CONFIRMATION HEARINGS: Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy nominee

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. On Thursday, January 19, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary […]

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 […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House will vote on several major bills on energy and the environment, including a bipartisan energy policy bill, energy funding, an update to the Toxic Substances Act, and lowering restrictions on anti-mosquito chemicals in response to the Zika outbreak. The Senate will work on the annual defense bill (NDAA) and reauthorizing the Sex Offender Management Assistance […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House considers IRS oversight bills in time for Tax Day and celebrates 100 years of women in Congress. The Senate nears the finish line for FAA reauthorization and may take up an energy policy reform bill before the week is out. IN THE HOUSE: IRS Oversight: This Tax Day, the House will consider several bills […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

The House passed a bill to expedite FDA review of Zika treatments. The Senate made progress on FAA reauthorization. The encryption debate enters a new stage with the release of a draft Senate bill. And, just in time for tax day, the House Ways and Means committee advanced four bills related to IRS operations. Top Search on […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House returns and will take up bills to officially call violence by ISIS "genocide", to grant observer status to Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization, and to address several technical issues related to regulated utilities and broadband.  Condemning violence by ISIS as "genocide," calling for war crimes tribunal A provision in last year's Omnibus bill […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress

Top Search on POPVOX this week:  "firearms" Most Active Bill on POPVOX this week:  H.R. 2406: Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (Passed House 242-161)   SHARE Act Advances in the House On Friday afternoon, the House passed the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 2406) by a vote of 242-161. As we noted, the […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

Congress is out for the President’s Day Recess. Attention in Washington has turned to the Supreme Court.   Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) With the news of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, his life and legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court is the main topic in Washington this week. Inevitably, the conversation has […]

Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress

The Senate failed to advance a bipartisan energy bill due to controversy over funding to aid Flint, Michigan. The House took another vote to end Obamacare, failing to override the President's veto — on Groundhog Day. The House passed several bills related to startup investment and ending "Operation Choke Point." Conservatives in Congress preemptively opposed the President's […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

While the political world will be focused on the Iowa caucuses, Congress is back with both chambers in session. The House will consider changes to reporting and investing rules for small businesses and startups and reform to housing assistance programs. The House will also attempt to override the President’s veto of the Obamacare repeal that […]