Congressional Black Caucus to Walk Out of Holder Contempt Vote

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 8:15 am

The Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk out en masse from the House chamber during the vote today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The CBC believes that the contempt vote is a ploy to embarrass the President and his Administration. They are circulating a letter to get other Democrats to [...]

Bowles-Simpson Goes Down in Flames in House

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 7:00 am

The Supreme Court arguments this week has taken the focus away from budget week in the House. A series of budget bills have already come up for a vote, with final passage of the Ryan budget, which ends Medicare as we know it and ratchets down discretionary spending over time to a tiny nub, expected [...]

Obama Administration Could Bully Through Debt Limit Increase

By: Monday January 31, 2011 9:50 am

Let’s see what John Boehner had to say about the debt limit on Fox News yesterday: WALLACE: I want to — I know you’re not threatening to default. But do you agree with administration officials and other economists that defaulting on the full faith and credit of the United States would be a financial disaster? [...]

Towns Stepping Down from Oversight, Setting Up Three-Way Battle for Ranking Membership

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 3:27 pm

Ed Towns will give up his post as the Democratic ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, setting up a potential battle for that spot, opposite Darrell Issa, who has promised vigorous and probably endless oversight of the Obama Administration. There was plenty of belief inside the Democratic caucus that Towns was not cut out [...]

House Postpones Vote on DISCLOSE Act

By: Friday June 18, 2010 8:11 am

The House was scheduled to vote today on the DISCLOSE Act, the series of transparency and campaign finance fixes to the Citizens United decision, but in the end, they found they didn’t have the votes, so Nancy Pelosi postponed it. The DISCLOSE Act became controversial after a narrow exemption to the donor disclosure rules was [...]

Why Is The White House Holding Conference Calls With Barbara Lee Every Day?

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 9:10 am

This is kind of strange. I jumped on a White House conference call with Barbara Lee (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, yesterday. The topic was the youth summer job program, which the House has passed but the Senate has yet to take up. I get an advisory in my inbox that there’s another [...]

Will John Barrow Become A Blue Dog Health Care Casualty?

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 12:15 pm

Very few of the House Democrats who voted against the health care law came from Democratic-leaning districts, but there’s one notable exception. John Barrow is a member of the Blue Dog caucus from Georgia, but his district leans Democratic and has a substantial minority population. Last year Regina Thomas offered a progressive primary challenge and [...]

House Passes $15BN Micro-Jobs Bill

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 12:35 pm

The House of Representatives passed a $15 billion dollar jobs bill which the House passed last week, but not before including an amendment sought by Blue Dogs to comply with paygo rules. The vote was 217-201. The major components of the bill include a job creation tax credit, $2 billion for Build America Bonds, a [...]

The Congressional Black Caucus And Their Lobbyist-Funded Galas

By: Monday February 15, 2010 7:18 am

The New York Times printed an exposé of the Congressional Black Caucus that needs to be read. Basically, their foundation sucks up corporate money, which would be news to constituents back home. It has a traditional political fund-raising arm subject to federal rules. But it also has a network of nonprofit groups and charities that [...]

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