Archive for ‘July, 2012’

Congress moves to streamline nominations process >

Most of the time the stories that filter out of Capitol Hill are about partisanship and gridlock, like the Senate filibuster Monday against a federal judge nominated by President Obama. But on Tuesday, the House is poised to send President Obama a bill that would streamline the process for Executive …

Finger pointing flares after GOP filibusters Oklahoma judge >

When Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked the nomination of an Oklahoma federal judge to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the story line quickly became tangled in the somewhat messy ways of Congress, as both sides exchanged bitter words over what Senators were supposed to do in an election …

House keeps waiting to act on postal reforms >

It was late April when the Senate approved a bipartisan Postal Reform bill, designed to help the Postal Service rein in losses that were starting to go over $1 billion each month. The focus then shifted to the House of Representatives. Republicans said they were ready to offer a much …

Congress gets ready for a summer break >

Lawmakers in Congress know that when they leave Washington, D.C. later this week, they don’t have to be back on the floor of the House and Senate until the week of September 10, as both parties will try to score as many political points as possible in the next few …

A bipartisan moment on automatic budget cuts >

Asking for details on a scheduled budget sequester that would take effect in January of 2013, the Senate on Wednesday sent President Obama a bill that requires the federal government to detail where over $100 billion in automatic budget cuts would hit military and domestic spending accounts. After being approved …

GOP Senator: “Somebody has to start saying no” >

As the days tick by for the Congress until a summer break, it’s clear that despite a lot of talk from lawmakers in both sides, there is still a resistance to the idea of Congress paying for things the way most families would deal with their own budget. For example, …

Republicans bungle anti-regulation bill twice >

Instead of fixing a clerical error in a bill that would rein in federal regulations, House Republicans made things even messier when they realized the resolution to fix that mistake also had an error in it as well. “Mistakes happen,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), “As silly and embarrassing as …

Battle of the Eggs in Congress >

Sometimes in the Congress there are hearings that are just too good to ignore, and that’s true in the U.S. Senate, where a committee will hold a hearing on legislation that would establish a “uniform national standard for the housing and treatment of egg-laying hens.” While that title may draw …

Senate approves Democratic tax rate plan >

After several weeks of parliamentary maneuvers, the Senate finally voted Wednesday on competing tax plans from both parties, delivering Democrats and the White House a victory on a bill that would allow tax rates to increase on income above $250,000 per year for a family, $200,000 for an individual. Moving …

GAO finds $800 million in unused grant money >

After taking a quick look on this blog at grants, by chance on Wednesday there was a hearing on Capitol Hill dealing with how money is doled out by Uncle Sam. The figures were a stark reminder at how much attention the Congress got over earmarks, and how little attention …