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1. THE GLASS LABYRINTH
House Democrats are raring to confront the National Football League over its handling of concussions, but they may find it as tough as passing against the Denver Broncos defense.
A bipartisan pair of House members has offered legislation that would provide a tax credit for those who care for aging and disabled relatives.
The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and is supported by groups including the AARP and the American Heart Association, according to a news release issued Monday.
Facing increasing scrutiny in Washington over its handling of concussions and long-term brain injuries in its players, the National Football League donated $507,211 to members of Congress in 2015, putting it on pace for its highest spending ever in a political cycle.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they want "temporary protective status" for undocumented migrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. They argue that high murder rates and gang violence there pushed thousands, including families and children traveling alone, to seek U.S. refuge.
By most accounts, Roberta Jacobson’s confirmation as U.S. ambassador to Mexico should have been a shoo-in.
Black, Hispanic and Asian American lawmakers said Tuesday that their constituents are particularly vulnerable to losing their right to vote if Congress doesn't pass legislation to restore a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act that was tossed out two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
American Banker recently published a column defending payday loans. The author, Ronald Mann, takes issue with those who say borrowers are "forced" to take out another loan, arguing that this word is too strong.
Many items on the agenda this fall are perennial issues because Congress has not been able to find enough common ground on long-term solutions. From the Highway Trust Fund to the Debt Ceiling, Congress has dodged many of the tough decisions with short-term patches.
Highway Trust Fund