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The gun-rights lobby is about to score a big victory in Congress. Tomorrow, for the first time ever, a congressional committee will take up the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that has been a major priority for the National Rifle Association for more than a decade. The bill would require all states that allow some form of concealed carry to honor the concealed-carry licenses of other states. It is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee at 10 am. The hearing will pave the way for the bill to receive a committee mark-up and consideration before the full House later this session.

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The Pitfalls of Email, The Power of Openness

October 21, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Here's a scary indicator of the state of politics. Of all the substantial legislation has gone through Congress this session that people might be reviewing as the midterms approach -- i.e. health care reform, financial reform, stimulus measures -- the two bills people are viewing most often these days on on OpenCongress are outlandish, non-viable proposals that have no support and no chance of being taken seriously by congressional leaders, ever. These bills are getting twice as much attention as the new health care law, and five times the attention of financial reform. In fact, the closer we get to the midterms, the more attention they get.

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Schumer and Cardin Play Senate

August 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Acting on behalf of the full United States Senate, two senators took the afternoon out of their August recesses and returned to the Capitol this afternoon to pass a $600 billion border security bill, honor the late Sen. Ted Stevens, and advance legislation to protect guns from being taken by claimants in bankruptcy proceedings. You can watch the full 30-minute session and find more info about the legislation that inspired this mid-August-recess session by clicking through to read this post...

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With the congressional Democrats expecting big losses in the mid-terms, they are making a final push to get Washington D.C. a full-fledged voting member in the House of Representatives. But the Republicans, who hold enough votes in the Senate to filibuster anything they want, are forcing the Democrats to accept a trade-off most of them find odious-- they'll only let the D.C. voting rights bill go through if it includes a gutting of the district's gun control laws.

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The 10 Most Blogged Bills of 2009

December 29, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Congressional leaders may have decided which bills to bring in front of the C-SPAN cameras over the past year, but they didn't control what the public paid attention to and what bills got them talking. Nearly 10,000 bills have been introduced in Congress over the past year. In many cases the ones that have really caught the public's attention are different from the ones that were sanctioned and promoted by the congressional leadership.

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