The effort to repeal Orderly Liquidation Authority would be such a gift to the biggest Wall Street banks. Without that authority, Wall Street would be assured that no matter how big the risks they take, the American taxpayer could be forced to bail them out.
I wonder why this Congress wants to go after single mothers with children who are on limited income. Why do they also want to go after the elderly, who also are on fixed incomes, and are worried about shelter, utility expenses, and getting appropriate food and medicine?
Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas the entire Democratic conference loves to hate, officially kicked off the 2016 Republican presidential primary season with his March 23 announcement on the campus of Liberty University.
Through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), volunteers become IRS-certified tax preparers and provide qualifying individuals and families with free, accurate assistance in filing federal tax returns. Fortunately, Congress has a history of supporting this successful public-private partnership.
Nothing better demonstrates the disconnect between the daily lives of ordinary people in this country and the policy debates now taking place in Washington than the term "NDD." While all but a tiny fraction of the population would look with a blank stare at anyone who used the term, it is at the core of what most of the fighting in Washington these days is all about.
The Obama administration has broadcast that since Benjamin Netanyahu announced that there will never be a Palestinian state so long as he remains Prime Minister of Israel, the U.S. may end its policy of blocking consideration of the Israel-Palestine conflict at the UN Security Council.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Censoring South Florida Sea Level Rise - maybe state employees aren't allowed ...
One person who might understand the position in which U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) has found himself (resigning after weeks of media scrutiny over questionable spending) is former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner also resigned from Congress after a scandal.
Whether one calls it a gimmick, a joke, or a dagger aimed at the heart of any American whose house lacks a car elevator, the Republican budget plans -- which will include a repeal of the president's healthcare reform law -- offer a serious opportunity for Democrats, if they take advantage of it.
Did you ever think being a fanboy could lose you your job? That's what happened to former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock. He wasn't known for his stand on major or even minor issues, but boy, was he known for how he stood: tall, tanned, and hunky.
Unless the campaign financing system is reformed, the U.S. Congress will become paid employees of the people who pay for their campaigns -- the billionaire class. Needless to say, not everyone on the Committee agreed.
No surprise that almost four months into the Republican takeover of Congress, more time has been spent on immigration -- specifically, trying to reverse President Obama's executive actions shielding 5 million immigrants from deportation -- than almost anything else.
Legislators supportive of a negotiated solution to the Iran nuclear crisis should recognize the Corker bill for what it is: a dangerously written measure that injects new demands into the negotiations and risks laying the foundation to kill a historic agreement. There are three major tripwires that the bill would impose on a deal.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a new director, Sarah Saldaña, but she made it apparent on Thursday that the agency is stuck making the same old mistakes. And the timing couldn't be worse.
When I talk about Schock's "closet," I mean the system of keeping LGBTs down by intimidating and disadvantaging them. Laws like those Schock supported are designed to oppress gays and lesbians, and they send a clear message: Sure, go ahead and be openly gay; just remember that you could lose your job, your home, your safety, or your life.
The "People's Budget," which I helped draft, strikes a strong contrast with the Republican plan. It rewards hard work and invests in our country. It ensures that everyone has an opportunity to get a good education, find a good job, live in a safe and secure home, put food on the table, have affordable health care, save for retirement and maybe have a little left over.