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July 21, 2010 - by David Moore

Elena Kagan gets approved by The Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Schumer (D-NY) is rated the most active member of Congress. House and Senate Dems go back-and-forth over the delay of the food safety bill.  And President Obama urges Congress for legislation on equal pay for women. Not to mention the major unemployment bill (H.R. 4213), which is of course our most-commented-on and most-tracked bill by users over the past month.

For all the best info: peruse the bill's latest news and blog coverage from around the Web, see the highest-rated user comments, visit our community-generated Benefit Wiki project to better understand how it affects your state, read our helpful past coverage of the bill's long journey, and send us your questions: writeus at opencongress dot org.  All this and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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July 19, 2010 - by

Obama calls on Republicans to support an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. A Senate committee votes to allow private rockets in space. The Medicare doc-fix issue may come up in the post-election lame-duck Congress. And Harry Reid gets ready to introduce his big energy bill this week. All this and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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July 15, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

  • After three Republicans joined Democrats in ending debate on the Financial Regulations bill, the Senate voted 60-39 to pass the bill, and send it to the President to sign into law. (TPM)
  • Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is opposing TARP-watchdog Elizabeth Warren to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (HuffPo)
  • Today, debate began in Congress over whether to extend the Bush era tax cuts, or let them expire at the end of this year.  The 10 year cost of the cuts is estimated at over $1.6 trillion.(Politico)
  • In a USA Today opinion piece, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) announced that despite what he calls Elena Kagan's "stonewalling", he will vote to confirm her to the Supreme Court. (USA Today)
  • The House Natural Resources Committee approved a measure that would impose tougher environmental safeguards on deep-sea oil drilling, as well as ending some of the industry's tax exemptions. (LA Times)
  • Learn al about that bill, the CLEAR Act, here. (OpenCongress)
  • The climbing federal deficit has some in congress - including Democrats - publicly contemplating changes to Social Security, including possibly raising the retirement age.  (Wall Street Journal)
  • The House and Senate have passed resolutions attempting to raise the number of federal employees who telecommute. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD-3) said the nation stands to gain financial, environmental, and even security benefits by having government workers work from home. (AP)
  • The Washington Independent reports that the Senate is expected to vote to extend unemployment benefits next Tuesday, after Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-WV) replacement is sworn into office.  (Washington Independent)

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July 8, 2010 - by Hilary Worden

A Senator marks himself as a "no" vote on Kagan, Obama makes two other recess appointments, the Pentagon surveys on "Don't Ask Don't Tell", and more. It's your daily link roundup for Thursday, and your comments are welcome.

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July 7, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

President Obama temporarily appointed Dr. Donaly M. Berwick to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The recess appointment does not have to be confirmed by the Senate, but will expire in 2011, when the Senate will have to approve the President's selection. (NY Times)

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) announced that the US is prepared to use "military actions", if it must, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  (AP)

Senate Democrats are expected to try again to extend unemployment benefits when Congress reconvenes on July 9.  Senate Democrats have so far been unable to break the Republican filibuster preventing them from passing such a bill.  It has been 36 days since these benefits were allowed to lapse. (Christian Science Monitor)

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July 6, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

With the House and Senate both out of session until Friday, July 9th for their "Summer District Work Periods," it's been a comparatively slow week for news on Congress. Here are some links to hold you over until next week, when Congress gets back to work and things pick up a bit.

For starters: there may be more left-right agreement on stimulus spending than meets the eye -- at least outside of Congress, reports Ezra Klein in the WaPo. Click through for a baker's dozen more links with unparalleled scintillating Congressional analysis.

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July 1, 2010 - by Hilary Worden

Elena Kagan, immigration reform, Cuba, the deficit, and more in today's Congress Links.

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June 29, 2010 - by

  • Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY-4] has proposed a bill to end coroporal punishment in schools. (ABCNews)
  • President Obama urges Congress to work on an immigration bill. (WashingtonTimes)
  • Congress asks Toyota to hand over more documents regarding recallled vehicles. (WSJ)
  • Democrats may cut $19 million bank fee in the financial reform bill. (BusinessWeek)
  • Senate Democrats are willing to scale back their energy bill to get Republican support. (AP)
  • The House has voted to extend homebuyer credit meaning that consumers now have three more months to complete their purchases. (AP)
  • Senator Byrd's death complicated Democrats plans to pass financial reform. (CBSNews)
  • Senate Democrats may split Afghan war spending bill and domestic spending package so Democrats can vote on each issue seperately. (Politico)
  • House Republican Leader John Boehner [R-OH] said that he would support raising the retirement age to 70. (Pittsburg Tribune-Review)

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June 28, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

The longest-serving senator in U.S history passes away. Obama's latest Supreme Court pick, Elana Kagan, began her Senate Judiciary Committee hearings today. States begin struggling to pay for social services because of the Senate's failure to pass the tax extenders bill. And reports suggest that Congress will take up climate change/energy legislation during the lame-duck session. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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June 23, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

  • Democratic leaders are asking Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D - AR) to "water down" her provision in the Senate FinReg  bill that would ban banks from receiving government subsidies for their profitable - but risky - derivatives trading operations. Lincoln is refusing. (New York Times)
  • Sen. Lincoln is also pushing a change in the bill that would exempt an Arkansas bank owned by the Walton family (of Wal-Mart fame) from certain capital holding requirements. (Wall Street Journal)
  • House, Senate negotiators agree to establish a consumer protection bureau housed in the Fed as part of the new financial regulation bill. (Businessweek)
  • House Democrats, nervous about deficit, propose $7 billion in budget cuts for next year. (AP)
  • Deficit worries have also driven cuts in the Senate's stalled unemployment relief bill, but massive tax breaks remain untouched. (The LA Times)
  • The House subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties will hold hearings on Thursday to examine "location-based mobile services". Concerns over possible privacy violations are expected to be the main focus of the hearings. (Washington Post)
  • Rep. Joe Barton (R - TX-06) tweeted an article supporting his infamous "shakedown" accusation, the tweet was quickly retracted by Barton's spokesman.  (Washington Post)
  • Senate is expected to quickly confirm Petraeus to be the new to commander in Afghanistan.(Politico)
  • Senate and House feud over medicare cuts. (Politico)
  • Iran prepares for and reacts to Congress' sanctions on Iran's fuel exports. (WashingtonPost)
  • Highlighting Congress' oil spill legislation, The Political Climate has used OpenCongress links to explain current bills.
  • House Democrats prepare to draft legislation in order to tighten oil spill practices. (Reuters)

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June 14, 2010 - by Jason Rhee

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June 9, 2010 - by Jason Rhee

A House Committee looks at legislative responses to long-term unemployment tomorrow. The Senate gets ready to vote on the EPA's authority to regulate carbon. Ken Salazar defends the White House's decision to pause on offshore drilling. And Ben Bernanke warns Congress that current deficits are unsustaibale, but that now is not the time to cut spending. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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June 8, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

We've got another round of contentious primaries tonight with anti-incumbent sentiment among voters at a record high. Meanwhile, the Senate is preparing to vote on a resolution to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide this week, and next week on a bill to extend unemployment benefits and stimulate the economy despite growing anxiety over deficit spending. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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June 2, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

President Obama says he'll help whip votes in the Senate to pass climate change legislation this year. BP is unleashing an army of government-workers-turned-lobbyists on Congress. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are looking to weaken Congress's ethics office. And Nancy Pelosi comes out for the Senate's version of derivatives reform ahead of conference committee negotiations on the issue. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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May 10, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Senators start reacting to the nomination of Elana Kagan to the Supreme Court. Banks and other financial interests ramp up their lobbying against the Senate's financial reform bill. A senator says money from big oil made the BP spill possible. And the federal government gets ready to let kids stay on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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