3 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering together during the Capitol insurrection

A unit of the DC National Guard provides a security presence at the US Capitol in Washington. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Three Democratic members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the Capitol insurrection and riots on January 6.  Lawmakers were forced to shelter together in a secure location for hours. Several Republican representatives were caught…Continue Reading

Mob dispersed, Congress works through the night to confirm Biden

Washington The United States Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy, and keep Mr. Trump in the White House.Lawmakers were resolved to complete the…Continue Reading

Live Updates: Congress rejects objection to Arizona Electoral College vote

  6m ago Senate rejects objection to Pennsylvania vote The Senate rejected the objection to Pennsylvania’s vote in a 92-7 vote. Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall, Rick Scott and Tommy Tuberville voted in favor of the objection, which Hawley had signed onto.GOP Senator Mike Lee said “hell no” when…Continue Reading

In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill

Washington Congress has overridden President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago.In an extraordinary New Year’s Day session, the Republican-controlled Senate easily turned aside the veto, dismissing Trump’s objections to the $740 billion bill and handing him a stinging rebuke just weeks…Continue Reading

Congress sends Covid relief bill to Trump, but it’s not clear whether he will sign it

Congress on Thursday officially began sending a massive Covid-19 relief deal and government funding package to President Donald Trump, who has not yet said whether he will sign it.The Covid relief provisions about $900 billion in spending on programs to support businesses and individuals who are suffering as a result of the recession inflicted by…Continue Reading

Capitol Ink | Best of 2020: Congress

See ya, 2020! Let the door hit you on the way out. You have to admit, 2020 was an unforgettable year — challenging, dark and absurd. Through the seemingly endless coronavirus pandemic and the economic consequences it wrought, the country struggled but continued to remain hopeful. We even elected a new president, despite what the…Continue Reading

Report to Congress: Human Trafficking in Seafood Supply Chain

To address human trafficking, including forced labor, in the seafood sector, the Department of State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have submitted a joint report to Congress, “Human Trafficking in the Seafood Supply Chain,” pursuant to Section 3563 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (P.L. 116-92). The report…Continue Reading

Congress Strikes Deal on $900 Billion Pandemic Relief Plan

© Bloomberg. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Senate Republicans dismissed concerns about an extended fight over the presidential election damaging the public’s faith in voting or disrupting the transition process. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Congressional leaders reached a deal on roughly $900 billion spending package to…Continue Reading

Surprise! Congress Takes Steps to Curb Unexpected Medical Bills

Most Americans tell pollsters they’re worried about being able to afford an unexpected medical bill. Late Monday, Congress passed a bill to allay some of those fears. The measure is included in a nearly 5,600-page package providing coronavirus economic relief and government funding for the rest of the fiscal year. Specifically, the legislation addresses those…Continue Reading

Congress takes action against ‘super greenhouse gases’ in coronavirus stimulus

This week, with Americans distracted by tinsel, wrapping paper, and the prospect of a much-needed $600 stimulus check, Congress achieved something that in recent years has seemed impossible: It passed legislation that will cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost clean energy spending at the same time. Climate and energy provisions were folded into Congress’s $900…Continue Reading