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Immigration Reform Checkmate: DACA and Mental Health

Jarryd Willis | Posted 06.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

The House GOP can't continue to block immigration reform and have their presidential candidates oppose the DACA program and expect to garner more Hispanic/Asian votes than they did in 2012.

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

Elise Foley

Democrats To GOP: Give Us A Vote On Immigration Already | Elise Foley | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats initiated a long-shot maneuver on Wednesday to get a vote on their comprehensive immigration reform bill, and promised t...

Primaries Predict Partisanship, But Only For Democrats

Jarryd Willis | Posted 03.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

A majority of laws are passed after July in the second year of House terms. It has become conventional political wisdom that House Republicans will be open to compromising on immigration reform in the last few months before the 2014 midterms.

Discharge Petition: The Right Wing Is Anti-Rights

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

Asians and Hispanics will be 50 percent of new voters for 21 GOP districts in 2014. They will be 40-49 percent of new voters for 10 districts and 30-39 percent of new voters for 32 other districts. That's 63 Republican controlled districts in which many new voters will care about where their Congressperson stands on issues of immigration reform.

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

There Are Strange Things Done in Washington

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 12.04.2013 | Books
Dr. Joel Hoffman

There are strange things done in Washington     By the folks who forge our laws. The Senate halls and quorum calls     ...

Jennifer Bendery

House Democrats Unveil Plan To Force End To Shutdown | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats announced Friday that they will try to force the House to vote on a measure to fully fund the government -- and end the ...

A Discharge Petition Will End This Nonsense... And Then, the New Nonsense Begins

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is nothing "sober" about shutting down government depriving soldiers, veterans, elderly, children, researchers and so forth of needed services. There is nothing "sober" about even using the word "default," much less teetering on the brink of it.

The Debate Over the ERA Continues

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

The debate over an Equal Rights Amendment began three years after women received the right to vote -- and continues today. The proposal was recently re-introduced in Congress, along with a new strategy.

Michael McAuliff

Fiscal Cliff: House Democrats Push Petition For Christmas Eve Tax Break | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats mounted a bid Tuesday to give nearly all taxpayers a Christmas Eve present by trying to force a Dec. 24 vote on a bill t...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Nancy Pelosi Threatens To Break Fiscal Cliff Stalemate | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered her own way to break the apparent stalemate over the so-called fiscal cliff -- by taking matt...

Lucia Graves

Health-Care Reform Repeal Petition Garners Few Signatures | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Although scores of lawmakers vowed to repeal health-care reform legislation, only a handful of House Republicans actually signed the discharge petitio...