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A glimpse at the future of commercial space mining, as the SPACE Act passes House of Representatives

In a move that shows commercial space exploration is not just possible, but probable, the United States House of Representatives just passed the SPACE Act in order to lay down some general guidelines in case you want to, you know, start a mining operation in space. Show More Summary

American Companies Are One Step Closer To Claiming Asteroid Treasure

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorize firms to keep what they mine from asteroids. Welcome to the space rush. Space may be the final frontier, but according to the pesky 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty, celestial bodies may not be claimed for any particular country. Show More Summary

US SPACE Act extends easy ride for commercial space ventures

The House of Representatives has voted to exempt the fledgling space industry from much regulation for 10 more years, but critics say it doesn't protect passengers

Senate schedules rare Saturday vote on bill to limit NSA surveillance powers

The body will vote on the Freedom Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives by a resounding 338-88 majority last week.

News in Brief: Proposed Law Would Require Mothers To Look At Pictures Of Congressmen She Disappointing Before Having Abortion

2 days agoHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Arguing that the measure would help women fully understand the consequences of their decision, members of the House of Representatives introduced a new bill this week that would require anyone seeking an abortion to view images of the congressmen she will disappoint prior to undergoing the procedure. Show More Summary

Coming to RIMPAC 2016: Taiwan?

Michal Thim RIMPAC 2016, Asia Pure fantasy or grounded in reality?  Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 that included a reference to a recent issue: China’s...Show More Summary

The conservative case against picking on unions, courtesy of Missouri Republicans

Last week, as a sexting scandal overtook the Missouri House of Representatives, state legislators voted on one of the more contentious bills that had come before them this year: A right-to-work law that would prevent unions from collecting fees from workers they represent but who don’t want to pay. Such measures have been sweeping the […]

Lawmakers move on research tax break bill

2 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Members of the House of Representatives passed a tax credit that gives businesses rewards for investments in research and development

Congress Ignores Needs of Homeless Youth in Trafficking Bill

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, sending it to the President’s desk for signature. Unfortunately, a key measure to prevent trafficking by reauthorizing homeless youth programs was not included.

House Votes To Lift Ban On Capitol Hill Sledding

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - The House of Representatives has voted to lift a ban on sledding on the U.S. Capitol grounds, freeing the area for one of Washington's winter delights, the District of Columbia's congresswoman said. The legislation passed by the House of Representative urges the U.S. Show More Summary

We Finally Have a Chance to Pass Surveillance Reform

Last week, the House of Representatives approved the USA Freedom Act surveillance reform bill by an overwhelming vote of 338 to 88. Now, after several days of uncertainty, it’s clear: The legislation is going to get a vote on the Senate floor, likely in the next day or two. Show More Summary

Early Term Abortion Method Comes Under Fire

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

The House of Representatives’s approval last week of a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks brings into sharp focus the issue of early access to abortion. Abortion rights supporters say more than a dozen states have banned one option...Show More Summary

Two-Month Extension for Federal Highway and Transit Funding

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to extend federal funding for highways and transit for two months. The Senate is expected to pass similar legislation later this week. While transportation bills normally last for six years,...Show More Summary

Is the "renewable energy" debate masking a struggle for legislative power?

3 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

From a long-time BlueNC reader: There is a war going on among Republicans in the N.C. House of Representatives. To the casual observer it may seem to be about the future of the state’s clean energy economy – one of the few true growth...Show More Summary

House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House aide

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The subpoena, a copy of which was...

REALITY REARS ITS UGLY HEAD: Top Democrat sounds ‘alarm bells’ over Obama rhetoric on Islamic S…

REALITY REARS ITS UGLY HEAD: Top Democrat sounds ‘alarm bells’ over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State. “A senior House of Representatives Democrat said Tuesday that the White House’s description of supposed progress in the war against the Islamic State should ring ‘alarm bells,’ and called the fall of the city of Ramadi to the extremists […]

Benghazi Panel Subpoenas Former Clinton Aide Sidney Blumenthal

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. Show More Summary

GOP Bill Would Treat Food Stamp Recipients Like Pregnant Women

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives wants to stop poor people from buying junk food with food stamps. Under proposed new legislation, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's 45 million enrollees...Show More Summary

Top Democrat sounds 'alarm bells' over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State

A senior House of Representatives Democrat said Tuesday that the White House’s description of supposed progress in the war against the Islamic State should ring “alarm bells,” and called the fall of the city of Ramadi to the extremists “a very serious and significant setback.”

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