With Congress in recess the last week, all eyes have been on the Supreme Court’s recent decisions. Here's a look at how Congress is responding -- and what's on their agenda this week, including fixing 'No Child Left Behind.'

To honor the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we are happy to share The Declaration Project, from DemocracyCafe. The project "features a comprehensive collection of declarations of independence and kindred declarations crafted in the U.S. and the world over."


After the tragic attack on parishioners in a Charleston church, Members of Congress and President Obama responded with statements, visits with the community, and policy proposals. POPVOX highlights bills related to the event and the President's speech at the Charleston eulogy.


This week, the House will consider bills related to transparency in the Dept. of Homeland Security, EPA regulations on power plants and the cotton market. The Senate will continue working on fast-track legislation, which was passed by the House last week. And it's Father's Day in Congress!

The House considers withdrawing troops from Iraq and Syria, or a vote on an AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force). Also the House votes on bills related to health care costs and Medicare, and a resolution regarding American prisoners in Iran. It's NDAA in the Senate. And, Flag Day!

It’s a busy week for Congress! The Senate will work on funding federal defense and intelligence programs. The House will work on labeling of meats, taxing internet access and body cameras on police officers. Also, it’s Appropriations season. Share your voice on POPVOX!

Here’s a look at the Top 20 Bills in May. These were the bills that garnered the most activity on POPVOX—and what (if any) action they’ve gotten in Congress. The most active bill on POPVOX was the America Competes Reauthorization Act, which was passed by the House.

The Senate was in session on Sunday—a rare occurrence—to consider reforming NSA surveillance programs before provisions of the PATRIOT Act expire at midnight. The House returns Monday to consider American fishing, modernizing the Toxic Substance Control Act, several land bills and appropriations.


Congress is in recess this week, but the Senate will return early to consider NSA data collection. Last week, the Senate passed “fast track” trade authority, which now goes to the House. Also, a look at bills related to veterans in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is the only day in which flags are flown at half-staff for only part of the day -- to both honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives and to inspire those who continue in their stead. 

Photo credit: www.flaginsider.com

Photo credit: www.flaginsider.com

On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more...


Thinking about a road trip this summer? The Highway Trust Fund is set to expire, jeopardizing funding for highway infrastructure. The House is also considering veterans legislation and bills related to innovation. Meanwhile, the Senate is working on “fast-track” trade authority. Share your voice!

The debate over an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) began three years after women received the right to vote. Last week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an ERA to the US Constitution." Share your voice on POPVOX!