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    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    Bills up for a vote in Congress this week Congress returns from July 4 to begin its annual sprint to August recess. The House will take up a counterterrorism bill that includes restrictions on gun purchases for terror suspects, as well as bills on mental health, Medicare payment policies for medical equipment, and fixes to new…

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  • Weekly Update

    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    The Senate votes on four gun-related measures as amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. The House will vote on limits to executive power, including changing the legal standard for agency decisions, overriding the Presidential veto of Congressional disapproval of the new "fiduciary rule," and rolling back several provisions of the ACA. In the Senate: The Senate is…

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    ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: Gun Legislation

    This week the country grappled with the tragedy in Orlando, Fla. Fifty people died and 53 more were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in the city. The mass shooting was both the largest non-military massacre and deadliest attack on the LGBT community in U.S. history. The city of Orlando has released…

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  • Gavel Down

    GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

    Puerto Rico defaulted on largest debt payment so far, as lawmakers work on new legislative solution to the island’s debt crisis. Several much anticipated rules (proposed and final) were released this week. Treasury Department announced efforts to stem tax fraud, largely in response to Panama Papers. House and Senate were on recess, working back home; both…

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  • Gavel Down

    Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress

    Relations with Iran warmed but "thaw" was not a word anyone was using in snowy Washington. The Senate was in but both major votes this week did not advance — an attempt to override the President's veto of a "disapproval" resolution on expanded water rules and the House-passed bill to tighten security procedures for refugees…

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    Weekly Update

    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    The House is our for a district work period. The Senate is in and will vote on a bill to increase security screenings for refugees from Syria and Iraq. The nation celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day of service, and a new era of relations with Iran…

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  • Gavel Down

    Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress

    The House returned for the second session of the 114th Congress, starting with a long-awaited vote on the reconciliation bill to repeal parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood (which was promptly vetoed). President Obama ruled the headlines, with announcement of executive actions to address mass shootings — and the responses that the policy drew….

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    Weekly Update

    WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

    Congress slowly returning to session This week Members will make their way slowly back to Washington to begin the second session of the 114th Congress. The Senate is out for another week while the House will gavel in on Tuesday afternoon and take its first big vote of the year on Wednesday — on the…

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  • Weekly Update

    The Week Ahead in Congress: Dec. 14-18

    It’s Crunch Time for Congress A deadline to fund the federal government approaches, along with dozens of expiring tax provisions. Congress is also expected to vote on several national security bills and continue debate on gun control legislation this week. And we’re rooting for Congressional staff who are hoping to make it home for the holidays!…

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