taxes

CD192: Democracy Upgrade Stalled

Things often don’t go according to plan. In this episode, featuring a feverish and frustrated Jen Briney, learn about the shamefully rushed process employed by the Democrats to pass their top priority bill, H.R. 1, through the House of Representatives.

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CD112: Dingle-berries on the Omnibus (2016)


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. Read More

CD097: Nothing Horrible in March

A resignation, renewed “national emergencies”, help for a (very) few veterans, screwing over of VA employees and Native Americans, favors for drug companies, changes to Amtrak, a veto threat and more are highlighted from a relatively calm March in Congress. In the second half of this episode, Jen discusses her plan to keep producing Congressional Dish full time, extends an invitation to hang out, reads some of your letters, and answers your questions.

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CD082: Last Bills Before The Election


In this episode, we discuss the bills that passed in August and September, the last bills to pass before the election. Included are bills that give money to Israel, screw over immigrant kids, audit the Fed, poison the environment, create huge corporate tax cuts, and more. Also, the story of CryptoWall, the computer virus holding our memories hostage.
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CD081: The July Bills


In this episode, we look at the bills that passed the House of Representatives in July but haven’t yet become law. Topics include tax cuts, student loans, education, Hezbollah, and pesticides in our water. Read More

CD079: The June Bills


This episode highlights the laws and bills that passed the House of Representatives in June. Most of the bills this month were dedicated to cutting corporate taxes and keeping us hooked on fossil fuels. 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

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

CD018: The Ryan Budget


Low-lights of the Ryan budget are described after we run down the bills passed by the House this week. We also look into an eighteen-year emergency continued this week by President Obama. 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