GOP leaders work to lock down votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

CNN — House Republican leaders are working to lock in votes to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the Foreign Affairs Committee after several members of their conference reported resistance to the move. One of those Republicans, Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana, announced on Tuesday that she was now prepared to support a … Read more

Fact check: Biden makes false and misleading claims in economic speech

Washington CNN  —  President Joe Biden delivered a Thursday speech to hail economic progress during his administration and to attack congressional Republicans for their proposals on the economy and the social safety net. Some of Biden’s claims in the speech were false, misleading or lacking critical context, though others were correct. Here’s a breakdown of … Read more

McCarthy officially denies Schiff and Swalwell seats on House Intelligence Committee

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell seats on the House Intelligence Committee. “I appreciate the loyalty you have to your fellow Democrats, and I acknowledge your efforts to have two members of Congress reinstated on the House Standing Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote … Read more

Victoria Spartz opposes McCarthy’s push to oust Democrats from committees

CNN — Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana announced on Tuesday that she opposes House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s efforts to remove three Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar — from committees. The new House GOP majority is preparing for a showdown with Democrats over the issue, but the pushback from inside … Read more

Illinois state court allows limited pause on state’s gun ban backed by Pritzker

Washington CNN — An Illinois judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order barring the enforcement of a new Illinois gun control law against about 800 plaintiffs. The law, signed by Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker last week at the start of his second term as governor, caps the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, prohibits “switches” … Read more

Debt ceiling: Here’s what you should know as threat of default looms

CNN — Time is running out now to avoid a financial crisis. The United States hit its debt ceiling on Thursday, prompting the Treasury Department to begin taking extraordinary measures to avoid a default. While Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen doesn’t expect the United States to default on its debt until early June, Congress needs to … Read more

House Republicans lay groundwork for Mayorkas impeachment as moderates balk

CNN  —  Senior House Republicans are moving swiftly to build a case against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as they strongly weigh launching rare impeachment proceedings against a Cabinet secretary, a plan that could generate sharp backlash from GOP moderates. Key committee chairmen are already preparing to hold hearings on the problems at the southern … Read more

American aid to Ukraine ramps up but House GOP drama causes worry over future military help

CNN — The Biden administration on Friday announced its biggest ever withdrawal of US military aid to Ukraine, but there are fears that Republicans wielding new power in Washington could obstruct future aid — all the more so. chaos is brewing in the House. The administration announced a new $2.85 billion levy for Ukraine, part … Read more

Illinois high court halts law that would eliminate cash bail

The Illinois Supreme Court halted the end of cash bail for defendants statewide in an eleventh-hour ruling just hours before the new law took effect on Sunday. The High Court ordered a stay of the legislation’s provisions in response to an appeal the Illinois attorney general’s office filed Friday in court from a local judge’s … Read more

A pregnant mom crossed the Rio Grande decades ago to give her unborn child a better life. Now her daughter is becoming a member of Congress

Washington CNN  —  Delia Ramirez walks toward the microphone determined to make her message heard. “It is time – it is past time that we deliver on the promise that we have made to our Dreamers,” she says. On a crisp morning in early December, Ramirez is standing steps away from the US Capitol, with … Read more