House Dems call on EPA for stronger Lead and Copper Rule
A group of 50 House Democrats led by U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) is pushing for more robust federal rules for protecting consumers against lead and copper in their drinking water. In a letter sent Tuesday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Democrats urged the federal agency to strengthen proposed changes […]
5 Michigan reps. net perfect scores from Catholic social justice org
Five Michigan U.S. House members received 100% ratings from a Washington, D.C.-based Catholic organization that lobbies for economic and social justice. The Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in January released a compilation of how members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in 2019. The record — published annually — contains votes on issues […]
Native American women have gone missing. Many have been murdered. Will Washington act?
WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project. She never went home. […]
Effort to stop mine near Boundary Waters divides Democrats
WASHINGTON — As the President Trump administration pushes to allow mining near Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is waging an attempt to thwart the plans. A bipartisan group of four Michigan lawmakers back her legislation, U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly). Upton […]
Amash is lone Michigander to vote against Great Lakes funding boost
Updated, 11:28 a.m., 12/6/20 with comments from Amash’s office As the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate was dispatching with President Donald Trump’s impeachment Wednesday, the Democratic-led U.S. House overwhelmingly voted to boost funding for the Great Lakes. The House voted 373-45 to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which helps to clean up the lakes, protect […]
First Nation tribe rejects nuclear waste site on Lake Huron
An indigenous community has uprooted a Canadian energy company’s plan to build a permanent nuclear waste repository by the shore of Lake Huron, after years of vocal opposition to the proposal by Canadian and American lawmakers and residents. The company, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), began considering the spot in Ontario across from Michigan’s “Thumb” years […]
Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will lawmakers do anything?
WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave. But they disagree on how to do it. U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill last week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on […]
Immigration activists decry Supreme Court’s public charge ruling
Activists are warning of the consequences from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the President Trump administration to deny resident status for immigrants who rely on public assistance like Medicaid or housing subsidies. According to the new interpretation of the public charge rule, immigrants applying for green cards are prohibited from using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]
U.S. House votes to limit Trump’s war authority (again). Here’s how Michiganders voted.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) that allowed the former President George W. Bush administration to wage war against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq. Most House Democrats joined 11 Republicans and one independent — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) — to […]
Trump signs bipartisan USMCA trade deal, only invites GOP
President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Wednesday afternoon. Although the new trade deal had plenty of input from Democratic members of Congress, only Republican lawmakers were invited to the signing ceremony in the White House. The deal cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 384-41 in December, and the […]
Virginia approved the ERA. Now what’s the holdup?
WASHINGTON — Virginia’s sprint to green-light the Equal Rights Amendment this month was heralded by proponents across the country. Buoyed by new Democratic majorities in both chambers of its General Assembly, Virginia became the 38th state to approve the amendment that would guarantee equal legal rights regardless of sex. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 […]
Former state Rep. Tim Kelly announces congressional campaign to unseat Kildee
Updated, 1:43 p.m., 1/13/19, with comments from Lavora Barnes Tim Kelly, a former Republican state lawmaker, announced he is challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) to represent Michigan’s 5th Congressional District. Kelly, who served six years in the state Legislature and was chair of the House Education Committee, lost his nomination to fill a federal […]