Bank lobbyists are not leaving it to lawmakers to draft legislation that softens financial regulations. Instead, the lobbyists are helping to write it themselves.
One bill that sailed through the House Financial Services Committee this month — over the objections of the Treasury Department — was essentially Citigroup’s, according to e-mails reviewed by The New York Times. The bill would exempt broad swathes of trades from new regulation.
In a sign of [...]
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again.
The California Republican said Lerner’s Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination was voided when she gave an opening statement this morning denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service.
“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, [...]
When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form.
The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making [...]
The House Committee on the Judiciary reported Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) traveled around the world on an official trip in February that cost $23,646. The February 16-22 trip on commercial flights was to Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Billions of dollars are needed to keep the Earth safe from asteroids like the one that smashed into Russia last month, experts have told the US government.
While NASA has made good progress cataloguing nearly 93 per cent of larger Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), smaller meteorites like the Chelyabinsk one – which was around 17m wide – can often slip through the net.
Experts met with the House Committee on Science, Space and [...]
HELENA – Montana moved a step closer Friday to declaring that local sheriffs are the supreme law of the land and trying to nullify any federal crackdown on assault rifles.
The measures were among a slate of gun rights bills that cleared the Legislature’s House Judiciary Committee and now head to the House floor.
Other measures that advanced would let college students bring guns on campus, allow high school students to leave [...]
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Latest Title: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 12/18/2012)
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2012 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Sponsor: Bobby L. Rush, D-IL
At the top of House committees, it’s a man’s world.
Not a single woman will lead any of the major House committees in the 113th Congress.
After a day of meetings closed to the public, the House Republican Steering Committee announced an all-male slate of committee chairs, including 12 returning lawmakers who will head up some of the most important panels in Washington. The chairmen for the House Ethics Committee and House [...]
A House committee is planning to hold a closed hearing next week on the Libya consulate attack, following up on an issue that Republicans had emphasized before the presidential election in questioning President Obama’s foreign policy record.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi. A local Libyan extremist group is suspected of carrying out the attack, but the [...]
Here’s why the IRS will require Americans to disclose their personal health ID information starting in 2014
When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of a House committee say U.S. diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi but the pleas were denied in Washington….
A week after small businesses warned that Obamacare taxes will eat up to half of their profits, a new government report reveals that simply complying with the new tax rules in the health care act will cost American families and businesses nearly 80 million hours–essentially a whole new tax.
Based on Internal Revenue Service figures, the House Committee on Ways and Means has compiled an estimate of the total amount of hours it will take [...]
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1st Dist.) spent $7,725 for two rooms at the exclusive Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, in addition to nearly $17,000 for family’s business class airfare
Use of campaign money was approved by his wife, who serves as his compliance officer
Democratic Representative has served in Congress for 21 years
House Committee on Ethics is investigating use of political funds for personal expenses
A New Jersey congressman is under investigation for using campaign funds [...]
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that bans abortions in the District 20 weeks into pregnancy, despite objections by Democrats and city leaders that the bill unreasonably singles out residents of the nation’s capital.
Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, introduced the bill in January based on the belief the fetus would feel pain. He had obtained more than 200 co-sponsors in the Republican-controlled House as of Wednesday’s markup. The legislation, [...]
Former top officials of federally backed Abound Solar told a House subcommittee Wednesday that subsidies from China caused the company’s collapse, while Republicans pressed a former government loan official about whether he used his personal email account to skirt records laws while discussing clean energy projects.
The committee hearing seemed at times to be a re-airing of sessions that took place in Congress nearly a year ago, when California-based Solyndra LLC [...]
Last week supporters of Federal Reserve transparency had a major victory when the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform passed my Audit the Fed bill, HR 459 unanimously with all major audit provisions intact. This clears the way for a House floor vote expected sometime in late July, and with a whopping 263 cosponsors, the chances of it passing have never looked better! This is an unprecedented opportunity for [...]
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege over documents sought by a House committee investigating the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting, according to a letter to the panel Wednesday from Deputy Attorney Gen. James Cole.
The move means the Department of Justice can withhold the documents from the House Oversight Committee, which was scheduled to consider a contempt measure Wednesday against Holder.
“I write now to inform you that [...]
The union that represents Border Patrol agents in Southern Arizona and around the country called Monday for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign.
The National Border Patrol Council cited Holder’s alleged dishonesty about Operation Fast and Furious in making the call. That ATF-led operation put guns from Arizona in the hands of Mexican organized-crime groups, and two of those guns were found at the scene west of Rio Rico where [...]
(CBS News) CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.
This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.
The Justice Department [...]
NASHVILLE, TN — A Tennessee bill that would have legalized medical marijuana died following testimony before a key House committee on Wednesday, despite testimony from supporters that the legislation would benefit hundreds of chronically ill people and generate roughly an added $34 million for the state.
State Representative Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis), sponsor of the Safe Access to Medical Cannabis Act, withdrew the bill after testimony on behalf of the legislation in the House [...]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 21, 2012
Illegal immigrants would be barred from attending Georgia’s public colleges under legislation that passed a key House committee Monday.
The Republican-led House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee passed Senate Bill 458 after about two hours of discussion. The measure passed the GOP-controlled Senate on March 5.
Sen. Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Cassville and the lead sponsor of the bill, spoke in favor of his bill.
“One of the arguments [...]
Congress might just do something good. Purpose: “To end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject” — Contact your legislators to sponsor and vote for this.
112th Congress: 2011-2012
To end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to [...]
By Katie Rogers
The rain isn’t delaying the events of a long-planned protest, Occupy Congress, by members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Their numbers aren’t as large as they initially indicated, but protesters involved with Occupy Congress are gathering outside the Capitol, waving signs and chanting against a barrier of police.
Update 6:23 p.m., from the Federal Eye blog: A panel of the House committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to hold a hearing next week to probe public health and [...]
BY BRODY MULLINS, WSJ
WASHINGTON—One day after scheduling a vote on legislation banning insider trading in Congress, a House committee canceled the vote, saying there isn’t enough agreement to proceed.
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R., Ala.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, postponed the vote after meeting with senior House Republicans. …
Is this a surprise? The proposed bill languished for years and only gained traction following a CBS news expose. Congress, seeking [...]
Acting with bipartisan support, a House committee Wednesday voted to repeal the CLASS Act, part of President Obama’s health care law that the administration has said is unsustainable, but also said it didn’t want to see ended entirely.
Three conservative-leaning Democrats – Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Jim Matheson of Utah and John Barrow of Georgia – broke with their party to support the repeal, which passed the committee 33-17.
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The debate over union labor at the Democratic National Convention has reached Raleigh.
N.C. lawmakers are poised to approve a nonbinding resolution to ask the convention to change its rules and “respect North Carolina’s right-to-work laws.”
A House committee is expected to consider the resolution at a meeting this morning before it goes to the full chamber. It comes after Republicans raised concerns about North Carolina firms not getting contracts for the [...]
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Washington in March 2009. (UN Photo by Eskinder Debebe)
(CNSNews.com) – A U.S. House committee Thursday approved a bill linking U.S. contributions to the United Nations to significant financial and other reforms, one day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned she would recommend [...]
A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.
In a September 15 letter LifeNews.com obtained, Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, [...]
A key American lawmaker from Texas has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to freeze all U.S. aid to “disloyal” Pakistan.
The House Resolution (No HR 3013) if passed will freeze all U.S. aid to Pakistan with the exception of funds that are designated to help secure nuclear weapons.
“Since the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan has proven to be disloyal, deceptive and [...]
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats’ healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.
The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans to offer at least $750,000 worth of annual medical benefits before leaving patients to fend for themselves. Still, Republicans have assailed the waivers as a sign of both favoritism [...]