At a time when we should be focused on creating jobs and building the American middle class, we're in the midst of a government shutdown because of the tea party's obsession with taking away the health care benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Enough is enough!
We at POGO have committed our lives to our work because we believe in the value of good government. Every minute the government is shut down is another minute where public services, oversight, and accountability crumble.
While the Senate addressed immigration's complexities in a comprehensive package, House Republican leaders cherry picked the few reforms they were willing to address. This is no way to solve one of the greatest challenges of our time. The American people have waited long enough -- it's time for the House to act.
True immigration reform cannot be achieved if creating this road comes at the cost of giving up or undermining our most cherished civil rights.
I went for a hike with my dogs on Tuesday, the first day of the dreaded government shutdown, and I have to say that it was the most glorious autumn day I've ever experienced in my 43 years of living in both New England and Colorado.
As the government shutdown continues, President Obama has decided to ignore House and Senate Republicans and focus his energy on bringing an end to the much more pressing battle between singers Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor.
A friend asks, "How'd you like to be John Boehner right now?" Clearly, I'm daydreaming, but I'd like it. Because I'd stride to the podium, whack the gavel, and say...
If you can't lead, get the hell out of the way and let someone else do it. Do it now before you create a mess no one will be able to fix.
One of the problems we're facing now is the inability of the House Republican leadership to mete out effective discipline on the Tea Party, or, if you will, the "shutdown caucus." And one reason for that -- not the only reason, maybe not even the biggest -- is gerrymandering.
Conservatives talk a lot about the importance of their principles. It is sadly ironic, then, that the conservatives in Congress who shut down the government thereby turned away from principles and persuasion to a purely Machiavellian exercise of brute force
In the early days of our country, it became obvious that the Articles of Confederation was an inadequate governing document. The early leaders had de...
In reflecting on nearly 30 years in the U.S. Senate, I can hardly think of a time when a group of lawmakers has acted so recklessly as now.
Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.
Like virtually every Democrat, like most independents, like a strong majority of Americans, I am fed up with the bullying anarchism of the Tea Party right in the House of Representatives.
After many incidents, and finally the tragedy of September 11, the Congress in 2001 created the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). Since then...
The United States Congress has careened into a government shutdown, and everybody wants to find someone to blame. But in the accusatory frenzy, they're missing the real culprit: the voting rules that drive the political behavior of Congress.