Available for less than 3 days before the votes, the 2,009 page “omnibus” government funding bill was signed into law. History will not look kindly upon provisions that give private companies immunity for forwarding data to the government, make policing political contributions illegal, repeal a food labeling law, restrict international travel, and allow environmental damage. Continue reading
By Donny Shaw
The House of Representatives this afternoon rejected the Senate’s fast track package for the Obama administration’s trade proposals, but they also voted in favor of the fast track portion of the package itself, 219-211. Though largely symbolic, the vote shows that fast track does have the votes to pass in the House, and that will be an important factor in determining how Congress moves forward with giving the administration the fast track authority in the coming weeks. Continue reading
In this episode, we look at the riders added to the must-sign 2015 budget, including favors for Wall Street, unions, agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, electric utilities, the vending machine industry, telecoms, the trucking industry, the insurance industry, and the politicians themselves.
Catching up the the bills that passed the House of Representatives in February, this episode details a bill designed to keep campaign donors secret, a bill to make all regulations more difficult to enact, a bill that makes unlocking your cell phone legal, a bill that prohibits states from seizing your land for another private interest’s gain, a bill that sets up the defunding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… and more. Continue reading
The nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” was part of the government funding bill that President Obama signed into law on March 26, 2013; it forces permits to be issued for new plants – like genetically modified plants grown by Monsanto – while the Department of Agriculture investigates whether the plant is harmful and should be regulated. Continue reading
We take a close look at the Violence Against Women Act re-authorization as the President signs it into law. We also look at the continuing resolution passed by the House, which funds defense while leaving the rest of the government in chaos. Continue reading