CONFIRMATION HEARING: Betsy DeVos, nominee for Education Secretary

This is a special view on the confirmation hearings provided by POPVOX interns from Brown University. We hope you enjoy and learn from their fresh perspective and front-row seat on Capitol Hill. After being pushed back a week due to an Office of Government Ethics backup, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

As Congress heads home for seven weeks… We bring you a summer version of Gavel Down — full of how current events relate to Congressional happenings, as well as updates on major bills. Follow us on Twitter as we tweet the conventions with related legislation! Five Things Mentioned at the RNC that Relate to the 114th Congress 1. SANCTUARY […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

Bills up for a vote in Congress this week With a long list of bills, Congress is working to finish up its business before heading into the "August recess" (which begins next week). Of note: the House takes up the Senate-passed GMO labeling bill; bills to impose restrictions on Iranian sponsorship of terrorism, human rights abuses, and […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the Year in Congress: 2015

A staggering amount of policy made its way through the Capitol Hill maze in the first session of the 114th Congress — including big bills on transportation, education, tax, and spending. Omnibus The funny term you've seen floating around refers to the BIG end-of-year spending bill. Think of it like a bus (hence the name). Several smaller […]

The Week Ahead in Congress: Dec. 7 – 11

Avoiding a Government Shutdown… and More It’s that time of year again… when Congress looks to pass spending legislation to avoid a federal government shutdown by Friday. During the last budget negotiations in late September, a Republican proposal defunding Planned Parenthood threatened to trigger a shutdown, which was averted by a temporary measure keeping the […]

The Week Ahead in Congress: November 23rd-27th

With Congress in recess this week for Thanksgiving, here’s a look at bills related to military action against ISIS, safeguards and funding for admission of Syrian refugees — and whether states have the authority to refuse refugees. Before leaving for recess last week, the House and Senate reached bipartisan agreement on replacing No Child Left […]

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 […]