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Chuck Schumer at 2014 Senate press conference. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by the Senate Democrats. (https://bit.ly/1ryPA8o)

Democrats Propose Alternative to Republican Fiscal Policy

March 29, 2018 at 12:01 am 0 comments

In early March, Senate Democrats unveiled their $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan in an attempt to counteract a Republican plan unveiled earlier this year. At a press conference Sens. Leahy, D-Vt., Sanders, I-Vt., Nelson, D-Fla., and Wyden, D-Ore., joined Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  for the announcement. Schumer emphasizedRead More

Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond in his congressional office. (Public domain photo provided by the House of Representatives.)

Sleeping on the Job: Lawmakers Question Ethics of Capitol Hill Quirk

March 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm 0 comments

Recent Capitol events have given new meaning to the phrase, “sleeping on the job,” and now more than two dozen Congressional Black Caucus members have called for an ethics investigation into the practice of lawmakers sleeping in their office overnight. They argue that this habit is an abuse of taxpayerRead More

Protesters in New York City respond to Trump’s plan to repeal DACA protections, September 9, 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Rhododendrites. http://bit.ly/1xMszCg)

Senate Fails to Reach Agreement on Immigration Deal

March 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

The Senate’s effort to reach an immigration deal ended in failure on February 15 as four immigration bills were put to a vote on the floor. None of them passed. This leaves no permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration said wouldRead More

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the House Budget Committee in July 2014. (Public domain Department of Defense photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt.)

Tax Reform Nears Its Final Leg After Concessions and Controversy

December 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm 0 comments

On Friday, the House and the Senate compromised on the final version of the most significant tax reform legislation in decades details ahead of next week’s all but certain vote and signature by President Trump. The bill which narrowly passed the senate in a 51-49 vote last month with onlyRead More

Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson speaking at CPAC 2011. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

Upcoming Tax Reform Vote Faces Some Unlikely Opponents

November 30, 2017 at 10:15 am 0 comments

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed tax reform legislation, which includes provisions to cut taxes on the richest people in the country. This is based on the idea that wealth will “trickle down” from the rich to ordinary Americans in the form of wage increases and rising economicRead More

Rep. Jackie Speier listening to Tom Perez at a 2014 Department of Labor event. (Public domain by the Department of Labor.)

Congresswomen Lead Sexual Harassment Reform Effort

November 27, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Sexual assault and harassment allegations have grown to national prominence impacting Hollywood, the media and now extending all the way to Washington. As more and more victims come forward to speak about their instances of dealing with sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement has grown to allow victims to speak candidlyRead More

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady at CPAC 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

House Budget Paves Way for Tax Reform

November 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm 0 comments

The House has adopted the recently passed Senate budget which will replace the previously accepted House budget from October 5. Contrary to the anti-deficit rhetoric espoused by President Trump when he outlined his initial tax bill, this budget resolution raises the federal deficit by up to 1.5 trillion over theRead More

Senator Mitch McConnell at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in 2012. (Public domain photo by Air Force Maj. Dale Greer)

McConnell to End Blue Slip Tradition to Accelerate Judicial Confirmations

November 1, 2017 at 12:42 am 0 comments

Since President Trump and the new Congress took office, Republicans have actively pushed for conservative legislation with little to no results, heightening the importance of filling empty court seats with conservative judges. For around the past century, senators have been able to veto the nomination of a judge from theRead More

Jeff Flake speaks in support of Mitt Romney at a 2012 rally in Tempe, Arizona. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. http://bit.ly/1p2b8Ke)

Senator Flake to Retire in 2018 Citing ‘Nastiness’ of Washington

October 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

In a dramatic speech on the Senate floor, Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2018. The announcement came months after Flake published his book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” which heavily criticized President Donald Trump and the Republican Party for allowing himRead More

President Trump meets with the House Ways and Means Committee on September 26. (Public domain photo by The White House.)

Senate Republicans Pass Budget With Eye on Tax Reform

October 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm 0 comments

Trump’s push for tax reform may become reality as Republicans unify over a proposed plan that aims to sharply reduce tax rates by the end of 2017. During a Thursday night vote-a-rama session, the Senate voted 51-49 to pass the fiscal 2018 budget, with only Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joiningRead More