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Who are the moderate Republicans?

Who are the moderate Republicans in the House and Senate? The ones who might be more susceptible to pressure, phone calls from constituents, etc, during the confirmation hearings and beyond? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 10, 2017 - 13 answers

The future of climate change research under Trump

How fast and hard can Trump shut down climate change research? Can Congress pass a law that says "as of tomorrow, all federal grants touching on climate change are revoked and work must stop?" Can they pass a law which literally forbids climate change research? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Nov 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Call current congressperson or newly elected one?

I want to call my congressperson to object to an announced hire by the Present-elect. Do I try to contact the current rep who chose not to run this cycle or the one who will replace him Jan 3rd? Both are Rs.
posted by coffee and minarets on Nov 15, 2016 - 8 answers

CPB Funding for Public Broadcasting

A 2016 Congressional Research Service report says CPB received $445 million from Congress to fund public broadcasting in most recent two year appropriation. Later in the report, it says "While federal funding for CPB primarily comes from the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Service and Education, it may receive other sources of funding from the federal government." [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Vote-buying in Congress for consititutional amendment?

In a recent Lincoln biography, Sidney Blumenthal asserts that William Henry Seward (Lincoln's Sec'y of State) used "lobbyists and slush funds" to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment. What have you read on the point? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Jul 10, 2016 - 7 answers

What's the US equivalent of British MPs' constituency surgeries?

Every week, a British MP will return to his our her constituency to hold what's known as a surgery. These events allow any constituent to walk in off the street and meet face-to-face with the MP to discuss whatever problem they (the constituent) is experiencing at the time and seek the MP's help in sorting it out. What would be the nearest equivalent in the American system? [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade on Jun 18, 2016 - 18 answers

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Jun 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Most effective way to build political will?

I started volunteering for a group that advocates for a revenue neutral carbon tax. Their main strategies for trying to achieve this goal are: 1) develop relationships with members of congress ("we're betting the ranch on relationships" is one of their unofficial slogans) 2) write letters to the editor and 3) get lots of people to write letters to their congressmen. Is this an effective approach? If not what else could we be doing? Thanks everybody and happy Earth Day! [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 answers

A website with breakdowns on votes of historic legislation?

I was looking for a website that provided information on the breakdown of votes for historic legislation in the United States Congress. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Dec 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Number of recent Congressional bill banning certain expert testimony?

During the week the Keystone Pipeline bill failed in the Senate (Nov 17-21), another bill passed the House of Representatives that barred experts from providing testimony about a study if they had been involved in the execution of the study. Does anyone remember the number? [more inside]
posted by halifix on Dec 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Welcome back

Congress readmitted several Southern states to the Union in an “Omnibus Bill” it passed on June 28, 1868. Where can I find the text online?
posted by LonnieK on Nov 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Congressional Press Release data online?

Where can I find historical data on US congressional press releases? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Oct 6, 2013 - 1 answer

What's the most significant rider tacked onto an appropriations bill?

Appropriations bills can be amended to add pretty much anything as a "rider." So, what's the most significant legislation that was enacted as a rider? The Wikipedia page on riders lists the Real ID Act, which would have created a de facto national driver database, as being attached to a defense appropriations bill. Any other examples? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

"Congress created dust bowl"? What gives?

I recently drove from LA to San Francisco and back along I-5 and I noticed that there's a ton of signs along the highway that simply say "Congress Created Dust Bowl." There are a few other signs that mention Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic politicians, but it was difficult to get the full picture of what the signs were talking about. Can anyone provide some context/background to what these signs are about?
posted by averageamateur on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

I'm looking for a quote from a founding father about leaving government

I remember reading something, somewhere from one of the founding fathers about the original intent of legislators to NOT be a political class. To serve a term or two and go home so that people from outside could contribute and people inside didn't get too jaded. Though maybe I'm adding a lot of subtext. Is there anything from any of the FF's on this that rings a bell? Do you have a quote or two?
posted by rileyray3000 on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Can Congress limit/stop the Supreme Court's appellate powers? Have they?

Am I reading the US Constitution Article III Section 2 correctly, when it seems to say that Congress can legislatively make exceptions to the Supreme Court having appellate jurisdiction? If I am reading it correctly, have they ever done so, or has there ever been a serious proposal to do so? Are any such exceptions in place now? What were/are the details of such exceptions? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Jan 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Timing The Market Is Always a Bad Idea, Right?

I know timing the market is stupid. My previous attempts at it have never worked out in my favor. My 401K is all index funds. However, with the possibility of Congress going over the 'Fiscal Cliff," it is a horrible idea to go all cash until they get it sorted out? [more inside]
posted by COD on Dec 4, 2012 - 23 answers

In Congress assembled ...

How can I find a specific politician's voting record online, going back 50 years or so? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Oct 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Which Democratic Senate candidates should I donate to?

I would like to help some Democratic candidates get elected to US Senate. Where will my money make the most difference? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 27, 2012 - 22 answers

What legislature was passed which reduced unemployment benefits in 2010 or 2011?

In 2010 or 2011 US congress passed some legislation which resulted in a reduction of unemployment benefits. For example, My 2 week unemployment check went from $520 to $476. What was the legislation?
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Congressperson on the phone. How best to use that opportunty?

Congresspeople and candidates call me. What should I ask them? What should I tell them? [more inside]
posted by grumdrig on Nov 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Why isn't Congress's Salary Paid by the States?

Can anyone explain to me the reason why the pay for members of the United States Congress is paid by the federal government and not their respective states? Was such a system ever considered and rejected and, if so, why? I recognize that the offices are federal, but their ties to their state is the very reason they are there. Wouldn't state legislatures want that control or were they happy to dump the costs onto the federal government? This seems like something that would have been debated very early in our history yet I can't find any info on it. Thanks.
posted by Jamesonian on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Just for Funsies ...

Let's say the Congress and the President are unable to reach a deal on raising the debt limit by August 4th. And let's just say, among the things that happen is that buyers of U.S. Treasury notes, bonds, Tbills, etc. on the August 15th Treasury sale demand a much higher interest rate to compensate for the fact that the "full faith and credit of the U.S." has been tarnished. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Why Didn't The Democrats Pass A Budget When They Had The Chance?

Budget Battle Question: someone on Facebook made the argument that the Democrats should have passed the budget during the last session, when they still held the majority in both houses. Is there some procedural or other technical reason why they did not or could not have done so?
posted by briank on Apr 8, 2011 - 4 answers

How do corporations and unions influence elections?

How do corporations and unions influence lawmakers? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Why is it so hard to find a copy of this Congressional report?

16 years ago, a Congressional Task Force was set up to study a major policy issue. Six months later, its report led to far-reaching legislative changes. Despite extensive news coverage from creation to completion, the report itself is virtually inaccessible. [more inside]
posted by anigbrowl on Mar 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Is there a list of the members of congress against Wojnarowicz?

Does anyone know where I can find a list of the ubiquitous "several conservative members of congress" who recently spoke out against the clip from David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire In My Belly" video at the National Portrait Gallery? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Dec 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Where is data on taxes by congressional district?

Where can I find data on US federal income tax brackets by congressional district? My goal is making a fairly accurate statement of the form "Congressperson X represents a district where Y people are in tax bracket Z."
posted by ecurtz on Dec 10, 2010 - 6 answers

How to become a Capitol Hill lawyer?

What are the best resources and/or approaches for an attorney seeking employment on Capitol Hill? [more inside]
posted by snorkels on Dec 4, 2010 - 5 answers

How to automate tracking changes to legislation and U.S. Code?

Jobhack/automation filter: Please help me track legislation and its proposed changes to the U.S. Code. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Aug 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Rights re: Proceedings of the House of Representatives

"Proceedings of the House of Representatives, including any recording of such proceedings, may not be used for any political purpose or in any commercial advertisement, and may not be broadcast with commercial sponsorship except as part of a bona fide news program or public affairs documentary program," according to houselive.gov. Why and how would or could this possibly be?!
posted by finite on Jul 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Politicians Suck. I Don't Want To.

After months of behind-the-scenes work, I'll be running for U.S. Congress and announcing next week. My question to you: what is it that you've always wanted to hear a politician say or do?
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 66 answers

What happened on C-Span earlier this afternoon re: health care?

What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Mar 21, 2010 - 10 answers

On Saturday??

What leads to congress assembling on the weekend? [more inside]
posted by qbxk on Mar 20, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I run for US House in New York State as a TPC?

How do I run for U.S. House of Representatives in New York State as a Third Party Candidate? Also, is too late to run in 2010? I was planning on running in 2012, but there's a bit of an opening in 2010 so if I could still do that, I would like to. Also, I want to know how to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, I could care less about actually getting elected for the job. What paperwork do I fill out, how do I get my name on a Diebold machine, etc..? Oh, and money really isn't a concern, so forget about the fund raising portion.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Mar 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Is there a word that encompasses laws and Supreme Court cases?

Is there a word that encompasses laws and Supreme Court cases? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Feb 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Proposing an official name for an Oregon Hiking Trail..how exactly?

What procedure would one conceivably follow in order to propose a hiking trail be named for a person in the state of Oregon? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Where can I get more information about the U.S. health care reform bill?

I've been reading a lot of conflicting information about the U.S. health care reform bill (HR 3200) and its potential impact on different groups of Americans. I tried to read the bill, but it's over a thousand pages and is written in mind-numbing legalese. Is there a place online where I can find comprehensive, non-partisan, easily understandable information about the bill?
posted by zembla3 on Aug 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Help with Health Care!

How can I show support for the new health care reform bill? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Why do witnesses testifying before congress need lawyers?

Why do witnesses testifying before congress need lawyers? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 6, 2009 - 18 answers

Dear Congressman, Not Snoopy FOIA Person

I want to write my U.S. Congressman on at least one delicate topic. But, I'm kind of paranoid that my letter will become public record that is subject to a FOIA request. I have a very distinctive name that when Googled, I pop up immediately in the form of my professional profile. I don't want what I write to my Congressman to be available to anyone to read and who then pops my name into a search engine and they find me on the internet. Am I disenfranchised from making my opinion known or can I write without fear? FYI - there is nothing I can do about my name or my profile being on the internet.
posted by Leezie on Jun 22, 2009 - 12 answers

How many congresspeople have tattoos?

How many members of the United States Congress have tattoos?
posted by boots on Apr 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Web site letter writing campaigns?

I am trying to find web sites where I could send members of my organization to customize an email message that would then be sent to their proper Congressman. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Mar 16, 2009 - 9 answers

House of Reps diagram, please

Wikipedia has a wicked diagram of where everyone sits in the House of Commons. Does anyone know of a similar diagram for the US House of Representatives?
posted by Dr. Send on Nov 25, 2008 - 6 answers

How to find the real dirt on how a bill actually becomes a law

How can I research how a particular act of the U.S. Congress came into existence - with as much detail as is possible about how it changed from proposal to final act and how it was influenced along the way? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Nominate some sites for Nov 4th

On November 4th, I intend to spend the evening watching election returns on TV and refreshing as many election-y tabs on the laptop as possible. What websites should I have loaded and ready to go? [more inside]
posted by rtha on Oct 24, 2008 - 25 answers

I need help writing a letter to my congressmen about The Bailout!

I need help writing a letter to my congressmen about The Bailout! [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust on Sep 22, 2008 - 17 answers

Toastchee goes to Washington

What is the most effective way of expressing my outrage to my government? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Where is the Iraq benchmarks report?

Where can I find the recent government report that claims that Iraq has achieved 15 of 18 benchmarks set for its political development? [more inside]
posted by zainsubani on Jul 17, 2008 - 11 answers

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