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Congress Links: SOtU Reax

January 25, 2012 - by David Moore

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.)

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Congress Links - SOtU Edition

January 24, 2012 - by David Moore

The U.S. House returns to gridlocked action in D.C. this week. The top story, of course, is (yesterday's) State of the Union address. Ezra Klein's must-read-e'ery-day Wonkblog on WaPo reminds us, "Last year, for instance, Obama exhorted Americans to win the future by investing in scientific research, clean energy and infrastructure. But as Glenn Kessler details, Obama's proposals languished in the divided Congress. Instead, Congress spent much of its time almost letting the government shut down, almost defaulting on the national debt, and almost letting the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance expire." More Congress Links to come today (Wed.).

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The Week Ahead in Congress

January 23, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The big event this week, of course, will be Obama's third State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Some senators and representatives are planning to buck the age-old tradition of sitting across the aisle from their counterparts in the other party and will instead disburse throughout House Chamber in an ad hoc, bipartisan buddy system. Ideological opposites Sen. Chuck Schumer [D, NY] and Sen. Tom Coburn [R, OK] will be watching the President side-by-side, as will centrists Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA] and Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME]. Rep. Joe Wilson [R, SC-2], famous for his "You lie!" outburst at last year's speech, will be sitting with Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D, Guam]. It's all very pleasant and nice. Outside of the SOTU speech this week, however, both chambers have some less cute work-type stuff to take care of.

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Why Transparency Beats the Earmarking Ban

March 11, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

In his State of the Union address, President Obama made a strong call for Congress to make earmarking more transparent. Instead, the House of Representatives has put in place new rules that bans most earmarking altogether. The new rules have lobbyists scrambling to figure out a work-around to make sure that their clients still get a piece of the money Congress appropriates, the New York Times reports:

Jolted by a sudden tightening of the rules, lobbyists and military contractors who have long relied on lucrative earmarks from Congress were scrambling Thursday to find new ways to keep the federal money flowing. […]

Some firms talked of partnering with hospitals, universities and other nonprofit organizations in seeking federal money, an idea that Congressional officials said might not be allowed under the new rules. Others said they planned to become more aggressive about applying directly to the Pentagon and other federal departments and agencies, and not Congress, for grant money.

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Immigration Reform Prospects Look Bleak

January 29, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The Scott Brown-pocalypse continues. The future of comprehensive immigration reform, one-time a hot issue, is in doubt now that Senate Democrats have lost their supermajority.

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Congress Struggles To Pass Student Loan Reform

January 29, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Opponents of wasteful government spending might want to turn their eyes to the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R.3221). This bill promises to end government subsidies to the student loan industry saving billions.

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Congress Links

January 28, 2010 - by Eric Naing

With the State of the Union behind us, Congress can get back to work. Most of the big-ticket items on Congress' agenda have been on hold until after the speech. Unfortunately, it not clear if Congress knows what it's going to do now:

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Gay Rights Activists To Obama: Action, Not Words

January 28, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Last night, President Obama once again called for an end to the “don't ask, don't tell” policy banning gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military. But his words were not enough for many gay rights activists.

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Congress Links

January 27, 2010 - by Eric Naing

State of the Union Day is finally here. As the president sets the agenda for the coming year, many issues from climate change legislation to “don't ask, don't tell” could be affected, but none moreso than healthcare:

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Congress Links

January 26, 2010 - by Eric Naing

As Scott Brown-mania fades on Capitol Hill, Congress is trying to get back to work. Health care seems to be in a holding pattern and the attention of Congress has turned to financial matters. However, President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow could shake a few things up. Until then, here's are some interesting articles and blog posts to tide you over: The president is expected to announce a three-year spending freeze on discretionary, non-security spending in his State of the Union...

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The Week Ahead in Congress

January 24, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Still no path forward for health care reform. House Democrats have a light legislative schedule this week, and they will hear Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday. The Senate's going to be voting on a slate of controversial deficit amendments and on confirming Fed Chief Ben Bernanke to another term.

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