Congress

Lawmakers Say COVID-19 Relief Bill Won’t Offer $1,200 Checks

  With time running out, lawmakers are closing in on a proposed COVID-19 relief bill that would provide roughly $300 in extra federal weekly unemployment benefits but not another round of $1,200 in direct payments to most Americans. That’s an issue that President-elect Joe Biden will have to wrestle over with a new Congress next year. The $908 billion aid…

Congress Returns with Virus Aid, Federal Funding Unresolved

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is returning to Washington for one last attempt at deal-making this year. The only absolute must-do is preventing a government shutdown on Dec. 11. But lawmakers are also debating whether to deliver another round of coronavirus relief before President Donald Trump leaves office. A virus bill would provide funding for vaccines and testing, for reopening schools,…

Pelosi Unveils Plan to Allow Congress to Remove a President

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation today that would allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove the president. Pelosi insists it’s not about President Donald Trump but inspired by…

Supreme Court says Congress can’t get Trump records, for now

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has kept a hold on President Donald Trump’s financial records that Congress has been seeking for more than a year. The ruling returns the case to lower courts, with no clear prospect for when the case might ultimately be resolved. The 7-2 outcome is at least a short-term victory for Trump, who has strenuously…

Update: U.S. House to Vote Friday on Senate-Approved Aid Package

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Friday on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill that the Senate approved unanimously Wednesday night. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted the bill will pass the House with “strong bipartisan support.” The bill will bring aid to businesses, workers and health care systems struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, the unprecedented response to it,…

A Look Ahead to Super Tuesday Elections

With just a few days until Super Tuesday Elections, Political Analyst Steve Flowers gave us a preview of what to expect, and some of the unexpected that may come up on March 3rd. On the Presidential side, Democrats will be voting for the candidate they want to see take on President Trump in November. Most of the major players running…

Former AL Legislator Barry Moore Qualifies for Congressional Race

(Source: Barry Moore For Congress) There’s a new person in the ring to try to replace outgoing U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby. According to his campaign, Barry Moore officially qualified as a candidate in the AL-2 Congressional race at the Alabama GOP Headquarters in Hoover. Former State Representative Moore served in the legislature representing District 91 from 2010 until 2018. In…

Challenges Filed Against Bobby Bright’s Republican Candidacy

Two challenges have been filed with the Alabama Republican Party, challenging Bobby Bright being on the GOP ballot in the race for Alabama’s Second Congressional District. A hearing on the challenges is scheduled Saturday, February 24th, and a decision will be made whether to allow or deny him on the ballot. The challenges are based primarily on Bright having served…

President Trump Delivers 1st State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address clocked in at one hour and 20 minutes. According to the American Presidency Project, that makes Trump’s speech one of the longest State of the Union addresses in recent presidential history. President Bill Clinton’s final State of the Union speech in January 2000 ran longer than Trump’s at just over an…

Rep. Bradley Byrne Won’t Run for Senate

Congressman Bradley Byrne has announced he will not run in the special election for US Senate. Byrne issued a statement saying at this time he believes it is best for him to remain in the House of Representatives. He says he wants to focus on issues like reducing federal spending and taking better care of our veterans. The seat was…