Spotlight on Congress

MapLight research on the influence of money and politics in U.S. Congress.

New GOP Budget Proposal Targets Federal Employee Unions, a Strong Source of Funding for Democrats

Jan. 21, 2011 - According to the Washington Post, "a series of measures proposed Thursday by House conservatives to shrink the federal deficit included several that would fall heavily on the federal workforce." The proposal fulfills a campaign promise to cut non-defense spending, an industry that is more favorable to Republican lawmakers.

Contributions to the Four Committees Instructed to Draft Changes to Health Care Overhaul

Jan. 20, 2011 - On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. Res. 9) instructing four committees to come up with new measures to replace aspects of last year's health care overhaul (H.R. 3590) based on a set of 12 criteria.

The Three Democrats Breaking Ranks on H.R. 2 Voted with the Money

Jan. 19, 2011 -- The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, known as the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Act, on Wednesday. The bill would repeal the health care overhaul (H.R. 3590) from the 111th Congress.

MAPLight.org's Support and Opposition Research: H.R. 2 - Health Care Repeal

Jan. 18, 2010 - View support and opposition collected by MAPLight.org on H.R. 2 — Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.


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FCC Gives Thumbs Up to Comcast/NBC Merger, Justice Department Remains as Final Hurdle

Jan 18, 2011 - Politico reports that the FCC has voted 4-1 to allow the merger of Comcast and NBC. According to the article, "With most tech insiders having assumed for a while that the companies’ union would win federal approval, the real story this week is about the conditions that will be attached. Those will be released by the [Department of Justice] shortly, according to several people close to the situation.