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The United States Congress: Myths and Facts

Too many Americans don’t know what Congress is, or how it works.

Congress has most of the political power in the United States. Public support for Congress has reached another all-time low. Our disapproval should be based in reality, not in fantasy, rumor, or ignorance. Our schools don’t bother to teach this stuff.

What’s a Congress?

The Constitution requires that a new "Congress" convene every two years. Members are…


Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on October 22, 2013 at 7:42pm — No Comments

16 House Lawmakers to Renew East Coast Missile Site Push

Sixteen Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee want Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman Bill Young (R-Fla.) to add $250 million to the fiscal year 2014 defense spending bill for a missile site on the East Coast,…


Added by Ross Wilkers on May 1, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

What’s a Filibuster?

There is no such thing as a "filibuster-proof majority"


In his State of the Union address to Congress last week, President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Senate to amend or abolish its filibuster rules to break the Congressional gridlock. Don’t hold your breath. Neither party wants to change those rules because they always benefit the minority party, and each party will have its turn in that position.


You won’t find filibusters in the U.S.…


Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on January 30, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Sunlight Foundation: The Senate's Dodd Problem

MPAA head lobbyist Chris Dodd threatened Congress and the President last week, suggesting that lawmakers should remember that they've been bought, and that if they want to continue to enjoy their piece of the entertainment industry's largesse, they should mind their leash:

"Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very…

Added by Melanie Buck on January 24, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Daily Dose: Is the U.S. Senate Passing the Buck?

These days, it's pretty common to hear that we've lost sight of what the Founding Fathers intended. A frequent criticism is that Congress is guilty of "overreaching" into areas more legitimately the province of states and localities or the federal executive branch. So it's interesting that some lawmakers are willingly relinquishing one of the powers explicitly vested in them by the Constitution.


Al Kamen of the Washington Post writes that the Senate yesterday elected to…


Added by Stephanie Slade on June 30, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Future Defense, IT Budgets Are In Question

The House and Senate are loggerheads, to say the least, over the 2012 budget. One side wants to cut civilian agency spending and boost Defense. The other wants to do just the opposite. Either way, it will affect IT spending. Read the latest coming from the House Appropriations Committee, and what the likely outcome will be.


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Added by Claudia Hosky on June 1, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

What the White House Really Wants In Cyber

With 50 bills in Congress having to do with cybersecurity, and none of them showing any imminent signs of movement, the White House at last weighed in with its own legislative proposal. In an online statement, the president’s staff said it was outlining its cyber legislative goals in response to a request from Senate… Continue

Added by Claudia Hosky on May 18, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Measuring social media influence on Capitol Hill

Here's a snippet from my new post at WhoRunsGov at the Washington Post. Click on the link below to read the entire thing.


In the not-so-distant past, a big concern for a PR firm or pollster was “is their client’s message getting across?” In the social media world, the new question is “Are they influential?” Social media influence can be a tricky thing to determine. Companies (and politicians) want you to become a fan of their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter. But…


Added by Josh Shpayher on May 6, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

My Cup of IT: Horse Built By Subcommittee?

By Steve O'Keeffe


I'm a simple fellow. I'm easily confused. I'm easily distracted. When I read OMB's 25-Point Plan to fix Fed IT my head hurt. 25 points. All with associated deadlines. The Almighty himself only had 10 - and no deadlines. Honor Thy Father and Mother - in six months. You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor - in 18 months. Is OMB really committing to all these…


Added by MeriTalk on April 12, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

If You Won't Vote, I Don't Want to Be Part of Your Revolution

This article was originally published in the Huffington Post.

Memo to all progressives, activists, eco-warriors and Lefty paradigm shifters: I get it, I get it. Obama is a wimp. The…


Added by Anne Hill on September 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Digital IQ's...Whose is the Highest in the Senate?

Here's the article from Politico which crowns the 73 year old senator:

John McCain, Twitter genius


Added by Tricia on August 25, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

My Twitter Senate Experiment: Overview

First off, I believe in the potential of the open government initiative, government 2.0, whatever you wish to call it. My goal is simple, to baseline where we are in terms of basic social engagement at one of the highest levels of our government… The Senate. Here is my approach, for better or for worse:

* This test will be run once while out of session (the January cycle) and once when back in session (the February cycle).

* Using lists I found on I have pulled… Continue

Added by John Moore on January 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

GPO 2009 Open House (Somewhat) Live


8:30 am

In my efforts to live tweet this event, I had to resort to updating this blog. Government isn't quite sold on the live tweet/updates argument, but I'll do my best to keep you updated via blogs over the next few hours. I just got the call to come set up our table. We've got great lanyards, collateral, give-a-ways, and a cool poster to display the work of our i… Continue

Added by Christopher Daniel, PMP on August 4, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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