Spotlight on Congress

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

House Passes Bill Requiring Congressional Approval of Federal Regulations 'Costing' Over $100 Million

Dec 7, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill known as the REINS Act (HR 10) that would rewrite provisions regarding congressional review of agency rulemaking to require congressional approval of major rules of the executive branch before they may take effect.

  • Interest groups that supported this motion gave on average 3.8 times as much to House members who voted 'YES' ($81,450) as they gave to House members who voted 'NO' ($21,647).
  • Interest groups that opposed this motion gave on average 8.1 times as much to House members who voted 'NO' ($140,975) as they gave to House members who voted 'YES' ($17,474).

House Passes Bill Easing Sharing of Video Rental Information

December 7, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill (HR 2471) that would amend the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 to ease restrictions on sharing of video rental information. The bill is supported by Facebook, Netflix, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Digital Media Association. The measure is opposed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Campaign Contributions from Beneficiaries of the Proposed Repatriation Tax Holiday

Nov 18, 2011 - Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the "Super Committee," are hopeful that a repatriation tax holiday allowing domestic companies to claim profits made overseas at reduced tax rates will boost the economy by encouraging capital investment and job growth here in the United States.

UPDATED: Contribution Profile of Members of the Deficit 'Super Committee'

Nov 14, 2011 - MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to the 12 members of Congress appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Agribusiness Contributions to Members of the Super Committee

Nov 14, 2011 - With the deadline looming for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- also known as the Super Committee -- to make its recommendations on how to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion dollars over 10 years, there are talks that the leaders of the agriculture committees in both chambers will use the opportunity to accelerate the consideration of language for the 2012 Farm Bill.