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Get rid of 200 peers and cap size of House of Lords at 600, recommend MPs

“The House of Lords needs to axe 200 peers and place an overall cap on membership of the upper chamber, a committee of MPs has recommended” writes Michael Fabricant for telegraph.co.uk. A new report by the committee calls for urgent action to address the ballooning size of the House of Lords, arguing its growing membership is affecting its ability to function effectively. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Canadian House Finance Committee Recommends Crypto Regulation to Prevent Money Laundering

“The Canadian House Finance Committee has recommended that the government start regulating cryptocurrencies to prevent money laundering, Canadian digital newspaper iPolitics reports Nov. 14” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. Cointelegraph also recently released an analysis on Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) crypto guidelines, which were updated to combat money laundering and terrorism financing in Europe.According to iPolitics, the Canadian House Finance Committee suggested that cryptocurrencies should be regulated during its review of the Proceeds of Crime Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA), which occurs once every five year.As a…

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Mark Meadows hit with $40K ethics fine

“While Representative Meadows did take some important immediate steps after learning of the allegations of sexual harassment by Mr” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “He apologized to the complainants and acknowledged that his actions may have been perceived in ways other than what he intended,” the committee concluded. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Activists protest Democratic offices, demand ‘rapid, massive, wartime mobilization’ on climate change

“Pallone and other Democratic committee heads oppose the creation of a new climate committee, preferring to address the issue through normal channels” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the likely incoming chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, demanding stronger action to combat climate change.The previous iteration of the climate committee, which Republicans disbanded upon taking power of the House in 2011, did not have the power to draft legislation. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Government offers to help Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 Games

“ROME (AP) — Enjoying its status as the leading contender to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, the Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo bid has received another boost with a funding promise from the Italian government” writes Andrew Dampf for yahoo.com. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said if ”private funding isn’t enough, we’ll make the final push” to cover the remaining costs. Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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Middle class drivers uses could be fueling criminal activity by using illegal car washes

“Hand car washes must be issued licences in order to crack down on modern slavery, a Parliamentary committee has said as it warns middle class drivers they could be fuelling criminal activity” writes Allister Heath for telegraph.co.uk. A damning report published on Thursday reveals that thousands of cheap car washes have sprung up alongside supermarkets and car parks across the country, with many linked to human trafficking and exploitative labour practices.The environment committee said a lack of regulatory oversight meant that some car washes could be hiding forms of modern…

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Incoming committee chairs launch probe into Whitaker’s involvement with patent company

“Whitaker, who became acting attorney general last week after the removal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was on the advisory board for World Patent Marketing” writes Rebecca Morin for politico.com. The acting attorney general, who served as Session’s chief of staff, has also come under fire for past comments he made that were critical of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.A team of House Democrats who will assume high-profile committee chairmanships next year has opened an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s involvement with a patent firm that allegedly defrauded…

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House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

“As for the census citizenship question, Cummings said the oversight panel needed to “figure out why it’s there, because to be very frank with you, we have been told some untruths” by the administration” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings told Reuters he had not yet prioritized all the issues his committee would examine when his party takes over leadership of the House of Representatives in January.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one…

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the likely next head of the House Oversight Committee, wants to bring the CEOs of drugmakers to grill them on the actual cause behind high drug prices.

“Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the likely next head of the House Oversight Committee, wants to bring the CEOs of drugmakers to grill them on the actual cause behind high drug prices” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The committee also brought in Mylan CEO Heather Bresch in 2016 to explain a price hike for the allergy drug EpiPen.Shkreli was later convicted of federal fraud charges unrelated to the price hike. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Republicans block Democratic bill to end US role in Yemen war

“House Republicans on Tuesday blocked any quick vote on a Democratic bill that would have ended U.S. support in the civil war in Yemen” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Khanna, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the war powers bill in September after a similar failed bid to withdraw the U.S. from the conflict last year.Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and supported by other top Democrats, meaning it can not longer leapfrog committee hearings and be fast-tracked to the chamber floor. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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