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U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails, Senate report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice did not properly count nearly 1,000 deaths of incarcerated people in jails and prisons, according to a bipartisan report released Tuesday by a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.  The 10-month investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, found […]

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest.  The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from […]

Negotiators: At least 10 GOP senators support codifying same-sex marriage

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is on track to vote on a bill codifying marriage equality as soon as next week with negotiators increasingly confident it could become law.  Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday they’re close to getting at least 10 Republicans to back the same-sex marriage […]

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) speaks during a press conference on inflation, at the Russell Senate Office Building on Feb. 16, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Boozman will play key role in farm bill no matter who controls Senate

BY: - August 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Arkansas Sen. John Boozman will likely spend at least another six years as the state’s senior U.S. senator, if he wins reelection — a tenure that will place him atop the Senate’s Agriculture committee just as lawmakers undertake drafting the mammoth farm bill.  The measure, passed every five years and expected to cost […]

COMMENTARY

Why same-sex marriage has become a less polarizing issue for Congress

BY: - August 16, 2022

While public opinion and different state laws on abortion rights are sharply dividing the country, there’s growing indication that most people agree on another once-controversial topic – protecting same-sex marriage. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 19, 2022, to enshrine same-sex marriage into law with a bipartisan vote – all 220 Democratic representatives […]