Compare & Contrast Proposals: Authorizations for Use of Military Force

Should Congress authorize the use of military force against ISIS?  Several versions of authorization exist but none have been approved. Weigh in on the proposals currently in Congress.   S.J.RES. 29 AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT AND ITS ASSOCIATED FORCES Sponsor: Sen. Mitch McConnell [R, KY] Authorizes "necessary […]

Issue Spotlight: Weigh in on the President’s Executive Actions to Combat Gun Violence

This week, President Obama announced that his administration will undertake a series of executive actions to “keep guns out of the wrong hands.” POPVOX has created a special page where you can find out more and weigh in on this proposal by choosing to “support” or “oppose” and posting a personal comment that will be […]

Issue Spotlight: Tax Extenders (Updated) – What’s in the bill that just passed?

Updated: December 20, 2015 On Friday, December 18, 2015, Congress passed an enormous legislative package that included a $1.1 trillion “Omnibus” Spending bill and a $633 million “Tax Extenders” package. The “Extenders” package contained a long list of tax provisions for individuals and businesses. What is a “Tax Extender”? “Tax Extenders” are carve-outs in the […]

Issue Spotlight: What’s in the #Omnibus?

Our non-exhaustive outline, drawing from committee sources, summaries, and bill text: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (The “Omnibus”)   A. Agriculture Rural Development: $2.8 billion ($36.7 billion in loan authorizations for rural communities to address housing, electrification and telecommunication needs) Natural Resources Conservation Service: $864 million Food Safety $1 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection […]

Issue Spotlight: President Obama Oval Office Address on Security & Terrorism

On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation. In the speech, he discussed the tragedy of San Bernardino, which he called “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.” He discussed the military strategy against ISIS: Air strikes in Iraq and Syria and “hunt[ing] down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary.” […]

Issue Spotlight: Replacing No Child Left Behind

*** UPDATE – November 30, 2015: The language for the combined House/Senate bill is now available here. *** Last week, the House and Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to replace No Child Left Behind. The legislation is expected to be on the floor of both chambers shortly after the Thanksgiving recess. It […]

Issue Spotlight: Refugee Policies and U.S. Strategy for Combatting ISIS/ISIL/D’aesh

The horrific attacks in Paris have intensified ongoing discussions about the American strategy for combatting ISIS — or “ISIL” or “D’aesh. (See: Why John Kerry and the French president are calling ISIS “Daesh.”) It has also brought some to express concerns about refugee resettlement policies for those fleeing ISIS, ongoing human rights violations in Syria, and […]