Meet the Gun Industry’s Revolving Door Lobbyists
Following a spate of deadly mass shootings, President Biden last week called on Congress to pass laws that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and expand background checks for firearms purchases, among other steps. House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is working to bring a legislative package of gun control measures to the floor […]
Election Denial Is Not a Problem for Bipartisan Caucus
One in five GOP members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus voted to support legal challenges to the 2020 election results.
Navy Seeks to Quietly Mothball Billions Worth of Faulty Ships
The expensive Littoral Combat Ships, only seven years old, were expected to serve for 25 years.
Tech Industry Groups Push to Stall Antitrust Bills After Record 2020 Donations
On Feb. 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed its second tech antitrust bill in as many months, part of the upper chamber’s efforts to address anti-competitive practices among big technology companies. The bipartisan Open Markets App Act (S. 2710) would focus on companies that run app stores with more than 50 million users in the […]
Manchin and Sinema Donors Gave Millions to Republican PACs
Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema stood out last year by holding up their party’s signature Build Back Better Act, a package of social spending and climate measures that would have raised taxes on large corporations and people making at least $10 million a year. Manchin eventually came out against it, saying that he […]
Big Business PACs Gave Millions to Dem Party as Biden Agenda Collapsed
The PACs of Business Roundtable member companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and NextEra Energy donated millions to the DCCC and DSCC last year.
Biden’s Million-Dollar Inaugural Donors Lobbied Against His Agenda
The Business Roundtable increased its lobbying spending last year by 70% over the previous year as its members pushed for the infrastructure bill.
Ossoff to Intro Bill to Ban Members of Congress and Their Spouses From Trading Stocks
Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) is planning a bill to ban stock trading by federal lawmakers and their spouses, but it faces an uphill battle this year.
Jan. 6 Foreshadowed in the Conspiracies of Tea Party Protests
The election assaults of pro-Trump Republicans can be traced back to the conspiracy theories of the Tea Party protests and gerrymandering by GOP legislators.
Senators Against Generic Covid-19 Vaccines Have Gotten 2x Pharma Cash
In May, a group of 18 Republican senators sought to block U.S. support for an IP waiver for Covid-19 vaccines, one that is fiercely opposed by the pharmaceutical industry.
Dems Spent Half of 2021 Blocked by Filibusters of Voting Rights Bills
Democracy activists are calling on the Biden White House to join talks about how the Senate can pass the Freedom to Vote Act this year.
The Bank-Funded Dems That Spiked Omarova’s Nomination
Biden’s pick for leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Saule Omarova, withdrew from the nominating process this week. Omarova, who was raised in the Soviet Union, was repeatedly attacked by Banking Committee Republicans as a communist, but that’s not why she was forced to withdraw. Omarova had to withdraw because several bank-funded […]
Mass Dems Gerrymander for Richie Neal
In many states, new congressional maps are being drawn up to help the political parties that control the legislatures win more federal seats by packing people who vote for the opposing party into a single district or splitting them up widely to dilute their power. But in a state like Massachusetts, where the vast majority […]