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September 1, 2010 - by Hilary Worden

Three more cases are sent to the ethics committee, Reid hopes to get an energy bill through the Senate after the midterms, and more in today’s Congress links.

  • The Office of Congressional Ethics has referred three cases to the House ethics committee, recommending investigations of Representatives John Campbell [R-CA], Joseph Crowley [D-NY], and Tom Price [R-GA]. (The New York Times)
  • The Brookings Institute reports that many Congressional websites are “suboptimal” and that “web site design often appears to be at most a secondary priority” among members of Congress. (Federal Computer Week)
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] promises to “leave no veteran behind” (The Hill), the day after Alan Simpson, GOP co-chairman of President Obama’s fiscal commission, questioned veteran benefits and said veterans are “not helping” with the country’s fiscal problems (The Hill)
  • Senators Chuck Schumer [D-NY] and Max Baucus [D-MT] both expressed their disappointment at the Commerce Department’s failure to investigate China’s currency manipulation. (Senatus)
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV] says he hopes to get some Republican votes for an energy bill after the elections, though he admits cap-and-trade was unlikely to be re-included. (Reuters)
  • 372 bills passed by the House are still awaiting Senate action. It’s likely that many of them will never be passed by the current Senate, and will have to be re-introduced when the next Congress begins. (The Hill)

Many thanks to Anne Jonas, of the Participatory Culture Foundation and Miro project, for the Congressional websites tip. Image of Max Baucus from Daylife.

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Comments

beenblue 09/02/2010 9:36am

Just an observation for your consideration, since 9/11 blatant incompetence and unabashed corruption have become commonplace at the top tiers of finance, and government, and the change we hoped for, is no change at all. Obama spoke as a lion, and withered into a kitten once in office, the bankers and lobbyist he promised to rid the White House of have become his staff. The institutions that reaped the benefits of no regulation, and a les affaires market are still in control and stalling the recovery so they can swallow up the competition, and remain to big to fail. Without campaign reform these same institutions will continue to purchase Representatives in Washington, from the White House to Congress. The republicans and Tea Party, that`s now being purchased and guided by the republicans, say “less government”, but under their watch for 8 yrs. they tripled the size of the Fed, and shredded the Bill of rights, and wagged an 8 year campaign of fear on the world creating a global meltdown

beenblue 09/02/2010 12:08pm

Stop and think, if you just observe the actions, and reactions being played out on the Washington stage, you begin to wonder how can this be a reality, and the explanations being offered upon simple examination, don`t pass the smell test, in other words our leaders and representatives don`t think!, and they don`t seem to care what you think either, and why should they they don`t work for you! All we get is a steady diet of insanity and fear, so that we don`t come to our senses, and right the wrongs that have become to common in our daily lives.

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