[Don't read it. Just vote yes.] A Senate famous for its "deliberative pace" is hoping to rush out bills this week bolstering pensions, raising the minimum wage and cutting taxes before departing the Capitol and shifting their re-electio
"Clearly consumers are being misled and exploited by this modern day snake oil and I am shocked to learn how little the federal government is doing to help consumers make informed decisions about the legitimacy of these tests," said Oregon
Congratulations to those elected officials who voted against the proposed gay marriage and flag burning constitutional amendments and the federal funding of stem cell research bill. They all preserved, protected, and defended the United States Const
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was the only Republican to vote against the resolution. It harshly condemns Israel's enemies and says Syria and Iran should be held accountable for providing Hezbollah with money and missile technology used to attack Israel
If someone looks like he could use a meal, be warned: Giving him a sandwich in a Las Vegas park could land you in jail. The Las Vegas City Council passed an ordinance that bans providing food or meals to the indigent for free or a nominal fee in p
In a move intended to preserve a reference to God in an oath recited by millions of Americans each day, the House of Representatives voted to prevent U.S. courts from hearing challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance. The 260-167 vote, largely along par
On a sunny Tuesday, House members who belong to the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus left suits and ties behind, grabbed shotguns and headed for the firing range. In a Washington equivalent of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," more tha
It's one way to assure order in the court. The NY state Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics has ruled that it is permissible for judges to pack a pistol beneath their robes while on the bench. "From an ethical standpoint, there is no pr
Chicago's City Council in April voted to make the city the first in the country to ban the restaurant sale of foie gras, which detractors argue is inhumanely produced by force-feeding ducks and geese through a tube to fatten their livers.
When he crisscrossed the East Coast in his big rig, New Jersey truck driver Bob Grant hauled everything from baby powder to rocket fuel. His specialty was hazardous materials, or hazmats, such as gasoline, butane, and diesel fuel. Then came 9/11.
There are few things more important to members of Congress than control over how the government spends money. Getting re-elected is one of those things. That may explain why lawmakers seem to be doing the bare minimum this year on the budget. It**
Fed up with the Sarbanes-Oxley burden, 21% of companies that responded to law firm Foley & Lardner's latest study said they are considering going private. Other options respondents are considering include selling the company(10%) and merging
The White House and Sen. Arlen Specter(R-PA) are nearing a compromise on legislation that would authorize the NSA domestic spying program. The bill, unfortunately, as it currently stands, poses a severe threat to fundamental civil liberties.
A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration died in a cliffhanger vote in the Senate, one week before Independence Day, one vote short of the support needed to send it to the states for ratification.
2 senators introduced legislation to better protect sensitive personal data held by institutions including financial services firms, retailers and government agencies. "We are not doing enough to protect consumers and businesses from identity
Debate on another in a series of measures that aim to please key Republican constituencies opens in the Senate on Monday, but with one big difference. The latest proposal — a ban on flag burning — might actually pass.
[Why do either?] I read with interest the article about members of the House of Representatives and Senate accepting their "automatic" pay hike. The minimum wage has not been raised since 1996, when Congress last passed legislation raising
Key U.S. lawmakers have reached a framework plan to identify pension plans at risk of default as part of new funding rules in a broad pension reform bill, a Republican senator in charge of the negotiations said on Tuesday. "I think there'
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal pushed by Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage in increments from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour by January 1, 2009. Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, unsuccessfully tried to attach the
A grand jury declined to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney in connection with a confrontation in which she hit a police officer who tried to stop her from entering a House office building. [Prosecutor must have worked very hard to get this outcome.]
In the next few days, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is expected to recommend changes to the chamber's rules on privately sponsored travel, including measures that could strengthen disclosure requirements and close loopholes
Lawmakers caught up in ethics investigations have plenty of cash just in case they someday face hefty lawyers' bills. House and Senate members detailed their finances Wednesday in the midst of public and government scrutiny of certain dealings
Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday embaraced a $3,300 pay raise that will increase their salaries to $168,500. The 2 percent cost-of-living raise would be the 7th straight for membres of the house and Senate.
[Election time again, and we have spent ourselves out of office.] Congress is moving to give President Bush and his successors greater power to try to weed bills of certain spending, though the new power would pale compared with the line-item veto la
Violent crime in 2005 increased at the highest rate in 15 years, driven in large part by a surge of killings and other attacks in many Midwestern cities, the FBI reported. An overall jump of 2.5 percent for violent offenses
The national minimum wage of $5.15 is now at its lowest level in 50 years when adjusted for inflation, according to a news analysis from the Center for Economic and Policy released by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) t
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says he's prepared to force telephone company executives to testify about the White House's eavesdropping program if the Bush administration doesn't fully cooperate in drafting new rules on what**Q*
Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, unexpectedly announced he will run for the No. 2 leadership post in the US House of Representatives if Democrats regain control of that chamber in elections this fall.
Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record Iraq war bill deletes US military base prohibition against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a la
Oklahoma became the fifth state to allow the death penalty for certain sex crimes. Anyone convicted twice for rape, sodomy or lewd molestation involving children under 14 can face the death penalty. "The last message you want to give an offender