House Will Vote on Limiting or Ending Funding in Libya

By: Monday June 20, 2011 6:50 am

This could be a consequential week for the President’s war in Libya. The House of Representatives will vote on limiting or ending funding for the military operation, and given the rising anger on both sides of the aisle about the abuse of war powers it just might pass. Last week, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat [...]

F-35 Engine Fight Hovers Over Defense Bills

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 8:50 am

For close to the last year, we’ve heard numerous House Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats talking about deficit reduction, how the budget is on an unsustainable course and something must be done to reduce this burden on our children and grandchildren, through “shared sacrifice,” which usually means something like how the poor and the elderly [...]

What Was In That Defense Bill Obama Signed Today?

By: Monday December 21, 2009 1:55 pm

Today the President signed the defense appropriations bill, which among other things contained Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to allow employees of defense contractors to have their day in court should they be raped or falsely imprisoned on the job. But it did a lot more than that. And since it was passed in the middle [...]

While You Were Sleeping

By: Friday December 18, 2009 6:36 am

An astounding amount of action happened in the dead of night last night. Let’s get you up to speed: • Senate Republicans tried to filibuster a large defense bill, but they were unsuccessful. At 1 in the morning in DC, the Senate invoked cloture on the must-pass bill by a count of 63-33. They didn’t [...]

Bernie Sanders Pulls His Single Payer Amendment

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 11:57 am

On the Senate floor right now, Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking after having pulled his single payer amendment from consideration. Tom Coburn had forced Senate clerks to read the entire 767-page amendment on the floor, a delaying tactic which would have lasted long into the night. The Senate leadership made clear that the obstructionism would [...]

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