Despite growing concern about Afghanistan triggered by the WikiLeaks' release of classified documents, Congress has passed an appropriations bill for the war there. Republicans have so far been successful in filibustering the DISCLOSE Act, and Democrats introduced a bill that would lift the liability cap for oil companies pay for oil spills. All this and more in today's edition.Read Full Article
Earlier today we noticed a slight uptick in attention (esp. on the Twitter micro-publishing service) on a particular bill: H.R. 5741, the Universal National Service Act, introduced July 15th, 2010 and sponsored by Rep. Rangel (D-NY), with three official actions and zero cosponsors.
Some commentators have taken to comparing this bill to "slavery", which is inappropriate, and we wanted to add a corrective note of empirical context. It's important to watchdog Congress, but not with overheated rhetoric and misinformation. Yes bills can have hugely important public policy implications, yes we need total transparency and lots more public engagement with our government, but not at the expense of polluting the discussion with hysterical fearmongering and conspiracy theories. Please click through to see the crucial points, about this bill and others like it, made by our experienced blogger Donny Shaw from last year around this time: The Vast Majority of Bills Go Nowhere.Read Full Article
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
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