GOP congressman dubbed 'Grandstander' by Trump wins primary
A Republican congressman whom Donald Trump once called a “third rate Grandstander” and a “disaster” for Kentucky coasted to victory Tuesday in his primary election. Rep. Thomas Massie had angered Trump by opposing a massive COVID-19 relief package in 2020 when he was in the White House.news.yahoo.com
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Thomas Massie have voted against almost every single bill passed by the House to counter Russia's invasion of Ukraine
The House has passed 19 bipartisan bills to aid Ukraine and counter Russia since the war began. Greene voted for just one, and Massie voted for none.news.yahoo.com
The list of anti-Ukraine Republican lawmakers is quickly growing
In early March, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) was one of three lawmakers to oppose the first piece of pro-Ukraine legislation. With each proposal, a few more Republicans would sign up. On Monday, 57 Republicans opposed President Biden’s request for $40 billion in weapons and humanitarian aid.washingtonpost.com
Here are the six Republicans who voted against investigating Russia for war crimes
The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would direct President Biden to prepare a report on the government’s efforts to collect and examine evidence related to war crimes and other atrocities committed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bipartisan legislation passed the lower chamber in a 418-7 vote, with all those in opposition belonging…news.yahoo.com
Fallout from riot, virus leaves toxic mood on Capitol Hill
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. One problem in resuming fully in-person operations at the Capitol is the lack of vaccinations for thousands of staff to the 435 House members. Give me a break.”It’s clear that Democrats are more emotionally spent than House Republicans, who bolstered their ranks in the last election despite Trump's loss. In February, the House voted to remove Greene from her committee assignments because of her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts and other actions. AdWhile security fencing is set to be removed from the Capitol, metal detectors remain stationed outside the House chamber after some Republican lawmakers pledged to bring their firearms onto the House floor.
Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Though Trump left the White House two week ago, his devoted followers are numerous among the party’s voters, and he and Greene are allies. Even social media stars like Greene could find it harder to define themselves without the spotlights that committees provide. Thune said House Republicans needed to issue a “really strong” rebuke of Greene’s conspiratorial formulations. The House resolution punishing Greene was barely over a page.
Gun-toting congresswoman-elect may carry Glock at Capitol
The agency's officials did not answer directly when Democrats on the House Committee on Administration asked in 2018 how many lawmakers carry firearms in the Capitol. Aides can carry lawmakers’ weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote. He said members and their staffs carry firearms around the Capitol “all the time,” though he mentioned no names. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, justified letting lawmakers carry weapons. Its officers routinely arrest people caught trying to carry weapons at the Capitol.
Conservatives lash out at Liz Cheney over Trump criticism
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio noted Cheney's criticism of Trump on defense and foreign policy and accused her of not supporting the president on his coronavirus response. Leading the criticism was Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who recounted the confrontation on his podcast, Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz, shortly after it happened. He also tweeted about Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and said she should step down from her post as head of the GOP conference. Liz Cheney has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda, Gaetz tweeted. House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair.
5 Things to Know for Today
Poll worker Dolores Louallen directs Fayette County voters where to drop off their absentee ballots at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. ONE LIFE IS NOT WORTH MORE THAN ANOTHER The spread of coronavirus is prompting soaring demand for oxygen. But in much of the world, medical oxygen is expensive and hard to get a basic marker of inequality. BASEBALL WILL LOOK DIFFERENT UPON RETURN The season is now going to be a 60-game sprint to the finish, held in ballparks without fans and feature some unusual rules.
2 Republicans opposed by Trump win in N. Carolina, Kentucky
(Patrick Sebastian/Cawthorn Campaign via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. Voters rebuffed President Donald Trump and nominated two Republicans he opposed to House seats from North Carolina and Kentucky on Tuesday. Kentucky usually has 2% of its returns come from mail ballots. This year officials expect that figure to exceed 50%, and over 400,000 mail ballots were returned by Sunday. New York officials expect the vast majority of votes to be mail ballots this year, compared to their typical 5% share. Counties have until eight days after Election Day to count and release the results of mail ballots, with 1.7 million requested by voters.
IRS says stimulus payments sent to dead people have to be returned
SAN ANTONIO – The IRS sent $1,200 checks to millions of Americans as part of a stimulus relief package to help people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic but while some people are still waiting on their money, some dead people are getting paid. “A Payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be returned to the IRS,” according to IRS.gov. The IRS website also lists instructions on what to do if you need to send money back. Nina Olson, former head of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, told Market Watch on April 18 that the “CARES Act stimulus bill contained no 'clawback’ provisions for stimulus checks sent to a dead person, meaning the agency can’t retrieve the money after it’s been handed out.”“This has been a tremendous success. *Editor’s Note: This story was edited with the update that the IRS says the checks need to be returnedMORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT:
House takes up $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill, as Trump blasts holdout congressman
The House scheduled three hours of debate, headed toward a possible vote around noon EDT (1600 GMT). As the House debated, Trump lashed out at Massie on Twitter, calling him a third rate Grandstander.He just wants the publicity. .... throw Massie out of Republican Party!To minimize the threat of infection due to the coronavirus, the Capitol has laid out special procedures. Older people have proven especially vulnerable to the disease, and the average age of House members was 58 years old at the beginning of 2019, well above the average age of 38 for the U.S. population as whole. The $2.2 trillion measure includes $500 billion to help hard-hit industries and $290 billion for payments of up to $3,000 to millions of families.feeds.reuters.com
House takes up $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill, as Trump blasts holdout congressman
The House scheduled three hours of debate, headed toward a possible vote around noon EDT (1600 GMT). As the House debated, Trump lashed out at Massie on Twitter, calling him a third rate Grandstander.He just wants the publicity. .... throw Massie out of Republican Party!To minimize the threat of infection due to the coronavirus, the Capitol has laid out special procedures. The $2.2 trillion measure includes $5 00 billion to help hard-hit industries and $290 billion for payments of up to $3,000 to millions of families. Pelosi said House leaders were planning to fast-track the rescue plan by passing it via a voice vote on Friday.feeds.reuters.com
GOP Rep. Massie pledges to delay vote on massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill
House members are scrambling back to the Capitol on Friday morning as one member's opposition to a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package is set to delay its passage. Shortly before the GOP representative's expected request, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's office encouraged lawmakers present to come to the House chamber and remain seated when Massie asks for a recorded vote. House members shared photos as they hopped on near-empty morning flights. "Heading to Washington to vote on pandemic legislation," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., wrote in a tweet Friday morning. The chamber will try to pass the bill by voice vote and see if a representative forces a recorded vote.cnbc.com