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House panel advances bill to weigh slavery reparations

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A House committee late Wednesday took an unprecedented step to advance legislation to examine whether the federal government should provide slavery reparations to African Americans. Democrats, who control the majority, passed the bill without any GOP support after engaging......

House Panel Advances Bill to Study Reparations in Historic Vote

New York Times
A House committee voted on Wednesday to recommend for the first time the creation of a commission to consider providing Black Americans with reparations for slavery in the United States and a “national apology” for centuries of discrimination. The vote by the House Judiciary Committee was a major milestone for......

House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Marty Johnson Legislation that would create a federal exploratory commission on reparations for Black Americans was approved Wednesday by a House committee for the first time, setting up a vote by the full Congress if Democratic leaders choose to......

Florida House passes contentious transgender sports ban

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here House and Senate Republicans in Florida have seized on women’s sports as a priority in 2021, following the path of more than 20 other GOP-leaning states that are using the issue to limit transgender rights. LGBTQ advocacy groups like Equality......

Top Biden Covid officials to discuss vaccine rollout with House after J&J shots paused

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, left, speaks with Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID-19 response team, before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on......

Senate votes to confirm Mallory to lead White House environmental council

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WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 53-45 to confirm Brenda Mallory as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a key role that is central to federal environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects and coordinating the administration’s environmental justice and climate change policies. Mallory......

House panel considers reparations bill that Conyers championed

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Washington — The House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider legislation Wednesday to study reparations for Black Americans that a former Detroit congressman reintroduced in Congress for 30 years. It would be the first time since the late U.S. Rep. John Conyers......

House committees to vote on bills on D.C. statehood and reparations

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Washington — Two House committees are taking up measures long championed by progressives on Wednesday, signaling that congressional Democrats are willing to move forward with their priorities despite narrow majorities in the House and Senate. One panel will vote......

Indiana House kills efforts to ban vaccine passports

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Republican leaders in the Indiana legislature stopped language banning vaccine passports in Indiana from being included in a health bill Monday, signaling they won’t follow the lead of Florida, Texas and other states in banning vaccine passports – not......

McGregor-Poirier to have ‘full house’ in Vegas

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A capacity crowd will be present at UFC 264 on July 10 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced on Wednesday. The pay-per-view card will be held at T-Mobile Arena and headlined by the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. “I signed bout agreement this morning,” McGregor......

GOP Rep. Kevin Brady, top House tax writer for Trump cuts, will retire at end of term

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Chairman of the House Ways and Means Kevin Brady Joshua Roberts | Reuters Rep. Kevin Brady, the Texas Republican who took a leading role in pushing former President Donald Trump‘s sweeping tax-cut bill through Congress in 2017, said Wednesday he......

Gaetz’s glare stings House GOP — but his future’s safe for now

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who last week called the accusations “serious,” declined to say whether Gaetz should step down if the claims are true. “These are hypotheticals,” he told POLITICO in the hallways. “We will deal with everything......

Almost all of New York’s House Democrats draw a hard line on state and local tax deductions

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Every Empire State House Democrat except Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kathleen Rice signed the letter, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO. The group is part of a growing chorus of Democrats calling to roll back the tax deduction......

Biden White House Gives Ohio ‘C-‘ in Infrastructure While Pitching American Jobs Plan

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click to enlarge Jon Dawson/FlickrCC Ohio’s bridges could use some help, according to the White House A new “Infrastructure report card” from the White House gives Ohio a C- on a variety of various infrastructure needs — notably, the pseudo-report card doesn’t just target the conditions of roads and bridges,......

White House report identifies South Carolina infrastructure needs, opportunities

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here South Carolina needs to invest $6 billion in drinking water infrastructure and 745 bridges and more than 3,780 miles of highway “in poor condition,” but the state has “outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration......

Standoff emerges between White House and Michigan governor as state’s Covid situation deteriorates

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Whitmer has made several appeals to the White House for more vaccine doses to combat the surge, including a direct one to Biden during a call that lasted between 20 and 30 minutes last week. But Whitmer, a strong......

White House using new methods to reach vaccine-hesitant Americans: NASCAR, CMT and ‘Deadliest Catch’

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 12, 2021. Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images The White House is using alternative methods......

U.S. was not involved in Iran nuclear site incident: White House

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States was not involved in any attack on Iran’s key Natanz nuclear site and has no comment on speculation about the cause of the incident, the White House said on Monday. Reporting by Nandita Bose and Trevor Hunnicutt Source – For more click here To......

Republican congressman vows legal challenge to House metal detectors

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here As part of the sweeping changes enacted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building, members can be subjected to hefty fines — $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for additional......

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