Issue Spotlight: Energy Reform

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The last time major energy reform made it across the finish line it was 2007. Gas was $2.81 per gallon, Britney Spears kicked off her historic breakdown, and the iPhone was released. That's right, the iPhone had just entered our consciousness. Since that time, U.S. energy production has changed dramatically. Wind and solar electricity now … Continued


Issue Spotlight: The Wage Gap, the “X-Files” and Congress

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It's not often when leaders in Hollywood and the nation's capital are talking about the same issue. In recent months, the wage gap between men and women has gotten national attention as Hollywood stars and Members of Congress are focusing on the issue. This week, wage disparity between men and women was highlighted again when … Continued


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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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This week: Energy Policy in the Senate It’s going to be a light week in Congress, with the House staying out due to the DC snowstorm, and no Senate votes until Wednesday evening. Washington-area federal offices will also be closed on Monday. The Senate is in Wednesday evening and will begin consideration of bipartisan energy … Continued


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Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress

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Relations with Iran warmed but "thaw" was not a word anyone was using in snowy Washington. The Senate was in but both major votes this week did not advance — an attempt to override the President's veto of a "disapproval" resolution on expanded water rules and the House-passed bill to tighten security procedures for refugees … Continued


Compare & Contrast Proposals: Authorizations for Use of Military Force

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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 … Continued


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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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The House is our for a district work period. The Senate is in and will vote on a bill to increase security screenings for refugees from Syria and Iraq. The nation celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day of service, and a new era of relations with Iran … Continued


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Gavel Down: Closing out the week in Congress

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President Obama delivered his final SOTU. Congress passed a soon-to-be-vetoed resolution disapproving a new water regulation, the Senate failed to advance a bill to audit the federal reserve, the House took steps to tighten sanctions on North Korea, and Speaker Ryan showed House Members what "gavel down" really means. Top Search on POPVOX this week: … Continued


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WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

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This week: Senate returns and Obama's final State of the Union Washington will be back in full swing this week as the Senate returns and the President addresses a joint session on Tuesday evening with his final State of the Union Address. On tap in the Senate: advancing a bill to “Audit the Fed.” In … Continued


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Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress

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The House returned for the second session of the 114th Congress, starting with a long-awaited vote on the reconciliation bill to repeal parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood (which was promptly vetoed). President Obama ruled the headlines, with announcement of executive actions to address mass shootings — and the responses that the policy drew. … Continued