It is often noted there are two kinds of members in Congress: the showhorses and the workhorses. Thats probably an oversimplification, since most members consider themselves workhorses, but with a flair for show. Politics, after all, is a lot like show business, with public attention and appreciation focused on those actors who are able to entertain and project their roles in a convincing and effective manner. On Broadway, the payoff is in audience acclaim and good reviews. In Congress, it is in media attention and re-election.
When the countrys top political mega-donors want to get something for their corporations from Congress, chances are K Street is not their first call.
Congress ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill.
A lightweight, an idiot and a beggar were just a few of the go-to epithets Donald Trump hurled at Sen. Lindsey Graham last week, before giving out the senators cellphone number to the world.
The House and Senate are taking slightly different approaches to moving energy bills through their chambers, but both have the same goal to get President Barack Obama to sign bipartisan legislation reflecting the United States newfound position as a major energy producer.
Lawmakers appear ready to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has access to the money it needs to prevent a shutdown of its hospitals this August, but there will probably be strings attached.
One of the recurring, puzzling paradoxes in the House of Representatives is why new majorities, coming to power on pledges to restore openness and regular order, quickly revert to the ways of their predecessors and become even more restrictive in closing down the floor amendment process on important bills.