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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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Should Congress authorize the use of force against ISIS?

December 6, 2015 / Team POPVOX / In the News

  February 2015: President Obama requested authorization from Congress In February, President Obama submitted a request to Congress for military authorization to combat ISIS. (Read the President’s letter to Congress.) On POPVOX, constituents opposed the measure five-to-one (see map). Read what these constituents wrote to Congress.   By April, House GOP leaders said that there was […]

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The Week Ahead in Congress: Dec. 7 – 11

December 6, 2015 / Rachna Choudhry / Weekly Update

Avoiding a Government Shutdown… and More It’s that time of year again… when Congress looks to pass spending legislation to avoid a federal government shutdown by Friday. During the last budget negotiations in late September, a Republican proposal defunding Planned Parenthood threatened to trigger a shutdown, which was averted by a temporary measure keeping the […]

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The Hill 101: What’s an “Omnibus” bill?

December 5, 2015 / Team POPVOX / The Hill 101

The end-of-year “Omnibus” Spending Bill is by now a Congressional holiday tradition — as is the “will they or won’t they?” nail-biter finish that comes within hours of a stated deadline and sometimes pushes through multiple short-term extensions…and delayed holiday plans. Technically, the Omnibus is one big bill that “carries” lots of smaller bills. And […]

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Gavel Down: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

December 4, 2015 / Whitney Wyszynski / Gavel Down

It was a HUGE week — the long-term Highway Bill finally passed (in time to avoid a midnight Friday deadline). The Senate voted to repeal Obamacare, the House passed its Energy bill and the Education Reform conference report. Speaker Ryan gave a “major speech” to a DC audience. US Special Forces were deployed to combat […]

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The Week Ahead in Congress: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

November 29, 2015 / Rachna Choudhry / Weekly Update

Congress is back in session after Thanksgiving recess. The House will consider an energy bill—and whether to disapprove the Administration’s new EPA standards — while the President travels to Paris for the COP21 climate change conference. The Senate and House will soon vote on the final long-term highway funding bill, which is being hammered out […]

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Gavel Down: Nov. 21 – 27

November 27, 2015 / Team POPVOX / Uncategorized

This week Congress was out for Thanksgiving. The President pardoned a turkey and signed six bills into law — including one he previously vetoed. A corporate merger strategically designed for tax benefit reignites the “inversions” talk in Congress and there are rumors of a deal coming on “Tax Extenders.”   Top Search on POPVOX this […]

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The Week Ahead in Congress: November 23rd-27th

November 23, 2015 / Rachna Choudhry / Weekly Update

With Congress in recess this week for Thanksgiving, here’s a look at bills related to military action against ISIS, safeguards and funding for admission of Syrian refugees — and whether states have the authority to refuse refugees. Before leaving for recess last week, the House and Senate reached bipartisan agreement on replacing No Child Left […]

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Issue Spotlight: Replacing No Child Left Behind

November 22, 2015 / Team POPVOX / Issue Spotlight, Uncategorized

*** UPDATE – November 30, 2015: The language for the combined House/Senate bill is now available here. *** Last week, the House and Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to replace No Child Left Behind. The legislation is expected to be on the floor of both chambers shortly after the Thanksgiving recess. It […]

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Gavel Down: Nov. 16 – 20

November 20, 2015 / Whitney Wyszynski / Gavel Down, Uncategorized

Repercussions of the attacks in Paris ruled headlines this week as the House voted to restrict U.S. refugee policy – a bill that the White House threatened to veto. Congress received a high-level security briefing. And Congress held two joint House-Senate conference committee meetings — on Highway and Education reform bills. Top Search on POPVOX: […]

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