Reed & Whitehouse Applaud Naming Public Conservation Bill After the Late John Dingell

Congress officially sends President public lands package that reauthorizes LWCF & designates RI rivers as "wild and scenic" WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Senate put the final stamp on a bipartisan public lands package to protect more than million acres, 2,600 miles of new national trails, and 367 miles of new scenic rivers, including Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic River Act. During an enrollment ceremony today, the bill, which passed the Senate 92-8 on February 12 and was approved by the House of Representatives 363-62 on February 26, was officially named “The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation,…
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Reed Backs Bill to Restore Net Neutrality

Save the Internet Act would promote competition and innovation, and keep the Internet free and fair for all WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to restore net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017 by the Trump Administration, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in introducing the Save the Internet Act. Net neutrality is a consumer-friendly framework to preserve competition and prevent big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating against different types of Internet content and traffic. In December 2017, the Republican-led FCC voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring ISPs from blocking or slowing access to…
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Langevin, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Protect Rights of Disabled Airplane Passengers

Air Carrier Access Amendments Act will build upon progress made in 2018 FAA Reauthorization WASHINGTON – Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2019 to protect the rights of disabled airplane passengers, improve air travel safety, and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. Langevin introduced the House bill with Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Steve Cohen (D-TN), who are both members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation. “As a quadriplegic, I am all too familiar with the obstacles people with…
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Langevin-Connolly Reintroduce FAST Voting ACT

WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) reintroduced the FAST Voting Act. The legislation aims to enhance voting system security, improve voter participation, and encourage automatic voter registration. Modeled after the Department of Education’s successful Race to the Top program, the FAST Voting Act would allow states to apply for funding to implement innovative policy changes designed to increase voter access and voting system security. Rather than prescribe strict, universal policy proposals, the legislation offers states flexibility to implement individualized reforms. Applicants would compete for grants based on evidence of previous reforms and implementation plans…
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Hillary Clinton: Not Running for President in 2020

VOA NEWS/ Ken Bredemeier Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, is ruling herself out of a rematch in 2020 as he seeks a second term in the White House. "I'm not running, but I'm going to keep working, and speaking, and standing up for what I believe," Clinton said in a New York television interview. "I want to be sure that people understand: I'm going to keep speaking out," Clinton said. "I'm not going anywhere. What's at stake in our country, the kinds of things that are happening right now are deeply troubling to…
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House Democrats Launch Wide-Ranging Trump Investigations

VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — Democrats in the House of Representatives launched a wide-ranging investigation Monday of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, his businesses, his transition to power and whether as president he has obstructed justice to thwart probes of him. The House Judiciary Committee sent letters to 81 people and entities linked to Trump, demanding documents within two weeks about a lengthy list of events involving the country's 45th president. In addition to focusing on obstruction allegations, the committee said it is looking at possible public corruption and abuses of power during the two-year Trump presidency. "Over the last several…
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Experts: ‘Experience Matters’ in Negotiating With North Korea

VOA News/Christy Lee WASHINGTON — The American team’s lack of experience in negotiating with North Koreans, as well as a lack of preparation, may have contributed to the collapse of this week’s Hanoi summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, who favors top-down diplomacy, according to experts. The two-day summit that began Wednesday ended when Trump walked out on Thursday without a denuclearization deal or a declaration of peace to end the Korean War, a move met with approval in Washington, even though the summit began with hope of concrete agreements on denuclearization. “Sometimes, you have to walk, and this was…
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Reed Seeks to Update and Advance the Voting Rights Act

Senators introduce Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 to prevent voter discrimination nationwide WASHINGTON, DC – On the 54th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Doug Jones (D-AL) and a host of colleagues in introducing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) of 2019, which seeks to update and advance voting protections for all Americans. The bill is being led by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) in the House of Representatives. The landmark Voting Rights Act, which was originally passed in 1965…
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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Mueller’s Appointment

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court panel has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment in a case involving an associate of Roger Stone. The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released its opinion Tuesday. The case before the court was brought by Andrew Miller. He is an associate of Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser. Miller refused to testify before a grand jury in the Russia probe, challenging the legitimacy of Mueller's appointment. A lower court held Miller in contempt. Miller's attorney, Paul Kamenar, has said the issue of Mueller's appointment…
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Ex-Lawyer Cohen’s Testimony in Congress Poses High Risks for Trump

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — In what promises to be a riveting and historic televised hearing, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former long-time personal lawyer, is set to appear before a House oversight panel Wednesday to provide an intimate look at the Trump business empire. Cohen will become the highest-profile witness since the 1970s Watergate scandal to testify in Congress against a sitting American president. Cohen’s tell-all public testimony providing potentially damaging evidence about Trump’s political and business activities both before and after his 2016 presidential victory will come while the president is in Hanoi for his second summit with Kim…
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