Month: December 2011

Leaders Pass on Pledges

Before they can begin work in Washington, D.C., newly elected members of Congress must swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . bear true faith and allegiance to the same . . . well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about …

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Break the Senate’s nomination logjam

Some of Congress’s most bruising battles today are not about what you might expect — taxes, deficit spending or energy policy. They’re about the Senate’s constitutional responsibility to advise and consent to presidential appointments. The public never hears about most of these political confrontations because they happen behind the scenes. But tactics delay the filling …

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Fix the Filibuster

George Washington once referred to the Senate as the “saucer that cools the tea” — his characterization of a body designed to temper the “hot” legislation passed in the House of Representatives. The framers saw the House as too accommodating of the people’s whims, so they erected what James Madison called a “necessary fence” against …

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WALKER: Washington must face fiscal reality

There is a reason the comptroller general of the United States serves the longest term of appointment in government aside from certain judges, who have lifetime appointments. It’s because the person who is responsible for heading the Government Accountability Office (GAO) plays an essential and nonpartisan role in assessing the federal government’s performance and reporting …

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Call for reforms draws 3 senators facing difficult races

WASHINGTON – Three U.S. senators facing tough re-election battles in 2012 are among lawmakers joining the bipartisan group No Labels at an event today to announce proposed reforms for a sharply divided Congress. The “Make Congress Work” campaign is No Labels’ first organized grass-roots campaign since the group launched in December 2010 in hopes of …

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