Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Critical Klamath Project relief money passes Congress

Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 99-1 to pass the America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), which includes provisions that are vital to Klamath Project water users. The bill (S. 3021) passed in the House of Representatives by unanimous vote on Sept. 13 and now will be sent to the President for his signature, […]
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Bipartisan group of senators ask Trump to increase focus on maternal deaths

A bipartisan group of Senators on Tuesday asked the Trump administration to focus more on reducing deaths caused by pregnancy complications. From 2000 to 2014, they said, the maternal mortality rate increased by 26 percent. “This troubling trend makes the United States and outlier among every other developed country,” the senators wrote. Source: Bipartisan group of senators […]
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Juul boosts lobbying amid FDA scrutiny

E-cigarette maker Juul is ramping up its Washington lobbying operation as it tries to head off potential regulatory threats from the Trump administration and Congress. The company has been under scrutiny from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators and lawmakers from both parties amid a massive surge in popularity for its products among teens. Source: […]
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Congressional opposition to Trump’s postal cuts, privatization plan grows

Lawmakers stand behind the “Federal agency with the highest public approval rating.” A hefty, bipartisan congressional coalition wants to ensure that the mail carriers who trudge through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night are federal employees. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly appear ready to block President Trump’s plan to privatize and diminish […]
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The Health 202: How the opioids bill could halt exploitation of addicted Americans

Trump could sign the bill this week. Much of the 660-page opioids package President Trump could sign this week aims at expanding access to treatment and limiting opportunities for people to become addicted in the first place. But a five-page provision near its end seeks to protect drug-addicted Americans from a strange and particularly egregious kind […]
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Merkley introduces bill to reduce wildfire severity

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, introduced the Wildfire-Resilient Communities Act last week. The bill aims to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, along with the smoke and economic losses those fires cause. The bill would create a $1 billion fund for the Forest Service to pay for wildfire reduction projects. It would also empower federal […]
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Legislation takes wide aim at opioids

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have approved legislation to deal with the growing opioid addiction problem that has affected communities throughout the nation. A conference committee will iron out differences between the versions passed in the separate houses before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. Source: Legislation takes wide […]
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Walden’s bill to combat opioid crisis passes Senate

Ore. Rep. Greg Walden’s comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid crisis passed the Senate Wednesday, less than a week after receiving sweeping bipartisan support as it passed in the House of Representatives. Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) passed the Senate by a vote of 98-1 Wednesday, bringing the bill one step […]
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Everyone is suing everyone over net neutrality. Congress should step in.

The alternative is a patchwork of state regulations establishing local regimes for systems that transcend borders. The fight over net neutrality today can be reduced to a single sentence: Everyone is suing everyone else. Congress should step in. The Justice Department said Sunday it will take California to court over its law requiring Internet service providers to treat all […]
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Congress falls flat on election security as midterms near

Congress has failed to pass any legislation to secure U.S. voting systems in the two years since Russia interfered in the 2016 election, a troubling setback with the midterms less than six weeks away. Lawmakers have repeatedly demanded agencies step up their efforts to prevent election meddling but in the end struggled to act themselves, […]
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