Congress Links today rounds-up reactions to last night's State of the Union adddress. As usual, we lead with the powerfully lucid Ezra Klein of Wonkblog: "But what viewers of the State of the Union learned was that Obama has an agenda. An ambitious one, even. Whether they approve of it, and whether they approve of congressional Republicans obstructing it, remains to be seen." (At right, House Maj. Leader Rep. Boehner [R-OH], previous coverage on OC Blog.)Read Full Article Comments (50)
It's officially been a year since the Supreme Court allowed corporations to spend as much money as they want on political campaign. The new GOP committee chairs are raking in millions from the corporations they're supposed to regulate. Republicans are planning a symbolic spending cut vote ahead of the State of the Union. And talk of legislation to let states declare bankruptcy seems to be getting more frequent. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.Read Full Article Comments (4)
Lots of news on the foreclosure fraud crisis and that bill passed by Congress last week that could have made it harder for homeowners to fight unjust foreclosure. Also, new jobs numbers are out, and they're not good. Also, what happens to the EPA's authority to regulate carbon emissions if the Republicans take over Congress next year? That and more in today's round-up of links on Congress.Read Full Article Comments (6)
It's the end of a pretty non-eventful week in Washington D.C. I think Kargo X sums up the situation best: "The Senate isn't able to pass anything, so everybody goes home. They'll be back next week to not pass anything, and then they'll go home for even longer."
Even though nothing's moving past the great Senate wall in Congress these days, there's still plenty to talk about. To that end, here are your weekend links. Rest assured knowing that all of this great content will be fueling more than a few smug conversations on the political fundraising circuit this weekend.Read Full Article Comments (6)
It was a short first work week back for Congress, and next week will be short too. The House comes back into session Wednesday and the Senate comes back on Monday, but won't be voting on anything until Tuesday. Here's your weekend roundup of links on Congress -- what's driving the debates and shaping the political landscape. Have a good one!Read Full Article Comments (3)
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.Read Full Article Comments (3)
Boehner proposes spending cuts of about the same amount as an extension of the Bush tax cuts would cost, Merkley says immigration reform is unlikely to go anywhere this year, and more in today's Congress links.
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Cap-and-trade is declared dead in the Senate, the debate on extending the Bush tax cuts continues, and more in today's Congress Links. (Pictured right: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY].)Read Full Article Comments (1)
The Congressional Budget Office issues a report on the Bush-era tax cuts, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) forms a new opinion on Afghanistan, and more in today's Congress links. (Pictured at right: Doug Elmendorf, director of the CBO.) Click through for more.
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Schumer and Reid want to raise the issue of China's currency manipulation, former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) is cleared on ethics charges, and more in today's Congress links.
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Congress is set to convene a special session tomorrow, Obama signs a $26 billion stimulus package into law, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) voices his opposition to lame-duck sessions, and more in today's Congress Links.Read Full Article Comments (1)
Senators call for hearings on birthright citizenship, Maxine Waters wants her charges made public, and more in today's Congress Links.Read Full Article Comments (1)
The Senate will soon vote on the confirmation of Elena Kagan, Michelle Obama seeks to have more nutritious school lunches, earmark spending has declined by 40% thanks to Republican efforts, and Rep. Maxine Waters is set to face ethics trials. All this and more in today's Congress Links.Read Full Article Comments (2)
Yesterday, Congress reacted to WikiLeaks' release of classified documents, Democrats made a push to break the Republican filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act, and the heat has gone up on illegal immigration, even as the numbers of immigrants has fallen. Plus, pictured at right, we have explanations of how an ethics trial for Rep. Rangel would work -- see his profile, wiki, official House videos, and latest news coverage from all around the Web. All this and more, click on through.Read Full Article Comments (2)
Taxes are expected to be a major point of contention in September, Sen. Reid seeks to change filibuster rules, and the first House Democrat calls for Rep. Charlie Rangel's resignation over his recent ethics charges. All this and more in today's Congress Links.Read Full Article Comments (8)