Senators moved to put more muscle into legislation to sanitize their tarnished image with proposals requiring lawmakers to pay charter rates for corporate jet rides and shell out the full cost for Skybox tickets to sporting events.
"It's a fundamental constitutional principle that Congress can initiate and regulate war," law Prof. Neil Kinkopf of Georgia State University told United Press International. Kinkopf, a former Clinton administration Justice Departmen
[Just what we need, more repression.] Anti-terror legislation sailed through the House [without debate], the first in a string of measures designed to fulfill campaign promises made by Democrats last fall.
Pelosi's position as Speaker of the House is really going to her head. If she keeps this up, soon her aides will have to grease the sides of her head just to get her through the doors of the House.
A higher minimum wage, lower interest rates on student loans, and a provision to empower the government to negotiate lower prescription-drug prices for seniors, federal funding for stem-cell research, reduced subsidies for big oil companies, and impl
The first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, attacked for planning to use the Koran at his swearing-in instead of a Bible, will use a copy of the Muslim holy book once owned by Thomas Jefferson, an official said.
A cluster of protesters will greet the new congressional leaders at the Capitol tomorrow. They will be liberals demanding a ban on torture, an end to warrantless domestic spying and a restoration of curbed civil liberties, and impeachment.
Well, pardon me for not quite believing the suddenly brazen republican Senators like Richard Lugar (IN) and Arlen “Magic Bullet” Specter (PA) with their newest toothless threats to Bush about Iraq. Things have been ugly for quite some time, and you h
In California, driving with people in the trunk will be illegal. In Alabama, landlords will have to provide livable conditions for tenants. Illinois agencies will have to provide people to answer phones, not just automated messages. These are a
Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi cited the need to preserve the ''dignity and decorum'' of the House as she rejected a request that C-SPAN operate its own cameras in covering the chamber. The House leader has kept control of the cameras, wi
Many Americans are unhappy about the war and want a change in policy. But what we are going to get from both parties in Washington is more of the same-- much more-- when it comes to Iraq.
In all the brouhaha stirred up by over the first Muslim ever elected to Congress using a Koran in his private swearing-in ceremony little attention has been paid to the fact that the first 2 Buddhists to ever serve in Congress were also elected.
There is little reason for optimism that the Democrats will follow through on this supposed mandate, and deliver us from the evil of the growing police state of warrantless searches, indefinite detentions, sweeping surveillance, and other attacks on
Evolution of the Democrats' war platform since the day the voters presented a clear mandate: "End the war! Get out of Iraq!" Democrats recaptured both the Senate and the House. Then they went to work--to obliterate the mandate.
The largest group of US legislators to visit communist-ruled Cuba have arrived in Havana for meetings with top Cuban officials, days after Raul Castro extended an olive branch to the United States.
[Cha-ching] Congressional Democrats have a long list of priorities they'd like to enact when they assume the power of the majority in January. After all, they've been wandering in the political wilderness for 12 years. They've had lots of
Of the 383 pieces of legislation that were signed into law during the two-year 109th Congress, more than one-quarter dealt with naming or renaming federal buildings and structures -- primarily post offices -- after various Americans.
“Nothing is off the table unless the American people allow it to be so,” US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) said about her Articles of Impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
House Democrats, insistent that they will hold lawmakers to higher standards, decided that Rep. William Jefferson will not return to an influential committee until a federal corruption investigation involving him is completed.
They lost their House and Senate seats, in some cases after keeping them warm for three decades. Others up and left on their own. But do not feel too sorry for some of these soon-to-be former lawmakers.
After being out of power for 12 years, Democrats will take control of Congress next month with a wish list of new programs, including more money for college student aid, the No Child Left Behind schools initiative and Medicare prescription drug benef
In the end, nothing became the 109th Congress so much as its going, which it finally did on the heels of an ethics report that seemed to symbolize 2 years of feckless behavior. Even key Republicans left town lamenting a record of failure.
I wish I could say that the Democratic takeover of Congress gives me hope for an end to the war. But it doesn't. Since winning an overwhelming victory, the Democrats have done nothing to engender optimism in the peace camp. Senate Democratic l
You did only manage to stumble in to work 218 days over the past two years. There's all that intelligence you never questioned, a sprawling disaster of a war you didn't oversee, and of course the largest, most complex government budget in the
The House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to keep the U.S. government running through February 15 after the outgoing Republican-led Congress failed to approve a series of regular spending bills.
Far from lawmakers conducting business in secret — as open-government advocates warn — the meeting would serve only to sweep away grudges and smooth the way for more action, the leaders said. [Makes me feel better.]
[Must be Presidential race time.] Two U.S. senators said they would introduce legislation that would protect users of popular social networking sites like MySpace from registered sex offenders. Charles Schumer and John McCain
House Republicans, in a final display of majority power, pushed through a major tax break bill, clearing a hurdle to passage before making way for a new Congress under Democratic control. After the 367-45 vote on the tax bill, the House moved to a
When America's first Muslim congressman, a Democrat from Minnesota, let it be known he will carry a Koran to his swearing-in ceremony, conservative pundit Dennis Prager called it "an act of hubris ... that undermines American civilization.**
A new federal crime, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, for posting information about a judge, law enforcement official, juror, witness or their family members on the Internet with the intent to use it to harm or threaten them. It would also a