Ousters, upsets halfway through 2022 primary election season
More than halfway through a tumultuous primary season, voters have rendered verdicts in a number of contests, many of which featured candidates arguing they best represented a continuation of policies favored by former President Donald Trump.
Trump and Pence, at center of House Jan. 6 insurrection hearings, coming to Illinois for separate events next week
Former President Donald Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, are both due in Illinois next week for separate events. Trump will be campaigning for Downstate GOP U.S. Rep. Mary Miller.chicagotribune.com
GOP threatens to release Jan. 5 footage — but obtaining it will cost them
House Republicans are threatening to release Capitol Police video taken on Jan. 5 in order to clear the name of a colleague accused of leading tours the day before the deadly riot – but they do not yet have the footage. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol last week asked…news.yahoo.com
Some in GOP move to kick out Cheney and Kinzinger and make shunning official
The decision from Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to sit on the select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack at the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ostracized them from their fellow House Republicans, and some in the conference want to make that formal.news.yahoo.com
Fallout from riot, virus leaves toxic mood on Capitol Hill
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. One problem in resuming fully in-person operations at the Capitol is the lack of vaccinations for thousands of staff to the 435 House members. Give me a break.”It’s clear that Democrats are more emotionally spent than House Republicans, who bolstered their ranks in the last election despite Trump's loss. In February, the House voted to remove Greene from her committee assignments because of her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts and other actions. AdWhile security fencing is set to be removed from the Capitol, metal detectors remain stationed outside the House chamber after some Republican lawmakers pledged to bring their firearms onto the House floor.
Buttigieg: Biden plan will usher in a new transportation era
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that an infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, where cars and highways are no longer king. “But I’ll add there are some things that need to be reduced ... sometimes roads need to go on a diet." People also are shifting to other modes of transportation, such as bicycles or scooters, for shorter trips. During the presidential campaign, Biden laid the groundwork by proposing $2 trillion to address infrastructure and climate change. Buttigieg made clear his work on the Biden team is just getting started.
House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
House Democrats are expected to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation Wednesday over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. The bill is a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s repeated false claims of a stolen 2020 election. It would limit states' ability to purge registered voters from their rolls and restore former felons' voting rights. AdSome Democrats have discussed options like lowering the threshold to break a filibuster, or creating a workaround that would allow priority legislation, including a separate John Lewis Voting Rights bill, to be exempt.
Democrats launch sweeping bid to overhaul US election laws
But there was no widespread fraud, as has been confirmed by election officials across the country and then-Attorney General William Barr. Dozens of legal challenges to the election put forth by Trump and his allies were dismissed, including by the Supreme Court. The bill would stymie state GOP efforts by mandating early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought reforms that Republicans reject. But daunting challenges lay ahead in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. Under pressure from the party’s left flank, Democrats have proposed eliminating the filibuster but lack the votes to do so.
Fact check: Did the House give itself a pay raise in the coronavirus relief package?
The claim: A provision in the coronavirus aid package gives pay raises to members of CongressEven before the House passed a $2-trillion coronavirus relief package, rumors that representatives were using the legislation to give themselves a pay raise were circulating on social media. The posts appear to be referencing language in the law which supports House "salaries and expenses" as well as other operations. The coronavirus aid package and congressional operationsThe Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is a historically large legislative package, in both the scope and amount of rescue aid it allots as well as the sheer length of the text. Within the $2-trillion package there is a provision that provides $25 million for operations in the House of Representatives. The funds will also reimburse the staff of the House Child Care Center and pay the contracts for House food services.monroenews.com
FEC chair says she won't be silenced by ethical questions
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said on Thursday that she "will not be silenced" after a Republican congressman requested she be investigated for ethics violations for her public statements. He argued that the chairwoman's public statements regarding Trump on Twitter undermine her nonpartisan position. "Chair Weintraub has continued her pattern of blatant partisan behavior under the guise of her official duties as FEC Chair even after the 2017 IG investigation," Davis stated in the letter. "Impartial, nonpartisan leadership by the Chair of the FEC is essential for the Commission to fairly enforce our nation's campaign finance laws." A report from the Office of Inspector General following the conclusion of the 2017 investigation stated that the "OIG found no evidence that Commissioner Weintraub violated ethical standards."