Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO), a co-sponsor of the 2005 joint resolution, has confirmed that Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (R- TN) will attempt to bring the controversial legislation to the floor this year for a full vote.
[Election year alert] Republicans John McCain and Tom Coburn say they're putting their colleagues on notice: They will challenge special projects that senators insert into spending bills until the practice stops.
At the first congressional hearing on revamping the rules, lobbyists argued against proposals to ban privately financed trips for House and Senate members and their aides, saying travel helps them make good policy decisions in an era of globalization
The public thinks the federal deficit will grow larger by the end of President Bush's second term and many people think the health care system will be weaker by then, according to a CBS-New York Times poll.
[The tidbits start to come out.] Acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt's political action committee received its biggest contributions from the coffers of a "world class phone sex operator,"
Republican lawmakers yesterday ended their long practice of routinely summoning lobbyists to the Capitol to try to persuade them to hire their aides and colleagues, in the wake of the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal.
In covering the federal corruption scandal surrounding former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, many in the media have focused attention on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs -- which is investigating the Abra
The investigators reportedly are chasing convoluted money trails leading to Abramoff and government officials he sought to influence. Among the likely subjects of interest here is a previously unknown company called Rose Garden Holdings. In May 20
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Rove's RNC address was a rare public appearance at a time when he remains under investigation in the CIA leak case that resulted in the indictment and resignation of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
US Sen. Conrad Burns (R_MT), met with a Marianas official who had close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the weeks before Burns received an Abramoff-related $5,000 contribution from the Marianas and reversed his earlier position on a bill
Embattled White House adviser Karl Rove vowed to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue. "Republicans have a post-9/11 view of the world. And Democrats have a pre-9/11 view of the world," he said.
House Democrats will hold unofficial hearings on the legality of President Bush's warantless wiretap domestic spying programs today at 9 a.m. MST, and CSPAN and Pacifica radio will carry the hearings live.
"As Republican chairman, I am proud of my party and loyal to our members. But if Republicans are guilty of illegal or inappropriate behavior, they should pay the price and suffer the consequences,'' Ken Mehlman said.
One day after a New York investment group raised $110,000 for Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the House passed a defense spending bill that preserved $160 million for a Navy project critical to the firm. The man who protected the Navy money? Lewis.
House Democrats are pushing the ethics committee to investigate allegations of congressional offices providing privleged information to "day traders" in the offices of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and former House Majority Leade
The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council has rejected a $111,000 donation from the campaign of Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, with some saying the money is tainted because it originally came from lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.
House Republicans moved to seize the initiative for ethics reform Tuesday with a comprehensive package of changes, including the banning of privately sponsored travel like that arranged by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Utah congressman Chris Cannon loaned nearly $100,000 to the president of a Nebraska bank who extended at least $250,000 in credit the following year to the representative's business venture in the state
If Hastert's proposal is enacted, whenever a lobbyist pays a Congressman's or Staffer's bill, he or she must also hand the lawmaker a campaign contribution. Then the transaction would be perfectly okay.
Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said that a number of Democrats may find themselves hauled before the House ethics committee if the panel ever gets back to full operation after a yearlong hiatus. Republicans had been prevented from doing so because t
The Republican National Committee has revised their website in the wake of a RAW STORY article revealing that the Party had illegally listed non-partisan, tax-exempt nonprofits as "GOP groups."
The Chicago Tribune reported last week that Ashcroft registered as a lobbyist a few months ago and already has banked at least $269,000 in fees. From his client list, it seems like Ashcroft is developing a practice of advocating for companies that wa
The leaders of Congress' ethics committees are not committing to any investigation of misconduct despite the growing revelations about the favors that lobbyist Jack Abramoff won for clients and the largesse he arranged for lawmakers. The committe
"Let me know as soon as you can ... I think [Attorney General John] Ashcroft and his guys will also be there. 1PM game," Abramoff concluded. The case of Jack Abramoff, disgraced super-lobbyist, provides an unprecedented look at t
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri claimed today in a press release that he has obtained "the support of more than the 117 Members of the House Republican Conference," which would be one more than half of the total possible votes
The survey of 560 registered voters found 30 percent favored former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, a Democrat, compared with 22 percent for DeLay, who has represented the district for 22 years. DeLay must first defeat three opponents in the Republican prima
We know about the hundreds of millions of dollars in defense contracts that former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, using his position on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, helped steer to individuals who had given him bribes.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert has asked Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) to step down from his post as chairman of the House Administration Committee. The Speaker does not want to unveil lobbying reform legislation which would go to Ney's committee
Arizona Rep. John Shadegg entered the race for House majority leader Friday, saying he would offer real, substantive ethics reforms in the wake of Republican scandals.