The Department of Defense is preparing to release a blistering report detailing Rep. Ronny Jackson ’s (R-Texas) time as the top White House physician during the Obama and Trump administrations. According to the report from the Pentagon’s inspector general, a copy of which was obtained in advance by CNN , Jackson made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female colleague, drank alcohol while on presidential trips in violation of protocol and took prescription-strength sleeping medication that made coworkers worried about the care he could provide. The report is the culmination of an investigation that started in 2018. ADVERTISEMENT It alleges that Jackson had a fiery temper, with interviewees telling the Pentagon watchdog that he would be heard “yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates.” He also was seen drinking on presidential trips, including one in 2014 to Manila during which he became apparently was intoxicated and made inappropriate remarks … [Read more...] about Pentagon IG finds ex-Trump doctor Jackson made sexual comments, violated alcohol policy: CNN
President Biden Joe Biden Intercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE on Tuesday urged Senate Democrats to stay united and quickly pass a coronavirus relief bill, as the caucus is trying to navigate some high-profile squabbles. Biden's message, delivered during a virtual conference call, comes as the Senate could take up a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill as soon as Wednesday. "Senate Democrats are committed to passing the American Rescue Plan. ... He said that we need to pass this bill and pass it soon," Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer A Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters after the call. … [Read more...] about Biden tells Senate Democrats to stick together, quickly pass coronavirus relief
A coalition of pro-abortion-rights congressional Democrats er on Tuesday called on President Biden Joe Biden Intercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE to remove restrictions on federal funding of abortion from the fiscal 2022 budget. Leaders of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and the Democratic Women’s Caucus joined seven Democratic senators to ask Biden to eliminate several restrictions from the budget. The restrictions include the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortions; the Helms Amendment, which limits foreign assistance funds for abortion; and the Weldon Amendment, which bars government entities from using federal money to penalize health care entities that do not cover abortion procedures. In addition to Pro-Choice Caucus chairwomen Barbara Lee … [Read more...] about Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget
Congress plans to consider several stand-alone immigration bills this month, casting new doubt on whether President Biden Joe Biden Intercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE 's comprehensive proposal will make it to the floor. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Steny Hamilton Hoyer House plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday announced that the chamber would take up legislation during the week of March 15, following a push for an “immigration week” by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Sources say the House is expected to take up legislation that provides a path to citizenship … [Read more...] about House plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal
The Senate parliamentarian is the official who interprets the Senate’s complex, arcane rules and has a major influence in the day-to-day running of the upper chamber. What is her role? Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Harry Mason Reid Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? Trumpists' assaults on Republicans who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid will help Democrats The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) appointed Elizabeth MacDonough as the Senate’s first female parliamentarian in 2012, and she has held the position until present. ADVERTISEMENT The parliamentarian and her team provide daily advice to the Senate’s presiding officer on the correct execution of floor procedure, but one of her biggest jobs is to decide what can and can’t be included in legislation passed under special budgetary rules known as reconciliation. These budgetary rules can only be used on a few occasions each Congress and … [Read more...] about Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important?