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August Recess

It's August Recess! Now What?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Congress adjourned for a five-week August recess -- and will return on Sept. 8. Here's a look at five issues still on the table for when Congress returns. Mark your calendars!

Welcome Back Congress, We're Hungry for Your Leadership

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Evidence shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is necessary and that it works. It doesn't matter to me whether a child is malnourished in South Sudan or Southeast Washington DC -- it's unacceptable either way.

Recess Wrap Up

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

As I looked back at the news we've shared with you this August on the NRDC Action Fund facebook page, I noticed myself shaking my head. For every bit ...

GOP Town Hall Erupts With Call For Impeachment

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

A Maryland town hall meeting grew heated Tuesday, when GOP Rep. Andy Harris faced disgruntled constituents angry over partisan politics fraying the co...

The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

For communities across the country where Republican lawmakers continue to wage war on the poor by cutting their lifeline of nutrition assistance, the question remains: whose side are you on?

The August Strategy -- Immigrant Rights Activism Heats Up

Elena Shore | Posted 10.02.2013 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

About 40 leaders of immigration reform advocacy organizations were arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill. The group was there as part of a protest aimed at pressuring the House GOP into passing an immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship.

August Recess: A Plan for Lawmakers

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

The U.S. House and Senate wrap up work in Washington this week, setting the stage for the August recess, a misunderstood, but extremely useful period of time for lawmakers. Here are four things any lawmaker headed back home should do before returning to Washington.

Amanda Terkel

Progressives Plan To Turn Up The Heat On GOP Lawmakers During August Recess | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers may be feeling more heat this summer at their town halls, speeches and fundraisers as progressive activists begin an aggr...

House GOP Playbook Revealed

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

House Republicans, serving in what may be the least productive Congress in history, produced a playbook for the August recess with a message for the v...

Unleashing America's Talent

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Every year, national service provides tens of thousands of people with a year of service that teaches the skills and provides the experience demanded by nonprofit, corporate and public sector employers who are looking for workers in this challenging economy.

Tyler Kingkade

Democrats Target Vulnerable House Republicans Over Town Hall Protests | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have taken a lot of heat from constituents at home during the August recess after a bitter showdown with Democ...

Amanda Terkel

U.S. Senate Makes History During D.C. Earthquake | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday, convening outside of the U.S. Capitol due to the evacuations from the earthquake that hit Washington...

Tyler Kingkade

House Republicans Face Anger At Home | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, more than 200 protesters impeded traffic in Washington state as they gathered near the offices of GOP Rep. Dave Reichert, c...

Congress' Real Deadline: Summer Vacation

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's a pretty safe bet that the issue will (at least temporarily) be resolved by the fifth of August, at the absolute latest. Bank on it. The reason for such certainty is a simple one.

Are We Seeing the Same America?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

There is real suffering in America, and yet the conservative media uses news stories of economic hardship as an opportunity to mock those in need. It's a disturbing pattern we've seen in the past two years.

Only a Few Blocks Could Make a Big Difference for the Ground Zero Mosque

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

You'd think we might have figured this out a little sooner because once again we are ill prepared for the stealth swift boat attacks before an important election during the dog days of August.

Shofar to Congress: Wake Up! Work Still Needs to be Done

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

It is the end of the hot months of summer and some Americans and Washingtonians, particularly, are in their last days of vacation. In political Washin...

Sam Stein

Senate Dems, Messina Chart Strategy For August And Obama's Role On The Trail | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, Senate Democrats, senior staff, and an official with the Obama White House charted out an aggressive communic...

Republicans Refuse To Disclose Their Summer Town Hall Schedules

CQ-Roll Call | Jackie Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Several House Republicans are balking at a request by their leadership to offer up a copy of their August schedules for a GOP Conference online databa...

Democrats Draw Up Blueprints For Summer Messaging Campaign

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Congress set to break for its lengthy August recess, Democratic strategists have formulated a summer strategy to try to make the most of the inte...

Senate's Summer Recess In Peril: Capitol Hill Gridlock May Require Curtailing August Break

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Every August Senators take a break from their legislative duties for a month-long summer recess. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday the lengt...

Republican Congressman Lives "Gilligan's Island-Style Existence" For A Week

Arizona Republic | Dan Nowicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If this Congress thing doesn't work out for Rep. Jeff Flake, he can always fall back on a second life as a beach bum. Flake, an Arizona Republican lo...

Frank Rich: Is Obama Punking Us? | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"AUGUST is a challenging time to be president," said Andrew Card, the former Bush White House chief of staff, as he offered unsolicited advice to his ...

The Guns of August: A Call to Arms for Progressives and Obama Activists

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Kirsch

Since health care won't be decided at the popular ballot box, we can't just wait for the public to recognize the reality behind this nutty minority.

Reflections on Health Care Reform: Now or Never

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

All we want is to be cared for at a price that we can all afford. But if we cannot afford and access our doctors and nurses, then the healthcare system fails us.