Legislative Branch

A legislature is a deliberative assembly with the authority to make laws for a political entity such as a country or city. Legislatures form important parts of most governments; in the separation of powers model, they are often contrasted with the executive and judicial branches of government. Laws enacted by legislatures are known as primary legislation. Legislatures observe and steer governing actions and usually have exclusive authority to amend the budget or budgets involved in the process.
  • You Could Soon Get a Tax Break for Going to the Gym—But Should You?
    Fortune

    You Could Soon Get a Tax Break for Going to the Gym—But Should You?

    You Could Soon Get a Tax Break for Going to the Gym—But Should You?

  • Senate, after Helsinki, eyes swift sanctions in case of more election meddling
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    Senate, after Helsinki, eyes swift sanctions in case of more election meddling

    By Richard Cowan and Daphne Psaledakis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sanctions targeting key Russian economic sectors would kick in swiftly if U.S. authorities determined the Kremlin had meddled again in a U.S. election, under a bill gaining momentum in the Senate on Wednesday. It was uncertain whether such a bill, or any other legislative response, could pass Congress after President Donald Trump at a Helsinki summit on Monday gave credence to Russian denials on the question of its interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Lawmakers, alarmed with Trump's conduct only days after U.S. authorities indicted 12 Russian spies on meddling charges, were trying to formulate a legislative response.

  • Union Cabinet: Tougher laws against rapists, special remission for prisoners approved
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    Union Cabinet: Tougher laws against rapists, special remission for prisoners approved

    New Delhi, July 18: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which would be introduced in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Bill will replace Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, which was promulgated on April 21, 2018. The Criminal Law ( Amendment) Bill, 2018, provides for stringent punishment including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. The proposed bill stipulates stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 12 years. Death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years. The minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from rigorous

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    Kuster to participate in drug treatment talk for inmates

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is taking part in a discussion on efforts to expand access to medication assisted treatment for people in jail suffering from drug addiction. The Democrat co-chairs the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force with Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur, of New Jersey. They are meeting Wednesday afternoon in Washington. They will be joined by representatives of corrections, prisoner and law enforcement organizations.

  • Lawmakers: Presidents who bypass Congress on war powers should face impeachment
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    Lawmakers: Presidents who bypass Congress on war powers should face impeachment

    WASHINGTON – A president who sends the U.S. military to war without congressional approval, which has become commonplace in recent decades, should face impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors, two House lawmakers said Wednesday. The radical proposal took the form of a resolution by Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, and marks the latest effort on Capitol Hill to reign in the president's war powers. In recent months, some House and Senate members have proposed a variety of ways to revamp the president's outdated war powers, but none has gained much traction. “If Congress does not debate sending your son or daughter

  • Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges
    Daily Mail

    Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the central bank has tools it can use to cushion the potential economic fallout from a trade war. But he told Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply. If the retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries slowed U.S. economy, Powell said the Fed could employ its normal tools, such as lowering interest rates. But he said that could become complicated if higher U.S. tariffs on foreign products caused inflation to accelerate. That's because the Fed's normal response to higher inflation is to raise interest rates, not lower them. "If we do have higher inflation, that could

  • Bipartisan Group of Senators Wants to Remove Trump’s Ability to Go Soft on Russia
    The Daily Beast

    Bipartisan Group of Senators Wants to Remove Trump’s Ability to Go Soft on Russia

    The best way to sanction Russia for election meddling, they reason, may be to stop Trump from getting in the way.

  • Frustrated lawmakers push back on Trump tariffs
    San Jose Mercury News

    Frustrated lawmakers push back on Trump tariffs

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs. A senior Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump's trade actions, and other senators joined him on Wednesday in promising a complementary bill. Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional hearings to put the spotlight on the economic fallout for local farmers and businesses. The prospects for any votes on trade legislation before the August recess are dim. Still, lawmakers appear to be putting the Trump administration on notice. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Republican chairman

  • Senate bill could bring emergency alerts to streaming services
    Engadget

    Senate bill could bring emergency alerts to streaming services

    You knew it was only a matter of time before legislators pressed for

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    Native American leaders tell Senate to act to protect their voting rights

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a Senate roundtable Tuesday on “Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country,” North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) turned to the tribal leaders and voting advocates and asked a question they were all thinking. “Why should we have to sue every year in North Dakota to get voting rights for Native people?” she asked. Throughout the morning, witnesses explained to the Senate Indian Affairs and Rules committees how barriers to the ballot persist in Indian Country, almost 100 years after Native Americans were granted the right to vote and more than 50 years after Congress signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to protect the civil rights of the country's marginalized

  • Attorneys for embattled Indiana AG say defamation lawsuit in the works
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    Attorneys for embattled Indiana AG say defamation lawsuit in the works

    Attorneys for Indiana AG Curtis Hill held a press conference Wednesday morning concerning the investigation into groping allegations against Hill. They say they are preparing a defamation lawsuit in connection with a leaked memo claiming he inappropriately touched several women. Attorneys Kevin W. Betz and Sandra L. Blevins with Betz + Blevins Litigation and Employment Law say they are representing Hill. They echoed many of Hill's statements so far. Chief among them -- the investigation into the allegations against Hill wasn't handled properly. Kevin Betz says Hill wasn't interviewed, and he wasn't given due process. Hill has denied that he ever acted inappropriately. “We believe we can bring

  • Powell delivers mid-year report to House
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Powell delivers mid-year report to House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's congressional appearance to deliver the Fed's semi-annual monetary policy report. (all times local) 10:10 a.m. Powell is appearing before Congress for the second day to deliver the Fed's mid-year report on the economy and monetary policy. His written testimony to the House Financial Services Committee is identical to the comments he delivered Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee. He says that the economy's strong growth will keep the Fed on its current path of gradually raising interest rates.