This morning, the website Blue Collar Republican has planted the Soviet symbol of the hammer and the sickle next to a claim that Rep. Steve Cohen is one of the “Congressmen who are members of the American Socialist Party”. The cited source for this claim is Gateway Pundit at the fundamentalist Christian website First Things, who declares: The Socialist Party…Read More Fact Check: Do 70 Members of Congress Belong to Socialist Party of America Caucus?
Michigan’s Mike Rogers doesn’t live like you and I do. While we get up and pour ourselves a bowl of cold cereal for breakfast, Congressman Rogers goes out to eat his breakfast. Rogers doesn’t go to just any old place for his bacon and eggs either. This morning at 8:15, Representative Rogers is going to a…Read More Mike Rogers Breakfasts With Lobbyists
This week, Representative Alan Grayson led a bipartisan group within the U.S. House to introduce, H.R. 5353, the War Is Making You Poor Act. The legislation carries one of the more evocative titles seen in the current session of Congress, a title that describes the bill’s premise, though not what the proposed law would actually do.…Read More War Is Making You Poor
As part of a “Down With The Traitors Campaign 2010″ organized by Lyndon LaRouche, candidate Kesha Rogers has gained the Democratic Party nomination for the House of Representatives in the 22nd congressional district in Texas. Rogers won over two other Democratic candidates, gaining 53 percent of the vote. Rogers won the Democratic nomination with the help…Read More Kesha Rogers Fights Obama’s British Empire
Yesterday, the House of Representatives sneaked through a legislative amendment on a non-related bill to extend the Patriot Act without reforming it at all. In past years, progressive activists might have believed that such votes could never take place in a majority-Democrat Congress. They worked hard to get Democrats elected in the hope that those…Read More House Dems Who Voted For Patriot Act Extension Without Reform
Yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the Patriot Act, a law that violates the Fourth Amendment right of all people within the USA to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure. The Patriot Act grants extraordinary government powers to spy on Americans’ private lives, grabbing records of their communications, commercial activities,…Read More House Democrats Sneak Through Patriot Act Vote
The following is a transcript of remarks made by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy upon this morning’s release of the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s illegal seizing of thousands of phone records of Americans (including those of American newspaper reporters) by: lying to phone companies, lying to FISA court judges,…Read More Transcript: Senator Pat Leahy’s Remarks on FBI Illegal Lying and Spying
Overnight, news emerged that for years, the FBI grabbed Americans’ private telephone records without any search warrants, and justifying the seizures of these records by claiming that there were emergency terrorist threats that in fact never existed. Thousands of times, the FBI completely invented stories of terrorist plots to attack the United States so that…Read More Will Congress Investigate Illegal FBI Spying On Americans’ Phone Calls?
In March of 2009, we reviewed the congressional activity of the-members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Congressional Progressive Caucus is a coalition of liberals in the House of Representatives, one that has been characterized by the right wing as relentless in their pursuit of Red Army extremism. We found that, despite conservatives’ characterization of the group, the Progressive Caucus…Read More Just How Relentlessly Progressive is the Congressional Progressive Caucus of 2010?
Tim Rupli is a registered lobbyist for a variety of non-profit and for-profit corporations including the anti-immigration Numbers USA, the payday-lenders’ association called the Community Financial Services Association of America, the Independent Community Bankers of America, MetaBank, the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, weapons training corporation Lasershot Inc., and pharmaceutical corporation Sepracor. In compensation for his…Read More Tim Rupli: The Lobbyist, The Parties, The Townhouse and Congress
At her LinkedIn profile, Helen Milby is coy about her line of work. “Non-Profit Organization Management”, she calls it. Her company’s web site is more blatantly uncommunicative with the public. It’s been almost 5 years now since Helen Milby registered the domain that she and her colleagues use for business emails. Still, the web site claims…Read More What Makes Special Interests Special?
The following is our transcription of the November 19, 2009 testimony of John Amos of Skytruth, a non-profit environmental imaging organization, to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. After more than a decade analyzing satellite imagery in the commercial sector for oil and gas exploration, I founded Skytruth, a non-profit corporation dedicated to…Read More Transcript of Skytruth’s John Amos to Senate on Offshore Oil Drilling
Two very different perspectives on U.S. oceans policy were expressed in the House of Representatives yesterday. First came Ron Klein, a Democratic Representative from Florida, a state that’s almost completely surrounded by salt water. Klein spoke in favor of the renewal and augmentation of the Coral Reef Conservation Act. Originally passed in the year 2000, the act…Read More Two Ocean Views In Congress
“Tell Rod to keep me in mind for that seat, would ya?…. I know I could give him a check myself.” – Roland Burris, in a phone call with Robert Blagojevich, November 13, 2008, prior to his being appointed by Rod Blagojevich to the United States Senate. Senator Burris, it’s not like you’ve been busy on Capitol…Read More Senator Roland “I Know I Could Give Him A Check” Burris, Resign
Committee on House Administration maintains a list of official registered “Congressional Member Organizations,” more regularly known as caucuses. A caucus is a group of members of the House of Representatives who share some commonality, whether it be personal (ex. the Congressional Hispanic Caucus), related to a district (ex. the Congressional Rural Caucus) or reflective of a representative’s…Read More List Of House Caucus Websites In The 111th Congress. How Transparent?
This last week, Lamar Smith in the House and John Cornyn in the Senate introduced identical bills (H.R. 1076 and S. 436) to criminalize anonymous use of the Internet. If passed, the legislation (entitled the Internet Safety Act of 2009) would require every person in America to register every single time they use the internet and to have their identity…Read More Republicans Introduce Bill to end Anonymity on the Internet
For the last couple of months, Republicans in Congress have been whining and complaining that gasoline prices in the United States would go down a whole bunch, if only the the Democrats in Congress would do only something to increase the amount of oil drilling taking place on federal lands. Well, wouldn’t you know it,…Read More Republicans Vote Against Quick Oil Drilling On Existing Leases
What do Republicans in Congress have against efficiency? They’ve recently voted against efficient public schools, against efficient light bulbs, and against efficient crane conservation. Now, Republicans in Congress are trying to destroy legislation that would promote efficient transportation. For reasonable people, the issues related to the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 are straightforward. The…Read More 186 Republicans Try To Block Efficient Transportation
Republican politicians are always complaining that public schools are not efficient enough. They use this complaint as an excuse for cutting off the funds that public schools need to give American children an adequate education. Yesterday, the Democrats in Congress called the Republicans’ bluff. You want efficient public schools? Good. Congressman Ben Chandler, who is…Read More Republicans Vote Against Efficient Schools
Republicans say that they’re fiscally responsible. That means that they ought to support programs that are financially efficient. Republicans say that they’re conservative. That means that they ought to support conservation programs. Nonetheless, a fiscally efficient conservation program came before the House of Representatives yesterday, and most Republicans voted against it. Why would they do…Read More Who Would Vote Against Clean, Efficient Crane Conservation?