10 posts tagged congress
Could Alaska’s most famous ex-governor become its newest senator? Members of the Tea Party Leadership Fund appear to be hoping for just that.
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The gun control debate is heating up as members of Congress return to their home districts for what will likely be a contentious two-week holiday break. In town halls and fundraisers, lawmakers will face opponents and supporters of universal background checks and other key components of newly proposed gun legislation.
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The House passes bill to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Final vote: 257-167.
After weeks of negotiations, the House will not hold a vote on a deficit deal Monday night, forcing Americans to ring in the new year over the fiscal cliff.
The 113th Congress will set some big diversity records, with more women serving than ever before and an entire delegation of women from New Hampshire, but unfortunately none of that diversity will be reflected in House committee leadership.
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From The Melissa Harris-Perry Show:
On Melissa Harris-Perry, our host and guests weighed in with their post-election picks for the “Ones to Watch,” concentrating on the newly-elected senators, governors, and members of the House of Representatives on whom we should be focusing our attention. Some are surprise winners, some made history just by being elected, and some are already being called future leaders of their party. And some of them, frankly, we just need to keep our eyes on to make sure they don’t make a worse mess of Washington.
From The Last Word:
President Obama will have to face the same divided Congress in his second term as he did in his first. Come January 5th, the 113th Congress will not have a change in the overall balance of power, with the Democrats holding power in the Senate, and the Republicans holding a majority in the House. But Democrats scored some victories in tight races –meaning some of the #batcrapcrazy politicians have been weeded out.
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From the Rachel Maddow Show: Sen. Michael Bennet put together a chart, which he showed during a floor speech, that compared the approval rating of Congress at an all-time low of 9% last fall with other unpopular people and concepts in American history. Congress proved to be more popular than only Fidel Castro, who came in at 5%. It was tied with Hugo Chavez.