Former House lawmakers join Washington lobbying firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former New York congressman unseated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to work for a powerhouse lobbying firm.
Squire Patton Boggs announced Tuesday that Joseph Crowley has joined its global public policy practice. Crowley chaired the House Democratic Caucus and was once considered a possible successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before losing to Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic congressional primary.
House backs $3 billion bill to boost ports, dams, harbors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday night approved a nearly $3 billion bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.
Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb takes oath, joins House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Conor Lamb has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress after winning a closely watched special election in Pennsylvania.
Members of the state's congressional delegation escorted Lamb to the well of the House where House Speaker Paul Ryan administered the oath.
A Pennsylvania Republican, Bill Shuster, jokingly told the House that he and Lamb come from the same side of the aisle: "Steelers fans, not Eagles."
Fayette psychologist seeks Democratic nod for Congress in 14th District
Fayette County psychologist Adam Sedlock is making a second run for Congress, seeking the Democratic nomination in the newly redrawn 14th District.
Sedlock, 64, of Chalk Hill, received about 6,000 votes in 2016, when he ran as a write-in candidate in the 9th District against Democratic incumbent Bill Shuster and Republican challenger Art Halvorson.
The revised 14th District includes Fayette, Greene and Washington counties and the western part of Westmoreland County.
State House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, is bowing out of politics for now.
Reed, 39, who eschewed seeking a ninth term in the state House to run for Congress, announced in January that he would seek the GOP nomination for the 9th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Bill Shuster.
Letter to the editor: Halvorson would serve us well
Congressman Bill Shuster has indicated he will retire at the end of his ninth term and work until then with President Trump to bolster the nation's infrastructure, rather than campaign for a 10th term.
Key lawmaker gives up on privatizing air traffic control
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top proponent in Congress for privatizing the nation's air traffic control system says the idea won't fly this year.
That's a setback for airlines, many of which lobbied to take the air-traffic system away from the Federal Aviation Administration and put it in the hands of a private, non-profit company run by aviation interests, including airlines.
Top Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker announces US House bid
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House Majority Leader Dave Reed will run for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Reed formally announced the bid Tuesday in a campaign email, a few days after telling Republican Party officials about his plans.
Top GOP lawmaker told party officials he’ll run for Congress
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dave Reed, the majority leader of the state House of Representatives, has told Republican Party officials he plans to run for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster.
Reed, in office since 2003 and majority leader for three years, would face a crowded Republican Party primary in the solidly Republican 9th District, where Donald Trump won 70 percent of the vote for president.
Top Pennsylvania House Republican eyes run for Congress
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House Majority Leader Dave Reed says he's considering running for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, who announced last week that he won't seek another term in the southwestern Pennsylvania seat.
Reed, an Indiana County Republican, said Wednesday he'll decide soon whether to run. Meanwhile, Republican state Sen. John Eichelberger of Blair County is declaring his candidacy for the office.
GOP Rep. Shuster, transportation panel chairman, to retire
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, the powerful Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced Tuesday that he won't run for re-election.
Shuster said he wants to focus his time and energy on working with President Donald Trump on legislation to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Pennsylvania congressmen spend thousands at Trump hotel, restaurant
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers rank among the biggest congressional spenders at properties owned by President Trump, according to a Washington Post report.
The Post said federal political committees, including ones affiliated with 40 congressional Republicans, gave nearly $1.3 million to Trump entities from Election Day 2016 through September.
On Sept. 18, Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas was joined by the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on a Black Hawk helicopter ride across Cypress Creek, the Addicks and Barker reservoirs and Buffalo Bayou to gain a better understanding of the flooding problems facing the Houston area and the need to fix them.
Privatization plan hits turbulence; supporters still upbeat
WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control operations has hit turbulence in the House, raising questions about whether one of President Donald Trump's infrastructure priorities can survive.
House GOP reviving effort to privatize air traffic control
NEW YORK (AP) — With a boost from President Donald Trump, House Republicans are reviving efforts to shift responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations to a private, nonprofit corporation.
Republican Rep. Bill Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Wednesday the committee will consider his legislation next week. He expects the full House to vote on the bill in mid-July.
House chairman pushes privatizing air traffic control in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican committee chairman called on lawmakers Wednesday to turn the nation's air traffic control operations over to a new, non-profit corporation, saying no other infrastructure change has as much potential to improve travel for the average American flyer.
Lawmakers to airlines: Improve service or Congress steps in
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief executive of United Airlines apologized Tuesday on Capitol Hill for an incident in which a passenger was dragged off a flight, calling it "a mistake of epic proportions" as frustrated lawmakers warned airline executives to improve customer service or face congressional intervention.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania are now saying they're opposed to House GOP health care legislation backed by President Donald Trump.
Allentown-area Rep. Charlie Dent said Wednesday night that he opposes the bill.
It would undo major elements of former President Barack Obama's landmark 2010 health care law. But Dent says the bill will lead to the loss of health insurance and make insurance unaffordable for more people.
Lawmaker says Trump infrastructure plan not all gov’t money
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan will likely include private projects like pipelines that don't involve federal money but have been hindered by a lack of government permits or regulations, according to a key Republican lawmaker.
President Donald Trump's order temporarily barring citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States has drawn mostly enthusiastic reactions from area GOP lawmakers as a lone Democrat opposes the measure.The Trump administration claims the executive order, which the president issued Friday, allows security officials to hone their process for vetting those seeking entrance.Critics, including many civil rights leaders, have derided the order as a discriminatory "Muslim...
House chairman: Trump favors privatizing air traffic control
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress.
Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House transportation committee, told The Associated Press that he spoke to Trump about the idea several times both before and during the presidential election.
Two Republicans, one nominated by Democrats, square off on 9th Congressional District ballot
Life doesn't often present chances for a do-over, but that's exactly what Art Halvorson and incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster face Nov. 8.You could call it the "Battle of Bedford County" - where both candidates reside - except the 9th Congressional District, created in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Census, includes all or parts of a dozen counties, stretching from Mon Valley communities and places more than 150 miles east.In April's Republican primary, Shuster, with 50.63 percent of the vote,...
The opponent of U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster wants to debate the eight-term Republican incumbent at several locations in the sprawling 9th Congressional District, which includes the eastern edges of Washington and Greene counties.Art Halvorson of Bedford County, who narrowly lost the Republican primary to Shuster but resurrected his candidacy by securing a Democratic write-in nomination, on Friday called on Shuster to participate in a series of five town-hall debates.A news release...
BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — The conservative tea party challenger who was narrowly beaten in the Republican primary by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster says he will run against the eight-term incumbent — as a Democrat.
Art Halvorson, a retired Coast Guard captain from Bedford County, received more than the 1,000 write-in votes in the Democratic primary.
The largely rural, west-central Pennsylvania district hasn't elected a Democrat since 1933. It includes Bedford, Blair, Fayette,...
Houses passes bill to boost airport security, reduce lines
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed an aviation bill Monday aimed at boosting airport security, reducing screening lines and refunding fees to passengers whose luggage is lost or arrives late.
The bill also extends the Federal Aviation Administration's programs for 14 months at current funding levels. It was approved by a voice vote.
The Senate is expected to vote later this week. Action is required by Friday, the day the FAA's current operating authority expires,...