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May 24, 2018 | CNN

Who has signed the DACA discharge petition

Here are the lawmakers that have signed a petition that would force a House floor vote on immigration bills, according to the House Clerk's Office. The measure needs 218 signatures to move forward, which would require 26 Republicans and 192 of 193 Democrats (so far, just one Democrat has said he will not sign the petition).

May 23, 2018 | The Washington Times

POW/MIA Chair of Honor: A solemn reminder in the U.S. Capitol

Issues: Veterans

It is said that there is loyalty in the simple act of remembrance. In November, the United States Congress unveiled a Chair of Honor that sits empty in the United States Capitol as a tribute to those brave men and women who, in the course of their courageous military service, have been rendered missing in action or prisoners of war.

May 22, 2018 | Al-Monitor

Congress rebels against Trump’s Middle East war secrecy

Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform, National Security

As the top Democrat on the House panel overseeing the Defense Department, Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts has traveled to Iraq almost two dozen times under three different presidents. But now, that ability to monitor US military actions and foreign aid, Lynch insists, is being compromised by what he contends is a plummeting level of transparency under President Donald Trump, even as the administration promises to confront Iran throughout the Middle East.

May 19, 2018 | The Boston Globe

House Democrats dream of oversight bonanza after midterms

Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform

House Democrats, stewing over stacks of unanswered letters to Trump officials collecting dust on their shelves, are counting the days until they can take back the majority and launch dozens of inquiries into the president and his administration that the White House will no longer be able to ignore.

May 17, 2018 | The Washington Examiner

Democrats blast Trump for lack of plan to battle opioid abuse

House Democrats on Thursday chided the Trump administration for not releasing a drug control strategy in the midst of the opioid crisis. “We’re dragging our feet on this and this is inexcusable,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.

May 17, 2018 | The Hill

Dems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post

House Democrats are urging President Trump to reconsider his decision to scrap a top cyber policy adviser role following the administration's decision to eliminate the position aimed at coordinating the government's approach to cybersecurity policy across federal agencies.

May 15, 2018 | Dorchester Reporter

Maybe UMass Boston should be ‘independent’ of system, Lynch says

As tensions escalated this week between members of the UMass Boston community and the UMass president’s office, elected officials touring the Columbia Point campus made it clear that they plan to weigh in heavily on how its land will be used and its status within the UMass system. US Rep. Stephen Lynch, newly sworn-in state Sen. Nick Collins, state Rep. Dan Hunt, and City Councillors Annissa Essaibi-George and Frank Baker went on a walk-through of UMass Boston facilities on Monday.

May 12, 2018 | The Boston Globe

A veil of secrecy fuels doubts on Afghan war

Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform, National Security

It is challenging enough that the war in Afghanistan has gone on for almost 17 years. But now the Trump administration is raising hackles in Congress by cloaking in official secrecy an unusual amount of data about the longest armed conflict in American history, including, until very recently, the dwindling size of the beleaguered Afghan military.

May 9, 2018 | POLITICO

Dems want DOJ to release documents explaining why Comey docs kept secret

Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform, National Security

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee say the Justice Department is withholding documents that would provide a rationale for classifying records as top secret that appear to corroborate former FBI Director James Comey's account of his interactions with President Donald Trump.

May 9, 2018 | The Hill

Dems want DOJ to hand over docs related to Comey conversation

Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform, National Security

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want the Justice Department to release documents they say will shed light on why notes related to a conversation with former FBI Director James Comey were classified.

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