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H.R. 6262: Stop Rewarding Sweatshops With Government Contracts

Do you believe that workers who make materials for the U.S. Government should work under the following conditions?

(i) the right of association; (ii) the right to organize and bargain collectively; (iii) a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; (iv) a prohibition on discrimination which has the effect of [...]

House Judiciary Has Frittered Away Alloted Time for Patriot Act Reform

Do you remember the Patriot Act reauthorization that passed through the Congress in February of 2010? Republicans and a large number of Democrats renewed the Patriot Act for another year. House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers declared that he had no choice but to support Patriot Act reauthorization because his committee just hadn’t had enough [...]

Why is Jason Altmire boosting Tax Cuts for the Rich?

Why did Democratic Representative Jason Altmire demand this week that his party champion tax cuts for the rich?

Follow the money:

(Sources: FEC, That’s My Congress)

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Annotated List: the 31 Democrats demanding Tax Cuts for the Rich, and their Latest Fundraiser Ticket Price

The 31 Democrats who just demanded that the rich get a tax cut are an interesting bunch. Consider their latest fundraisers. How much does it cost to get in?

If you want to get close to Jason Altmire, try paying $5,000 to “Host” one of the breakfasts he likes to hold at a DC wine [...]

Charles Boustany offers Lobbyists a Complimentary Package for $5,000

Hey, lobbyists! Congressman Charles Boustany would like you to know that if you visit him at the Loews Hotel in downtown New Orleans this weekend and write out a check to him (care of the Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism) for $5,000, you get the special complimentary package.

My guess is that the package [...]

Blue Dog Coalition Splits on Tax Cuts for the Rich: 32 Won’t Sign

It is striking to see 31 tin-ear Democrats demand tax cuts for the rich during a very nasty recession in which rich Americans are seeing their income go up and everyone else is seeing their income go down. But the list of people who wouldn’t sign their names to that demand is striking, too.

The [...]

Lying is a Sin: Steve Stivers tells no-doubt falsehood about Mary Jo Kilroy

Republican congressional candidate Steve Stivers signed his name to a campaign advertisement this week, declaring of his opponent in Ohio’s 15th District that “Mary Jo Kilroy can’t hide from her 98.4% voting record with Nancy Pelosi.”

I’ll come right to the point. This claim by Steve Stivers is a lie.

A review of roll [...]

What Would a Muslim Congress Look Like? Take a Peek.

American Christian conservatives have a bizarre fantasy driving their zeal to ban the building of mosques in America, a fantasy that involves a group making up only 0.6% of the adult U.S. population somehow stacking the Supreme Court, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress with so many Muslim politicians that the government will be able [...]

Even the Congressional Progressive Caucus Isn't That Progressive

Back in March of this year, articles at Irregular Times and That’s My Congress assessed the progressive record of members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We were surprised to find that fewer than half of the more than 70 CPC members had acted progressively in regard to so much as half of the slate of [...]

Rep. Carson Joins Call for Congressional Torture and Wiretap Inquiry

This week, Rep. AndrĂ© Carson of Indiana added his name to the growing list of members of the House of Representatives who formally support H.R. 104, John Conyers’ bill to establish an independent investigative commission, complete with subpoena power, to look into the torture, extraordinary rendition and surveillance without warrants that took place during the [...]

Mary Jo Kilroy States Position and Non-Position on FISA Amendments Act

Search Representative Mary Jo Kilroy’s House website for references to “jobs,” and you’ll find 54 web pages. Search Rep. Kilroy’s House website for references to “FISA,” and you’ll find nothing. When I asked candidate Kilroy last summer for her position on the FISA Amendments Act, she said she had no position.

That’s odd, considering what [...]