Members of the House Ethics Committee have voted unanimously to spend up to $500,000 extending the contract of a special counsel examining alleged wrongdoing by California Rep. Maxine Waters, according to a committee statement released Thursday.
Members of the House Ethics Committee escalated their increasingly public spat with Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday, flatly refusing a request from the congresswoman and dozens of other House Democrats to release a special counsel's findings relating to an investigation involving the embattled 11-term California Democrat.
A group of 69 congressional Democrats called on the House Ethics Committee on Thursday to immediately release a special counsel's report dismissing claims that Rep. Maxine Waters' rights were violated during the panel's continuing inquiry into alleged misconduct on the part of the 11-term California congresswoman.
It is no secret that the Congressional Black Caucus did not initially support Barack Obama's campaign to become president of the United States. During the 2008 primary campaign, half of the members backed then-Sen. Hillary Clinton. It was not until the Iowa caucus win by Obama that many black Americans started to believe it was possible for a black man to become president. And even once it was clear that Obama could win, some CBC members were still skeptical.
While acknowledging the hard-hit black community and budding criticisms in its ranks, President Barack Obama said in a speech Saturday night to the Congressional Black Caucus that he wouldn't give up -- and urged members of the black community to join him to jump-start the still-sluggish economy.
A top African-American lawmaker urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to focus more attention on the plight of unemployed black Americans, warning that there is growing frustration with the administration among some of its staunchest backers.
A California congresswoman under investigation by the House ethics committee ripped into that committee Wednesday, demanding to know why it secretly put two investigators working on her case on administrative leave on the same day it announced a postponement of a hearing.
The House ethics committee will hold trial-like hearings on allegations against two Democratic members -- Rep. Charles Rangel of New York and Rep. Maxine Waters of California -- after the November 2 congressional elections in which both are running, the panel's chairwoman announced Thursday.
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has chosen to face a House ethics trial rather than accept a finding of wrongdoing by the House ethics committee, according to a source familiar with the process.
While the overall unemployment rate for Americans fell in November, the jobless gap between African-Americans and all other races actually rose, continuing a disturbing trend that has many lawmakers up in arms.
Consumers, public interest groups and some federal regulators pushed lawmakers to enact sweeping changes to the credit card industry, aimed at remedying what they view as questionable practices of the credit card industry that keep consumers mired in debt.
Democrats in the House and Senate pushed legislation Thursday that would have U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by August 2008, or sooner if certain benchmarks of progress aren't met, but the White House said the president would veto any such proposal.
Anti-war lawmakers Thursday called on colleagues in the House of Representatives to set a "clear timeline" for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, challenging fellow Democrats to assume the political risk of ending the war.
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