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Senate GOP pledges to forgo earmarks, for the most part

By | 11.16.10 | 6:35 pm

It’s official: Senate Republicans voted this afternoon to pass a moratorium on earmark requests among their members for the next two years. In addition, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are making a bipartisan push for a floor vote tomorrow on statutory language that would apply to More…

House passes bill to ease immigration for military couple

By | 11.16.10 | 6:21 pm

An interesting, albeit limited, bill passed the House yesterday to change part of immigration law to recognize proxy marriages involving military service members in immigration proceedings. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote, was created to help one woman: the Japanese widow of a Marine who died in More…

Obama states support for the DREAM Act during the lame duck

By | 11.16.10 | 5:26 pm

President Obama reiterated his support for the DREAM Act during a meeting this afternoon with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), all of the pro-immigration reform Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Obama said he believes Congress should act on the issue More…

Reid will delay procedural vote on electric, natural gas vehicles bill

By | 11.16.10 | 4:48 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided to delay a procedural vote on a bill to encourage the development of electric and natural gas vehicles.

Regan Lachapelle, Reid’s spokeswoman, said canceling the cloture vote on the bill, set for tomorrow, in favor of continuing discussion with Republicans will give More…

Upton lays out his energy committee agenda

By | 11.16.10 | 4:07 pm

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent a letter to presumptive House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today outlining his priorities for the House Energy & Commerce Committee, if he becomes chairman. The letter is heavy on conservative go-to issues — cutting spending, “restoring freedom” and protecting human life — but noticeably light on More…

What happens to children when their parents are detained or deported?

By | 11.16.10 | 3:54 pm

The Daily Beast has a good story today on Encarnación Romero, a Guatemalan woman who was jailed on immigration charges for two years and ended up losing parental rights to her infant son. Romero faked documents to secure a job at a Missouri poultry plant, which was raided More…

Lindsey Graham joins earmarks moratorium, with just a few disclaimers

By | 11.16.10 | 2:12 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has officially joined the ranks of Senate Republicans saying they will support Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) plan to place a two-year moratorium on earmarks in today’s Republican Conference vote. His remarks — much like those of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday — hint at his inherent More…

Republicans blast Manchin’s support for Reid as majority leader

By | 11.16.10 | 1:00 pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is targeting newly sworn-in Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for voting today to keep Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in his position as majority leader. The NRSC painted Reid as an “anti-coal” lawmaker who “strongly supports a job-killing cap-and-trade energy tax and has repeatedly attacked West Virginia’s More…

Meet David Barton, Bachmann’s constitution class teacher

By | 11.16.10 | 12:28 pm

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced last month that she wants to hold weekly “Constitution classes” for new members of Congress in the hopes of preventing them from being “co-opted into the Washington system.” She’s already announced several people she wants to teach the classes, including David Barton, More…

Ethics Committee finds Rangel guilty on 11 counts

By | 11.16.10 | 12:14 pm

It’s official. A House Ethics subcommittee given the duty of weighing the charges against Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y) has found the 20-term legislator guilty of 11 separate ethics violations. Rangel faced charges for accepting rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan, failing to report income and pay taxes on a rental income from More…