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Is Transparency a Trap? Is Information a Weapon?

Today, I read the text of H.R. 489 for the first time. Its major action clause reads:

SEC. 2. REQUIRED REPORTING OF MEDICAID PAYMENTS TO ABORTION PROVIDERS.

(a) In General.–Not later than 60 days after the end of fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, each State that makes a Medicaid payment from […]

Let The Homeland Wither

If Republicans want to force us to choose between protecting children in America and funding for some programs within the Department of Homeland Security, I say that we choose the children. […]

Walter Jones Favors Free Speech for Politicking Churches, Opposes Free Speech for Protesters

Yesterday, I noted that North Carolina Republican Representative Walter Jones had introduced legislation (H.R. 153) that would let churches start entering political campaigns without losing their special tax-exempt status. Jones terms it a “free speech” issue.

Today, I learned that Rep. Jones is a sponsor of legislation that would make it possible to toss protesters […]

Southern Trio in Congress Wants to Let Churches Have it Both Ways: No Taxes, Unlimited Politics

The way the law is set up in the United States right now is clear: Churches and other non-profit organizations have the right to campaign for particular political candidates if they choose. They are perfectly free to do so. They just have to do one little thing if they want to start politicking: pay taxes […]

3 Republicans Break Ranks, Vote Against Repealing Obamacare

Republicans in Congress are no longer unanimous in their opposition to the health care reform law. […]

Senate Republicans Vote To Kick Children Out Of America

Today, Republicans in the United States Senate voted in favor of H.R. 240, a bill that would kick large numbers of children out of the United States – in the name of Homeland Security.

Right wing conspiracy theorists come up with all kinds of crazy ideas about secret plans by FEMA to set up concentration […]

On Super Bowl Sunday, Time for a Legislative Gut Check

Number of years that the federal minimum wage has been in decline, accounting for inflation: 6

Number of American workers earning the federal minimum wage or less: 3.3 million

Number of bills before the 114th Congress to raise the federal minimum wage: 1

Number of Congressional cosponsors for legislation to raise the minimum wage: 19

[…]

Roll Call: Anti-Environment Democrats Who Voted To Send Tar Sends Pouring Into The USA Through The Keystone XL Pipeline

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve S. 1., legislation to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite strong environmental problems and the export of American steel jobs overseas for the duration of the construction. The legislation was passed without meaningful reform, a corrupt giveaway to the fossil fuels corporations.

Most of the […]

Football Museum Vs. Minimum Wage – Guess Which Wins In Congress?

Members of the United States Congress are elected to make sure that the government meet the needs of the American people, but some of them have an awfully strange idea of what those needs are. An example of the odd priorities often expressed by members of Congress is H.R. 602, a bill yesterday that will, […]

Five House Democrats Help Republicans Chain America To Outdated Energy Technology

In the 20th century, America discovered how to harness the power of fossil fuels. It was a powerful source of energy – for its time. That was generations ago, however, and America’s energy needs have changed.

Coal, methane, and crude oil don’t meet our century’s need for sustainable, clean, advanced sources of energy. Yet, the […]

Where Congressional Legislation Lies, January 2015

Number of bills before the 114th Congress to let military chaplains proselytize troops: 1

Number of bills mentioning “military waste“: 0

Number of bills to give zygotes legal rights at conception: 1

Number of bills to rescue frozen “snowflake babies” or prosecute in vitro facilities for child abuse: 0

Number of bills celebrating Pope Francis: […]