Congress

If Republicans keep control of the House in November, Democrats’ worst nightmares could come true.  If the House changes hands, Congress could limit President Trump's power.  But will Democrats be able to please their base?  Plus the latest on Hurricane Michael - on the next Morning Edition from NPR News.

The House could vote on TWO immigration bills, but neither one appears likely to pass.

Republicans are split and Democrats are angry over family separation. What's next for immigration legislation on the next on All Things Considered from NPR News.

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Recent polls show that a majority of voters in the U-S are against President Trump's policy of separating children from families that illegally cross the border seeking asylum. Although a majority of Republican voters still support it. We'll hear from pollsters who analyze whether this base of support could be enough to help Republicans keep control of Congress on the next Morning Edition.

California Update for Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22, 2018
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• The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it can NOT support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.

• Vanity may be a new funding source for more driver's education in California high schools. A bill in the state Senate would let Californians choose which photo ends up on their driver's license.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Steve Milne.

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the address live. The live video stream above will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. The annotated transcript of the speech is below. 

President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address on January 30th, 2018, to a joint session of Congress. One year into the Trump administration, the Speaker of the House has extended the traditional invitation to the president to "take account of the progress we have made" and "lay out the work that still remains to be done." 

NPR News and KRCB-FM will air the president's speech and the Democratic Party response by Representative Joe Kennedy (MA).   

Mixed, Late Results in Sonoma County Elections

Nov 9, 2016

The electoral upheaval at the national level was not felt much in Sonoma County’s local races, where big money from Independent Expenditure Committees bought mixed results.

With both houses of Congress and the White House controlled by Republicans going forward, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman told KRCB Television that he and his colleagues in the Democratic minority will continue to exercise their role as the "loyal opposition," while stopping short of the disruptive tactics GOP lawmakers deployed to thwart the Obama administration.

Congress Finally Acts on Conservation Funding

Apr 21, 2016
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  Environmentalists got some good news from Congress this week. Suzanne Potter tells us what it was.

Bruce Robinson

  Fears that Social Security is about to run short of funds are unfounded, a trio of congressmen told a Santa Rosa gathering yesterday. But the 80 year old program has not been updated for 33 years, and is overdue for some adjustments to carry it into the next century.

Congressman Larson's Fact Sheet on HR 1391, the Social Security 2100 Act, can be read here. The full text of the measure is here.

Dam Removal Awaits Congressional Confirmation

Nov 9, 2015
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  A hard-won agreement to remove some dams on the Klamath River now needs action  from Congress to finalize it. But time for that is running out. Chris Thomas has the story.

Congress Eyes Mental Health Measures

Sep 30, 2015

  The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 is one of three similar bills awaiting action in Washington, D.C that have the potential to support and expand mental health services here in the North Bay.

Privatization May Threaten California Parklands

May 20, 2015
Photo of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe, courtesy of NASA.

  Yet another  brewing legislative battle in Washington could change Californians' access to some popular public lands. Lori Abbot has a report.