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…Continue
Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on October 22, 2013 at 7:42pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on May 1, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on January 30, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Melanie Buck on January 24, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Stephanie Slade on June 30, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments
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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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…Continue
Added by Josh Shpayher on May 6, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments
By Steve O'Keeffe http://bit.ly/e21yZ5
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…Continue
Added by MeriTalk on April 12, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments
Memo to all progressives, activists, eco-warriors and Lefty paradigm shifters: I get it, I get it. Obama is a wimp. The…
Here's the article from Politico which crowns the 73 year old senator:
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