Median average wealth for freshman members of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress is significantly lower than overall average for all House members in the 111th Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The overall average wealth in the previous House was $765,010, according to CRP. That compares with a median average of $570,418 for the 112th Congresses House freshman class, a 34 percent decrease. Read More
House Speaker John Boehner has promised that all bills will be posted online for at least three days before the House votes on them in the 112th Congress, but a new Rasmussen Reports survey finds a large majority of Americans want proposals online for two weeks. Read More
Want to know who is lobbying Congress on behalf of which corporations or on what issues? The Sunlight Foundation has unveiled a great new tool for doing just that,which can be found on the group's web site, Reporting Group. Read More
Great piece up today by Conn Carroll on the Heritage Foundation's Foundry blog that makes an obscure but extremely vital question - the president and member of Congress are just as responsible as the federal judiciary for upholding the Constitution.
How do we know that? It's right there in the oaths of office sworn by the chief executive, every senator, every representative, every member of the federal civil service and every member of the military. Read More
Democrats appear to be in disarray heading into tomorrow’s long-awaited showdown over the Senate filibuster. Unable to unify his caucus on a specific set of rule changes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is likely to delay the matter until the end of January. Read More
A dramatic lame-duck end to the historically unpopular 111th Congress does not a successful 112th Congress make, but it could happen if Capitol Hill Republicans learn from their mistakes. They lost control of Congress in 2006 largely because they talked the talk of limited government, but mostly walked arm in arm with Democrats in supporting massive increases in federal spending, regulation and debt. Read More
Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann has withdrawn from the contest for chairman of the House Republican Conference in the 112th Congress.
Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling has issued the following statement on Bachmann's withdrawal: Read More
Rep. Jeb Hensarling is the leading candidate to succeed House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana, but the Texas Republican is no pillar of the Washington GOP Establishment, according to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
Speaking earlier today on ABC News, Armey, who is currently chairman of Freedomworks and a key leader in the Tea Party movement, offered these thoughts on Hensarling: Read More