Vermont Democratic US Rep. Peter Welch to seek Senate seat
Vermont's sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, announced Monday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. Welch's decision comes a week after the 81-year-old Leahy's announcement that he will not seek reelection to the seat he first won in 1974. The 74-year-old Welch said the 2022 election will determine control of the Senate and, with it, what he can accomplish for Vermont families.news.yahoo.com
Democrats seek narrow path to rein in cost of medicines
President Joe Biden’s call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they've been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will need every Democratic vote in a narrowly divided Congress.news.yahoo.com
Riot aftermath: Still-shaken lawmakers, troops stand guard
A month ago, the U.S. Capitol was besieged by Trump supporters angry about the former president's loss. Law enforcement was badly outnumbered and ill-prepared as thousands of Trump supporters marched from the Ellipse near the White House to the Capitol. AdIn videos and on the House floor, lawmakers have teared up when they recall the events of Jan. 6. There are currently about 7,000 National Guard members in the city providing security. That probably will happen over the next several weeks, allowing Guard members to return home to their jobs, while others take their place,AdTwelve Guard members were either sent home or not allowed to deploy to the District of Columbia as a result of FBI security checks, including some who had ties to extremist groups.
Reps. Donna Shalala and Jamie Raskin Introduce Comprehensive Plan to Reopen America
This week, Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), along with Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT) will introduce the Reopen America Act (RAA), legislation to establish a comprehensive, science-based national plan to re-open the U.S. economy through federal-state collaboration while aggressively protecting the public health against recurring COVID-19 outbreaks. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented disruptions to the fabric of American society, commerce, and public health, said Rep. Shalala. While we havent gotten to the end of this crisis, we must start preparing to reopen America in a way that protects public health, restores the economy and takes science-based measures into account. In order to ensure that we can safely resume daily life, we need robust testing, comprehensive contact testing and other safeguards to protect the health of the American people. Congress must provide the strategy and resources necessary for states to reopen for business while protecting their citizens.communitynewspapers.com