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The Week Ahead in Congress

January 4, 2016 / Team POPVOX / Weekly Update

Congress slowly returning to session This week Members will make their way slowly back to Washington to begin the second session of the 114th Congress. The Senate is out for another week while the House will gavel in on Tuesday afternoon and take its first big vote of the year on Wednesday — on the […]

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Gavel Down: Closing out the Year in Congress: 2015

December 30, 2015 / Whitney Wyszynski / Gavel Down

A staggering amount of policy made its way through the Capitol Hill maze in the first session of the 114th Congress — including big bills on transportation, education, tax, and spending. Omnibus The funny term you’ve seen floating around refers to the BIG end-of-year spending bill. Think of it like a bus (hence the name). Several smaller […]

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Top Bills of 2015

December 27, 2015 / Whitney Wyszynski / Gavel Down

POPVOX users from coast to coast messaged lawmakers about bills involving food safety, tax policy, and firearm regulations. Here’s an update on the top bills you weighed in on this year, ranked by the aggregate number of combined support and opposition. #10  H.RES. 11 Authorizing a lawsuit against the President on Immigration Actions Sponsor: Rep. Mo Brooks [R, […]

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Issue Spotlight: Tax Extenders (Updated) – What’s in the bill that just passed?

December 20, 2015 / Team POPVOX / Issue Spotlight

Updated: December 20, 2015 On Friday, December 18, 2015, Congress passed an enormous legislative package that included a $1.1 trillion “Omnibus” Spending bill and a $633 million “Tax Extenders” package. The “Extenders” package contained a long list of tax provisions for individuals and businesses. What is a “Tax Extender”? “Tax Extenders” are carve-outs in the […]

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Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress: Dec. 14-18

December 18, 2015 / Whitney Wyszynski / Gavel Down

A staggering amount of policy made its way through the Capitol Hill maze  — impacting everyone and every sector of the economy. The $1.1 trillion Omnibus Spending bill and the $625 million Tax Extenders package passed early Friday morning. The House and Senate then adjourned, bringing the first session of the 114th Congress came to a […]

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Issue Spotlight: What’s in the #Omnibus?

December 17, 2015 / Marci Harris / Issue Spotlight

Our non-exhaustive outline, drawing from committee sources, summaries, and bill text: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (The “Omnibus”)   A. Agriculture Rural Development: $2.8 billion ($36.7 billion in loan authorizations for rural communities to address housing, electrification and telecommunication needs) Natural Resources Conservation Service: $864 million Food Safety $1 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection […]

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The Week Ahead in Congress: Dec. 14-18

December 13, 2015 / Rachna Choudhry / Weekly Update

It’s Crunch Time for Congress A deadline to fund the federal government approaches, along with dozens of expiring tax provisions. Congress is also expected to vote on several national security bills and continue debate on gun control legislation this week. And we’re rooting for Congressional staff who are hoping to make it home for the holidays! […]

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Gavel Down: Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

December 11, 2015 / Whitney Wyszynski / Gavel Down

It was a “to be continued” sort of week in Congress. Negotiations continue on an end-of-year Omnibus spending bill and tax extenders, while a short-term extension passed to give the “glacial” process more time. A trade enforcement bill passed the House, marking the third conference report in ten days, and several Members introduced bills to […]

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Issue Spotlight: President Obama Oval Office Address on Security & Terrorism

December 7, 2015 / Team POPVOX / In the News, Issue Spotlight

On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation. In the speech, he discussed the tragedy of San Bernardino, which he called “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.” He discussed the military strategy against ISIS: Air strikes in Iraq and Syria and “hunt[ing] down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary.” […]

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