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Kevin McCarthy (California Politician)

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  • Delegation clout shifts in aftermath of earmark era

    WASHINGTON Four years after lawmakers gave up earmarking, the last of the billions once dedicated to pet projects has effectively been spent, and one result is a changed roster of states laying claim to the most clout in Congress. Talking smack about...
  • Amid Capitol Hill opposition, high-speed rail gets second wind

    WASHINGTON Is President Barack Obama's vision for high-speed rail dead? If so, you couldn't tell it from a group of rail supporters gathered in Washington this week. And for the first time, they can point to tangible progress. California's $68 billion...
  • Conservatives surprisingly optimistic about killing Export-Import Bank

    It was a smaller room than usual for the monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" event Wednesday. There were fewer attendees than normal, too, both among members and the audience. But among the many topics covered, members seemed united, even hopeful,...
  • McCarthy uses bully pulpit to spotlight California drought

    WASHINGTON Legislation targeting arcane water rules is not typically the stuff of legacy building for high-profile political figures. But for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, shepherding through Congress a bill aimed at easing the water shortage...
  • Congress unlikely to respond to police brutality problems

    WASHINGTON After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last August and the protests against police brutality that ensued, it seemed a bipartisan consensus had emerged in Washington that something was deeply wrong with law enforcement in...
  • Senators said near deal to let Congress slow fast track on trade

    WASHINGTON A top Senate Republican agreed to a Democratic request to let Congress slow action on certain trade pacts, people familiar with the issue said, clearing the way for a bill making it easier for a president to enact trade deals. Senators Orrin...
  • Rep. Renee Ellmers signals support of revised abortion-ban bill

    WASHINGTON The U.S. House Republican who led an internal party rebellion in January against a late-term abortion-ban bill says she now is "comfortable" with changes in a proposed update because it no longer represents a "re-victimizing" of rape and incest...
  • GOP boosts nuclear weapons upgrades in 1st spending bill

    Republicans controlling the House unveiled legislation Tuesday to boost spending for veterans' health care and for maintaining the safety of aging nuclear weapons. Spending for Army Corps of Engineers water projects and for upgrading aging barracks and...
  • Kerry pitches Iran deal to skeptical lawmakers

    Secretary of State John Kerry personally pleaded with House Republicans and Democrats on Monday to give the Obama administration more room to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran, but several lawmakers said they remained skeptical and a bill to give...
  • Attitudes shift on illegal immigration, but unity eludes other issues

    Attitudes shift on illegal immigration, but unity eludes other issues
    Times change. Attitudes soften. People get to know each other and chill. Twenty-one years ago, California voters decided overwhelmingly — 59% of them — to deny public services for immigrants who came here illegally. That included refusing to...
  • Obama administration's new fracking rules criticized by both sides

    Obama administration's new fracking rules criticized by both sides
    As the Obama administration took the first step Friday to regulate the drilling method known as fracking, opposition to the safety measures underscored the challenge of policing a practice that has cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil but raised fears of...