IOLTA, QM relief and more in Senate bills
Aug. 1, 2014 - New regulatory relief measures offered in the Senate this week address Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, qualified-mortgage relief and an increase from $10 billion to $50 billion in the asset-size threshold for institutions subject to direct CFPB oversight.
Congress Passes One VA Bill - But There Are Still Many More To Go
A bill that reforms the besieged Veterans Affairs health system headed toward the president's desk Thursday, but other veterans legislation remains stubbornly stuck in the halls of Congress.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
Senator laments lack of 'Beautiful' status
Sen. Jon Tester is expressing "a little" disappointment that he wasn't among the crop of Capitol Hill beauties on The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful list .
Tue Jul 29, 2014
Elections Morning Digest: Mitch McConnell's latest obstacle: the Libertarian
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Mon Jul 28, 2014
Senator Tester Addresses NSA Issues
This morning in Washington, Senator Jon Tester is demanding answers when it comes to data collecting by the government and reported spying by the NSA using the government surveillance law.
2014 & 2016 Alaska Native and Native American Voters
This year in the State of Alaska an Alaska Native, by name of Byron Mallott, of Yakutat, Alaska is running to become the first Alaska Native to become governor of Alaska.
The Times Bulletin
Tentative deal reached on VA reform
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, joined by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., left, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014, about the Veterans Administration.
Sun Jul 27, 2014
NE-Gov: Sen. Jon Tester
Received this e-mail today from Senator Jon Tester in support of Chuck Hassebrook's gubernatorial campaign: When you grow up in a rural state like Montana, you get a feel for the challenges our communities face.
Army War College begins probe on Walsh's alleged plagiarism
Senator John Walsh of Montana was put under scrutiny Thursday by the United States Army War College, which claimed there was evidence that he plagiarized passages for a graduate paper in 2007.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Sen. Walsh responds to plagiarism scandal
A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army ... (more)
The Washington Post
4 senators worry about NSA surveillance of Americans
Four Democratic senators have sent a letter to the director of national intelligence expressing concerns about the scope of the collection of Americans' e-mails and phone calls under a National Security Agency program that targets foreigners overseas.
Hiring Reform Bill Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill
A bipartisan pair of House members has introduced a bill to improve federal hiring by allowing agencies to share information on job applicants, joining several senators pushing the same reforms.
Congress should act now to extricate Veterans Affairs from its health care quagmire: editorial
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, joined by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., left, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014, about the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Democrats stand by senator accused of plagiarism in academic paper
Sen. John Walsh and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.
Veterans Affairs reform bill collapses
Negotiations on the VA reform bill imploded Thursday morning as House negotiators planned to introduce their own bill rather than work with senators in a conference committee.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Uh oh: Democratic senator from Montana accused of plagiarism in Army...
Uh oh: Democratic senator from Montana accused of plagiarism in Army War College assignment; Update: I had PTSD, says Walsh The bad news: He's likely done as a senator.
Montana Senate: A Real Race or Simply Manufactured Buzz?
Almost simultaneously, two different memos appeared from Democratic pollsters insisting the Montana Senate race has closed and the outcome of the contest is very much in doubt.
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Jacksonville Daily News
VA asks Congress not to open private sector floodgates
The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care waittime crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground.
The Jersey Journal
Military Update: VA asks lawmakers not to open 'floodgates' to private care
In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care.
Sun Jul 20, 2014
WZVN-TV Fort Myers
Decision coming on bomber training area expansion
Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.