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113th Congress

This Congress Wasn't The Least Productive Ever, But It Came Pretty Close

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn c...

Sometimes Congress Needs a Kick in the A*#

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Even if outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not schedule a floor debate on an AUMF this week, as is likely, at least the Foreign Relations Committee will have gotten the ball rolling by voting and passing a resolution. That's the most Americans can hope for from the 113th Congress.

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

The Road to Human Rights in Iran- Are We There Yet?

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

As observers of human rights violations, we have noted sustained levels of injustice and deprivation against minorities. We maintain that fundamental violations of human rights in Iran stem from discriminatory laws that have become institutionalized and perpetuated structural violence.

There Are More Women In Congress Now Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

American voters brought Congress to a historical breaking point in this year's midterm elections, as the number of women serving in the U.S. House and...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Just Ensured That His Education Legacy Will Last After He Leaves Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is inviting states to apply to renew their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. And according to guidance issued Thursd...

How Women Can Rule (Post-Election)

Lauren Leader-Chivee | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Lauren Leader-Chivee

If we decide elections why don't the issues we care about advance once the candidates we elect take office? In a system of representative government, shouldn't elected officials serve my interests once elected? They should, but women need to play a greater role in making sure they do.

Michael McAuliff

Lame Duck Congress Will Duck Issues That Matter Most To Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top concerns voiced by voters in poll after poll this election were the economy and the stagnating middle class. So, freed from e...

If You're Dissatisfied With the Country's Direction? Vote

Atiba Madyun | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Atiba Madyun

A year ago, Americans were chomping at the bit for an opportunity to vote against those responsible for the government shutdown that cost the government and businesses an estimated 24 billion in lost economic output.

An Open Letter to Women Voters

Lisa Maatz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Dear women voters: It's our time, ladies. A midterm election looms, and the focus is on us! Politicians and pundits alike know that there's no crossing the electoral finish line without women voters in their corner. But are the candidates seeking to represent us talking about the issues we care about?

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 5 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we face the rugged terrain ahead, our marching orders must be the sobering words that speak presciently from the grave of the late Coretta Scott King: "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 3 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

This move could result in the release of thousands of low-level federal inmates caught up in the drug war. For a president who, hitherto, had the most conservative pardon record in recent history (e.g. in Obama's first term, he pardoned 1 in 50 applicants, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 1 in 3), such a shift is noteworthy.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 2 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

What changes have come about since our #EndMassIncarceration petition? Well, there's been about 20 developments and victories in the way of criminal justice reform (not including changes at the state/local level), at least 6 of which that are having or will have measurable impact.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 1 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

At the core of all of this is an ignominious reality at odds with one of the nation's most (publicly) cherished ideals, and one of our Constitution's most sacred laws: the Fourteenth Amendment right to "equal protection of the laws."

Time for Congress to Join President Obama in Continuing America's Conservation Legacy

Gene Karpinski | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

In the end, we're still faced with a problem: the President can't do it all. He can't re-authorize the LWCF nor can he appropriate it the money it deserves. We need Congress to act on LWCF and pass the dozens of currently-stalled conservation bills.

Congress, Conflict and Consequences

Frank Islam | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The 112th Congress, which ended its term on January 3, 2013, was labeled the "worst" and "least productive" Congress ever by a variety of sources.

Congress Knows It Has A Lot Of 'Work' To Do, But Clearly, Something Is 'Not Working'

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

As Congress enjoys a five-week summer recess, its body of "work" has already reached historically low levels in one key area. Back in July, govtra...

Despite the 'War on Whites' Tea Party Paranoia, 85 Percent of Congress and 69 Percent of Obama's Administration Is White

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The United States Congress is a Tea Party's dream; mostly male and mostly white. It's tough to wage a "war on whites" when the 113th Congress is 85 percent white and President Obama's cabinet is 69 percent white.

1964: A Year of Beginnings

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Today, we celebrate President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but the year 1964 itself deserves its own celebration. It was the year of beginnings not yet finished.

San Gabriel Mountains and River Corridor Deserve Permanent Protection

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 08.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Rep. Judy Chu

The San Gabriel Mountains are a defining feature for the entire Los Angeles region. What many people don't know, however, is just how much strain this region is under to keep up with demand for outdoor space and recreational opportunities.

America Needs to Renew Focus on Women in the Workplace

Rep. Paul Tonko | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. Paul Tonko

We cannot get serious about economic development while hamstringing more than half of our workforce, which is exactly what we have been doing for decades by not supporting women in the workplace.

Compassionate Progressivism Can Stop the Balkanization of America

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

More signals this week that the Obama presidency is standing on its last lame-duck leg. I have now lost any great hope to see progressive legislatio...

How to Govern When Congress Would Rather Repeal and Re-investigate Than Legislate

Dan Pfeiffer | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Pfeiffer

President Obama has only one option -- use every ounce of his authority to unilaterally improve economic security. He is more than willing to work with congressional Republicans, but he is certainly not going to wait for them.

Give Congress a Pay Raise? As If!

Jamison Doran | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Jamison Doran

Shut down the government? They still collect their paychecks. Waste time voting on a Supreme Court upheld law? Doesn't matter, they can waste all the time they want and still get paid. If only the rest of us had such cushy jobs that rewarded us for not doing a damn thing.