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WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats said they were outraged by reports that President Donald Trump's administration plans to hire Ken Cuccinelli to play a lead role in shaping immigration policy. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the former Virginia attorney general is expected to coordinate the administration’s immigration efforts. The...
WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers on Friday voted to approve sweeping legislation aimed at barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in spite of broad opposition from House Republicans.In a major step for LGBTQ rights advocates, the House approved the bill, dubbed the Equality Act, by...
WASHINGTON — A congressional investigation is examining whether top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, former employees of a legal and lobbying outfit with long Richmond ties, violated ethics rules by working on behalf of their former clients. Lawmakers have asked for documents and an EPA inspector general investigation into whether...
WASHINGTON  — Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is nowhere near ready to move on from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.Warner assailed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Donald Trump for their public declarations that Special...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the war between President Donald Trump's administration and House Democrats.The committee voted 24-16 along party lines to approve a resolution recommending that the full U.S. House find Barr in...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, D-4th, on Monday announced that he’s endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.“His commitment to working people and to the dignity of work is unsurpassed,” McEachin said in a statement. “He was a staunch and steadfast partner to...
WASHINGTON — On International Workers’ Day, Maryland Democratic Rep. David Trone asked U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta a question on the minds of many workers: What do you think the federal minimum wage should be?“Just give me a number, not a long diatribe,” Trone told Acosta at a House...
WASHINGTON — If U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s kids spoke like President Trump, he’d “fuss at them,” he told the Virginia Mercury this week.“I’ve always said that the president and I use different language. I would have said things differently than he did,” said Griffith, a Republican who represents the...
WASHINGTON — The political fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is expected to explode as lawmakers reconvene on Capitol Hill for the first time since the public release of the report. As the partisan caterwauling continues over what Congress should do next, two low-key senators will be leading discussions...
WASHINGTON — When Rep. Don Beyer was considering which Democratic presidential candidate to back, he thought about his three daughters, who “cried for three days after Donald Trump’s election,” he said.“Trying to figure out which of the 20 candidates has the best chance of beating Donald Trump has been...