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Republicans slowly embracing marijuana

For years the U.S. House has been turning down proposals dealing with marijuana but this week that all changed when the House approved a new measure.
In the Media by Jessie McMullen - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The November midterm elections may be about more than Obamacare

The November midterm elections are shaping up to be a referendum on Obamacare in the congressional races — however, in the gubernatorial and state legislature contests, the election may be about something else entirely.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Florida's special election could be a predictor of the midterms

Florida's 13th congressional district held a special election last week, and its results may offer a tea-leaf reading on the upcoming midterm elections.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Obama's minimum wage attempt offers nothing for middle class

Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, it might be helpful understand the scope of the mathematics that are being tossed around on the minimum wage question.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 27 comments

McCain: Glitches in roll-out of Obamacare enrollment a 'fiasco'

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) characterized the rollout of the Obamacare enrollment process as a "fiasco."
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Senator Cruz on debt deal: 'Senate Republicans declined to unify'

In comments made on Saturday to the Texas Medical Association, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) framed the Republican compromise on the government shutdown as a result of GOP infighting.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Tea Party — Party of Deadbeats

Washington - Try an experiment. Go without paying your credit card bill next month. And then, if you have a car payment, ignore it. And that mortgage? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Reid: Boehner 'can't take yes for an answer' on shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now in its eighth day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed his frustration with the House GOP request for negotiations.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Senate Dems set to call Boehner's bluff

Washington - On Sunday, "Speaker of the House" John Boehner told ABC News "This Week" that there just were not enough votes in the House to pass a clean bill to raise the nation's debt limit. The Senate is apparently going to call his bluff.
In the Media by William M. Schmalfeldt - 1 comment

Obama issues video statement to US military amid shutdown

Amid the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, President Obama released a video to reassure the nation's military that it will have the resources needed to function.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

Polls: More than 60% of Americans want spending cuts

As Democratic and Republican congressional legislators head toward a possible government shutdown over their federal budget and debt ceiling differences, more than 60 percent of Americans want spending cuts.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 3 comments

Senate kicks 'shutdown ball' back to House GOP

Washington - The ball is back in the court of the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, as the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed legislation to avert a government shutdown. However, a shutdown looms as House GOPers seem determined to have one.
In the Media by William M. Schmalfeldt - 1 comment

Senator Graham on the Affordable Care Act: 'This bill sucks'

With the federal budget debate heating up among congressional legislators, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Fox News to defend the GOP effort to defund Obamacare and said the bill "sucks."
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 9 comments

Obama: Republicans 'trying to mess with me' with budget bill

After House Republicans passed a bill that continued to fund the government while defunding Obamacare, President Obama characterized the GOP as a body that is "trying to mess with me."
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 23 comments

House passes legislation to cut food stamps by $40 billion

Washington - Yesterday in a 217 - 210 vote, the House passed legislation that would cut spending on food stamp programs over the next 10 years.
In the Media by Andrew Ellis - 2 comments

Biden: House GOP a 'Neanderthal crowd' on women's violence issue

Slamming Republican congressional legislators in the House on their deliberations over the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden labeled them the "Neanderthal crowd."
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Obama on a Syrian military strike: 'The world set a red line'

Speaking to reporters in Sweden, President Obama detailed his case for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria and said the red line drawn was the world's.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Boehner: Syrian strike something the 'country needs to do'

Washington - Leadership from both parties in the House expressed their support for President Obama's desire for a military strike on Syria, with House Speaker John Boehner stressing the need for the US to act.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 7 comments

Op-Ed: US House vote tries to block Gitmo transfers to Yemen

Washington - On Friday (June 14) the US House of Representatives voted to prohibit use of federal funds to transfer detainees to Yemen from Guantanamo Bay,
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Comprehensive immigration reform considered on Senate floor

Debate on the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, SB 744, continues this week, as a series of amendments are being considered that aim to make the bill palatable for Senate and House Republicans, who so far, have opposed immigration reform.
In the Media by Matthew DeLuca

Op-Ed: U.S. House Defense Bill blocks Guantanamo closure

Washington - In the U.S. the Armed Services Committee has drafted a bill that would bar the Obama administration from either transferring terror suspects to the United States or to a foreign country such as Yemen.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Heritage Foundation: Immigration reform to cost $6.3 trillion

According to a study released on Monday by the Heritage Foundation, the costs of implementing the immigration reform bill could top $6.3 trillion in social and entitlement spending.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

Op-Ed: US Senate and House Budgets - A clash of ideology

Washington - The Democrat controlled Senate passed its first federal budget in four years with a narrow vote of 50-49. Earlier the House of Representatives passed the Ryan budget 221-207. While these budgets will not pass Congress, they show a clash of ideologies.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt

U.S. lawmakers propose bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana

Washington - Lawmakers are ready to propose legislation which would allow individual states to regulate marijuana without worrying about violating federal drug laws.
In the Media by Greta McClain

GOP weekly address offers precursor to federal budget dialog

In this weekend's weekly address to the nation, and in the hours before the presidential inauguration, the Republican Party emphasized the need to focus on the federal budget.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Allen West will host Internet show instead of running in 2014

Instead of running for public office, former GOP Rep. Allen West of Florida is taking it to cyberspace with his new online talk series called "Next Generation."
In the Media by Can Tran

Former Rep. Barney Frank expresses interest as interim senator

Barney Frank, who has retired from the US House of Representatives, has expressed interest being a temporary replacement for Senator John Kerry (D-MA).
In the Media by Can Tran

Religious composition of the US House & Senate revealed

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new analysis that says that the number of the 113th US Congress not identifying with a specific religions faith is larger than compared to the previous US Congresses.
In the Media by Can Tran - 4 comments

Cantor endangers women and children, refuses to pass VAWA bill Special

Washington - For nearly 20 years, law enforcement and victim assistance programs have provided much needed services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault due in part to grant money provided through the Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Act.
Digital Journal Report by Greta McClain - 7 comments

Boehner ignores bipartisan pleas for Sandy vote, adjourns House

Washington - The final session of the 112th House of Representatives convened on Wednesday with a swirl of controversy and accusations of a lack of leadership on the part of House Speaker John Boehner.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 14 comments
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