U.S. Capitol fencing returns ahead of January 6 riot defendants rally

Security fencing was installed Wednesday around the United States Capitol Building ahead of a Saturday rally supporting those jailed in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.

Broad coalition launches effort to help resettle Afghan refugees; Hogan urges aid

Following the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan, this new initiative, Welcome.US, allows Americans to easily donate money to frontline organizations, host families or provide essential services.

Biden: ‘America is on the move again’; wants $2 trillion to aid families

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to pass a nearly $2 trillion plan to help American families – spending that would build on his administration’s efforts during his first…

In Washington, Chauvin guilty verdict is call to pass police reform measures

After a jury on Tuesday found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Democratic congressional leaders saw the verdict as a call to enact new laws against nationwide police brutality.

Chesapeake Bay, southern Maryland could see new federal park, heritage designations

The Maryland congressional delegation is pushing legislation to protect and enhance the natural resources throughout southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area with new federal park and heritage designations. Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both of Maryland,…

Democrats in Congress search for a compromise on minimum wage

The battle over increasing the minimum wage continues as congressional Democrats attempt to negotiate a compromise that might be less than their initial $15 per hour plan. Democrats in February were forced to remove their proposed $15 minimum wage from…

Lawmakers renew effort to study slavery reparations

Members of Congress are renewing efforts to reckon with the nation’s racial past, reintroducing legislation that could create a commission to study and possibly offer reparations to descendants of slaves. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California,…

Bill to expand protections for LGBTQ Americans faces hurdles in the Senate

The Senate is considering House-passed legislation that would broaden federal protections for LGBTQ Americans against discrimination in housing, employment and public services ranging from retail stores to doctors’ offices. Advocates for the Equality Act are hoping chances for final passage…

House clears two gun safety bills, but Senate may be roadblock

The House sent two bills to the Senate Thursday that would implement universal background checks and close the loophole linked to the 2015 mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.  “Gun violence is devastating our communities. Every day, 30 people are…

Lawmakers launch new effort at tightening background checks on gun sales

Amidst a surge in firearms sales, lawmakers in the Senate and House have introduced legislation expanding background checks for all gun purchases. “Background checks are simple, easy, and they save lives. That’s why more than 90 percent of Americans support…