Why Obama is Bypassing Congress on Climate


August 27, 2014—The Obama administration is sidestepping the legislative branch by updating a previously ratified treaty and using it as a basis for a new international climate change agreement. The U.S. Constitution requires that legally binding international treaties be approved by two-thirds of the Senate, but Republican and some Democratic senators who are well-funded by carbon-polluting interests have repeatedly voted against measures to address climate change.

How much money have Senate Republicans received from carbon-polluting interests?

Defense Industry-Backed Lawmakers Voted to Continue Police Militarization Program

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August 14, 2014In June, the House of Representatives voted on an amendment from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) that sought to partially defund the 1033 Program, which allows the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) under the Department of Defense to transfer military equipment to civilian police. The amendment failed on a bipartisan vote of 62-355.

How much money have the Reps. voting to continue funding the program received from defense interests?

History Lesson: How Did Your Representative Vote on the FCC's 2011 Net Neutrality Rule?

July 31, 2014—In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a rule designed to enshrine net neutrality as the law of the land, prohibiting fixed-line internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against traffic to lawful content on the web. In April 2011, the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval against the FCC's net neutrality rule.

How did your representative vote on the 2011 resolution?

Sponsor of Airline Friendly Bill is the #1 Recipient of Airline Cash

July 30, 2014—The House of Representatives on Monday, July 28, 2014, passed the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, a bill that would reverse a 2012 Federal Aviation Administration ruling and allow airlines to advertise airfares that do not include taxes and fees. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and passed by a voice vote.

How much money has Rep. Shuster received from the airline industry?

The Campaign Contributions Behind the World's Most Expensive Weapon

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July 17, 2014Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet, the most expensive weapons project ever, has received federal appropriations from Congress year after year despite a string of technical problems and repeated failures to deliver functioning planes on time and within budget.

How much money has Lockheed Martin given to Congress since being awarded the contract to build the F-35?

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Bills in the News

H.R. 4042 (113th) - Community Bank Mortgage Servicing Asset Capital Requirements Study Act of 2014

Finance and financial sector

The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar.

To require a study of appropriate capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets for nonsystemic banking institutions, and for other purposes.

>1,000 times as much $

H.R. 4413 (113th) - Futures Customer Protection Act

Finance and financial sector

The bill was voted on in the House on June 24, 2014

To reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to better protect futures customers, to provide end users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the Commission, to help farmers, ranchers, and end users manage risks to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3301 (113th) - North American Energy Infrastructure Act


The bill was voted on in the House on June 24, 2014

To require approval for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of oil or natural gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities at the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, natural gas, or electricity to or from Canada or Mexico, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4679 (113th) - Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014


The bill has been referred to committee.

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules relating to inverted corporations.

75% more $

H.R. 3189 (113th) - Water Rights Protection Act

Water resources development

The bill was voted on in the House on March 13, 2014

To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on March 13, 2014 voted YES: 238voted NO: 174
70% more $

H.R. 3826 (113th) - Electricity Security and Affordability Act

Environmental protection

The bill was voted on in the House on March 6, 2014

To provide direction to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the establishment of standards for emissions of any greenhouse gas from fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on March 6, 2014 voted YES: 229voted NO: 183
138% more $

H.R. 1493 (113th) - Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2013

Government operations and politics

The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar.

To impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, and for other purposes.

147% more $

H.R. 3964 (113th) - Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act

Water resources development

The bill was voted on in the House on February 5, 2014

To address certain water-related concerns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley, and for other purposes.

S. 1900 (113th) - Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act

Foreign trade and international finance

The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to establish congressional trade negotiating objectives and enhanced consultation requirements for trade negotiations, to provide for consideration of trade agreements, and for other purposes.

7.9 times as much $