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Rep. Jan Schakowsky On Why She Voted Against the Debt Deal

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

After a day of Congressional leaders of both parties courting skeptics in their rank-and-file, the House of Representatives passed a deal to raise the debt ceiling and slash federal spending by a vote of 269-161. The legislation is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate today at noon. Among the 161 "no" votes were both Democrats and many Tea Party Republicans, united in opposition for ideologically different reasons. One of those Democrats who voted against the bill was Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, who is a member of the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

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Kerry, McCain Put Out Joint Resolution on Libya

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There are potentially three different votes pertaining to Libya happening in Washington this week. House Republicans are set to vote on a proposal that would defund the American military mission in Libya, and Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) put out a joint resolution on Tuesday authorizing limited use of forces in Libya. The senators are partly responding to critics who say President Obama violated the War Powers Act by not getting the mission in Libya approved ahead of time by Congress. There is also talk of the House putting out its own resolution to remove all troops from NATO operations in Libya.

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Law Firm Won't Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law denying federal benefits to same sex partners. The House had hired the law firm, King & Spalding, to defend the law in court as DOMA faces constitutional challenges from gay rights group. However, the firm has dropped the House as a client, saying they won't argue the case. The firm didn't offer a concrete reason for its move; however, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains that gay rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign were getting ready to launch a major campaign against the firm.

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Sen. Ensign, Just One of Many Lawmakers Planning Retirement

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced his pending retirement yesterday, saying he would not run in the 2012 election. The announcement came to the obvious relief of many of his colleagues — Sen. Ensign is currently being investigated for an alleged affair with a former staffer. But he's not the only lawmaker planning to sit out the coming election; seven others have also announced plans to get out of politics, or at least, government. Joining us to talk about the other lawmakers who are retiring, and how that may challenge party strategy, is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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As Congress Parties Like it's 1995, Government Shutdown on the Way?

Monday, February 21, 2011

This past weekend, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to cut $61 billion from President Obama's budget for 2011. Needless to say, Democrats hate it, and the legislation faces much higher hurdles on its way to becoming a law. But should the Senate reject or Obama veto, Republicans have promised not to reauthorize spending once the government runs out of money—in two weeks. If that happens, the federal government will essentially stop working.

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What the House Resolution Cuts

Saturday, February 19, 2011

After debating all week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1 by a vote of 235-189 on Saturday morning. To address the $1.3 trillion deficit, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority have offered this resolution, which intends to cut $100 billion in six months, an amount consistant with the number mentioned in the Republican's Pledge to America during the midterm campaigns.

While the resolution still needs to pass the Senate and be signed off on by the president to become law, the House Republicans are drawing a strong line in the sand, while a government shutdown looms if an agreement is not reached by March 4.

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Strange Bedfellows Block Patriot Act

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Even going back to the original passage of the Patriot Act, you found folks like Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform, these arch-conservatives teaming up with the ACLU. So there's a long tradition, not always within the elected Republican party establishment itself, but certainly across ideological boundaries, of people who are protective of civil liberties and skeptical of intrusive government.

Julian Sanchez, research fellow at the Cato Institute, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Weiner and Hayworth on Dems' Woes, GOP's Blows

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The inescapable conclusion of these results is that voters rewarded a lot of people for voting no on every initiative, bragging that they were going to try to disassemble some of the things that were passed. I think the president has to get back to the place where he’s not just the leader of our country, but the leader of our philosophy of governing.

-Anthony Weiner, Representative of New York's 9th congressional district, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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