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113th Congress

Congress, Conflict and Consequences

Frank Islam | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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.

In Congress, Democrats Are The Party Of The Rich

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It's a label that has stuck for decades, and you're hearing it again as Democrats co...

Climate Change: Case Closed

Rep. Alan Lowenthal | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Every minute we waste on this "myth of disagreement" is one minute longer we have to wait to take concrete action, making any solution more difficult and more expensive.

McConnell: Congress Won't Make 'A Lot Of Big Important Things' Happen This Year

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that those hoping for comprehensive immigration reform and other policy changes from Congre...

The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

It's been illegal under federal law for more than 40 years to intentionally injure the hooves and legs of horses to cause them to exaggerate their gait during horse shows. It's called horse "soring," and it involves the infliction of torment upon horses as a way to get a leg up and win ribbons at competitive showing events.

Congress Inaction Prompts Obama To Act Alone

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week, President Barack Obama promoted tougher fuel efficiency standards for trucks. He touted progress on initiatives to stre...

Washington Watch: 'Who's Your Lame Duck?'

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

Are the Republicans in Congress determined to bestow upon President Obama "lame duck" status? Since they won back the House in 2010, it sure seems li...

What Congress Looks Like When You Average All Of Their Pictures Together

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

The 113th Congress is the most diverse in history -- but how diverse is that, really? Looking at this composite image of the 535 members of Congres...

With Upcoming Discussion on Limiting Abortion Rights, the Personal Is Political

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

To break the issue of abortion rights down to a battle over "messaging," or ensuring that Republican members of the House give some necessary red meat to their base, ultimately has a much more dire impact on the body politic.

Sabrina Siddiqui

House GOP Adopted Record Number Of Closed Rules In 2013 | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress already closed out the year with the least productive legislative session in history. And now, House Democrats pointed out Mond...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Alissa Scheller

These Charts Show Just How Good Congress Was At Being Terrible In 2013 | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics

Congress did very, very little in 2013 — setting all-time records for both most unproductive and most unpopular Congress ever. Both the House and Se...

In The Worst Congress Ever, These Few Lawmakers Actually Did Something

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The 113th Congress is on track to pass just 55 bills in 2013 -- a record low level of productivity. But despite the historic levels of inter-party...

Saving Grace: Renewing the Promise of the American Dream

Frank Islam | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

It is not just income inequality that matters. It is also influence inequality and opportunity inequality. When the card deck gets stacked, the social contract is frayed and our democracy suffers.

Think Again: Is Obamacare the End of Liberalism? Not So Much

Eric Alterman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The unpopularity of the Republican right-wing agenda is demonstrated in poll after poll. Congress itself has never been more unpopular in history. And yet, according to Krauthammer, the problems with the website "will discredit Obama's new liberalism for years to come."

Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

We harm ourselves every day when we deport 1,100 people. We put U.S. citizen children in foster care or the care of others or we send them out of the country. A generation of kids has grown up with the threat of deportation of mom or dad.