It used to be one of the surest bets for members of Congress who wanted to get things done. But eight years without major legislation have tarnished the committee’s reputation.
Critically, the bill bans state and local efforts to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
The caucus was only able to set back President Obama’s trade agenda for a week, but that it played in the debate at all speaks volumes.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act extends current law — which covers discrimination based on race, disability, gender and national origin — to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Interior Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member Rep. Betty McCollum expressed disbelief that “…the U.S. House of Representatives would join those who want to see this flag flown,” she said.
As chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Rep. John Kline has taken the lead on writing a replacement for the largely unpopular law.
Fast-track authority is a huge win for Obama, though his ultimate goal — Trans-Pacific Partnership — is far from a done deal.
The caucus will “advocate for peace and stability in Somalia.”
A ruling against the government would mean millions lose health insurance subsidies and give Republicans, led by Rep. John Kline, the best leverage they’ve had in years to make changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Since the thaw in relations that followed an unexpected prisoner swap late last year, Minnesota’s representatives have wasted no time getting involved in Cuba policy.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where members of both parties have expressed skepticism about its ability to pass without some kind of worker benefits guarantee.
The House voted down a key part of a bill needed to pave way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but it may take another vote later this week.
Minnesota’s 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen introduced a bill that would slash federal excise taxes for small U.S-based breweries. Weeks later, the big breweries stepped up.
The House is set to vote soon on Trade Promotion Authority, seen by the administration as a critical step to securing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major free-trade accord.
Franken said measures in the bill would allow Americans “…to decide for themselves if the right balance is being struck between national security and privacy.”
The bill is part of a three-pronged approach advocates hope will prevent the opening of any mines near the Boundary Waters wilderness.
Their perspectives range the spectrum from cautious optimism to resigned indignation.
The U.S. Army says sequestration is forcing it to modernize its helicopter fleet — by taking them from the National Guard.
The Senate’s votestravaganza is largely just for show, but it produces votes that loom large in campaign season.
Rep. Rick Nolan — a member of the minority party — is the lone remaining Minnesotan on the House Transportation Committee.