All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘US House of Representatives’

Eric Cantor Defeated in Surprise Primary Landslide

House majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary election Tuesday night. Instead of once again running for Virginia’s 7th congressional district this fall, Cantor’s challenger, David Brat, will be on the ballot. Cantor is now the first House Majority Leader to lose his party’s primary. The loss came as a surprise to almost everyone. Pollsters and political observers had …

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Another Democratic Congressman Announces Retirement

Congressman Bill Owens today announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives this fall. Owens is the Democratic representative from New York’s 21st District. Owens has served in the House since 2009, when he won a special election for his district that took place after Congressman John McHugh took a position as Secretary of the …

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Congressman George Miller Announces His Retirement

U.S. Representative George Miller today announced that he will not be seeking re-election for his California district seat this fall. Miller is currently one of the longest-serving Democratic representatives in congress, having first been elected to his seat in 1974. He is the fifth most senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ‚ÄúThis is a great institution and I …

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Congresswoman Proposes Broadband Internet Subsidies For Low-Income Families

For years, it was essential that every family had a phone line. The U.S. government started the Lifeline program to help impoverished families afford this essential communication tool. Now the Internet has overwhelmingly replaced traditional phone lines, but the Lifeline program hasn’t adapted to this reality. One Congresswoman is hoping to change that. Ars Technica reports that Rep. Doris Matsui …

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Charlie Wilson Dies; Congressman Was 70

Former U.S. Representative Charlie A. Wilson has died at the age of 70. According to an Associated Press report, Wilson had a stroke in February and had been recovering since that time. He reportedly became sick over the weekend and died Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida. Wilson owned funeral home and furniture store businesses before entering …

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Google Issues a Call For Legislative Transparency

Google has issued a statement announcing that it believes public policy should be based on sound data analysis. Seth Webb, a senior policy manager for Google, stated that Google takes transparency seriously, and that it also believes citizens can be more active in politics when more data is made public. Webb announced Google’s transparency stance in a post on the …

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House To Cut NASA Budget To 1950’s Levels

The Appropriations Committee of the United States House of Representatives is about to get together to work on an election year budget. One of the hot topics is funding for NASA, and what to do with some of the programs. The Appropriations Committee is preparing to cut NASA’s budget to the levels of the 1950’s. Not in dollar amounts but …

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Microsoft Kind Of Drops Support For CISPA

Ever since its introduction, CISPA has had the support of the major tech companies. All of them use the same line about how it helps them protect themselves and consumers from cyberattacks. Civil rights groups and pretty much everybody on the Internet will tell you that it’s an invasion of privacy and violates their fourth amendment rights online (a right …

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House DATA Act Makes Gov’t Spending Visible

The United Staes House of Representatives has just passed what they are calling the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA). The bill features an independent board who will oversee and and receive reports on all government spending. Currently the government has the technology to track spending, and this bill will force agencies to be more accountable to taxpayers. The Sunlight …

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