Increasing Pressure In House for Vote to Limit NSA Powers

By: Monday December 2, 2013 6:45 am

Though House Speaker John Boehner initially voiced support for NSA programs of dubious constitutionality, it seems the ground is shifting underneath his feet as pressure builds within the House GOP Caucus to allow a vote on legislation to limit the NSA’s power to spy on Americans.

War With Syria: Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand?

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 pm

President Obama has said he will ask for Congressional authorization to attack Syria.

We know that Alan Grayson is firmly against going to war with Syria. Grijalva is also opposed. Justin Amash will lead the opposition from the Republican side.

Eliott Engle has a war boner on, and as head of the Foreign Relations Committee he can do a lot of damage. And the firmly anti-war Nancy Pelosi will undoubtedly whip her caucus in support of the President and his desire to wage an extremely unpopular war.

So where does your member of Congress stand? Let us know in the comments so we can start vote counting.

Late Night: They Must Love Us Now

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 8:00 pm

As I watched the first tiny peep of congressional rebellion against the odious, authoritarian policies that have swamped America since The Day That Changed Everything narrowly defeated in the House yesterday, I was reminded of the endlessly repeated, tinny refrain of those dark days, “They hate us for our freedom.” According to such preschool logic, the “Patriot Act,” passed nearly unanimously a few weeks later, should have fixed that once and for all.

Snowden’s Whistleblowing Creates Climate for Critical House Vote on NSA Surveillance

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 7:20 am

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on top secret United States government surveillance programs and arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport about one month ago. He is set to leave the transit zone where he has been living just as a critical vote in Congress on NSA surveillance is scheduled to take place today.

NSA Scrambles To Stop Congress From Limiting Spying Powers Under Patriot Act

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 6:35 am

All hell broke lose in Washington when, to the surprise of many, a bill to limit the NSA’s power to spy on Americans made it out of a House committee. The bill, known as the Amash Amendment for its cosponsor Representative Justin Amash, was attached to the defense spending bill. The law will limit the NSA’s “authority for blanket collections under the Patriot Act.” The NSA spent all of yesterday in emergency meetings trying to convince representatives to kill the bill.

Come Saturday Morning: Reclaiming Our LIBERT-E

By: Saturday July 6, 2013 6:57 am

Democratic United States Representative John Conyers and his Republican colleague Justin Amash are, like most of us, aghast at all the government snooping being done to us, for us, against us, and on everyone else in the world. To rein it in, they’ve introduced H.R. 2399, the “Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act,” or the LIBERT-E Act for short.

Boehner Purges Conservative Members from Influential Committees

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 11:03 am

As I noted, John Boehner got as much flak from his right flank on his three-page “counter-offer” as he did from his left. Conservative groups groused at the inclusion of $800 billion in revenue collection increases, even as it followed the Romney campaign pattern of lowering rates while broadening the base. Obviously they would rather do that without having to raise revenue at all. RedState put up the “white flag of surrender” to characterize the counter-offer.

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