Barney Frank, in an intensifying clash with GOP upstart Sean Bielat, pledged not to take campaign cash from lenders that got federal bailouts — yet has raked in $40,000 from bank execs and special interests connected to the staggering government loan
At least seventy-two Congressional staffers traded stock shares of companies their bosses were involved with overseeing and writing laws for in 2008 and 2009. Their positions afford them access to information that individuals who are trading could pr
In this struggling economy it is essential for politicians to take a step back and think about what government has been doing to business in this country. In less than 200 years, the free market, property rights, and respect for the rule of law took
[Instead of passing a budget before they went on vacation...] Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passe
A deeply unpopular Congress is bolting for the campaign trail without approving a budget for the government year that begins on Friday. Lawmakers also postponed a major fight over taxes, 2 embarrassing ethics cases until angry voters render their ver
Time is running out: Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the cap-and-gown amnesty bill known as the DREAM Act for 2:15 Tuesday. The bill is not what supporters claim. Readers need to call now and remember if your Senator listened on November 2.
Reid’s Deputy Communications Director Regan Lachapelle confirmed to Meatingplace that the senator is working on a unanimous consent agreement to ultimately bring about a vote on the legislation [S.510].
A couple weeks ago, House Member Eleanor Holmes Norton made a fundraising call to a lobbyist. The lobbyist wasn’t available, so Holmes Norton left a voicemail. We have been given a copy of that message. The audio is below.
This administration is falling into the same dangerous trap we fell into during the Great Depression, as did the Germans leading into their hyperinflation of the 1920's. The temptation is to do something, anything, to attempt to stimulate the economy
A volatile political environment is boosting the possibility that U.S. lawmakers will pass legislation designed to prod China into letting its currency rise more rapidly against the dollar. "The chances are certainly on the rise, I think for two r
A bill for urban gang "rehabilitation centers" is making its way through the House--it has 235 co-sponsors so far. The cost? $1.6 billion. That'll remove a lot of tattoos
California's cage-free status is a complete lie, perpetrated by professional disinformation specialists designed to lull us into complacency while offending CAFOs go on about their daily business.
The rich in Congress got even richer in 2009. The 50 wealthiest members of Congress saw their collective fortunes rise to $1.4 billion in 2009 -- an $85.1 million jump from 2008 -- even as the U.S. economy struggled to recover from a recession.
Much like the recently discovered exemption from Freedom of Information Act requirements for the SEC that was slipped into the equally massive and “urgent” financial reform bill, we are finally seeing other insidiousness has been hiding in the fine p
Ignoring a U.S. warning, Arab nations are urging Washington and other powers to end support of Israel’s nuclear secrecy and to push the Jewish state to allow international inspections of its program. The Arab League has directly approached Washington
Summoned back from summer break, the House pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill to save 300,000 teachers, police and other public servants from election-year layoffs. President Obama immediately signed it into law.
61 unique organizations have registered to lobby on HR 3534 CLEAR Act - a federal, land, asset and natural resource grab, including water rights. Click on a name to view all the bills on which they reported lobbying.
Those who ramble through the halls of the District of Criminals, who claim they have no time to write the bills; no time to read the bills, somehow found the time to vote to pass this federal, land, asset and natural resource grab through the House.
An emergency plan to save the jobs of tens of thousands of public school teachers and other government workers overcame a key Senate hurdle Wednesday, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would summon lawmakers back from their August break to fini
Rep. Pete Stark takes questions at a town hall meeting.
H.R. 5577 Exempts the USDA Certified Organics Industry from the labeling requirement and testing even if producers use GMO processing ingredients.
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to a popular gay haunt. "Frank made such a drama over the senior rate that I contemplated offering him the dollar to
Obama is sneaking the Law Of Sea Treaty (LOST) through the back door, by way of this Executive Order establishing the Council.
Congressman Gohmert said that the bill was to “deal with the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico” but it contains plans for the federal government to acquire land and was introduced in 2009.
A licensing program for anyone taking bets on the Internet would be established by a bill receiving a public hearing this afternoon before the House Financial Services committee.
Georgia was lauded four years ago by conservatives for passing one of the nation's toughest sex offender laws. But the state has had to significantly -- and without fanfare -- scale back its once-intense restrictions.
Taxpayers have paid out nearly $1 million per year in settlements to congressional employees who have been harassed or otherwise treated badly by their political bosses over the past 14 years. The payouts stem from hundreds of complaints from
The once-popular ethanol industry is scrambling to hold onto billions of dollars in government subsidies, fighting an increasing public skepticism of the corn-based fuel and wariness from lawmakers who may divert the money to other priorities.
Daniel Okrent believes the lesson to be learned from Prohibition is that the government can't legislate against people's appetites.
Never before has the House failed to pass a budget, failed to propose a budget then deemed the non-existent budget as passed as a means to avoid a direct, recorded vote on a budget, but still allow Congress to spend taxpayer money.