislation and vote on the measure, which would go to the Senate if passed.  The resolution would establish a commission to redesign the flag, with the goal of removing the Confederate battle emblem. The resolution is the first legislative effort to change the flag since a 2001 voter initiative was batted down by a nearly two-to-one margin.  The flag was adopted in 1894 by all-white lawmakers and is the last in the nation to include the Confederate emblem. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Saturday...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) greets Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser during a joint news conference in advance of Friday's historic House vote on District of Columbia statehood bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2020.Yuri Gripas | Reuters House Democrats passed a bill Friday to make Washington, D.C., the 51st U.S. state, a historic move unlikely to gain traction in the Republican-held Senate.  The chamber approved it by a 232-180 vote.  The legislation would give Washington residents, who have long decried the fact that they pay federal taxes but have no voting representation in Congress, one House member and two senators. A smaller area encompassing the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal buildings and monuments would remain under U.S. oversight.  Washington's longtime nonvoting House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the bill, which would change the name of the district to the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. In...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called George Floyd by the wrong name Friday, just one day after House Democrats passed police reform legislation. In a Friday press conference, Pelosi called Floyd, “George Kirby.” This comes as Pelosi worked with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to come up with legislation on racial profiling and police brutality as protests continue across the country over the death of Floyd and others. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 was crafted by the CBC and focuses on racial profiling and police brutality. The bill passed with a vote of 236-181. Three Republicans voted in favor of the legislation. (RELATED: These 3 Republicans Voted For House Democrats’ Police Reform Bill) WATCH:  PELOSI REALLY JUST SAID THIS: “I only will do that if you tell me that this legislation is worthy of George KIRBY’s name.” GEORGE KIRBY????????????? pic.twitter.com/AtpMLnTJeC — Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 26,...
    Passionate debate from lawmakers representing several states has taken place in the House ahead of a historic Friday vote on legislation to make D.C. the nation’s 51st state. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a longtime advocate for statehood, initiated the debate on her bill, H.R. 51. The full House will vote on D.C. statehood for the first time in more than a quarter century. “The United States is the only democratic country that denies both voting rights, in its national legislature, and local autonomy to the residents of its nation’s capital,” she said on the House floor. Top Democrats joined Norton in urging lawmakers to vote for the measure, arguing it is time to end taxation without representation. Norton, while she has limited voting privileges in certain situations, does not have a vote that counts on the House floor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Norton’s work on the legislation, calling her...
    Three Republicans in the House voted with Democrats on their police reform legislation bill Thursday,  one day after Senate Democrats shut down Republicans’ police reform bill. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi worked with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to come up with legislation on racial profiling and police brutality as protests continue across the country over the death of George Floyd. The bill passed with a vote of 236 to 181. The legislation was created by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and focuses on racial profiling and police brutality as protests continue across the country for George Floyd. These Three Republicans Voted In Favor Of The Bill:  Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Texas Rep. Will Hurd Michigan Rep. Fred Upton This comes one day after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican police reform bill on a procedural vote Wednesday without debating the legislation. (RELATED: Senate Democrats Block Republican Police...
    House Democrats passed police reform legislation Thursday night, just one day after their Senate counterparts blocked the GOP’s reform bill. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi worked with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to come up with legislation on racial profiling and police brutality as protests continue across the country over the death of George Floyd. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 was crafted by the CBC and focuses on racial profiling and police brutality. The bill passed with a vote of 236-181. Three Republicans voted in favor of the legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) following an announced end to the partial government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) This comes just one day after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican police reform bill on...
    This picture taken on December 19, 2017 shows the Chinese (top) and Hong Kong flags hoisted in Hong Kong.Anthony Wallace | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts by China to restrict Hong Kong's autonomy, pushing back against Beijing's new security law for the city. The measure also includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone found to be backing any crackdown on the territory's autonomy, potentially cutting them off from American counterparts and limiting access to U.S. dollar transactions. The "Hong Kong Autonomy Act" passed by unanimous consent. To become law, it must also pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump. Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, a lead sponsor, said in the Senate the legislation would send a clear message to Beijing that there would be...
    Getty Senator Tim Scott. After South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act failed to pass due to objections from Congressional Democrats, he delivered an impassioned speech in which he said a momentous opportunity had been lost. “My friends on the other side just said no,” he said. “Not no to the legislation … they just said no.” Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, had already gone before the senate in hopes that his bill would pass, urging Democratic senators to rise above politics and support a piece of legislation which he said would have provided “resources for body cameras, for anti-lynching, for de-escalation training.” However, many Democrats said the bill did not go far enough and refused to support it; one Democrat, Rep. Dick Durbin, said the bill represented a “token, half-hearted” attempt at reform, which he later apologized for, Politico reported. The bill failed and...
    Want to know why the police reform bill died in the Senate this week? Because, with the exception of must-pass government funding bills, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't know how to actually legislate in any instance that doesn't involve him pulling a shifty procedural move in order to pass things on a party line basis. There is a formula for passing difficult legislation through the Senate—it involves bipartisan talks and inclusion in crafting the original legislation. Back in 2013, that's exactly how the bipartisan immigration bill managed to clear the Democratic-led Senate (even though the GOP-led House refused to even consider it). The bipartisan "Group of 8" spent months debating a very complex set of policies in order to come to consensus. But McConnell is either fundamentally incapable or just patently unwilling to engage in that kind of give and take, and reporters should be ethically bound to explain that...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) joins fellow Democrats from the House and Senate to announce new legislation to end excessive use of force by police and make it easier to identify, track, and prosecute police misconduct at the U.S. Capitol June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images The House aims to pass a Democratic police reform bill Thursday as Congress struggles to find a consensus on how to respond to overwhelming public demand for law enforcement overhaul. Democrats in the chamber expect to approve the legislation with little Republican support. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats blocked a separate Republican plan that they said did not go nearly far enough to root out systemic racism and violence in policing.  The measure the House plans to pass Thursday evening would make it easier for victims of abuses to sue police and for officials to fire and prosecute officers. It...
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