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Everyone’s Against Violence Against Women

So everyone’s in favor of the Violence Against Women Act, right? A bill to reauthorize the law goes to the House floor this week. The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 was signed by President Bill Clinton. The Act provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory [...]

FY 2010 Spending Under Way

The nitty-gritty of the fiscal year 2010 spending process is getting under way. By the beginning of the new fiscal year October 1st, Congress is supposed to pass twelve appropriations bills, spending the money in the U.S. treasury on all the operations of the government for the year. Last week, the House passed the H.R. [...]

Cost Estimate for Commerce, Justice, Science Approprations Bill

The Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2847) has a cost estimate – and it’s heading for the House floor today, or at least this week. The bill would spend about $685 per U.S. family on operations of the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, and various science-related agencies.

Pardon Marcus Garvey!

The array of issues Congress considers never ceases to amaze me.  Witness a new bill, H. Con. Res. 44, which would express the sense of the Congress that the President should pardon Marcus Garvey. I had heard of Marcus Garvey back when I used to listen to reggae music in high school. (I still do, [...]

Welcome Oprahphiles! (“Oprahmaniacs”? “Opraholics”?)

Not being much of a daytime TV guy, I didn’t clue into this very fast, but a lot of site traffic here this week has been coming to S. 1738, the Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2007. The source? None other than Oprah Winfrey. No, she didn’t have the good sense to call out WashingtonWatch.com [...]