Tag Archives: US House of Representatives

Captured Congress

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Do you think party leaders exert too much control over members of Congress and over the agenda,’ Full Measure host Sharyl Attkisson asked retiring Rep. Darrell Issa, ‘in a way that might be motivated by donations and corporate influence and special interests?’ … ‘It happens every day,’ he replied, ‘that a lobbyist calls the majority leader, the minority leader, the speaker, and some chairmen or ranking member gets a call saying, ‘hey go light on that.” Issa pointed out that the committee chairs ‘really don’t control the committees. More and more it’s controlled out of the speaker’s office and out of the minority leader’s office. You know, they pick who gets the committees and then they pick really what you get to do.’ And it’s getting worse, he said.” (02/07/18)


US House tries to kick spending can down the road again

Source: FirstPost [India]

“The US House of Representatives has passed a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through late March. In a vote of 245-182 on Tuesday night, the House passed a temporary spending bill to extend most government spending at current levels through 23 March while providing more funds for the Pentagon through 30 September, the end of the current fiscal year …. However, Senate leaders from both the Republican and Democratic parties were discussing a two-year deal to lift spending caps on defence and domestic programmes, which suggests that they would probably not support the House-version spending bill.” (02/07/18)


IL: Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in race for Congress

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Arthur Jones — an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite and white supremacist — is poised to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago and nearby suburbs. … Since the 1990s to 2016, Jones has jumped in the GOP 3rd Congressional District primary seven times, never even close to becoming a viable contender. The outcome will be different for Jones in the Illinois primary on March 20, 2018. To Jones’[s] own amazement, he is the only one on the Republican ballot. Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said in a statement to the Sun-Times, ‘The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.’ Jones told the Sun-Times he is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee. ‘Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,’ he said.” (02/04/18)


PA: Brady won’t seek re-election to US House

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Bob Brady, the larger-than-life leader of Philadelphia’s Democratic Party, announced Wednesday that he is not running for re-election to the U.S. House. Mr. Brady’s announcement could reduce the political clout of Philadelphia’s delegation, which besides Mr. Brady includes two congressmen with little to no seniority, in an election year in which many observers think Democrats could take back control of the U.S. House. It also means six of Pennsylvania’s 18 members of the U.S. House — a third of the state’s delegation — will not be seeking re-election this year.” (01/31/18)


Gowdy declines to seek re-election

Source: ABC News

“Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and the fiery former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election in 2018. He becomes the latest in a string of GOP committee chairmen who have decided to leave Congress as the GOP faces what could be a challenging midterm election. In a statement, Gowdy, who currently chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he will return to law instead of seeking a fifth term.” (01/31/18)


NJ: Frelinghuysen is latest incumbent House Republican to drop out of 2018 race

Source: Time

“Veteran Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of his term. The New Jersey Republican was facing his first competitive re-election race in decades and joins a growing roster of GOP veterans who are heading for the exits. … Frelinghuysen joins Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, both of California, as top GOP lawmakers who have recently opted against difficult re-election bids. All three represent suburban districts where President Donald Trump has lagging popularity and where many residents could be negatively affected by provisions in the new tax law that went into effect this year.” (01/29/18)


Congressional corruption: Courts reject Brown’s bids to stay out of prison

Source: Orlando Sentinel

“Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown can’t stay free while she appeals felony convictions and she can’t delay reporting to prison, a pair of orders from separate federal courts said Monday. Brown’s motion to stay free was rejected by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta the same day that the judge in Jacksonville who sentenced Brown to five years behind bars turned down a request to delay the start of her sentence by another month. Brown, a Democrat who represented parts of Orlando, remains scheduled to enter prison by noon Jan. 29, the same deadline set for the founder of One Door for Education, a bogus charity Brown was convicted of using to enrich herself. … Brown was convicted in May of 18 felonies, most involving fraud or tax crimes. The bulk of the charges involved misuse of money that Brown, a 12-term congresswoman, helped raise for One Door, which received more than $800,000 over several years but spent little on actual charitable projects.” (01/23/18)


Meehan ousted from House ethics committee after reports of sexual misconduct settlement

Source: Vanity Fair

“House Speaker Paul Ryan removed Rep. Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania from the House Ethics Committee after The New York Times reported Meehan had settled a sexual misconduct complaint. The report alleges that Meehan used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle the case leveled against him by a former aide. … Under the House’s current policy of dealing with workplace sexual misconduct cases, according to CNN, settlements are paid through the U.S. Treasury after going through the Office of Compliance’s system. Meehan’s settlement, though, was reportedly paid out through his own office’s fund.” (01/21/18)


Gowdy steps down from US House Ethics Committee, citing “challenging workload”

Source: The Hill

“Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has resigned from his post on the House Ethics Committee, citing a challenging workload that also includes his chairmanship on the powerful Oversight Committee. … Gowdy said that he wanted to finish out the 2017 calendar year before tendering his resignation from the Ethics Committee. Gowdy took over as chairman of the Oversight Committee in June after the panel’s previous chair, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.” (01/13/18)


Issa won’t seek re-election

Source: Washington Post

“Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, Hillary Clinton’s one-time chief antagonist on Capitol Hill, announced he will not seek reelection in his Southern California district this year. … Issa faced a highly competitive reelection bid in a district he barely won in 2016, with 51 percent of the vote. One possibility was a rematch between Issa and Democrat Doug Applegate, who already announced his plans to run again, but who faces at least one other Democrat in a primary.” (01/10/18)