RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week with plans to finalize a state budget. GOP Speaker Kirk Cox announced Thursday that the House would gavel in on May 30. Cox cancelled a House meeting earlier this week after the Senate delayed a vote Tuesday on the state budget. GOP Senate leaders said they needed another week to study a new budget proposal that includes Medicaid expansion. The Senate is set meet May 29, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said he expects a budget to pass. The disagreement over Medicaid expansion has led to a lengthy stalemate on the state budget. State government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.
The Democratic primary battle for Congress between U.S. Rep. Darren Soto and Alan Grayson has so far focused on Puerto Ricans and progressives, with each candidate saying they're the better choice for both groups of voters. Grayson, 60, is counting on his national reputation as a liberal firebrand to help him in a possible “blue wave” sweeping Democrats into office nationwide this fall. Even so, Soto, once considered a relatively conservative Democrat in his days as a state representative, is garnering a string of endorsements from progressive groups that once backed Grayson. Soto, D-Kissimmee, 40, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, also is counting on strong support from
The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not "reasonable and proportional," along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems "unnecessary and wasteful," according to a letter seen on Friday by Reuters. The U.S. House in April passed a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration by a 393-to-13 vote. It now moves to the Senate, which could take up the issue as early as next month.
The body that makes New Jersey's laws just got three -- count 'em -- three new faces this week. Democrats Linda Carter, Lisa Swain, and Chris Tully were sworn in at the Statehouse in Trenton on Thursday as the newest members of the state Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature. Carter, a Union County freeholder, replaces the late Jerry Green, who died at age 79 last month. Swain, the former mayor of Fair Lawn, and Tully, the former council president in Bergenfield, will be district mates. They replace Joseph Lagana, who moved up to the state Senate last month when state Sen. Robert Gordon resigned to join the state Board of Public Utilities, and Tim Eustace, who resigned last
A Republican congressman has faced backlash after saying it is acceptable to refuse to sell homes to LGBT+ people. Mr Rohrabacher later confirmed those sentiments in an interview with the Orange County Register, saying people should have the right to “choose who they do business with". Mr Rohrabacher was invited to the delegation to speak on a proposal to extend the Fair Housing Act 1968, which currently does not protect LGBT+ people against discrimination when buying a house.
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Welfare beneficiaries would have to work or get job training under legislation approved by a U.S. Congress committee on Thursday, part of a broader Republican effort to impose work rules on Americans getting public assistance. The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines to approve the changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides federal block grants to states for cash aid for needy families. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but only have a narrow majority in the Senate.
Few lawmakers are able to say no when business leaders come to state capitols looking for a handout. It doesn't matter whether the governors or the legislatures are Democratic or Republican, there's a bipartisan consensus. We crunched the numbers for the business subsidies authorized in the state of Michigan, and the exercise has some lessons for other states. In our research at the Mackinac Center, we have tracked every legislative vote and amendment and a record of how each lawmaker voted since 2001. Of business subsidy laws enacted by the state of Michigan, we found 73 that authorized the transfer of $16 billion from state taxpayers to businesses selected by state officials. In order to see
As the deadline approaches for the passage of House and Senate Bills in the General Assembly, today State Representative David S. Olsen sent three additional pieces of legislation to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature. HB 5031: Removes a duplicative reporting requirement between state agencies and human service providers. It received unanimous House and Senate Support. SB 2658: Lengthens to three years (currently two years) the period of time during which a provisional educator endorsement for a service member or spouse is valid. It received unanimous support in the Senate and was approved in a 105-1 vote in the House. SB 2721: Streamlines the process of regulatory oversight and aligns the
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A high-ranking Minnesota lawmaker thrust into the lieutenant governor's office by U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation abruptly took the oath of office and resigned her state Senate seat on Friday, a swift reversal for the longtime Republican senator who had resisted the job and its duties.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer on Thursday affixed his name to a petition to force a vote on legislation allowing unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country, bring proponents closer to getting the bill on the House floor. Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., had been the only Democratic member of New Jersey's delegation in Washington to withhold his name, seeking instead to work out a compromise as co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. But when those efforts failed, Gottheimer signed the petition, along with his co-chair, Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y. and three other caucus members, before departing Washington for Memorial Day recess. Their signatures bring
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's upper house of parliament has passed a bill giving equal rights to 5 million people in the restive northwestern tribal region. It's a key step in bringing the tribes into the country's mainstream life and abolishing a vestige of British colonial rule.