35 posts tagged congress
"Being a woman affects me the same way running for Congress as it does being a working mom, or when I was a PTA president, or when I was chief negotiator for our local school district: It drives me to always exceed expectations, with that little awareness in the back of my mind that someone, somewhere may be setting the bar just a tiny bit higher for me. And, you know what? I’m inspired by high expectations; so, it all works out just fine."
NBC News/WSJ poll: 14% of Americans approve of Congress; 79% disapprove.
Putting things in perspective: Bills passed by Congress, 1965-2014.
Boehner’s decision to abandon immigration reform marks the end of a long period of soul searching for the party since Obama’s re-election. After flirting with passing major legislation to address the existing undocumented population, Republican leaders are now demanding more deportations instead, effectively putting the party to the right of Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” position.
—Benjy Sarlin, msnbc.com
A year after bipartisan immigration legislation passed in the Senate, it’s states on the front lines of the immigration debate who are taking matters into their own hands.
“I never make such big decisions so long after sunset and so far from dawn.”
What if members of Congress were really like Frank Underwood?
Get your “real-life” House of Cards fix: http://onmsnbc.co/LQqrHU
Rachel Maddow points out that contrary to the frenzied paranoia of right-wing extremists, President Obama has issued relatively few executive orders.
If Congress won’t act on jobs and the economy, President Obama promises that he will—a message he’s expected to push in Tuesday’s State of the Union. The problem is, there’s not much the president can do his own.
Despite a brief detente over the budget, Congress remains paralyzed on almost everything else, big and small, that has the greatest potential to help the economy: tax reform, immigration reform, an infrastructure overhaul.
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/ Getty)
A large number of veteran lawmakers are retiring, which some fear will diminish the political center in Congress.