Keystone Pipeline Co. Taps Lobbyist Brother of Biden Adviser (1)

A lobbying firm run by the brother of White House counselor Steve Ricchetti has signed the Canadian-based company behind the Keystone XL pipeline project, which President Joe Biden effectively halted upon taking office.

Farmworkers Need More Covid Safeguards, Activists Tell House (1)

Labor activists urged lawmakers to protect agriculture workers better from coronavirus infections through government action, including vaccine access and federal rules.

Women Take Reins of Federal Fiscal Policy in Agencies, Congress

The Senate is on track to confirm two more women this week to help steer economic policy in the Biden administration, adding to a groundbreaking trend of more women in control of government money in the executive and legislative branches.

Background Check Bill Unveiling Kicks Off Gun Control Push (1)

A background check bill Democrats pegged as their best hope to pass gun-control legislation was reintroduced Tuesday, kicking off a push to garner enough Republican support in the Senate for it to become law.

What to Know in Washington: Relief Bill is Schumer’s First Test

Chuck Schumer confronts his first major test as Senate majority leader with the chamber set to take up President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package this week despite simmering tension between the Democratic Party’s moderate and progressive factions.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Medicare Pay Change for Ambulances Eyed

Ambulance companies are seeking a major victory as Senate Democrats consider whether to allow Medicare to pay them as emergency responders in the field.

Pentagon Wary of Forcing U.S. Troops to Get Coronavirus Shots

President Joe Biden and Pentagon leaders are reluctant to compel U.S. troops to receive coronavirus vaccines, even as about one-third of service members have declined shots so far.

Funding Bodyguards With Campaign Cash Set for Federal Approval

Federal regulators next week are set to pave the way for lawmakers to pay for bodyguards with campaign money.

Jan. 6 Revolt Compels Some Democrats to Reassess Bipartisan Ties

One of the most routine and noncontroversial of all congressional votes — renaming a post office — became a point of partisan contention last week when a House Democrat briefly halted a usually unanimous move because the Republican sponsor voted against certifying the presidential election.

What to Know in Washington: Democrats Shelve Wage Hike Tax Plan

Senate Democrats are jettisoning a proposal to use the tax code to penalize corporations that don’t raise the minimum wage for their lowest-paid workers in an effort to keep President Joe Biden’s broader stimulus plan on track for quick passage, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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