Longtime Arizona GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe dies at 80
Jim Kolbe, a Republican congressman who represented a heavily Democratic region of Arizona for more than two decades and was a proponent of gay rights, has died. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement that Kolbe died Saturday. Ducey ordered flags lowered until sunset Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Rail workers say deal won't resolve quality-of-life concerns
Most railroad workers weren't surprised that Congress intervened this week to block a railroad strike, but they were disappointed because they say the deals lawmakers imposed didn't do enough to address their quality of life concerns about demanding schedules and the lack of paid sick time.
Rail workers say deal won't resolve quality-of-life concerns
When BNSF railroad conductor Justin Schaaf needed to take time off from work this summer, he had to make a choice: go to the dentist to get a cavity in his molar filled or attend a party for his son's 7th birthday. "Ultimately I decided to take the day off for my kid’s birthday party,” Schaaf said. President Joe Biden signed a bill Friday to block a strike and force workers to accept the agreements union leaders made in September, even though four of the 12 unions — which include a majority of rail workers — voted to reject them. Business groups had been urging Biden to intervene for weeks.news.yahoo.com
What’s the Debt Ceiling, and Will the US Raise It Again?
The very phrase “debt ceiling” sounds austere and restrictive, as if it’s a lid on government spending. In fact, the US federal debt limit was first conceived more than a century ago to make it easier, not harder, for the government to borrow money. But it morphed into an explosive political tool with the potential to roil financial markets, since a failure to raise the debt ceiling could eventually result in a first-ever default on some of the government’s obligations.washingtonpost.com
When will the final Jan. 6 report be released and what will it include?
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters that the committee’s report will not be completed before Congress is scheduled to leave for the month on Dec. 16, but there is a “good possibility” it will be out before Christmas.latimes.com
Jeffries elected to lead House Dems, will be the first 1st Black party leader in Congress
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who was elected leader of the House Democratic Caucus for the next Congress, held a press conference on Wednesday with Rep. Catherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., who were also elected to leadership positions. Jeffries, the first nonwhite party leader in Congress, praised his predecessor Nancy Pelosi as “an extraordinary speaker for the ages.”news.yahoo.com
Marco Rubio slams Biden shutting down a rail strike for workers who want more paid sick leave: 'I will not vote to impose a deal that doesn't have the support of the rail workers'
Rail workers are demanding more paid leave, but the agreement Biden wants to pass includes just one day off.news.yahoo.com
Averting a rail strike becomes top issue for Congress, White House
The push to pass legislation to arrived after President Biden issued a statement on Monday calling on Congress to “immediately” pass legislation to impose a union contract that recommended earlier this year by his emergency board that several unions voted down.washingtonpost.com
Biden tells GOP his hopes, gets stiff response from McCarthy
President Joe Biden said Tuesday he hopes both parties' lawmakers can work together to keep the government open, boost spending for Ukraine and avert a crippling rail strike. Biden's meeting with congressional leaders at the White House came as he looks to lock in more legislative wins before Democrats lose unified control of Washington on Jan. 3. In the meantime, the president is dependent on Congress to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 16, and he wants major new funding to fight COVID-19 response and bolster U.S. support for Ukraine's economy and defense against Russia's invasion.news.yahoo.com
Biden urges Congress to avert “potentially crippling” rail strike: CBS News Flash Nov. 29, 2022
President Biden has asked Congress to intervene to avert a “potentially crippling” railroad strike that he says could devastate the economy. Idaho college students returned to campus more than two weeks after four of their own were stabbed to death in a case that’s still without any known suspect. And the Senate is expected to vote in favor of same sex-marriage legislation Tuesday, which will send the bill to the House.news.yahoo.com
Consumers could pay price if railroads, unions can't agree
Consumers could quickly start seeing higher gas prices and shortages of some of their favorite groceries if railroads aren’t able to agree on contracts with al 12 of their unions ahead of next month’s deadline after the latest rejection vote Monday.
Massive turnout in defense of Mexico's electoral authority
Tens of thousands of people have packed the capital’s main boulevard to protest President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposal to overhaul the country’s electoral authority in the largest demonstration against one of the president’s efforts during his nearly four years in office.
Was Donald Trump the biggest loser on election night? 3 takeaways from red wave that wasn’t
Results are still being finalized in key congressional and state legislature races across the country, but one thing that became clear overnight is that the 2022 midterm elections were not the red wave of Republican wins many pundits forecasted.
China expected to grant Xi 5 more years, no major changes
China is opening a twice-a-decade party conference at which leader Xi Jinping is expected to receive a third five-year term that breaks with recent precedent and establishes himself as possibly the most powerful Chinese politician since Mao Zedong.
New Jan. 6 footage shows Pelosi, leaders as crisis unfolded
Never-before-seen video footage played Thursday by the House Jan. 6 committee shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders, including Republican allies of Donald Trump, responding anxiously — and angrily — to the insurrection at the Capitol.