Senate confirms former MSU professor for additional term on Federal Reserve Board

BY: - September 7, 2023

Lisa Cook, the first Black woman to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will serve an additional, full term after she was confirmed to fill an unexpired term on the board in 2022.  Cook took office on May 23, 2022, to fill a term ending on Jan. 31, 2024. President […]

Afghan refugees who aided the U.S. stuck in legal limbo, two years after Kabul’s fall

BY: - August 21, 2023

WASHINGTON —  Two years ago, Farzana Jamalzada and her husband made the difficult decision to separately flee Afghanistan, after U.S. troops withdrew from the country and the Taliban took over. It took days for the couple to be reunited at an airport in Qatar, where Jamalzada would show people a picture of her husband on […]

That 1% cut in federal spending in the debt limit law? It’s complicated.

BY: - August 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The debt limit law Congress approved earlier this year included a much-publicized provision that would cut all federal spending by 1% if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach agreement on the dozen government funding bills before Jan. 1. That sounds pretty threatening. But, the across-the-board automatic spending cut wouldn’t actually have any real-world […]

Congress brought back earmarks. Now they’re one more point of drama in a divided House.

BY: - August 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The new Republican chairwoman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee said just before taking over the panel that she planned to “tweak” how the chamber earmarks spending for community projects — coveted state and local funding that members of Congress request. Some of those changes hinted at by Kay Granger of Texas have infuriated Democrats, […]

No sign of active shooter in U.S. Senate offices after phone threat

BY: - August 2, 2023

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Capitol police officers on Wednesday found no evidence of an active shooter after several U.S. Senate office buildings were evacuated and Hill staffers were told to shelter in place amid warnings of a security threat. The Metropolitan Police Department first received a call at 2:30 p.m. about an active shooter in the […]

Is there evidence of extraterrestrial life? Congress tries to figure it out

BY: - July 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — During an otherworldly hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, lawmakers and witnesses launched accusations that the Pentagon is stonewalling Congress and the public from information about unidentified anomalous phenomena, more often referred to as UFOs. That includes a 2014 encounter when a “dark gray or black cube inside a clear sphere” traveled within 50 […]

‘We should not fear a government shutdown’: Far-right U.S. House members slam spending bills

BY: - July 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — A handful of ultra-conservative U.S. House Republicans rebuked their leadership on Tuesday over the annual government funding process, but appeared at odds on whether they should force a government shutdown later this year. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs at a news conference mostly ruled out a funding lapse, though Virginia Rep. Bob Good left […]

Federal aviation bill passed by U.S. House, with boost for smaller airports

BY: - July 26, 2023

The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for five years, including a big increase in subsidies for airlines providing flights to smaller markets. The chamber voted 351-67 to approve the bill, which would authorize $104 billion for the agency through 2028, increase authorized spending levels for rural aviation programs and […]


Column: Democrats revive the Equal Rights Amendment from a long legal limbo, face an uphill battle

BY: - July 26, 2023

Democrats in Congress are making a new push to get the long-dormant proposed Equal Rights Amendment enshrined into law. As legislation, it would guarantee sex equality in the Constitution and could serve as a potential legal antidote to the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which removed the federal right […]

Food assistance could get boost from Kildee’s legislation

BY: - July 25, 2023

Legislation to expand access to food assistance programming by increasing federal matching funds was introduced Tuesday by U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) and Dan Kildee (D-Flint). Currently, GusNIP nutrition assistance programs, programs that are a part of a federal initiative to improve the nutritional value of food available to low-income households, get 50% funding from […]

Democrats call for raising FDIC insurance limits at Senate hearing

BY: - July 24, 2023

WASHINGTON DC — Members of the Senate banking committee  explored the pros and cons of reforming deposit insurance on Thursday, which has been a topic of debate among policymakers since the aftermath of bank collapses earlier this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insures each depositor for up to $250,000 — a fact that took […]

Israeli president tells Congress criticism of his country must not negate ‘right to exist’

BY: - July 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — Israeli President Isaac Herzog, honoring Israel’s 75th year of independence, on Wednesday assured U.S. lawmakers that his nation “has democracy in its DNA,” even as tensions grow over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly extreme agenda to overhaul Israel’s judicial system and ramp up construction of settlements in the West Bank. Herzog’s remarks to […]