Month: January 2013

CD011: No Budget, Still Get Paid

Lobbyist Jo Ann Emerson quits Congress early, the House votes to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and probably-not postpone their own paychecks, and the Brineys drunkenly ramble on a Friday night. Read More

H.R. 325: “No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013”

On Wednesday, January 23, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 325: The “No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013”. The big lie is in the title; if the members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they will still get paid every penny, they’ll just be paid later. Regardless, the bill temporarily suspends the debt ceiling so that the United States can pay the bills that Congress racked up until May 18th; because of this part, the bill became law. Read More

H.R. 307: Bio-hazards Preparedness Act (Reauthorization)

On Tuesday, January 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 307, a bill that prepares for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. It passed overwhelmingly with only the Tea Party crowd voting ‘No’. Overall, the bill cuts funding in certain areas, orders special disaster preparedness plans be created to account for children and “at-risk individuals” (it’s not clear who “at-risk individuals” are), and allows unapproved, unlicensed medical products to be sold in case of an emergency. Oh yeah, it also loosens the definition of “emergency”. The bill now moves into the Senate.

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CD010: House (Finally!) Votes On Sandy Aid

Before the House (finally) agreed to give recovery money to Hurricane Sandy victims, they made new rules for the 113th Congress, including more private jets for themselves and less rights for gays. Then, despite Republican efforts to short them, the House finally voted to give Hurricane Sandy victims the $60 billion they asked for… Well, sort of. Read More

CD009: What’s In the Fiscal Cliff Bill

The back story on the “fiscal cliff” debacle, the House’s sad excuse for a compromise, and the contents of the fiscal cliff bill that became law on 1/3/13. Read More