Not disrespect intended to the Senate, but the action was in the House this past week, dominated by debate about a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry and passage of a sweeping overhaul of campaign finance, election and ethics laws. And we have a podcast for each topic! We also have a cool story and video about pot and more.
There can be only HR 1
HR 1. Democrats love it. Republicans hate it. K Street really hates it. The White House wants to veto it.
On the latest Political Theater podcast, we discuss with lobbying reporter Kate Ackley the finer, and blunter, points of HR 1, including the question of, doth Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell protest too much? For someone who says he will not bring HR 1 up for a vote, he seems to want to talk about it a lot.
The fog of resolution
While House Democrats wanted to focus on HR 1, they were bogged down a bit over what to do about an anti-bigotry resolution they felt they needed to pass in light of comments about Israel made by Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar.
On the latest CQ on Congress podcast, Shawn Zeller spoke to Janeen Rashmawi of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Logan Bayroff of the group J Street, who worry that Congress is losing sight of the bigger issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid the debate over Omar’s comments.
Let me be blunt
Walk down the street and you’re more apt to smell marijuana than tobacco smoke. So maybe it’s good that Congress is looking at ways to make sure the mix of state and federal laws on pot don’t keep clashing.
Spring ahead to lost sleep
Dreading the annual “spring ahead” forwarding of clocks as part of daylight saving time? You’re not alone. Some members of Congress want to do year-round DST and toss aside the vestige of agricultural season timekeeping.