In a last-ditch bid to save the Patriot Act, which has been condemned by many members of Congress for its overreaching authorization of domestic spying in the name of national security, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has postponed debate on the controversial law until the week of May 25, days before it expires on May 31.

 

Senator Johnny Isakson recently advocated passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) while Senator Jeff Sessions posted a “Critical Alert” articulating his concerns with TPA.

 

 

U.S. representatives from Utah have formed a group to give power over land back to the states.

Senator Tom Cotton is set to fight Rand Paul in a battle to extend parts of the Patriot Act that will soon expire.

The House's vote to repeal the estate tax appears to be a purely political move to serve during the 2016 election campaigns. A more serious conversation about repeal may take place in 2017.