GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

Puerto Rico defaulted on largest debt payment so far, as lawmakers work on new legislative solution to the island’s debt crisis. Several much anticipated rules (proposed and final) were released this week. Treasury Department announced efforts to stem tax fraud, largely in response to Panama Papers. House and Senate were on recess, working back home; both […]

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 […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the week in Congress

Senate returned from recess; House is out until April 12. Senate passed trade secrets bill and began considering FAA reauthorization bill. Senate HELP committee advanced medical innovation bills, lining up floor votes for companion legislation to House-passed bill. Obama Administration released final "fiduciary rule" for investment advisors, with several lawmakers commenting on current legislation and pledging […]

Gavel Down Closing Out the Week in Congress

Top Search on POPVOX this week: "gun" Most Active on POPVOX this week: Confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Merrick B. Garland   House passed resolution condemning terrorist attacks in Brussels The House unanimously passed a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Brussels, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. More than 30 people were killed and over 200 injured in the […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the week in Congress

The President announced a Supreme Court nominee and found common ground with the House in calling actions by ISIS "genocide." The House Budget Committee approved a proposal. The Senate failed to advance an GMO labeling bill. Top Search on POPVOX this week: "HUMAN TRAFFICKING"   H.R. 3381 CHILDHOOD CANCER STAR ACT President Obama nominated Merrick […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

The House was on recess and electoral politics ruled the headlines. Meanwhile in the Senate, a sweeping bill to combat opioid abuse passed 94-1, and an FAA reauthorization bill was introduced. Top Search on POPVOX this week: "Gun"   Most active bill on POPVOX this week: [US] H.R. 3929 OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress

Senate continues work on bill to address opioid crisis, budget talks hit snag, and the encryption debate continues. Top Search on POPVOX this week: "s2242" Most active bill on POPVOX this week: S. 524 COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT (CARA) OF 2016   Senate Considers Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA) On Monday, Senate […]

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 […]

Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress

Both House and Senate were in recess this week for President's Day. Apple contested a court order involving unlocking the phone of San Bernardino shooter. Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said many banks are still "too big to fail" and proposed breaking banks up. FCC voted 3-2 to let consumers swap their cable TV boxes […]