Congress

Slotkin joins UAW members in Lansing as strike hits 8th day

BY: - September 23, 2019

As dozens gathered on street corners around the gates to General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant to continue the eighth day of striking on Monday, freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) joined United Auto Workers (UAW) strikers to share her support.  The strike, which began on Sept. 16, includes more than 45,000 GM employees […]

Conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus shifts gears after Amash exit, ahead of 2020

BY: - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON —The conservative U.S. House Freedom Caucus is changing its leadership and its tactics as critics question the relevance of the faction that helped steer the GOP to the right in recent years.  U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is preparing to take the reins of the caucus on Oct. 1, taking over for the current […]

Amash says he’s ready to be House speaker, start impeachment hearings

BY: - September 21, 2019

The only independent member of the U.S. House of Representatives said he’s available to serve as speaker to help kickstart impeachment hearings. U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Township, who left the GOP in July after calling for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, jumped into the fray on Twitter on Friday amidst Democratic […]

Activists demand bold action at Lansing climate strike

BY: - September 20, 2019

Updated, 2:43 p.m. 9/22/19 with comments from Sen. Peters’ office “What do we want?” “Green New Deal!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” Several hundred people, led by students and young activists, congregated at the Lansing Capitol steps Friday afternoon to chant, march and demand bold action from government leaders on climate change. https://s37741.p1438.sites.pressdns.com/2019/09/19/climate-strike-events-planned-across-michigan-friday/ The […]

U.S. House passes bill to end forced arbitration

BY: - September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation that would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer and civil rights cases. If enacted, the bill would empower more workers and consumers to challenge employers and corporations in court. Forced arbitration clauses — often found in the fine print of agreements — can bar employees […]

Trump labor secretary pick Scalia questioned gay rights in 1985 article

BY: - September 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — When Eugene Scalia was a fourth-year English major at the University of Virginia in 1985, he penned an article for the student paper about gay rights.  In it, he referred to a lesbian couple that had visited the university, “the proud parents of a daughter fathered by a homosexual acquaintance.” He went on, […]

Stevens introduces bipartisan bill to combat ‘deepfakes’

BY: - September 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) is sponsoring a new bill aimed at stopping “deepfakes,” videos and audio manipulated with artificial intelligence technology to show people doing and saying things they didn’t. This has been an increasing concern, especially with the 2020 election season in full swing. U.S. Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Jim Baird (R-Ind.) and […]

Whitmer, 14 govs. tell Congress to include strong PFAS provisions in defense bill

BY: - September 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led a group of 15 bipartisan governors in a letter sent Wednesday to both the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees backing provisions related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Several members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have sponsored amendments on PFAS, as it’s contained […]

Michigan residents decry environmental injustice at Detroit congressional hearing

BY: - September 17, 2019

Emma Lockridge, a lifelong Southwest Detroit resident and cancer survivor, has endured the awful stench of environmental pollution for decades.  “We grew up coughing,” the climate and environmental justice organizer for Michigan United told a congressional field hearing audience on Monday.  She was speaking about her upbringing near the Marathon Petroleum refinery that she called […]

Dingell sponsors measure noting intersection of misogyny, domestic violence and gun violence for VAWA anniversary

BY: - September 15, 2019

It’s been 25 years since Congress passed the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) but the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate still hasn’t reauthorized it. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), a longtime champion of VAWA, has joined with two other congresswomen introduced a resolution noting the interplay between misogyny, violence against women and gun violence. Sept. 13 […]

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation 

BY: - September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats edged closer to Thursday to launching formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.  The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 along party lines to adopt a resolution laying out procedures for an impeachment investigation in the committee.  Five Michigan members of the U.S. House have come out in favor of an […]

U.S. House votes to ban offshore drilling  

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast — despite pushback from many Republicans. The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a […]