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Sen. Patty Murray at a 2017 event defending the Affordable Care Act (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Mobilus In Mobili. http://bit.ly/1xMszCg)

Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Healthcare Subsidies

October 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm 0 comments

In a surprising show of bipartisanship at a time when the government is deeply divided, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., have devised a plan to extend healthcare subsidies. The announcement came on Tuesday afternoon from Senator Alexander, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, andRead More

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks at the “Politics on the Rocks” event in 2013. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. http://bit.ly/1eBd9Ks)

House Bill to Restrict Abortions After 20 Weeks Heads to Senate

October 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm 0 comments

On October 3, the House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. H.R. 36, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., states that anyone who performs or attempts to perform an abortion on a fetus that is 20 orRead More

Tax plan proponent Mitch McConnell at CPAC 2014. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. bit.ly/1p2b8Ke)

New Republican Tax Plan: What to Expect

October 15, 2017 at 2:51 am 0 comments

In late September Republicans released a new tax plan that will find its way in front of Congress in the coming months. This proposed tax plan is important because it may provide the platform under which individuals and corporations would be taxed for its duration. In understanding the proposed taxRead More

Then-Congressman Bill Cassidy speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in 2011. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore. http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Latest Republican Healthcare Overhaul Dies Before Crucial Deadline

October 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm 0 comments

On September 25, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill, effectively killing the Republicans’ latest attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. She joined senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., and John McCain, R-Ariz., in opposition to the party leadership’s attempt to fulfill the GOP’s longstanding campaign promiseRead More

The second-highest- ranking senator in Congress Orrin Hatch, R-UT, at CPAC 2011.
(Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

DACA Decision Gets Mixed Republican Reponses

September 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm 0 comments

Despite vocal resistance from both sides of the aisle, on September 5, President Trump decided to end the DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which temporarily protected roughly 800,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation. This highly controversial Obama-era executive decision allowed illegal immigrants to apply for a two-yearRead More

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mike Pence in November 2016.  (Public domain photo by Caleb Smith of the Office of the Speaker of the House.)

Congressional Showdown: Debt Ceiling Fight Reaches Its Final Month

September 2, 2017 at 12:22 am 0 comments

On September 29, the United States will hit its statutory cap for borrowing—the debt limit. Unless Congress acts to increase the self-imposed limit, the Treasury Department will be unable to issue new bonds, meaning the government will shutdown and eventually default on its obligations (mainly social security payments and interestRead More

White House-Backed Immigration Reform Set for Another Congressional Showdown

White House-Backed Immigration Reform Set for Another Congressional Showdown

August 25, 2017 at 12:00 am 0 comments

At the beginning of August, Republican Senators Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., received the strong backing of President Trump on their proposal for immigration reform. The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, commonly known as the RAISE Act, was first introduced by the two senators inRead More

Cory Booker speaking at a rally at the U.S. Capitol in 2017 [Unmodified photo by Mobilus In Mobili used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/RT9dL0]

Marijuana Bill Hailed as Transformative but Is Likely to Fail

August 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm 0 comments

On August 2, 2017, Senator Cory Booker, D-NJ, introduced a bill to Congress that would legalize marijuana at the federal level. Tom Angell of the pro legalization Marijuana Majority stated, “this is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress”, because it notRead More

Donald Trump and Mike Pence meeting with Senate leadership in January 2017. (Public domain photo the Office of the President of the United States.)

Trump’s Legislative Agenda Stuck in Limbo

August 16, 2017 at 12:00 am 0 comments

President Trump consistently promised voters and members of Congress a 100-day plan to “Make America Great Again.” This action plan included three major promises to American citizens: repeal and replace Obamacare, build a border wall between the United States and Mexico and cut taxes through tax reform. With double theRead More

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen with Air Force Reserve Col. James Dignan at Youngstown Air Reserve Station Ohio. (Public domain photo by the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.)

Democrats Look to Capitalize on Ros-Lehtinen Retirement

May 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

On April 30, Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her plans to retire from Congress in 2018. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Ros-Lehtinen said this was “a personal decision based on personal considerations”. The congresswoman has been in office for more than 35 years, and claims that it isRead More