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WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago.In a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Democrats pressed DeJoy over an internal report made public...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday amid Democratic fears the U.S. Postal Service's leadership could disrupt mail service and sabotage the November elections. Republicans called those concerns overblown and sensationalized.The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill  257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares...
WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall.DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing...
WASHINGTON — A school nutrition leader in Virginia is calling on the federal government to extend a summer meals program to support hungry kids as schools reopen this fall.“One of our primary needs at this point is to try to maintain the summer food service,” Larry Wade Sr., director...
President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action on his own after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in...
WASHINGTON — The top official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended the deployment of federal officers to counter protesters in Portland, Oregon, saying it was comparable to protecting the U.S. Capitol from attack.“That’s all we’re trying to do in Portland — protecting a federal facility, a...
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s number two at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities this summer.Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers  that federal...
WASHINGTON — A high-profile dispute over whether to rename military installations that honor Confederates isn’t the only fight between the White House and Congress over this year’s defense authorization bill. Another battle has been brewing below the surface that also has major implications for Virginia: whether to fund construction of...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic.The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the child care industry in...
By Brian Chiglinksy It was all so dramatic. Half past one in the morning. The chamber of the Senate. Packed with senators, their staff, and plenty of reporters. (It was three years ago, so no one was worried about social distancing yet.)Suddenly, the room hushed as a single senator walked on...