Why did the Democrats in the Senate enact the so-called "nuclear option"? In the Senate, unlike the House of Representatives, a minority of Senators can prevent a vote on proposed legislation, presidential nominations or other legislative action by engaging in a filibuster. Show More Summary
It's been two days since Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine. Since then, he has announced that will take a leave of absence from the House of Representatives to seek treatment. But should he be forced to resign?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee rejected a proposal on Thursday that would have required U.S. spy agencies to make an annual public accounting of the number of casualties caused by U.S. drone attacks on m...
The bill, sponsored by Representative Don Young (R-AK), would allow states to petition to take over management of any federal lands within their jurisdictions, including national parks. The post House Republicans’ New Idea: States Should Manage The Grand Canyon And Other National Parks appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Homelessness among that nation’s veterans has dropped 24 percent since 2010, representing a more dramatic decline than with homelessness overall, according to a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The analysis, based off of HUD’s annual nationwide count of the homeless, said there were nearly 58,000 veterans without permanent living quarters […]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he hopes budget talks can lead to a fiscal 2014 spending plan, but if they fail Republicans intend to pursue a stop-gap measure that keeps automatic "sequester" spend...
A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved legislation aimed at making it more difficult for so-called patent trolls to use infringement lawsuits against other businesses. The House Judiciary Committee, late Wednesday, voted 33-5 to send the Innovation Act to the full House for action there. Show More Summary
In Washington, D.C., money can buy power. Whether it comes in the form of lobbyists or direct campaign donations is irrelevant – it seems like every elected representative has a price. The more clever elected officials at least attempt...Show More Summary
So let's see now. Last time our country's national parks were big news was a couple of hours into the "partial" government shutdown. The House of Representatives opted to not fund the government. The national parks dutifully shut down and closed their entrance stations. Legally, they could not operate without funding. Show More Summary
In the latest act of cruelty toward the disadvantaged, Tom Brower, a Democratic member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives, has decided to take homelessness into his own hands by destroying the shopping carts many use to store and transport their worldly possessions. What would Brower say to someone doing the same to his belongings?
Speaking to members of a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Courts subcommittee, Amazon's vice president for global public policy has urged that potential barriers to digital content delivery should be addressed in order to ensure the development of distribution platforms. Show More Summary
On November 8, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) and thirty-nine other Republican members of the House of Representatives filed a "friend of the court" brief in support of a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") based on the Origination Clause that will be heard by the District of Columbia Federal Court of Appeals in early 2014. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican leader of a U.S. House of Representatives investigative committee asked the Census Bureau on Tuesday for more information related to a media report that the monthly unemployment rate was manipulated ahead of the 20...
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the top watchdog in the House of Representatives, wants answers on a New York Post story alleging that Census Bureau workers manipulated data that went into the monthly unemployment report. Issa, the chair...Show More Summary
Two bills being voted upon this week by the U.S. House of Representatives would undermine leasing reforms intended to balance energy development activities on public lands, require a set percentage of nominated acres to be offered for lease regardless...
"Patent trolls" are taking center stage in Congress this week, with new legislation in the Senate to curb abusive patent litigation and a markup Wednesday of a similar bill in the House of Representatives. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike...
Last night, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (aka the DATA Act), H.R. 2061. Now, it's time for the Senate to pass their version, S.994.
After much delay, the Senate and House of Representatives passed their separate versions of the Farm Bill this summer. The country is now awaiting the final version of the Farm Bill, which will control farm policy and federal farm programs for at least the next five years. The House’s version of the Farm Bill, H.R.... Continue Reading
A Duck Dynasty-endorsed candidate won a runoff election in Louisiana for a seat in the US House of Representatives. Successful businessman and military veteran Vance McAllister, a first-time candidate, easily defeated fellow Republican...Show More Summary
Tomorrow, Albuquerque, New Mexico residents will vote on a ballot initiative banning abortions after 20 weeks. As you know, 20-week bans have been passed in several states and the House of Representatives, despite the fact that the courts–and, ya know, common sense–suggest that they are clearly unconstitutional (also: really cruel). Show More Summary