A 2017 artillery drill at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. (Public domain photo by the U.S. Department of Defense.)

For Some Veterans, the Battle for Healthcare Continues

May 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm 0 comments

Veterans who served at the Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina for over a month between 1953 and 1987 are now able to receive compensation for their disabilities sustained due to contaminated water and soon may see more help due to newly introduced federal legislation. Thousands of veterans areRead More

Speculation Abounds Following Chaffetz’s Announcement

Speculation Abounds Following Chaffetz’s Announcement

April 22, 2017 at 10:05 am 0 comments

A stunning announcement came on Wednesday morning via a Facebook post. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT 3rd District), chairman of the important House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced that he will not be seeking re-election to Congress in 2018. “After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I haveRead More

Syrian Missile Strikes Met With Cautious Support in Congress

Syrian Missile Strikes Met With Cautious Support in Congress

April 18, 2017 at 1:13 am 0 comments

Following President Donald Trump’s recent use of force in Syria, the reactions in Congress seemed to be a mix between supportive and cautious. Reactions tended to be drawn in a partisan fashion. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., stated the action was “appropriate and just” and Sens. Lindsey Graham and JohnRead More

Senator Bernie Sanders on the 2016 campaign trail in Arizona. (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license.

Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Replace Obamacare

April 6, 2017 at 1:31 am 0 comments

In the wake of the canceled Republican-proposed American Health Care Act (ACHA), Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is taking the opportunity to introduce a “Medicare-for-all” plan to replace Obamacare. Sanders, now considered to be one of the most outspoken critics of President Trump in Congress, proposed this “Medicare-for-all” plan as aRead More

Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license.

Will Senate Republicans Invoke the ‘Nuclear Option’ in Gorsuch Confirmation Fight?

April 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm 0 comments

With the vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court slated for this week, observers across the country are eagerly awaiting what is shaping up to be one of the premier political battles of the year. Today, a third Democrat, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) publicly announced his supportRead More

Chuck Schumer speaking a Veterans Day event in 2011. (Unmodified photo by the Navajo Nation Washington Office used under a Creative Commons license.

The Democratic Answer to President Trump: A 36-Year Congressional Veteran

March 23, 2017 at 11:56 am 0 comments

A week after Donald Trump’s victory Senate Democrats unanimously voted Charles Schumer, better known as Chuck, to hold the position of Senate minority leader. His victory was an expected one, following his predecessor Harry Reid’s retirement announcement and subsequent endorsement of Schumer for the position. Notably, Schumer is the firstRead More

Joseph P. Kennedy III, Elizabeth Warren, and Barney Frank at the 2012 Pride Parade in Boston. (Unmodified photo by ElizabethForMA used under a Creative Commons license.

The Millenial Kennedy: Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III

March 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm 0 comments

The only current member of the Kennedy family serving in Congress, Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III has made national headlines in the past week after he criticized the new Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), the American Health Care Act (AHCA). DuringRead More

A 2010 Tea Party protest against Obamacare (Unmodified photo by Fibonacci Blue used under a Creative Commons license.

Angry Protesters Take to GOP Lawmakers’ Town Halls to Voice Their Concerns

March 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm 0 comments

Swarms of town hall “crowders” fanned out across the country, last month to protest the new changes stemming from Washington D.C. One issue that seemed to be a popular topic amongst the town hall attendees was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the rollout of a new healthcare law. SomeRead More

U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaking at the 2015 Iowa Growth & Opportunity Party (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license.

Obamacare Replacement Causes Rift Between Congressional Republicans

March 7, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

With the transfer of Democratic power to Republican power in the White House, the Republican-dominated Congress has finally been presented with what appeared to be an unchallenging opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In order to pass a new healthcare law, 60 votes in the Senate (if a filibuster occurs) andRead More

Marco Rubio is a co-sponsor on both pieces of Anti-Russia legislation. (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license.

Congress Looks to Put Checks on Trump’s Russia Agenda

February 24, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

An incredibly divisive and controversial part of President Trump’s election campaign was his apparent affinity to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his intention to work on improving the strained relationship between the two superpowers. Conflicts between the Obama administration and Russia’s political aggression severely deteriorated relations between the nations overRead More