Congress

Bitches Get Stuff Done – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gives Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) a Civics Lesson

But They Shouldn’t Have to Put Up with This Crap The long and painful descent of the Republican party has certainly been a marvel to behold. I recently wrote about this after discovering Henry Fairlie’s warning of the party’s impending devolution at the dawn of the Reagan Revolution. Fairlie detected a distinct eau de fascism…

Amid Heightened Tension, Senators Feinstein, Markey, Sanders & Merkley Propose to Jumpstart Strategic Talks with Russia – Mainstream Press Fails to Cover Story

Four United States senators are urging a new approach to U.S.-Russian relations based on renewed arms control efforts, but you probably haven’t heard about it from the mainstream media, Gilbert Doctorow and Ray McGovern report. In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

Dump House Intel Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes – Courage Campaign

Normally I’d say there are valid reasons to be skeptical of how productive a petition like this one from the Courage Campaign could be. But Rep. Devin Nunes is a key quack in Donald Trump’s gaggle of defenders, and perhaps making some noise about it could be productive, not to mention a highly enjoyable way…

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Call for Meeting w/ ICE Director & Are Then Excluded from the Meeting by Speaker Ryan & Rep. Goodlatte

Statement from Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) “Speaker Ryan is not an emperor and does not control who I meet with.” Feb. 16, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to being excluded from a meeting in the U.S. Capitol with Acting Director Thomas Homan of ICE.…

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces the Stop Arming Terrorists Act

Just in case you missed this very interesting development in December. December 8, 2016 Press Release Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act today. The legislation would prohibit the U.S. government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan…

Farmers’ Organic Seed Group Dumps Organic Trade Assoc. Membership Over Monsanto-Backed GMO Bill

Press Release from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association: ORGANIC FARMER GROUP Dumps ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION OSGATA Cites Betrayal Over Monsanto-Backed GMO LABELING BILL Washington, ME, July 13, 2016   By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from…

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Help Reduce Food Waste – Support the Food Recovery Act

Every congressional session thus far this century has been among the least productive and least popular in our history. Add to that the media circus that is the U.S. presidential campaign circa 2016 and you might come to understand how expectations for the last year of the 114th United States Congress came to be so…

The Republican Study Committee wants to ratchet austerity up well past the sequester

From Josh Bivens at the Economic Policy Institute’s Working Economics Blog: The Republican Study Committee wants to ratchet austerity up well past the sequester by Josh Bivens October 22, 2015 A bit over four years ago, the U.S. economy threatened to breach the legislated (and totally arbitrary) national debt ceiling. There was no economic sign…