Gavel Down: Nov. 21 – 27

This week Congress was out for Thanksgiving. The President pardoned a turkey and signed six bills into law — including one he previously vetoed. A corporate merger strategically designed for tax benefit reignites the “inversions” talk in Congress and there are rumors of a deal coming on “Tax Extenders.”   Top Search on POPVOX this […]

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 […]

The Week Ahead in Congress: Nov. 9 – Nov. 13, 2015

This week, the House is in recess and the Senate will work on a Veterans Affairs funding bill. Before leaving town, 35 lawmakers—from across the political spectrum—sent a letter urging a vote on authorizing force against ISIS. And President Obama is urging Congress to “ban the box” to give formerly incarcerated people a fairer chance […]

Bills Up for a Vote Tomorrow in the House

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The Week Ahead in Congress: Nov. 1 – Nov. 6

One step closer to a long-term highway bill;  a possible vote to override Defense bill veto; challenges to the Administration’s water rules, renewed discussion about military authorization and action in Syria… and much more! A New Speaker   The House officially has a new Speaker: Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R, WI-1). You might have heard – […]

Attempts to Invalidate the Clean Power Plan rule with the Congressional Review Act (CRA)

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a legislative Loch Ness monster, much discussed and rarely seen. Members of Congress will use the CRA to seek to override the Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan.” Members of Congress will seek to override the Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan” with a rarely-used legislative tool the Congressional Review Act. […]

Transportation Funding — The #HighwayBill

The Highway Trust Fund authorization is set to expire on October 29th. Without an agreement on a highway funding bill, the Department of Transportation will begin cutting back on payments to states and local governments for infrastructure projects beginning in November. This summer, Congress passed a three-month highway funding extension – the 34th short-term extension […]

The Week Ahead: Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

The Highway Trust Fund authorization is set to expire on October 29th. Without an agreement on a highway funding bill, the Department of Transportation will begin cutting back on payments to states and local governments for infrastructure projects beginning in November.  Ex-Im Discharge Petition expected to proceed On Monday, the first successful discharge petition since 1992 is […]