| May 22, 2014, 5 a.m.
With the Johnson-Crapo housing finance reform bill making its way through the Senate Banking Committee on a 13-9 vote, some may feel the time is finally right for housing finance reform. But a closer look at the dismal housing finance policy in the United States suggests that lawmakers have yet to learn from the mistakes of the past.
| May 21, 2014, 3:12 p.m.
“She came out of the house today with her hands full of food,” Sean Bartlett, a spokesman for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said of an early morning car ride during which his boss attempted to ply her staff with bites of banana-packed this and cinnamon-spiked that.
| May 21, 2014, 2:07 p.m.
I get it. My legislation to end Washington’s Obamacare exemption or subsidy doesn’t make me popular in Washington. But if you think it’s going away, I have news for you: There’s only one way to make that happen, and that’s to pass it.
| May 21, 2014, 5 a.m.
In recent years, the dialogue on Capitol Hill has been dominated by a debate about the economic well-being of the middle class. Years of sluggish growth, widening inequality and a deep sense that the nation’s global economic leadership is slipping have rightfully focused the public, policymakers’ and media attention on middle-class economic concerns.
| May 20, 2014, 6:11 p.m.
A member of Congress answering letters from constituents via YouTube, another staging a Facebook photo contest on the polluted waterways in his state and a senator candidly sharing on Twitter his recovery from a stroke. These were some of the outstanding practices which won the Congressional Management Foundation’s first Gold Mouse Awards for Social Media.
| May 16, 2014, 5:01 p.m.
The House, which passed one permanent extension of an expired business tax break, will delay any action on other so-called extenders until at least June following the demise this week of the Senate’s two-year tax break patch.
| May 13, 2014, 5 a.m.
Should lawmakers in Washington override state laws and impose their values on the states? Some members of Congress seem to think so, and they are trying to impose a retroactive federal ban on Internet gambling, including in three states that have already legalized the activity. Not only does the proposal trample states’ rights, it will fail to eliminate illegal online gambling while making consumers less safe online, eliminating millions of dollars in tax revenue for states, and favoring a special interest. It is also based on a blatant misrepresentation of existing law.
| May 9, 2014, 1:56 p.m.
When I consider issues in Washington, I regularly call on the wisdom and advice my mother gave Carl, my sister and me over the years. She taught us of hard work and persistence, she taught us of the sacrifices that mothers make for children and for our country, and she taught us of fairness.
| May 9, 2014, 11:01 a.m.
In 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. One of its key goals was to ensure that American consumers get access to the spectrum they need. As the Federal Communications Commission finalizes its design for the Incentive Auction that will buy back 600 megahertz spectrum from broadcasters in order to sell it to providers of mobile broadband, members of Congress continue to express intense interest in the auction. Recent letters from both sides of the aisle encourage the FCC to conduct an auction equally open to all participants.
| May 8, 2014, 5:17 p.m.
House appropriators advanced a measure Thursday to fund the Justice and Commerce departments, along with science agencies, after endorsing a GOP gun proposal and sidelining a series of Democratic firearm policy amendments.
| May 8, 2014, 5 a.m.
The U.S. became the world’s largest economy, in part, because its policies supported innovation and entrepreneurship. From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs, U.S. entrepreneurs invented many of the innovations that drove the 20th century global economy, with patents playing an indispensable role in this innovation process — which may explain the prolonged push for congressional patent reform.
| May 7, 2014, 4:13 p.m.
American manufacturing hit an important milestone in April, when the Commerce Department reported that the sector had recovered all the value lost in the recession.
| May 7, 2014, 11:25 a.m.
A failure to adopt bitcoin will rob our nation of future economic growth and job creation. This fundamental fact should spur Congress to understand this new currency and create a bright line regulatory environment.
| May 6, 2014, 5 a.m.
Small-business owners like myself have for years urged Congress to create a level playing field that will allow us to compete with our online-only competitors. One year ago this week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that would accomplish this goal, and we’re counting on the Republican-led House of Representatives to do the same.
| May 6, 2014, 5 a.m.
Right now, we send millions of dollars — and potentially American jobs — overseas when we purchase footwear for the brave men and women serving our country. But Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine H. Fox recently called me to let me know about a shift in Department of Defense policy as it relates to the procurement of athletic footwear for our service members — and the decision is nothing short of a huge win for American manufacturers.
| May 5, 2014, 5:48 p.m.
Recently, in a victory for open data, both chambers of Congress passed with bipartisan support the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The bill now heads to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. The DATA Act would drastically improve the public’s access to federal spending data by expanding the universe of information the government is required to post online and creating government-wide financial data standards.
| May 5, 2014, 10:27 a.m.
The American economy couldn’t survive without the Export-Import Bank. At least, that’s what the Bank and its supporters claim. Created in 1934, it “facilitate[es] the export” of our country’s “goods and services.” It “ensures a level playing field for U.S. exports in the global marketplace.” And like every good bureaucracy, it “supports jobs.”
| May 1, 2014, 1:22 p.m.
Americans across the country have been forced into the Obamacare exchanges. They’ve lost the coverage they liked, they’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and they’re finding it hard to enroll in anything new. But what makes this even worse is that their representatives in Congress can’t completely relate. While all of this is going on outside of Washington, insiders in Congress and the administration carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves. They decreased their own Obamacare burden but didn’t do the same for their constituents.
| April 30, 2014, 11:26 a.m.
Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.
| April 29, 2014, 3:28 p.m.
Former tax official Lois Lerner’s confrontation with Congress over a potential contempt citation may get emphatically more dramatic, depending on how far back into congressional history House Republicans want to reach.