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This Week in Congress

It’s going to be a busy week on the Hill. On Thursday, the House will likely consider H.R. 3684, the $1.2 trillion “traditional” infrastructure bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had planned a vote on H.R. 3684 yesterday, but it was [...]

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money

With the multiple crises of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida, and continued COVID authoritarianism, it may seem understandable that the latest report from the Medicare and Social Security Trustees was largely ignored even by [...]

Congress needs to cut up its credit cards

Congress will soon have to consider whether or not to increase the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling is the government’s credit limit, so once it is reached, the government cannot legally borrow any more money. The Treasury can continue to pay [...]

Ron Paul 2011: We’ll be in Afghanistan another decade

“Ron Paul was right” trended on Twitter yesterday as the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan refocused attention on a 2011 speech Congressman Paul made in favor of a congressional resolution ordering the withdrawal of U.S. troops from [...]

Infrastructure update

It looks like the U.S. Senate will likely vote on final passage of the infrastructure bill tomorrow. So please call your senators and tell them to oppose the infrastructure bill. You can find your U.S. Senators’ contact information [...]

This week in Congress

The big event in the U.S. Senate this week is the cloture vote on S. 2747, the “Freedom to Vote Act.” This is the latest version of H.R. 1/S. 1. Like its predecessors, this bill nationalizes elections. It also imposes new regulations on [...]

Congress update

The U.S. House and Senate will not be voting on legislation until mid-September, but committees in both chambers are holding hearings and drafting legislation. Their major focus is drafting the “human infrastructure” spending bill. The bill [...]

House update: everything I don’t like is racist, everything I like is infrastructure

The U.S. House was in session on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, they were scheduled to vote on a rule providing for floor consideration of the $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure bill and H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement [...]

This week in Congress update

The Senate passed the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill by a vote of 69-30. Nineteen Republicans voted with every Democrat to pass the bill. You can see the vote here. On Sunday, the Senate passed an amendment waiving all budget points [...]

This Week in Congress

The U.S. House has adjourned for the August recess. The House will resume committee work on August 31 but is not scheduled to resume voting until September 20. However, the House will likely come back before that if the Senate passes the [...]