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$100 billion “universal fiber” plan proposed by Democrats in Congress

$100 billion “universal fiber” plan proposed by Democrats in Congress

House Democrats yesterday unveiled a $100 billion broadband plan that's gaining quick support from consumer advocates. "The House has a universal fiber broadband plan we should get behind," Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Legislative Counsel Ernesto Falcon wrote in a blog post. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) announced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, saying…
Facebook pulls Trump campaign ads for featuring Nazi-associated image

Facebook pulls Trump campaign ads for featuring Nazi-associated image

This afternoon, Facebook removed from its platform a series of campaign ads for President Donald Trump, citing policy against hate speech—a takedown that landed right in the middle of a hearing where a Facebook official was being grilled by Congress about the site's failures to act on hate speech originating from the White House. The…
Members Of Congress Ask Why More Coronavirus Aid Hasn’t Been Spent On Nursing Homes

Members Of Congress Ask Why More Coronavirus Aid Hasn’t Been Spent...

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., seen in 2014, asked the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday why more coronavirus funds were not being spent on nursing homes. White House Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption White House Pool/Getty Images Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., seen…
News Brief: Congress’ Policing Hearing, COVID-19 Hotspots, Government PPE Contracts

News Brief: Congress’ Policing Hearing, COVID-19 Hotspots, Government PPE Contracts

Congress holds its first hearing on policing since the killing of George Floyd. New COVID-19 hotspots emerge. And, a look at where the government spent its money to provide PPE to frontline workers.
COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

Enlarge / A global pandemic is no excuse for sticking your nose in other people's private data. A group of lawmakers from both parties is putting forth legislation that aims to protect Americans' privacy and personal data while advancing public health initiatives in the face of COVID-19. Well over 100,000 people in the United States…
“Fired for being right”: Trump admin whistleblower testifies to Congress

“Fired for being right”: Trump admin whistleblower testifies to Congress

Enlarge / Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, steps out of the hearing room before testifying about the government response to the novel coronavirus pandemic to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC.Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla US Rep. Anna Eshoo…
Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

Last week, Republican House members sent a letter to President Donald Trump in which they decried banks' recent re-evaluations of the risks of fossil fuel investments. While the letter doesn't call for any particular action, it repeatedly mentions the assistance offered to banks via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act 9 (CARES Act),…
Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto

Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto

Richard Blumenthal, the US senator sponsoring a bill that critics say will limit the use of encryption, is calling for an investigation of video-conference provider Zoom, in part over its false claim it offered... end-to-end encryption. The Connecticut Democrat is a sponsor of the EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act…
Senators push to allow remote Senate votes during emergencies

Senators push to allow remote Senate votes during emergencies

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Enlarge / Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Win McNamee/Getty Images Two senior senators—Republican Rob Portman of Ohio and Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois—are introducing legislation to allow Senate votes to be held remotely. "In times of extraordinary national crisis, the Senate must be able to convene and act expeditiously even if we can't be together…
Congress Considers Bipartisan Compromise Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills

Congress Considers Bipartisan Compromise Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills

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Consumers often get hit with large surprise medical bills after an emergency and in other situations when they're seen by out-of-network providers. A bipartisan push to curtail the practice is making its way through Congress. Paul Burns/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Paul Burns/Getty Images Consumers often get hit with large surprise medical bills after…

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