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    House and Senate Cloakroom: October 31 - November 4

    House Cloakroom: October 31 – November 4 Analysis: This week the House will take up two bills to reduce regulations on capital.  Additionally, the House will vote on legislation relating to wireless taxes as well as protecting Peace Corp workers from sexual assault. Major Floor Action: HR 2940 – Access … More

    Free Trade Proposals Solutions to Tech Sector Job Losses

    The House Rules Committee advanced three proposals Wednesday that may help curb a growing problem for the nation’s economy: stagnant job growth in the technology sector. The three pending free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and Korea are up for full House approval next week. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch … More

    Top 10 Reads: Sept. 19, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe Obama to propose $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue – Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Google Preparing for Senate Hearing – Diane Bartz, Reuters Obama’s Urgent Jobs Plan: Right Now, ‘Right … More

    Senators' No Child Left Behind 'Fix' Is on Washington's Terms

    Decade after decade, the federal role in education has grown. And decade after decade, this growth has failed to increase student achievement. The most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965—the bill now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—further expanded Washington’s role in education by … More

    Washington in a Flash: Fireworks

    The nation’s capital was treated to a beautiful fireworks display last night. You can expect more of the same this week in Washington as the clock ticks toward the Obama administration’s Aug. 2 deadline for a deal on the debt limit. The House returns from a weeklong district work period … More

    Washington in a Flash: Will the Senate Scuttle Next Week's Vacation?

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And after calling on his colleagues to skip their week-long Fourth of July vacation, he might even have a few enemies. A day after making a passionate speech on the Senate floor, Johnson was leading a group of 10 … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: June 13-17, 2011

    House Cloakroom: June 13-17 Analysis: The House returned from a weeklong recess today and began legislative business.  Completing work on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill is first on the agenda today. Tomorrow, the House will convene at 10:00am and will consider the Agriculture Appropriations Bill.  Patent Reform … More

    'Blizzard' of Words, but Panetta's Actions Will Determine National Security

    At his confirmation hearing today, Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta argued that the Cold War of the 20th century had been replaced by a “blizzard” of threats in the 21st. Remarking that “for our troops, there has been no shortage of war,” Panetta will likely concentrate on winding down American … More

    Morning Bell: Ten Questions for Leon Panetta

    The war in Afghanistan rages on, as does the conflict in Libya. U.S. troops are still deployed in Iraq. Unrest continues in the Middle East’s Arab Spring. Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear efforts are accelerating, and the global war against terrorists remains. And yet despite an aging military, President Barack Obama has … More

    Senate Considers Bills to Protect Consumers, Small Business

    The Senate is looking to do some more spending with a vote today on the Economic Development Revitalization Act, which will cost $1.5 billion through 2016 and an additional $760 million thereafter. The goal? Reauthorize funding for the Economic Development Administration — a vehicle for political pet projects, masked as … More