| Jan. 30, 2015, 1:12 p.m.
In New Orleans, we are all too familiar with the feeling of homelessness. After Hurricane Katrina, literally all of us were without a home.
| Jan. 28, 2015, 6:49 p.m.
As Congress takes up reauthorization of the Higher Education Act this year, it will have to address several policy concerns, including the rising cost of college and the need to increase degree attainment rates in the U.S. Notwithstanding those concerns, college access will continue to be a major issue. How can our nation expand college opportunities to those who have long been underrepresented, including lower-income students, minorities, and those who are the first in their families to attend college, ramping up the number of degree earners?
| Jan. 27, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
House Republican leaders are finalizing a plan that would authorize the chamber to take legal actions against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration.
| Jan. 26, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
American natural gas represents one of the greatest and most unexpected success stories of the past century. Only a decade ago, experts feared America was running out of this critical energy resource, and we were growing increasingly reliant on foreign imports. But innovation and technology have turned upside down this once-pessimistic outlook, putting our nation in the driver’s seat. Thanks to the shale revolution, today we have more than enough natural gas to meet our energy needs and production continues to thrive. In fact, America is now the world’s No. 1 natural gas producer.
| Jan. 21, 2015, 10:24 p.m.
Faced with an intraparty rift over a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders Wednesday night replaced the bill with a measure that would prohibit federally funded abortions and resembles a plan that was approved by the chamber during the 113th Congress.
| Jan. 21, 2015, 2:29 p.m.
Here’s some nonpartisan advice for newly elected members of the House and Senate about how to be a successful legislator.
| Jan. 20, 2015, 8:48 p.m.
Every January, our nation comes together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This important federal holiday marks the birth date of the most iconic leader of the civil rights movement. King dedicated his life to nonviolent activism against discrimination and to this day, the American people continue to benefit from his life and legacy.
| Jan. 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
I did not know Chip Kennett, but I knew him. Chip’s story was beautifully told in a Roll Call article last week (“Capitol Hill Helps One of It’s Own: Chip Kennett Finds Help in Unexpected Places;” Roll Call, Jan. 14). It was the story of a dedicated staffer who found love in the halls of Congress and married his wife, Sheila. To staffers, it was a perfectly normal story — many have found their life-mates down the hall in a Senate or House office building. It was normal, until three years ago, when Chip was diagnosed with lung cancer. His battle ended on Jan. 17, when his wife posted on Facebook, “Chip received a brand new body up in heaven that is free of cancer and simply full of everlasting life.”
| Jan. 20, 2015, 7 a.m.
Your average House member represented 710,767 people in 2010. The same lawmaker represented 469,088 people in 1970. Despite the 52 percent increase in constituents, each House member today can have no more than 18 staff members, a limit that hasn’t changed since 1975.
| Jan. 19, 2015, 3:36 p.m.
The 114th Congress is just days old, and the acrimony between the parties seems to be as intense as ever, with one major exception — tax reform. This is one of just a few policy areas capable of attracting support from both parties on both ends of Pennsylvania. Expect to hear about it in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and expect the issue to be a hot topic at each party’s upcoming congressional retreat. After this era of globalized economies, policymakers have precious few tools for growing the economy and boosting wages for American workers. But tax reform is one of them.
| Jan. 15, 2015, 5:52 p.m.
Pharmacists have a new voice in Congress now that one of their own has been elected to the House, and he’s planning to be a “driving force” behind their top legislative priority, along with repeal of the health care law.
| Jan. 14, 2015, 6:01 p.m.
In his inaugural speech as Senate majority leader, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell said he could see “a glimmer of hope” in new economic data showing a 5 percent annual growth rate in the third quarter of last year. This uptick, he said, coincided with “the expectation of a new Republican Congress” just before the November election.
| Jan. 14, 2015, 2:43 p.m.
Republicans who are looking for numbers to bolster their case for conservative economic initiatives point most frequently to the rate at which Americans participate in the labor forces, which is partly responsible for the steep decline in the unemployment rate over the past three years.
| Jan. 14, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
With hopes high for the new era of GOP majority control, House and Senate Republicans are headed off the Hill to plot a course for the party’s stymied legislative agenda.
| Jan. 13, 2015, 7:02 p.m.
In the center of the country there’s a quiet revolution taking place that holds great promise for our nation, though only if we address the growing innovation deficit facing America.
| Jan. 13, 2015, 6:31 p.m.
Many members of Congress profess to want the top priority for their congressional office to be “constituent focus.” But when the Congressional Management Foundation probes, “How does that translate into the priorities, decisions and actions of your staff,” we often get a blank stare. In some respects, members of Congress are just another service provider in our society. Their customers (constituents) want something when they interact with the office. They may want an answer to a question, such as how a legislator might vote on an upcoming bill; or assistance with a problem, such as a casework request on immigration.
| Jan. 12, 2015, 6:55 p.m.
As the newly installed Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., convenes his first House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Tuesday about policies to boost our economy, undoubtedly, tax reform will be a top priority.
| Jan. 12, 2015, 1:10 p.m.
The most important debate occurring in Washington today isn’t about partisan politics or 2016 prognostications. It’s about what Washington — particularly, the Republican- controlled Congress — will do to regain the trust of the American people.
| Jan. 9, 2015, 7:36 p.m.
Congress has employed budget reconciliation to enact dozens of laws, addressing issues that range from tax cuts to student loans.
| Jan. 9, 2015, 7:32 p.m.
Democrats used the complicated process of budget reconciliation to pass part of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation in 2010, and avoid a Senate filibuster; now Republicans are weighing whether to use the same process to chip away at the law.