Month: April 2013

CD026: A Tale of Two Bills


The House worked on two bills this week. H.R. 527, which changes the way we sell helium, passed in a beautifully bipartisan way. H.R. 1549, which dismantles a piece of ObamaCare, died a uniquely Republican death. Read More

H.R. 1549: Defund the Public Health Fund

In the most clever bill to date designed to dismantle Obamacare, H.R. 1549 “Helping Sick Americans Now Act”, takes money away from the public health fund and puts it towards coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? That’s why it’s so sneaky. But don’t worry; it has no chance of becoming law. Read More

CD025: What’s in CISPA?

H.R. 624: The “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act”, better known as CISPA, passed the House of Representatives and is now moving into the Senate. It’s a better bill than it was in the last Congress, but it’s still not ready to become law. Read More

H.R. 624: CISPA

H.R. 624: “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act”, which protects companies from liability for giving your information to the government and allows the government to sift through your that information without a warrant, has almost no chance of becoming law as President Obama has promised a veto. Read More

CD024: Let’s Gut the STOCK Act



In the hours before the Boston marathon bombing, President Obama quietly signed a bill gutting the STOCK Act. Full details on the shady way both houses of Congress passed the bill in under two days. Read More

H.R. 1163: Information Security Policies

H.R. 1163: “The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013”, which orders standards and oversight of information security systems, has a good chance of becoming law as it passed the House unanimously. Read More

HR 882: No Contracts for Tax-Dodging Corporations

H.R. 882: “Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013” has a chance of becoming law because it sounds like it will stop contracts from going to tax-dodging companies, but has plenty of loopholes. Read More

S. 716: Gut the STOCK Act

On Friday, April 12, after most members of the House of Representatives had reasonably assumed the day was done, Eric Cantor presented and passed – without a vote- a Senate bill eliminating key provisions of the STOCK Act. The President immediately signed it into law. Read More

CD023: Boston Marathon


This episode is dedicated to my family, friends, and neighbors in Boston.

CD022: Crippling the Regulators


The House passed two bills this week designed to prevent regulation enforcement; one prevents environmental reviews on certain hydro-power projects, the other prevents the National Labor Relations Board from functioning at all. Read More