Opinion: Let’s Build Something Great Together
Trump and Congress should work toward a 21st century infrastructure system

The Trump administration is expected to prioritize ways to encourage investment in infrastructure, Rep. Sam Graves writes. (David McNew/Getty Images file photo)

2017 was a record year for our economy. Thanks to tax reform, and this administration’s aggressive regulatory reduction, our economy is growing at an exponential rate. 2018 presents a great opportunity to push the throttle on our economic growth as we move to our next big priority: infrastructure.

Infrastructure is pure commerce. Everything in this country moves. So an efficient transportation network is vital to our economic future. However, federal funding for infrastructure is not unlimited.

After Texas Shooting, Bipartisan Bill Aims to Close Gun ‘Loophole’
Flake: Since 2007 only a single instance military reporting domestic violence charge

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan Senate duo introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban individuals convicted of domestic violence from legally buying a gun.

The bill, from Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., would apply to convictions from both military and civilian courts. It would aim to correct what the lawmakers say is a loophole that allows those convicted of domestic violence by a military court to still purchase firearms. Such individuals, by law, are currently barred from buying guns.

Warren Says SEC’s Clayton Puts Interests of Bankers Over Average Investors
Massachusetts Senator says she doesn’t see the value of more IPOs

Sen. Elizabeth Warren took issue with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton at a Tuesday hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Wall Street’s top regulator of supporting policies that benefit “a handful of bankers and lawyers” instead of average investors.

The Massachusetts Democrat has been an outspoken critic of Wall Street and the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency that oversees the financial sector.

House Democrats Go to the Mat for Dodd-Frank
Minority party questions whether Trump would benefit from gutting law

Maxine Waters is helping lead the defense of Dodd-Frank. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With their Senate colleagues on the front lines of opposing President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominations, House Democrats are digging in for an extended fight over the president’s executive actions, in particular his targeting of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law.

Starting over the weekend and continuing into Monday, House Democrats are defending a statute they say is key to protecting Main Street from Wall Street excesses.

Poll: Most Say Terror Suspects Shouldn't be Able to Buy Guns
Poll shows broad support for stricter gun laws

The national poll , conducted by Quinnipiac University, also found broad — and growing — support for more far-reaching gun control legislation. It comes as Congress is showing the first signs in decades of coming to a consensus on a small but symbolic gun control measure — prohibiting suspected terrorists from buying guns — spurred by the massacre of 49 people with an assault rifle at an Orlando gay nightclub this month, and the closely watched political demonstrations by Democratic lawmakers that followed.  

[ House Plans Vote on Guns Next Week ]  

Demonstrators Join Democrats in Firearms Filibuster Effort
"We're here, we're queer. Get these guns out of here!"

Demonstrators supporting Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster on gun laws march onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night, June 15, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Aside from the growing number of Democratic colleagues who joined Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut as midnight approached, the senator got some other support.  

Shortly before midnight, several dozen demonstrators who had marched across the city from as far as Dupont Circle approached the Capitol.  

Can Congress Stop People From Wasting Perfectly Good Food?
Legislation seeks to clear up confusion over food expiration dates

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Chellie Pingree announce their plan to introduce legislation that would standardize food date labeling to help reduce waste. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Growing up on a dairy farm, Rep. Chellie Pingree’s mother taught her there was nothing in the refrigerator you couldn’t use in a recipe — even if it was expired.  

“Sour milk goes into a biscuit,” she said. “A stale strawberry goes into a pie.”