Lawmakers push for transparency in prescription drug pricing

Lawmakers push for transparency in prescription drug pricing

The average brand-name drug costs eighteen-times more than a generic drug; in some cases, jumping hundreds of dollars every year, according to a report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

July 19th, 12:31 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Supporters push McConnell for vote on 9/11 victims fund before August recess

Supporters push McConnell for vote on 9/11 victims fund before August recess

This comes one day after a Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held up U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s request to unanimously pass the extension.

July 18th, 1:39 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Reed to visit U.S.-Mexico border Friday

Reed to visit U.S.-Mexico border Friday

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed announced he and 15 members of his Problem Solvers Caucus are traveling to McAllen, Texas on Friday. The group is scheduled to tour a border patrol station and a centralized processing center, according to a release.

July 18th, 11:30 AM EDT by Matt Knoedler
House votes to repeal unpopular 'Cadillac Tax' provision of Obamacare

House votes to repeal unpopular 'Cadillac Tax' provision of Obamacare

The U.S. House overwhelmingly voted today to repeal one of Obamacare’s most unpopular provisions. That’s the so-called “Cadillac Tax” on high-cost, high-benefit insurance.

July 17th, 6:59 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Senate Democrats launch bill to end migrant family separations

Senate Democrats launch bill to end migrant family separations

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced legislation that would effectively change the way the Trump administration detains migrant children at the Southern border.

July 11th, 4:45 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
The future of the Affordable Care Act is back in federal court

The future of the Affordable Care Act is back in federal court

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing whether or not the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

July 9th, 3:40 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Unions, labor could prove crucial for Democrats in 2020

Unions, labor could prove crucial for Democrats in 2020

The Rustbelt includes states that then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump flipped from Democratic strongholds to a new Republican stomping ground. They are now the same places Democrats are now trying to win back if they want to win the presidency.

July 3rd, 4:19 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Toomey launches new plan for ending sanctuary cities

Toomey launches new plan for ending sanctuary cities

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is launching a new strategy for curbing illegal immigration and ending sanctuary cities.

June 12th, 12:51 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
'Modernizing' federal gas tax for national infrastructure project among Problem Solvers Caucus suggestions

'Modernizing' federal gas tax for national infrastructure project among Problem Solvers Caucus suggestions

Talks of a $2 trillion infrastructure package have quieted down in Washington. But U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s Problem Solvers Caucus is hoping their plan will jumpstart a new conversation.

June 11th, 4:15 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Reed defends Trump's tariff threat as deadline looms

Reed defends Trump's tariff threat as deadline looms

Congressman Tom Reed is defending President Trump’s threat to impose a five-percent tariff on Mexico as talks over enhanced immigration enforcement continue. Reed told WENY News this week he does not think the tariffs on Mexico, which could go into effect on Monday, will hurt ongoing trade talks between the two countries as they try to patch up the new NAFTA deal known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

June 7th, 4:09 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Ithaca nursing home among hundreds violating federal standards, Senate report finds

Ithaca nursing home among hundreds violating federal standards, Senate report finds

An investigation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid data shows nearly 400 nursing homes – fifteen in New York, including the Cayuga Ridge Nursing Home in Ithaca – violate federal health and safety regulations, a report finds.

June 4th, 5:21 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Pennsylvania's Keller sworn into U.S. House

Pennsylvania's Keller sworn into U.S. House

Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier now officially has a new Member of Congress. Republican Fred Keller took the oath of office tonight in Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore him in shortly after 7p.m. as Keller was surrounded by his family.

June 3rd, 9:08 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Reed aims to shore up USPS funding

Reed aims to shore up USPS funding

The United States Postal Service lost nearly $4 billion in 2018. But a new plan from U.S. Rep. Tom Reed would help to curb those losses. However, it’s unclear if the Postal Service is on-board with the idea.

May 24th, 10:51 AM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Gillibrand talks NDAA, sexual assault in the military

Gillibrand talks NDAA, sexual assault in the military

Twenty-seven U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle have spent the week deciding much of what’s in and what’s out of next year’s defense budget. It’s known as the National Defense Authorization Act.

May 24th, 9:57 AM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Alabama abortion law stirs constitutionality debate among 2020 candidates

Alabama abortion law stirs constitutionality debate among 2020 candidates

Some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are once again protesting the Alabama law that provides a near-total ban on abortion. It's creating controversy over what is considered a "constitutional right."

May 17th, 4:28 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Rising child care costs at the heart of new Casey proposal

Rising child care costs at the heart of new Casey proposal

By some estimates, child care can cost more than college on an annual basis. In Pennsylvania, it’s an average of more than $11,500.

May 10th, 3:24 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Reed open to raising smoking age to 21

Reed open to raising smoking age to 21

On Wednesday, WENY News first reported on a group of U.S. Senators are pushing to raise the purchasing age for tobacco from 18 to 21. But it’s already a reality in many parts of the Southern Tier and Western New York.

May 9th, 4:47 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Senators consider raising smoking age to 21 nationwide

Senators consider raising smoking age to 21 nationwide

If a group of U.S. Senators have it their way, younger Americans will have to be a little bit older to buy a pack of cigarettes.

May 8th, 4:54 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Reed's SPIKE Act pushes for transparent prescription drug costs

Reed's SPIKE Act pushes for transparent prescription drug costs

Analysts at AARP found brand name drugs jumped an average of nearly $5,000 from 2006-2017. But if priced at the rate of inflation during the same time period, that increase would’ve been significantly less, around $500.

April 26th, 2:53 PM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Casey endorses Biden as former Vice President launches 2020 bid

Casey endorses Biden as former Vice President launches 2020 bid

U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for President in 2020, according to a statement released Thursday morning.

April 25th, 9:46 AM EDT by Matt Knoedler
Reed, Trump talk trade as White House ramps up support for USMCA
Reed, Trump talk trade as White House ramps up support for USMCA

It's unclear how many members of Congress attended the meeting, but several members of the Ways & Means Committee -- the House committee that oversees trade – and Trump Cabinet officials were expected to be there.

House fails to override Trump's veto, national emergency stands
House fails to override Trump's veto, national emergency stands

President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration will survive, at least for now. On Tuesday, the U.S. House failed to override the President’s veto of a resolution that would eliminate that emergency for the southern border. The results of the 248-181 vote were mostly expected, but fall short of the two-thirds majority required for a veto override. Just 14 Republicans crossed over and joined Democrats, who needed about another 40 Republicans to defect to reach...

House Democrats scramble for votes to override Trump veto
House Democrats scramble for votes to override Trump veto

The House could vote as soon as Tuesday to override Trump’s veto on the national emergency declaration centered around the border wall.