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Your Values Count—and This Time We’re Putting Our Money Behind You

Last week, in “A Tale of Two Budgets,” we wrote about the division in national values between the House Republican and Senate Democratic budgets. The House and Senate aren’t meeting this week, but once again people are lining up, choosing sides, and deciding who they’re going to back. Which bill is going to pass? Which […]

Newton

S. Res. 621 and H. Res. 833 would condemn the horrific attacks in Newtown, Connecticut and express support and prayers for all those impacted by this tragedy.

Thank You, Sister Rosa Parks

S. Res. 618 would observe the 100th birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and commemorate her legacy. H. Res. 832 would observe the 100th birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and commemorate her legacy.

A Thanksgiving Tradition: The “Sinful Mashed Potatoes” Recipe

Every Thanksgiving since 2008—that is, excepting last year (oops)—we’ve published the “sinful mashed potatoes” recipe right here on the WashingtonWatch.com blog. Why? Well, it sure makes the recipe easy to find when I need it. And maybe you’ll enjoy it, too. But our track record hasn’t been stellar. In 2008, we published the recipe on […]

The Week’s New Laws

With Congress continuing its spring break next week, let’s pause to look at the new laws President Obama signed last week, some consequential, some not. Public Law 112-103 is called “the HALE Scouts Act.” It conveys approximately 140 acres of land in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of […]

How to Commemorate 9/11 Ten Years Later

Here’s one idea: S. Res. 237 would express the sense of the Senate “regarding coming together as a Nation and ceasing all work or other activity for a moment of remembrance beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks committed against the […]

Because the Budget Crisis is Over…Right?

H. Res. 364 would designate room HVC 215 of the Capitol Visitor Center as the “Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room.” No offense, Gabby. Not something Congress should spend a millisecond on right now.

Indy!

S. Res. 190 would recognize the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The House has pretty much quit doing commemorative bills like this because they started taking up all its time. But the Senate is a warp in the universe where time stops anyway…

Thank You for Killing Bin Laden

Congress is in an appreciative mood. Four different resolutions have been introduced expressing thanks for the killing of Osama bin Laden. They are: H. Res. 240, Commending President Barack Obama and the men and women of the military and intelligence agencies for the successful completion of the operation that led to the death of Osama […]

Happy MLK Day, 2011

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King was a moral leader and a chief spokesman in the civil rights movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The […]