Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives […]

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying […]

Barney Frank calling it quits

Barney Frank calling it quits

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, gerrymandered into a more conservative Congressional district, will not seek re-election. “I do not choose to run for Congress in 2012,” Frank said Monday. Both outspoken and articulate, Frank is one of the strongest liberal voices in the House. He served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011 […]

Debt talks collapse as deadline nears

Debt talks collapse as deadline nears

Partisan bickering drove a wedge into deficit reduction efforts by the so-called Congressional “super committee” Friday as next week’s Wednesday deadline looms. “We in trouble,” a committee staff member told Capitol Hill Blue Friday night. The latest deadlock came as Democrats rejected the latest proposal from Republicans although the plan included some compromises. House Speaker […]

GOP deficit plan: Limit deductions, tax health insurance

GOP deficit plan: Limit deductions, tax health insurance

Republicans are looking at limiting deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and other traditional areas as well as taxing employer-provided health benefits as ways to raise taxes without calling it a tax increase. The plan, floated by Rep. Pat Toomey of the 12-member “super committee” is spurring considerable debate within both committee meetings and the […]

Bachmann likes government spending in her own district

Bachmann likes government spending in her own district

Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann — a frequent critic of government waste and excessive spending — is less critical when that money comes into her Minnesota congressional district. Bachmann, for example, is a staunch supporter of a $690 million bridge project that would connect the 20,000 inhabitants of Stillwater, MN, to a small, unincorporated town in […]

Bachmann: Republicans are socialists too

Bachmann: Republicans are socialists too

GOP Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann, and the tea party that holds her so dear, have long maintained that President Barack Obama and the Democratic party are socialists. But Bachmann also thinks the socialist menace also runs in her own Republican party. Said Bachmann Monday at a speech to the Family Research Council in Washington: Unfortunately […]