Spotlight on Congress

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

Energy, Manufacturing Interests Get Their Way on House Bill to Evaluate Impact of EPA

Sept. 27, 2011 - The TRAIN Act, a bill (H.R. 2401) to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the potential negative business impact of certain rules before implementing them, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 249-169 on Friday, September 23.

MapLight Profile Pages of Deficit Reduction 'Super Committee' Members

Aug. 8, 2011 - The Republican and Democrat leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are tasked with appointing 12 members - divided equally by party and chamber - to populate the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction. The committee is tasked with coming up with a deficit reduction plan by the end of the year.  The group has also been referred to as the "Super Committee" as well as "Super Congress." Below is a list of the announced members with links to their MapLight profile pages.

FAA Shutdown Highlights Influence of Multiple Industries

August 4, 2011 - When Congress stopped legislative activity for its summer recess earlier than originally planned, it failed to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. This has caused nonessential aspects of the agency to shut down, halting airport construction projects across the country and preventing the collection of taxes on the sale of airline tickets.

Conservative Group's Financial Influence Gets Balanced Budget Amendment Over the Finish Line

August 2, 2011 - With only hours to spare before the federal government was expected to default on its debt obligations, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted (74-26) to clear a bill (S 365) that would raise the debt ceiling and cut spending without raising taxes.

House Passes Bill to Expedite Keystone Pipeline Decision Despite Environmental Concerns

July 27, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill (HR 1938) by a vote of 279-147 that would direct President Obama to expedite consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The pipeline would run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.