Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Congress Votes For Better Government Websites, Digital Services

The Senate passed the 21st Century IDEA Act, giving agencies one year to improve citizens’ digital experiences. Federal agencies will soon be required by law to provide better digital experiences for citizens. Wednesday, the Senate passed the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, or 21st Century IDEA, which sets minimum standards for accessibility, ease of use and security […]
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House, Senate agree on bill to establish new sexual harassment policy for Congress

More than half a dozen lawmakers resigned in the past year amid allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct. In addition to secret taxpayer-funded settlements, the current process involves mandatory counseling, mediation and “cooling off” periods for accusers. More than a year after the ­#MeToo era began, the House and the Senate reached a deal Wednesday […]
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Congress just passed an $867 billion farm bill. Here’s what’s in it.

In: expanded federal farm subsidies. Out: stricter work requirements for food stamps. Congress has voted for an $867 billion farm bill with strong bipartisan support, spurred in part by pressure from farmers battered by President Trump’s trade war with China. In a 386-47 vote, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a bill which allocates billions […]
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Congressman disappointed by final Farm Bill

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will support the newly approved version of the Farm Bill passed by the Senate, but said Tuesday afternoon he is “disappointed” that certain provisions related to wildfire prevention were dropped from the final language. “We made some limited progress,” the Republican congressman said while on a conference call with Southern Oregon […]
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Editorial: A potential big step for industrial hemp

The 2018 version of the Farm Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and now moves to the House, features the typical hodgepodge of provisions affecting farmers across the United States — and it also includes a measure that could represent a watershed moment for industrial hemp. The mammoth bill includes the Hemp Farming […]
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Oregon to join in Interstate 5 Bridge replacement talks

Move comes five years after collapse of Columbia River Crossing project. Five years after pulling its support for a controversial replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge, Washington has convinced Oregon to resume talks about the increasingly outmoded crossing. On Friday, Washington Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, announced that Oregon legislative leaders have agreed to appoint members […]
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U.S. Senate Approves Killing Of Sea Lions To Save Salmon

The U.S. Senate has voted to allow state governments and Indian tribes to kill the sea lions that eat salmon swimming in the Columbia River. The bill approved on Thursday had the support of all of the senators from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. A similar bill in the House passed by a more than two-to-one […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: Internet ecosystem needs a complete overhaul to be cybersecure, House panel warns

But Congress has little leverage to make it happen. It will take a very long time and a gargantuan effort before the technology Americans rely on is safe from hackers, according to a report from a congressional panel that has spent five years in the cybersecurity trenches. The strategy document released last week from the House Energy and Commerce […]
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Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news

Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid sought in D.C. Taxes, voting trends, legislative “concepts” and proposed wildfire protections are among the topics on tap this week in Oregon political circles. Among the latest: Source: Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news; Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid […]
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Window to remove gray wolf protections is closing for Congress

The gray wolf has been in danger in recent weeks of losing the federal protection that for decades has kept it from being hunted. But the congressional ardor to end the protection — and make it easier to trap or shoot the wolves — is fading fast. House Republicans last month passed legislation to remove […]
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