congress

A handy guide to all Congress happenings on both sides of the aisle. Thank goodness for this political body that keeps Presidential power in check.

The New Congress
The 116th Congress is run by 67 Democrats and 44 Republicans, to which I say, good. For once, Congress has some diversity. Yes, there is the occasional black representative, but see, my own people, Hi...
NJ Bell9 days ago
Does Congress as a Body Truly Represent the Average American
The question of whether Congress is representative is one that most Americans don’t think twice about. After all, Congress filled with its Congressmen and Senators was designed to be representative of...
Bryan Watch: Late July
It was a relatively slow week in Congress. And it will be even slower in coming weeks, as Congress is on vacation until September. Since I am usually bashing Rep. Steil, a shout out to his two good vo...
The House of Representatives
The House makes up half of Congress as the government’s legislative branch. The House has 325 voting members, their positions are based on the population of the 50 states. A representative is referred...
The Way Congress Works
Congress is the legislative body of the United States government. Our lawmakers make decisions that affect us on a federal level, and federal generally refers to the entire country. Individual state l...
United States Congress
There are three branches of government, judicial, legislative, and executive. The President leads the executive branch, while the judicial branch's highest office is the Supreme Court of the United St...
Iria Vasquez-Paez2 months ago
The California State Legislature
The California State Legislature is made up of the California State Assembly and 80 members. The California State Senate has 40 members, with both houses of the legislature convening at the California...
Iria Vasquez-Paez2 months ago
The 27th Amendment
Gregory Watson was an undergrad at the University of Texas, Austin, who rediscovered a forgotten amendment, the 27th Amendment to be accurate. This Amendment had come about on September 25, 1789, incl...
John Heckenlively2 months ago
Bryan Watch: Commerce/Justice
On June 20 and 21, the House debated more amendments to the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill (HR 3055). There were 31 votes, 23 party line and 8 non-party line. Steil sided with the Republ...
John Heckenlively2 months ago
Bryan Watch: June 24-27
Time once again to review what Congress is up to, especially Bryan Steil, Republican representative from Wisconsin's First District. Steil cast his second extreme vote on June 26. It was an amendment ...
John Heckenlively2 months ago
Bryan Watch: Labor HHS Edition
On June 12 and 13, the House voted on 70 (Seventy!) amendments to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (HR 2740). Most (43) passed on a non-party line basis. So, what about the remaining 27? St...
John Heckenlively2 months ago
Bryan Watch June 1
We have a first this week on Bryan Watch. Representative Steil’s first extreme vote, Roll Call #232 (June 3). Steil was one of 58 Republicans to vote against HR 2157, the supplemental appropriations b...
John Heckenlively3 months ago
Bryan Watch: May Week 4
This was a big week for Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI 1). He was the leader of the fight against the Consumers First Act, and the House voted on his very first amendment to a bill and on his first motion to ...
John Heckenlively3 months ago
Bryan Watch: May Week 3
There were two major issues this week in the House: Equality for LGBTQ citizens, and expanding access to health care. The week closed with the House passing HR 5, The Equality Act, just in time for Ga...
John Heckenlively4 months ago
Bryan Watch: May Week 1
Bryan Watch: May Week 1 Congress is back in session, so it's time to take a look at what they’ve been up to. The big issue of the week for the House was HR 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The bill woul...
Iria Vasquez-Paez4 months ago
The 17th Amendment
This Amendment was passed by Congress, May 13, 1912 and ratified on April 18th, 1913. As such, the Constitutional Amendment declares that Congressional Senators can serve a six-year term in Congress. ...
Iria Vasquez-Paez4 months ago
The 15th Amendment
The 15th Amendment was about giving black men the right to vote, seeing as it stated that the United States cannot deny the vote based on race, color, or whether one had been a slave or not. The 15th ...
John Heckenlively4 months ago
Bryan Watch: April Week 2
The second week of April was pretty slow for Congress. Only 11 votes cast, and six were non-party line votes. Of the five party line votes, three were procedural. Party line votes first. The big parti...