Archive for ‘May, 2011’

Statement of Disbursements >

One of the best documents issued by the Congress is known as the “Statement of Disbursements,” which shows you where taxpayer dollars go for the functions of the U.S. House.  Even better these days is that the thick volume is available on the internet. It shows you how much each …

Debt Limit Show Vote >

The House will vote today on a measure that will raise the nation’s limit on debt to $16.7 trillion. But don’t expect it to to pass. Today’s vote is really just for show – as Republicans want to demonstrate that they are not going to raise the debt limit without …

Odd Congressional Rhythms >

For as long as I can remember, the week of Memorial Day is usually quiet in the halls of the Capitol, as both the House and Senate are out of session. But this year, things are different because of Republican scheduling changes in the House. With the GOP in charge …

Patriot Act Autopen >

On Thursday night, the Congress gave final approval to a bill that extends three provisions of the anti-terror Patriot Act for another four years.  But there were questions about how it would be signed into law before a midnight deadline, especially with President Obama out of the country. At first, …

Palin & Romney >

When the news reached the Press Gallery in the Capitol that Sarah Palin was going to be starting a bus tour in Washington, D.C. on Sunday – maybe an indication that she was about to get into the Presidential hunt – you could feel a bit more excitement creeping into …

Patriot Act Extension >

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) showed again on Thursday that the freshman Republican isn’t scared to throw sand in the gears of the Senate – or delay the rush out of town by fellow lawmakers – as he forced a lengthier debate on extending three provisions of the anti-terror Patriot Act. …

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling >

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a victory to opponents of illegal immigration today, upholding a law from Arizona that threatens to revoke the business licenses of companies in that state, if they knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The ruling, delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, rejected the arguments of the U.S. …

The Budget Dance >

The day after Democrats won an upset victory in a special election in New York that featured a battle over GOP plans to reform Medicare, the issue dominated the halls of the Capitol, as Democrats tried to capitalize on their surprise victory. Their first order of business was to force …

Billions and Billions >

I listened in on four different Congressional hearings on Wednesday which would probably have made regular American citizens shake their heads about how the federal government spends – and loses – your taxpayer dollars. The issue was money that gets sent out which should not – often referred to as …

GOP Doubles Down on Medicare >

A day after Republicans lost a House seat in New York they had controlled for almost a half century, GOP leaders weren’t backing down on their plans to bring about major reforms in Medicare. Speaker John Boehner trumpeted the release of a new video by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul …