Earlier this week, House Republicans cut a deal with Senate Democrats on a 1,600-page Omnibus Appropriations bill would fund most of the government through September, and fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 27. If the bill does not pass by midnight on December 11, some government operations will shut down. According to the Washington Post, in case an agreement cannot be reached in time, top appropriators have prepared a short-term extension for a vote that would fund the government for a few days while the House and Senate pass the final bill.
The Republican-run House of Representatives approved a 67-percent tax hike on duck hunters Monday, using a voice vote so members could avoid accountability for their votes.
The newly elected Republican majority in the Senate makes it clear to President Obama that they intend to work together with him to pass fast track/Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the TTIP and TPP.
Soon-to-be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may attempt to turn the upcoming lame duck session into a legislative free-for-all.
The $25 billion in wasted taxpayer dollars uncovered annually by Senator Coburn in his Wastebook is likely only the tip of the iceberg.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Liberty Caucus have become the sole congressional voice openly speaking out against President Obama's proposed third war in Iraq.
The Obama administration is engaged in unprecedented stonewalling of federal agency and department inspectors general, according to a letter to lawmakers from a strong majority of the supposedly independent government watchdogs. The officials, who are charged by Congress with routing out corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse within their respective agencies, warned that the consequences of the obstructionism could be dire. Critics and lawmakers seized on the letter as further evidence that the administration marketed as the “most transparent” in history has become exactly the opposite.
Americans across the political spectrum are becoming increasingly outraged by the swarms of heavily armed federal bureaucracies, many with SWAT teams and military weapons, breaking down doors and terrorizing citizens to enforce unconstitutional regulations on everything from food and drugs to the environment and education. In response, a group of GOP lawmakers in Congress announced that they are working to at least demilitarize the perpetually expanding army of regulatory bureaucrats. Supporters of the effort said it would be a good start in reining in Leviathan.
Earlier this week, the House of Representatives paved the way for a lawsuit against President Obama for his abuse of power. In June, House Speaker John Boehner accused the president of not faithfully executing the laws of the United States and announced plans to file suit. On July 30, House Republicans voted to proceed with that lawsuit.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill intended to curb NSA powers, but it will probably not be taken up this session of Congress.
After being defeated in 2012, Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee quietly announced that they would be holding yet another vote on ratification for the widely criticized United Nations “Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.” The radical planetary agreement, known as UN CRPD for short, purports to grant oversight of U.S. policies on disabled Americans to an unelected global “committee” of self-styled global “experts.” While the latest bid to ratify the scheme has flown largely under the media radar so far, the opposition is once again gearing up for a fight to stop it.