Spotlight on Congress

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

Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Illustrates Ideological Divide in Washington

July 20, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 (HR 2560) by a mostly party-line vote of 234-190. The bill is not expected to be voted on in the Democratically-controlled Senate, and President Obama has threatened to veto the measure.

NRA-Backed Measure to Bar Reporting of Sales of High-Powered Firearms Gets Second Chance

July 14, 2011 - Pro-gun interest groups gave on average 42 times as much to House members that voted YES ($5,060) than to House members that voted NO ($120).

Coal-Funded Democrats Vote to Pass Bill Granting States Authority over Clean Water Standards

July 14, 2011 - On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 239-184 that would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each state to make determinations relating to its own water quality standards.

Campaign Contributions for the Special Election for California's 36th Congressional District (Updated July 13)

July 13, 2011 - The special election to replace retired Rep. Jane Harman took place on Tuesday, July 12, in which Democrat Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles councilwoman, defeated Republican Craig Huey, a small business owner.

Opponents Pull the Plug on BULB Act

July 13, 2011 - On Tuesday the BULB Act (HR 2417) failed to gain the 2/3 vote threshold needed for passage. Only a handful of Democrats broke from their party and voted to pass the measure, while only 10 Republicans voted against the measure.