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January 29, 2014

U.S. House greenlights $956 billion for new farm bill

  • $956B in funding for the nation’s latest farm bill was approved in a bipartisan vote on Wednesday, though more than 100 Democrats and 60 Republicans voted against the measure. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate, and President Obama has already said he will sign the bill if/when approved.
  • $23B was shaved from the country’s farm and nutritional title programs, nearly six times the $4 billion that Democrats were aiming for, but that’s still astronomically lower than the $160 billion that House Republicans originally requested.
  • $8.6B was cut from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) budget by raising the program’s home heating auto-qualification rules to only cover people receiving $20 per month (or more) in heating assistance from the federal government. The program originally covered anyone receiving any amount over one dollar. source
22:06 // 7 months ago
January 14, 2014

Trillion dollar budget deal would keep the government open through September 30

  • $1.1T will be needed to fund the government through the end of September, according to a new bipartisan budget deal being championed by Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Democratic Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski. The bill should help legislators avoid a repeat of the 16-day government shutdown that took place last year, and will be introduced on the House floor on Wednesday. source
17:18 // 8 months ago
October 22, 2013
15:32 // 11 months ago
August 28, 2013

U.S. House members urge President to get approval before using force in Syria

  • 82 U.S. Representatives, including thirteen Democrats, have signed a letter to President Obama, urging him to seek Congressional approval before ordering any sort of military offensive against the Syrian government. The letter reminds the President that to strike any country which doesn’t pose a direct threat to the U.S., like Syria, without Congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. source
17:05 // 1 year ago
August 5, 2013

House GOP members can’t seem to remember that ACORN isn’t a thing anymore

  • 2010 The community organizing group known as ACORN disbanded, following a national scandal which began after a video released by James O’Keefe appeared to show organization members giving tax avoidance advice to a young man (rather unbelievably) claiming to be a pimp to a young woman also seen in the video.
  • 2013 House Republicans add an amendment to a bill currently under consideration, which would ban ACORN from receiving government funding of any kind, for the thirteenth time since the organization folded three years ago. source
14:19 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2013

House GOP to propose massive budget cuts for federal food stamps

  • $40B in cuts to the national food stamp program will be proposed by House Republicans on Thursday afternoon, along with new regulations like mandatory drug testing, as both chambers of Congress continue sparring over the U.S. farm bill. source
16:08 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2013
16:51 // 1 year ago
May 6, 2013

It’s neck and neck in the race to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District

  • 47-46 the lead former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford holds over his opponent, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, one day before the election that will determine which candidate will represent the state’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Just two weeks ago, Sanford trailed Colbert Busch by 9 points. Guess that Larry Flynt endorsement went a long way, huh? source
14:07 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2013
I think you will see — again I can’t release any names to you yet, but next Wednesday I think those of us who are concerned about this issue … we’re finally going to get some answers.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz • Discussing an upcoming House oversight committee hearing which many GOP members believe will expose new information that the Obama Administration has previously tried to keep quiet. Sources say that previously unidentified witnesses, with firsthand knowledge of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, will reveal new information about the events which claimed the lives of four Americans. source
15:20 // 1 year ago
March 26, 2013

Poll: Stephen Colbert’s sister has good chance at winning House seat

  • 53% of likely GOP voters are expected to vote for former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford in a runoff election against attorney Curtis Bostic to determine the Republican Party’s nominee for the House seat.
  • 47% of the registered voters in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District are projected to choose Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a potential match-up against Sanford, whose own 45-point estimate falls within the poll’s margin of error. No word on whether Colbert Busch has ever been to Argentina. source
18:20 // 1 year ago